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Welcome to the Meghalayan Age - a new phase in history

<b>The official history of Earth has a new chapter - and we are in it.</b><p>Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet.<p>They are calling it the Meghalayan Age, the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations …

Earth Science

Eons of geology meet decades of music at Red Rocks near Denver, and it's all in this 3-minute video tour

I’d seen plenty of outdoor concerts before we started our series on great American music venues earlier this year. But none of those venues packed the same punch as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre just west of Denver. This video, shot during my first visit in late May, 2018, shows why.<p>The rock …

Geology

Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano Activity

Overview<p>The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough …

Geology

Teens say they cringe when brands use these 7 outdated slang words — here's what Gen Z is saying instead

1/<p>"Swag" describes a person who is cool or enviable, or someone can "have swag." But it hasn't been trendy since 2012, teens say.<p>2/<p>Now, teens are …

Language

Learning about the Himalayas using Mars technology

The Himalayan Range includes some of the youngest and most spectacular mountains on Earth, but the rugged landscape that lends it the striking beauty …

Space Travel

Vote for Groups C and D in the Geology World Cup

I'll have another post later today with some of the geology news of the weekend, including the eruptions in Kīlauea and Fernandina, along with the …

Geology

You Can Now Search for Addresses Across 750 Million Years of Earth's History

Ever looked at a picture of the supercontinent Pangea and wondered where your current address would have been 250 million years ago? A new …

How Geology Influenced The Landing In Normandy On D-Day

When the Allied Forces planned the D-Day invasion, they took geology into account. Nearly one million aerial photographs of the shores of Normandy were studied to find the best landing sites for the invasion and establish a western front against Nazi Germany. The sand deposited by rivers between …

Earth Science

What It’s Like to Trip on the Most Potent Magic Mushroom

"I felt as though I were communing directly with a plant for the first time."<p>Paul Stamets, a mycologist I had come to visit in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to go mushroom hunting, had a gift he wanted to give me. We were in his office, looking at some images on his computer, when he pulled …

Columbia River

Ocean-Dwelling Predators Of The Cambrian Spawned ‘Killer’ Offspring With A Thirst For Blood [Study]

Because their babies were also proficient killers, Earth's giant predators may have played a part in the 'Cambrian Explosion.'<p>More than half a …

New Research Proves The Chicxulub Asteroid Strike Caused The Earth To Warm Significantly For 100,000 Years

Scientists studied ancient fish to determine that the asteroid that struck Chicxulub, Mexico 66 million years ago caused the Earth's temperatures to …

An Incredible Fossil Just Changed What We Know About The Split of Pangaea

Earth's super-continent lasted longer than we thought.<p>A 130-million-year-old fossil has revealed that the ancient super-continent Pangaea may have …

Why no geology in Plus Two?

“Geology is one of the branches of natural sciences and is the scientific study of the Earth. Why is this branch of science not offered for study in …

Rising Rock: Earth's Crust Has Its Own Tides, Too

If you earn your living on the ocean, you'd better know how to read a tide table. Around the world, most coastal communities witness sea level rise …

A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …

Space

How the Pilbara was formed more than 3 billion years ago

The remote Pilbara region of northern Western Australia is one of Earth’s oldest blocks of continental crust, and we now think we know how it formed, …

Big break for scientists in Giant's Causeway conundrum

Scientists have used an Icelandic volcano to recreate the peculiar basalt columns found at the Giant's Causeway in a laboratory for the very first …

Supercontinent formation may be linked to a cycle of supertides

Earth’s crust is made up of fractured slabs of rock, like a broken shell on an egg. These plates move around at speeds of about 5cm per year – and …

Geologist identifies hidden clues to ancient supercontinents, confirms Pannotia

An Ohio University geologist who first proposed the now-accepted supercontinent cycle theory in the 1980s has rallied to the cause of one of those …

Country diary: treasures that were once beneath the Cambrian sea

As I climb up from the green-brown valley near Inchnadamph, the early spring countryside changes character. Snow patches appear and soon become abundant, then all seems white as the mountains’ snow-blanketed slopes merge into silver-grey clouds. On this blustery day, when sleet and rain slash …

Nature

The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

Here’s what’s next.<p>The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately in letters, ephemerally in lectures, or all at once in books. There was no public forum for <i>incremental</i> advances. …

This Man Destroyed The Myth Of Biblical Time

During the documentary “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” America’s favorite science communicator traveled to rural Grant County, Kentucky, to visit Ark …

New England Is Sitting on a Bed of Hot Rocks

For the past 200 million years New England has been a place without intense geologic change. With few exceptions, there have been no rumbling …

Geophysics

What Tectonics on Venus Can Tell Us About How the Planet Was Formed

Much of what we know about Venus comes from data that the Magellan probe, launched by NASA in 1989, collected over four years in orbit around the …

Fossils highlight Canada-Russia connection 53 million years ago

A new 53 million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly discovered at B.C.'s McAbee fossil bed site bears a striking resemblance to fossils of …

Africa is splitting in two – here is why

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused …

Earth Science

This ancient climate catastrophe is our best clue about Earth’s future

Scott Wing had spent more than a decade in the badlands of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, most of it thirsty, sunburned, and down on his hands and knees, digging endlessly through the dirt. But he had never found anything like the fossil he now held in his hand — an exquisitely preserved leaf embossed on …

Climate Change

The cliff that changed our understanding of time

A rocky, remote outcrop in Scotland inspired the realisation that the Earth was millions of years old – and led Charles Darwin to his theory of evolution.<p>“Just a bit further, round the next bend,” my guide Jim said, as our fishing boat pitched and rolled in the choppy waters of the North Sea. It …

Earth Science

Plant fossils have a lot to teach us about Earth's history

There’s a particular feeling of excitement that comes from receiving a gift. It’s a feeling of the unknown, of anticipation – and then you unwrap the …

South Africa

What Ancient African Huts Reveal About Earth's Magnetic Flips

Minerals in clays from the Iron Age may help scientists better understand how and why the magnetic poles swap places.<p>For the last 170 years, a mysteriously weak patch of Earth’s magnetic field has grown in size, causing some geologists to think that the planet is gearing up to flip its magnetic …

Earth Science