Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.
Sept. 16, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: geology dinosaurs paleontology tetrapods volcanoes mass-extinctions cretaceous-period
Ice cores can preserve evidence of 'black swan' events like pandemics and droughts, but the glaciers from which they are collected are disappearing.
Sept. 3, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: geology climate-change atmospheric-science glaciers ice-cores paleoclimatology glaciology
Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth's last frontier
Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.
July 28, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: earth-science geology women-in-science women plate-tectonics maps mapping oceans cartography continents ocean-floor geosciences seamounts marine-geology continental-shelf
They will find minimal traces of the virus itself, but lots of PPE.
July 28, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: geology covid-19 coronavirus anthropocene
Scientists have now dated the 'Great Oxidation Event' to just before the planet's first 'snowball' period.
June 2, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: geology geochemistry snowball-earth
New research on the Late Devonian extinction suggests the ozone layer could be naturally depleted as the temperature rises.
June 1, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: geology climate-change palaeontology mass-extinction ozone-layer ozone ozone-depletion devonian-period
Tomanowos, aka the Willamette Meteorite, may be the world's most interesting rock. Its story includes catastrophic ice age floods, theft of Native American cultural heritage and plenty of human folly.
April 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: astrophysics space geology ice-age native-americans museums meteorites oregon native-american-culture washington outer-space
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