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13

Apr

Aerial archaeologist finds bittersweet beauty in geological photo surveys
Ever since earning his private pilot license 26 years ago, German photographer Klaus Leidorf has made it his mission to capture a bird’s-eye perspective of the way humans have shaped the world — a study known as aerial archaeology.

25

Feb

Earth’s crust is 4.4 billion years old, according to new rock fragmentZircon crystals contain microscopic remains of the Earth as it was one it was first formed, giving scientists new insights into the planet’s earliest days.

Earth’s crust is 4.4 billion years old, according to new rock fragment
Zircon crystals contain microscopic remains of the Earth as it was one it was first formed, giving scientists new insights into the planet’s earliest days.

22

Oct

Purple cube crystal earns top billing at mineral auctionMineral collecting was once ‘a fairly insular hobby,’ but has grown in scope and popularity.

Purple cube crystal earns top billing at mineral auction
Mineral collecting was once ‘a fairly insular hobby,’ but has grown in scope and popularity.

10

Jun


 Lost world locked in stone in Wyoming’s Fossil Lake  



The known geological record doesn’t reveal how the region’s species met their demise, but it nonetheless a treasure trove for researchers.
The known geological record doesn’t reveal how the region’s species met their demise, but it nonetheless a treasure trove for researchers.

30

May


 7 mesmerizing videos of hot lava  



Molten rock is a mortal danger to anyone nearby, but it’s often still too beautiful to ignore. Thankfully, these amazing videos let us ogle lava without risking our lives.
Molten rock is a mortal danger to anyone nearby, but it’s often still too beautiful to ignore. Thankfully, these amazing videos let us ogle lava without risking our lives.

04

Apr

Geology do-over: How the West was born
The super-continent Pangaea might have broken up differently than from we originally thought.

Geology do-over: How the West was born

The super-continent Pangaea might have broken up differently than from we originally thought.

10

Dec

Have humans caused a new geological era?Sediment changes and chemical deposits are just two of the ways scientists are attempting to define the Anthropocene era.

Have humans caused a new geological era?
Sediment changes and chemical deposits are just two of the ways scientists are attempting to define the Anthropocene era.

28

Sep

The El Zacatón sinkhole is the deepest water-filled sinkhole in the world. It was long considered to be bottomless, but in 1997 NASA solved the pit’s mystery when it sent an underwater robot into the waters and found the depth of El Zacatón to be 1,112 feet. The clear, blue water is highly mineralized and has a sulphurous odor, and it’s quite warm — averaging 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The sinkhole’s name comes from the free-floating islands of zacate grass that blow across the lake in the wind.13 amazing sinkholes

The El Zacatón sinkhole is the deepest water-filled sinkhole in the world. It was long considered to be bottomless, but in 1997 NASA solved the pit’s mystery when it sent an underwater robot into the waters and found the depth of El Zacatón to be 1,112 feet. The clear, blue water is highly mineralized and has a sulphurous odor, and it’s quite warm — averaging 86 degrees Fahrenheit. The sinkhole’s name comes from the free-floating islands of zacate grass that blow across the lake in the wind.
13 amazing sinkholes

24

Sep

scinerds:

Shiprock
Shiprock gives the impression of having been volcanically thrust out from the sands of the Mancos desert, but this isn’t the case. Shiprock is indeed a volcano but of a class called a “diatreme”, having formed explosively from gas-charged magma escaping at great velocity. It possessed a crater at the surface called a “maar”, but erosion has long since removed it along with much of the sedimentary strata through which it erupted.

scinerds:

Shiprock

Shiprock gives the impression of having been volcanically thrust out from the sands of the Mancos desert, but this isn’t the case. Shiprock is indeed a volcano but of a class called a “diatreme”, having formed explosively from gas-charged magma escaping at great velocity. It possessed a crater at the surface called a “maar”, but erosion has long since removed it along with much of the sedimentary strata through which it erupted.

20

Sep

Will the real Chimney Rock please stand up?President Obama will officially designate Colorado’s 4,700-acre Chimney Rock Archaeological Area as a national monument Friday. But Chimney Rock isn’t the only one that graces the landscape of the United States. Check out these similar geologic oddities that are equally impressive.

Will the real Chimney Rock please stand up?
President Obama will officially designate Colorado’s 4,700-acre Chimney Rock Archaeological Area as a national monument Friday. But Chimney Rock isn’t the only one that graces the landscape of the United States. Check out these similar geologic oddities that are equally impressive.