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Oct

Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 yearsA high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought.

Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 years
A high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought.

16

Oct

Ancient kangaroos were probably too big to hopThe possible reliance on walking may’ve led to the species’ extinction, perhaps from human hunters or by being unable to travel quickly enough to reach food.

Ancient kangaroos were probably too big to hop
The possible reliance on walking may’ve led to the species’ extinction, perhaps from human hunters or by being unable to travel quickly enough to reach food.

15

Oct

Archaeologists unearth remains of an Iron Age chariotA set of iron tools were discovered around the ‘find of a lifetime’ chariot, tools that may have been used to care for horses at the time.

Archaeologists unearth remains of an Iron Age chariot
A set of iron tools were discovered around the ‘find of a lifetime’ chariot, tools that may have been used to care for horses at the time.

11 abandoned Old West boom towns
Gone but not forgotten, these once-bustling mining outposts offer visitors a look at the Old West in surroundings ranging from kitschy to untouched.

14

Oct

The world’s 10 oldest living trees

13

Oct

How a total lunar eclipse saved Christopher ColumbusAfter consulting his almanac, Columbus learned a lunar eclipse would soon occur and used the knowledge to frighten native people into feeding his crew.

How a total lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus
After consulting his almanac, Columbus learned a lunar eclipse would soon occur and used the knowledge to frighten native people into feeding his crew.

12

Oct

Surprising history quiz: What events happened around the same time?

08

Oct

Prehistoric Indonesian paintings may be oldest cave artScientists used ‘cave popcorn,’ or tiny deposits of minerals on the cave wall, to determine the age of the paintings to be over 40,000 years old.

Prehistoric Indonesian paintings may be oldest cave art
Scientists used ‘cave popcorn,’ or tiny deposits of minerals on the cave wall, to determine the age of the paintings to be over 40,000 years old.

03

Oct

fromgrapevine:

Century-old monastery doubles as a meteorological station
Not all beautiful things are what you would expect them to be — grand theaters have been turned into bookstores and many a castle has become a museum. But one of the most intriguing examples is Beit Jamal, a Salesian monastery that is also a concert hall and, at around 1,000 feet above sea level amidst the Judean Hills, a meteorological station.

How well do you know history? Test your knowledge by choosing the events that go together on the timeline.
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How well do you know history? Test your knowledge by choosing the events that go together on the timeline.

Take the quiz.