In 1864, the US Army began digging a proper well for Fort Monroe, a Chesapeake Bay Union fort surrounded by then-Confederate Virginia. Three years into the Civil War, and cut off from the state it was built to defend, Fort Monroe had more wounded soldiers and escaped former slaves than it could handle, and its…
I bet none of you did this with your national holiday week/weekend. But I suppose it’s easier to get your hands at 1300-degree lava if you’re a geologist, and what else would you do with it but grill up some lava-steaks? Or lava-salmon. Or (ew!) lava-hotdogs.
50 years ago, "continental drift" was a fringe hypothesis rejected by most geologists. Today the theory of plate tectonics (which includes continental drift) is universally accepted as true, and unifies once-separate areas of geology under one grand banner.
Seven science bloggers took a crack at Star Wars' planet Tatooine last week, exploring real-life issues like megafauna, apex predators, water cycles and evolution through the lens of the desert world featured in 5 out of 6 Star Wars films.
This was originally published by Dickens in 1865, 18 years after Anning's death. It is a wandering tribute: a glowing retelling of her successes and a sad litany of her life's trials, with some meandering down historical trails.
Mary Anning is the greatest.
Ah Americans, we have so much to be proud of. Killing sacred white moose and rare octopus. But animal life are not the only thing to face our wrath! Geological formations are not safe either as a group of scout leaders recently demonstrated when they filmed themselves toppling a rock formation dating back to the…
These charts and studies, summarized at RealClimate.org, illustrate how rapidly global temperatures are warming: faster than ever, and they've actually tried to account for the possibility that maybe at some point in the past there was a similar spike and then a quick reduction, but they've found that it couldn't have…
A group of young-Earth creationists have finally settled on when they think the Ice Age occurred. In short: just a tad over 4000 years ago.
It's kind of sad that the mineral definition of "perfect cleavage" is negative, because this rhodochrosite is very pretty.