Geology

It Is Rocket Science: Here's How We Could Move Our Planet

In the Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth, recently released on Netflix, humanity attempts to change the Earth’s orbit using enormous thrusters in order to escape the expanding sun – and prevent a collision with Jupiter. The scenario may one ...

Article - The Conversation - May 17 2019 - 3:57pm

Fracking Will Not Cause Axial Volcano To Erupt, But Low Tides Might

There are lots of paradoxes in nature but one- how earthquakes along mid-ocean ridges are linked with low tides- may have revealed a mechanism. The mechanism is the magma below the mid-ocean ridges. "It's the magma chamber breathing, expanding an ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 7 2019 - 10:44am

Haida Gwaii: Birthing Wrangellia

“When the tide is out, the table is set.” This wisdom from those who call Haida Gwaii home is still true today. The enormous difference between high and low tide in Haida Gwaii – up to twenty three vertical feet – means that twice a day, vast swathes of s ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Jul 29 2019 - 12:55am

Biochronological Macrofossils

Paper clams or 'flat clams' were widespread in the Triassic. We call these bivalves 'flat clams' because of their very thin shell width and narrow valve convexity. They often dominate the rocks in which they are found, as in these spec ...

Blog Post - Heidi Henderson - Aug 5 2019 - 12:18am

Mars Weather Forecast 3,000,000,000 BC: Warm With Occasional Rain, Turning Cold

Mars may seem hospitable only for cute robots now, but 3 to 4 billion years ago it was warm enough to have rainstorms and flowing water, followed by a longer cold period where the water froze- a lot like earth.  Scientists have long known that water was ab ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 20 2019 - 9:59am

ArchaeoGLOBE Project: If There Is An Anthropocene Epoch, It Started 4,000 Years Ago

Human land use due to manufacturing, population, and agriculture changing the shape of earth itself has been termed the Anthropocene Epoch, but if less hyperbolic scientists of the future agree with that at all, they are likely to agree it started 4,000 ye ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 30 2019 - 1:06am

Like Diversity? Thank Mountains

In 1799, Alexander von Humboldt set sail on a 5-year, 8000-km voyage through Latin America. His journey through the Andes Mountains, captured by his famous vegetation zonation figure featuring Mount Chimborazo, canonized the place of mountains in understan ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 13 2019 - 5:00am

Hexagonal Columns: The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a spectacular expanse of interlocking hexagonal basalt columns formed from volcanic eruptions during the Paleocene some 50-60 million years ago. These columns tell a story of the cooling and freezing of the lava flows that form ...

Blog Post - Heidi Henderson - Sep 16 2019 - 12:37pm