Geology

Some Good News: Yellowstone Won't Blow Up This Year

From Australian wildfires to COVID-19 to murder hornets to race wars in Manhattan, 2020 looks to be a challenging year. It could still get worse, but science shows it won't be due to Yellowstone blowing its top.  Yellowstone is one of those scenarios ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jun 4 2020 - 11:51am

The Kerguelen Plateau And Formation Of Continents

How did the continents form? It's a complex question, and no firm answers will be coming soon, but the oceanic plateau of the Kerguelen Islands may provide part of the answer, according to a new paper. From a geological point of view, it is the Earth& ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 22 2020 - 12:23pm

Triassic Period: Bad Things Come In Threes

Bad things come in threes, it is said, and nothing shows that more than The Carnian Age; the first stage of three in the mass extinction era of the Late Triassic Epoch 228 to 217 million years ago. It had three features; dramatic climate change with much h ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 14 2020 - 10:55am

You Can't Trust Volcanoes

Don't be fooled by those tourist volcanoes that reliably produce small basaltic lava eruptions. A new study shows they hide the same chemically diverse magmas in their underground plumbing systems as volcanoes that generate explosive activity. Some vo ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 29 2020 - 8:57am

East Kootenay Geology

The East Kootenay region on the south-eastern edge of British Columbia is a land of colossal mountains against a clear blue sky. That is not strictly true, of course, as this area does see its fair share of rain and temperature extremes — but visiting in ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Oct 19 2020 - 8:30am

Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction Triggered Switch To Warm-Bloodedness

ome 250 million years ago, in the time when life was recovering from The greatest mass extinction of all time, the Permian-Triassic mass extinction 250 million years ago, killed 95 percent of life, and the very few survivors faced a turbulent world, repeat ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 19 2020 - 10:26am

The Tsunami At Ancient Tel Dor

Along the coast of Tel Dor, a maritime city in northwest Israel occupied from the Middle Bronze II period,  2000 BC, through the Crusader period, there is a marine shell and sand layer from nearly 10,000 years ago, but it's in the middle of a large an ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 24 2020 - 10:56am

Science In The Mists Of K'un Lun

If you're a reader of geography or a student of eastern philosophy, you may have seen the name K'un Lun.  It is the name of a mountain range in western China and borders the northern edge of Tibet (1) and is also a name for 'paradise' i ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 17 2021 - 11:30am