Environment, Geology, News

Experimental flow of water along Colorado River leads to Green Rebirth

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In March 2014, the US and Mexican governments decided to release a flow of water down the Colorado River, in an experimental attempt called “Minute 319″. The river has experienced record droughts in 2014, but surprisingly, this initiative reversed a 13-year decline in the greenness along the delta. The Colorado River stretches along 1,450-miles (2,330 km), encompassing seven US and two Mexican states. Known…

Geology, News

Rock with 30,000 diamonds found Russian diamond mine

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Do you fancy diamonds? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you’ll absolutely love this rock extracted from a Russian mine. The rock is littered with over 30,000 diamonds, something which is extremely rare and may yield valuable information about how diamonds form in natural conditions. What’s unlucky for gem sellers was very fortunate for researchers – because the tiny diamonds…

Geology

Best Presents for a Geologist – The Christmas Edition

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If you have a geologist friend or family, then you probably know they’re an awesomely weird bunch. I’m a geologist myself, and even I find it hard to buy presents for another geologist sometimes – so this is why I put along this list – to give you an idea of some awesome stuff you can buy for a geologist….

Biology, Geology, News

Rare, ‘squashed bird nest’ fossil sheds light on Earth’s ancient seas

This image shows the whole of Nidelric pugio, a little over 9 cm long.
Credit: Copyright Prof Derek J Siveter of Oxford University

A rare 520-million-year-old fossil shaped like a ‘squashed bird’s nest’ has been discovered by a Chinese team of paleontologists. The team believes that the fossil, which is in excellent shape, will help us better understand how the Earth’s seas were like during the Cambrian.The fossil probably belongs to the ‘chancelloriid’, a group of bizarre, balloon-shaped creatures over which scientists are still…

Geology, News, Space

Saturn’s Moon Titan has Strong Winds and Hydrocarbon Dunes

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New experimental research found that Saturn’s largest Moon, Titan, has much stronger winds than previously believed. These rogue winds actually shape the hydrocarbon dunes observed on its surface. Titan is, along with Earth, one of the few places in the solar system known to have fields of wind-blown dunes on its surface. The only other ones are Mars and Venus. Now,…

Geology, News, Observations

Ancient “lava pie” found on Mars

NASA's MRO probe captured an image of a strange formation that resembles a pie. Photo by NASA/JPL.

A NASA probe has taken a picture of a surprising pie-like geological feature on Mars. Scientists are not yet sure what caused the feature, but the likely culprit is lava. The 1.2 mile (1.9 km) wide feature was imaged by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) appears like an island of iron in a very smooth field. Judging…

Archaeology, Geology, News, Physics

Everything you need to know about England’s ‘hidden medieval city’, Old Sarum

Artist’s impression of barons swearing allegiance to William the Conqueror in 1086. Image via English Heritage.

It’s one of England’s better kept secrets – Old Sarum is a hidden gem among gems, one of the most spectacular ancient sites in Europe and in the world. Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England. The site contains evidence of human habitation as early as 3000 BC, but only now have archaeologists uncovered the…

Biology, Geology

Scientists find origins of sex in Scottish lake

Photo credit: B Choo, Flinders University.

Evidence of ancient bony fish suggests that they copulated even though many of their descendants stopped doing so. Paleontologists believe this is the first-known animal to stop reproducing by spawning and instead mate by having sex. The primitive fish (Microbrachius dicki) measured about 8cm long and is now long extinct.  As it often is today, the first sexual activity was a bit awkward….

Biology, Geology, News

Scientists find 240 million-year-old parasite that infected mammals’ ancestor

A cynodont - Thrinaxodon from the Early Triassic of South Africa. Image via Wiki Commons.

It’s very small and incredibly old – scientists have found the egg of a 240 million year old parasite – a pinworm, to be more precise. It’s the oldest pinworm ever found, and one of the oldest evidences of parasitism ever found. The pinworm, also known as threadworm, is a parasitic intestinal worm, pretty common in humans. The pinworm has…

Geology, News

Scientists find origin of 1872 American earthquake

Aerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles.

Geologists are close to cracking the mystery of one of the biggest earthquakes in American modern history – the 1872 North Cascades event. Now, over one century later, they believe they have finally found the origin of the earthquake. An ancient mysterey Current research points to a newly discovered fault near the town of Entiat in Chelan County, Wash. This adds more…