Monthly Archives: November 2016

Ancient rocks hold evidence for life before oxygen

This is a microscopic image of 2.5 billion-year-old sulfur-oxidizing bacterium. Somewhere between Earth’s creation and where we are today, scientists have demonstrated that some early life forms existed just fine without any oxygen. While researchers proclaim the first half of … Continue reading

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hematitehearts: Pyromorphite Locality: Mexico Mine, Roughton…

hematitehearts: Pyromorphite Locality: Mexico Mine, Roughton Gill, Cumbria, United Kingdom Geology Nerd

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Shedding light on the origin of the baleen whale

The origin of filter feeding in baleen whales — the largest animal known to have ever existed — is now better understood, thanks to research on ‘Alfred’ the 25- million-year-old fossilized whale skull. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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What’s up with Madagascar?

The Somali Plate Why are there volcanoes on an island that isn’t near any tectonic boundaries? Madagascar, the big island off the east coast of Africa with the lemurs and baobabs, is thought to be sitting in the middle of … Continue reading

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bijoux-et-mineraux:Fluorite – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois-Kentucky…

bijoux-et-mineraux: Fluorite – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin County, Illinois Geology Nerd

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Ancient rocks hold evidence for life before oxygen

Somewhere between Earth’s creation and where we are today, scientists have demonstrated that some early life forms existed just fine without any oxygen. The 2.52 billion-year-old sulfur-oxidizing bacteria are exceptionally large, spherical-shaped, smooth-walled microscopic structures much larger than most modern … Continue reading

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Scientists have found the largest exposed fault on Earth

Pulau Banta island in the Banta Sea. Credit: Jialiang Gao/Wikimedia Geologists have for the first time seen and documented the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia and worked out how it formed. For the first time, researchers have confirmed the … Continue reading

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Nitrogen in ancient rocks a sign of early life

Scientists in Greenland excavating rocks that may hold 3.8-billion-year-old evidence of life. Credit: Laure Gauthiez A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth. But what happened next? … Continue reading

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peaceful-moon:Chalcedony Coated Amethyst & Dolomite Floater…

peaceful-moon: Chalcedony Coated Amethyst & Dolomite Floater – Goboboseb Mountains, Namibia Geology Nerd

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Ancient seaweed fossils some of the oldest of multicellular life

Chinggiskhaania bifurcata is the scientific name of one of the new kinds of multicellular algae recently found preserved as ancient fossils.  Researcher unearths find from newly discovered Precambrian site Honing in on when life on Earth evolved from single-celled to … Continue reading

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