Whilst this could be considered an unusual topic for a geology blog as the question seems to be more philosophical than physical the query has great implications for measuring the diversity of life over time. The unique method of telling Earth’s history that paleontology provides is fundamental in geology. Etymologically the term individual means that […]Read More What is an individual?
New evidence suggests that in 1815 Earth’s atmosphere was short-circuited by electrically charged volcanic ash causing poor weather on a global scale that aided Napoleon’s defeat. Many factors contributed to Napoleon Bonaparte’s defeat at Waterloo and it has long been known that one of these key factors was the poor weather. Heavy rain caused the ground […]Read More Did A Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia Help Defeat Napoleon?
New research suggests that the landmass that we call Britain formed from three continental landmasses, not two as previously thought. It has long been believed that 400 million years ago the continents Avalonia and Laurentia collided to form the landmass of Britain. Avalonia is a continent formed from a fragment of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana […]Read More Geologists Uncover An Ancient Connection Between England And France
A recent study has revealed new clues on the driving mechanism that caused the most severe mass extinction the Earth has ever known. Also known as the ‘Great Dying’ the P-T marks the boundary between the Permian and Triassic periods and also signifies the end of the entire Palaeozoic era. Occurring 252 million years ago […]Read More New Clues Shed Light On Earth’s Greatest Mass extinction
With an approximate age of 13.7 billion years, the universe has had a long and complex history, such an enormous length of time is difficult for the human mind to comprehend therefore scaling its current age to a single year helps visualize its chronology. This scale means that each month approximately equates to 1.1 billion […]Read More The History Of The Universe Told In One Year
New computer modelling suggests that meteorite bombardment early in our planet’s history likely created what we now view as the oldest rocks on Earth. 4.02 billion-year-old felsic rocks from the Acasta river in Canada are now believed to have formed at high temperatures and surprisingly low pressures suggesting a shallow depth in the Earth’s young […]Read More Meteorite Bombardment May Have Created Earth’s Oldest Rocks
An Anglo-Chinese team has discovered a new species of dinosaur called Lingwulong shenqiw which translates to ‘amazing dragon’. What makes this discovery so unique is that the species was found in a place where this type of dinosaur was never thought to live and further still the fossils date to 15 million years before they were […]Read More The Dinosaur That Was Found In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time