Ever since the early years of human civilization, the biodiversity of our planet has been profoundly influenced by human activities. This phenomenon (along with climate change, selective breeding and other human-derived evolutionary pressures, … Continue Reading More Than 200 Minerals Are Inadvertent Byproducts of Human Activities
On October 2nd, NASA/JPL released this ‘postcard‘ from the Curiosity rover showing the higher regions of Mount Sharp as viewed from the rover’s work-site in the Gale Crater. The scene seems jarringly familiar … Continue Reading What are the True Colors of the Martian Landscape?
Water can be considered special for any number of reasons. Water provides a foundation (in more ways than one) for all life on this planet. Water has a solid state … Continue Reading Just Add Space Dust: How Solar Winds and Interplanetary Dust Combine to Form Water
Note: This post features a few photos with unknown authors. If you are aware of who took these photographs, please let me know in the Comments section below so I … Continue Reading The Sublime Waitomo ‘Glowworm Grotto’
Stress and pressure. We all feel it from time to time and for humans, it’s typically perceived as destructive. For sandstone arches, however, stress and pressure are indispensable formative elements.Until now, … Continue Reading How Sandstone Arches Form
On the evening of August 21, 1986, the village of Lower Nyos in Cameroon was startled by a deep rumbling beneath nearby Lake Nyos. Within an hour, approximately 1,700 nearby people would … Continue Reading The Lake Nyos Limnic Eruption Disaster