Archive for the ‘Geology and Paleontology’ Category

Diamond’s 2-billion-year growth charts tectonic shift in early Earth’s carbon cycle

A study of tiny mineral ‘inclusions’ within diamonds from Botswana has shown that diamond crystals can take billions of years to grow. One diamond was found to contain silicate material that formed 2.3 billion years ago in its interior and a 250 millio…

Climate-driven permafrost thaw

In bitter cold regions like northwestern Canada, permafrost has preserved relict ground-ice and vast glacial sedimentary stores in a quasi-stable state. These landscapes therefore retain a high potential for climate-driven transformation, say researche…

Five things to consider when designing a policy to measure research impact

By Andrew Gunn, University of Leeds and Michael Mintrom, Monash University.  This year will see the Australian government pilot new ways to measure the impact of university research. As recommended by the Watt Review, the Engagement and Impact Assess…

Rock layers preserve record of ancient sea tides near Blythe, California

Five million years ago, the Colorado River met the Gulf of California near the present-day desert town of Blythe, California. The evidence, say geologists, is in the sedimentary rocks exposed at the edges of the valley where the river flows today.

That Thing With Feathers Trapped in Amber? It Was a Dinosaur Tail

A Chinese paleontologist’s discovery in an amber market is offering new insights into the evolution of feathers.

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