Earth news stories

Agriculture initiated by indigenous peoples, not Fertile Crescent migration
20th March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Analysis of stone tools and ancient DNA suggests an indigenous population, rather than migrants from earlier agricultural communities within the Fertile Crescent.

Volcanic eruption influenced Iceland’s conversion to Christianity
19th March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island’s conversion to Christianity, new research suggests.

Unexplained Underwater Craters Found Off Coast of Iceland
15th March 2018 | Ancient, Earth

While mapping the seabed, the team discovered seven large craters in the seafloor, and the geologists can’t explain what might have made them.

Pre-Columbian people spread fruit species across Latin America
14th March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

People have shaped Latin America’s ecosystems on a large scale. Humans maintained and even expanded plants’ habitats, increased biodiversity, and engineered ecosystems on two continents.

How the Environmental Humanities Can Heal Our Relationship to the Planet
14th March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Connecting the humanities — especially the arts — with current scientific research relating to ecology and non-human life is direly needed.

Ash from dinosaur-era volcanoes linked with shale oil, gas
14th March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Nutrient-rich ash from an enormous flare-up of volcanic eruptions toward the end of the dinosaurs’ reign kicked off a chain of events that led to the formation of shale gas and oil fields from Texas to Montana.

These Early Humans Prospered During What Should Have Been a Devastating Volcanic Winter
13th March 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Toba eruption, as we’re learning, wasn’t nearly as bad for humans as we thought—and it may not have produced a volcanic winter at all.

This Time-Lapse Shows 13.8 Billion Year History of Universe in Just 10 Minutes
13th March 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The voiceover includes Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough. Each second represents 22 million years, which really puts into perspective how old our universe is.

This is ‘nanowood,’ an invention that could reduce humanity’s carbon footprint
12th March 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Cellulose fibers can take on remarkable characteristics, including a strength-to-weight ratio that’s about eight times that of steel.

Unique diamond impurities indicate water deep in Earth’s mantle
10th March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth

Scientific analysis of diamond impurities — known as inclusions — reveal naturally forming ice crystals and point to water-rich regions deep below the Earth’s crust

An Electro-Blob Under Africa May Be ‘Ground Zero’ for Earth’s Magnetic Field Reversal
10th March 2018 | | Earth

A flip in Earth’s magnetic field may be brewing. And if it is, an electromagnetic blob deep under southern Africa is likely to be ground zero for the change.

Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a ‘Super Deep’ Diamond
9th March 2018 | Earth

Hidden inside a diamond forged deep within the belly of the Earth, scientists have found the first evidence of a mineral that’s never been seen before.

Toba Super Eruption: More bang than an apocalyptic ash cloud?
7th March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A study of sediment cores from Lake Malawi has found no evidence of a plant die-off that would have come with the alleged six-year-long nuclear winter following the Toba catastrophe.

To Help Save Our Oceans, Include Women In The Conversation
3rd March 2018 | | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

As governments convene throughout 2018 and beyond to discuss new and necessary ocean laws, we must give equal consideration to the perspectives of women.

Fossilised plant leaf wax provides new tool for understanding ancient climates
3rd March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Tech

New research has outlined a new methodology for estimating ancient atmospheric water content based on fossil plant leaf waxes.

Divers Find ‘Unprecedented’ Native American Burial Site Off The Coast of Florida
2nd March 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

“This will forever change the way we approach offshore archaeology.”

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