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From the ashes of volcanic eruptions and the wreckage of organized crime, a new, modern giant has risen: the huge mountain of disposable plastic poured over the astonishing megalopolis that is Naples. Residents seem blind to the environmental disasters, - or has a life-saving type of inertia taken hold of them? After nearly two decades of regular...

According to a recent NASA map, Argentina, together with Russia, Canada and Congo, does not emit carbon dioxide, but absorbs it. Based on this map, headlines have emerged linking the supposed sustainability of the Argentinean livestock industry with low emissions. Let's explore the overall impact of meat on the environment and how it contributes to...

About six million years ago, almost all the water of the Mediterranean Sea evaporated as it became cut off from the global ocean. In a geological blink of an eye, the sea level dropped until only a few seething lagoons remained, at a depth of roughly 1,500 to 3,000 meters below mean sea leve, causing a huge ecological crisis. But then great natural floodgates opened in the Strait of Gibraltar and through a mega-flood the basin refilled with seawater. Read on.


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Lapis lazuli: Via the Silk Road to Tutankhamun.

An article by Kathelijne Bonne

From high mountain peaks to the pharaohs.

How precious stone lapis lazuli found its way from the world's most ancient mines to Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece, and to the canvases of the great painters, has been documented extensively. Discover how lapis lazuli formed, as it crystallized in seams of precious rocks in the midst of plate tectonic turmoil. 

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The inspiration came from the great, lost continent of Gondwana. Gondwana was the land area in which all southern continents were once united into one great supercontinent. When it formed, life had exploded into a myriad of life forms and had risen from a mainly microscopic bacterial world to a world in which animals and plants came to dominate. When Gondwana fell apart, and continents drifted away, new, isolated life forms emerged, of which the peculiar fauna and flora of Australia are the best, but not the only, example.

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