What does Earth have to tell?
Natural science for clever dummies.
Science, dull? Does it remind you of old schoolbooks and dusty classrooms? Or are you interested but you don't know where to start? On GondwanaTalks you will find articles on natural science written especially for science dummies. Everything in nature has its own incredible story, going back in time to an age in which the planet looked completely different. You will think differently about Earth, life, the planets, crystals and gems, humanity and the future. And the more you learn, the more amazed you will be.
Machu Picchu, iconic symbol of the Inca Empire, is one of the most widely recognized and admired archaeological sites on Earth. The Incas ingeniously integrated their buildings into the natural environment, taking advantage of the unique geology of this part of the Andes Mountains in southern Peru. Built over 500 years ago, it is in a spectacular location on a narrow ridge between two mountain peaks. (article by Roseanne Chambers)
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Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins came home from the moon, carrying with them the first ever samples of lunar rocks to see and study for all. Heads have rolled since then, and new hypotheses on the birth of the moon popped up like mushrooms.
How precious lapis lazuli found its way from the world's most ancient mines to Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece, has already been described extensively. Dive deeper and discover the geological history of lapis lazuli, as it crystallized in seams of precious rocks in the midst of plate tectonic turmoil.
The metropolis of Naples lies ten kilometres from Mount Vesuvius. Some consider this a safe distance. But they forget a much bigger volcano below their feet: the Campi Flegrei. A past eruption was so violent, that it may have delivered a final blow to waning Neanderthal populations.
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Lapis lazuli: Following the trace of a blue stone.
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.
Photo: géry60 on Foter.com / CC BY-ND
What is Gondwana?
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.