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 secretly interested but you don't know where to start? On GondwanaTalks you will find articles about the natural sciences 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 than today: Beyond imagination. GondwanaTalks will guide you along the way. You will forever think differently about Earth, life, the planets, minerals, humanity, the future ... And the more you learn, the more curious you will get ... Whether you're a dummy or not, you're someone with a sharp, inquiring mind. Knowledge is a journey! Come along with us.
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On #WorldEnvironmentDay we focus on the concept of planetary boundaries. What are they about? They represent conditions that enable humans to live safely and comfortably on the planet. In other words, they help to define "a safe operating space for humans".
Africa is a very old continent indeed, but it was not immune to change, and looked completely different in the past. Read about continents, life and ice ages in Africa, in this introduction for "geodummies" and everybody who is interested in the nature of Africa.
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People once believed that the continents had always been in the same place. This idea came under fire in the late nineteenth century. Explorers found signs of a more turbulent past. Nevertheless, they were the underdogs of society and of the established order. Until one hundred years later, the ultimate proof of the true nature of the continents...
The Niger, Africa's third river, makes an enormous bend in the Sahara. One of Africa's largest kingdoms developed there. Long before that, the Sahara was green and lush, and perhaps early humans sought a route out of Africa through these green regions.
Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins came home from the moon, bringing 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.
Read our featured article on lapis lazuli and other new articles on Italian Carrara marbles, and discover unknown places in Spain.
— This month's featured article —
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.
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