Category Archives: Geology

Weird methane bubbles under the Siberian Tundra

Its not just large craters being caused by methane blowouts in the boreal regions of the globe (see http://bit.ly/29Qtoq7 for photos of the large craters that have appeared in Siberia), as revealed by this video recently published by the Siberian … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopic hills

Kaleidoscopic hills: This terrain looks like an artist’s impression of an alien planet. However, the spectacular landscape, found at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China, is actually the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being … Continue reading

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Highest Mountain in our Solar System

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Ground Deformation at Mount Etna Volcano

  This animation depicts a time-series of ground deformation at Mount Etna Volcano between 1992 and 2001. The deformation results from changes in the volume of a shallow chamber centered approximately 5 km (3 miles) below sea level. The accumulation … Continue reading

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This new, ridiculously rare violet diamond has just been unearthed in Australia

If diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend – like decades of marketing campaigns would have you to believe – then the Argyle Violet, uncovered recently in Australia’s remote Argyle mine, could provide several lifetimes worth of friendship, because this is one of … Continue reading

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Scientists have found a mysterious boiling river straight out of Amazonian legend

For centuries, Peruvian locals have talked about a river in the Amazon that burns so hot it can kill. According to legend, Spanish conquistadors foolishly ventured into the rainforest in search of gold, and the few men that returned told … Continue reading

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Big Obsidian Flow

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The rocky area at the center of this image is the Big Obsidian Lava Flow, the youngest lava flow in the state of Oregon. The lava flow slowly oozed out of a vent in the Newberry Caldera structure during an … Continue reading

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SCOTTISH AGATES

A variety of spectacular Scottish agates from Alan Mason. The titles of the illustrations are my own, but the details are from “Agates” by A C Bishop and W D I Rolfe, published by National Museum of Scotland and British … Continue reading

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Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and … Continue reading

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Rock Optical Illusion

In this lovely Scottish rock specimen of Marine Agate (probably born in bubbles in basalts that were erupted some 400 million years ago during the closure of the Iapetus Ocean) it looks like we are looking through a window into … Continue reading

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Caledonian folding

Back in the early Cambrian some 500 million years ago, the continental dance had an active phase that resulted in the assembling of many of the plate fragments that form the bedrock beneath the European continent. Chunks of rock that … Continue reading

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New Lava Dome

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This photo shows a newly formed lava dome on Mount Cleveland in the Aleutian Range of southwest Alaska. Magma is reaching the surface and cooling in a circular pattern; not that you’d want to go for a stroll there – … Continue reading

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The White Stairs

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This amazing site is a beach in southern Sicily known as Scala dei Turchi. It is a popular beach and tourist destination, both for the views and for the water, which is rich in sedimentary mud coming from the exposed … Continue reading

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Ball’s Pyramid

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An isolated pillar of rock thrusting up from the southern Pacific Ocean is said to be the highest rock pinnacle in the world. Looking at it on a map, the tiny dot that marks Ball’s Pyramid is almost lost in … Continue reading

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Thornton Force – 170 million years in 14 metres

Thornton force is a 14m waterfall on the River Twiss; located in the Ingleton Waterfalls group in Yorkshire, UK. The waterfall drops from horizontal limestone (deposited 330 million years ago) onto dipping sandstone deposited 500 million years ago. This means … Continue reading

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Rockfall

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Like most scientists, geologists are classifiers. We break all sorts of features into different groups based on their properties; soils, weather patterns, volcanoes, you name it we can classify it. This image is a particular type of a mass movement … Continue reading

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The Australian Opal

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On the 1st of February 1915, 14-year-old Willie Hutchinson was searching for water in the Australian Outback. Suddenly the boy came across small white glimmering stones, unlike anything he’d seen before. Willie had just discovered what would become Coober Pedy, … Continue reading

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Himalayan ‘drop after Nepal quake’

The height of a swathe of the Himalayas has dropped by around one metre as a result of the devastating Nepal earthquake, scientists say. But they add that the drop will roughly be balanced by slow uplift due to tectonic … Continue reading

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Calbuco Volcano In Eruption Southern Chile

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William Smith: Seminal geology map re-discovered

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 Click to enlarge A first edition copy of one of the most significant maps in the history of science has been re-discovered in time for an important anniversary. William Smith’s 1815 depiction of the geology of England, Wales and part … Continue reading

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