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In geological terms, a contact is the place where two different types of rocks come together. This ezine is a place to find content from my favorite web sources on the the creation-evolution issue, with a focus on the subject of geology.  Just as the layers of a rock can be composed of many different materials, so my sources often differ in their assumptions and in their views on the issue, but their common intersection is the belief that this is an important subject.

 

(Image source:  Glyn Baker, http://www.geograph.org.uk/reuse.php?id=167895)

YEC Geo's insight:

While my interests are wide-ranging, as even a cursory glance at this site will show,  a subject of great personal interest to me is the preservation of biological material in fossils presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old.  In my view, the increasing pace of discovery of such material is one of the strongest evidences in support of a young age for the earth.

 

Below is a continuously updated archive of articles I've found on the subject:


2017:


66-million year old dinosaur bone cell: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Armitage2/publication/289686201_Preservation_of_Triceratops_horridus_Tissue_Cells_from_the_Hell_Creek_Formation_MT/links/57ad0e1a08ae3765c3bb0cf7.pdf


15-45 million year old mammal blood: https://academic.oup.com/jme/article/3073510/Fossilized-Mammalian-Erythrocytes-Associated-With


146-100 milllion year old bird tendon and cartilage-like tissues: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14779


195 million year old dinosaur blood:  http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14220


80 million year old brachylophosaur protein: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123145210.htm


2016:

130 million year old bird melanosomes: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/11/16/1617168113.abstract

75 million year old keratin: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-dinosaur-claw-sheath-proteins-million.html

120 million year old Psittacosaurus pigment and protein:  http://www.icr.org/article/9595/

1.4 million year old chloroplast DNA from deep sea sediments: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/8/615.full.pdf+html

100 million year old mummified bird wings: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160628/ncomms12089/full/ncomms12089.html

1.88 billion year old microbial protein preservation: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160617/ncomms11977/full/ncomms11977.html

445 million year old echinoderm organic molecules: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/5/379.abstract

8-11 million year old snake proteins: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822%2816%2930120-8

247 million year old preserved dinosaur soft tissue: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151143, http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/04/fossilised-blood-vessels-oldest-in-world?videoId=367980360&videoChannel=6&channelName=Technology

520 million year old preserved arthropod neural tissue: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/44765/title/To-Retain-a-Brain/, http://sco.lt/7fLsw5

2015 :

Presence of blood confirmed in 80-million-year-old hadrosaur fossil: https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/12/schweitzer-vessels/

Unperminalized hadrosaur bones: http://creation.com/unpermineralized-hadrosaur-bones-alaska

50-million year old melanosomes in bats: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928155852.htm

150-million year old melanosomes in bird fossil: http://crev.info/2015/09/original-pigment-dinosaur-feathers/

Radiocarbon in dinosaur bone: http://crev.info/2015/06/c14-dinosaur-bone/

Preserved coloration in dinosaur eggshell: http://www.icr.org/article/8805/

Collagen and blood cells in Cretaceous dinosaur museum specimens: http://crev.info/2015/06/more-dino-blood-found/, http://crev.info/2015/06/dinosaur-soft-tissue-surprise/

8-18-million year old proteins in seashells: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=13504, http://phys.org/news/2015-02-million-year-old-mollusk-protein.html

2014:

550 million year old tube worms: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=12518, http://www.icr.org/article/8059/

2013:

23 million year old lizard: http://www.icr.org/article/7569/ 46 million year old mosquito blood: http://crev.info/2013/

46 million year old mosquito blood: http://www.pnas.org/content/110/46/18496.abstract

49 million year old beetle scales: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23786-iridescent-beetle-shimmers-for-49-million-years/#.UeeXxZwSTbC

70 million year old hadrosaur skin: http://creation.com/hadrosaur-skin, http://phys.org/news/2013-04-scientists-rare-dinosaur-skin-fossil.html

160 year old mollusk melanin: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-melanin-jurassic-era-mollusk-tool-cancer.html

Brian Thomas’ overviews: http://www.icr.org/article/7520/

Archaeopteryx feather: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10235#more-10235

190-197 million year old sauropod egg proteins: http://crev.info/2013/04/protein-found-in-dinosaur-eggs/

250 million year old coloration on trilobites: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130327-trilobite-spots-marine-paleontology-science/

Cretaceous triceratops horn: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065128113000020, http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10065

350 million year old crinoids & 417 million year old eurypterid chitin: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/oldbiomarkers.htm

Soft tissue overview from Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/3-soft-tissue-in-fossils/

2012:

Jurassic squid ink: http://creation.com/fossil-squid-ink (see here for Charles Dickens reporting on fresh squid ink and fresh squid eye discovery: http://observationdeck.kinja.com/mary-anning-the-fossil-finder-by-charles-dickens-1579691341)

C-14 in dinosaur bones, a presentation at an AGU-AOGS conference that was later stricken from the conference records: http://creation.com/c14-dinos

Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s dinosaur tissue research: http://www.icr.org/article/7091/

Brian Thomas update: http://www.icr.org/article/7183/


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Raison d'etre

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In geological terms, a contact is the place where two different types of rocks come together. This ezine is a place to find content from my favorite web sources on the the creation-evolution issue, with a focus on the subject of geology.  Just as the layers of a rock can be composed of many different materials, so my sources often differ in their assumptions and in their views on the issue, but their common intersection is the belief that this is an important subject.

 

(Image source:  Glyn Baker, http://www.geograph.org.uk/reuse.php?id=167895)

YEC Geo's insight:

While my interests are wide-ranging, as even a cursory glance at this site will show,  a subject of great personal interest to me is the preservation of biological material in fossils presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old.  In my view, the increasing pace of discovery of such material is one of the strongest evidences in support of a young age for the earth.

 

Below is a continuously updated archive of articles I've found on the subject:


2017:


66-million year old dinosaur bone cell: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Armitage2/publication/289686201_Preservation_of_Triceratops_horridus_Tissue_Cells_from_the_Hell_Creek_Formation_MT/links/57ad0e1a08ae3765c3bb0cf7.pdf


15-45 million year old mammal blood: https://academic.oup.com/jme/article/3073510/Fossilized-Mammalian-Erythrocytes-Associated-With


146-100 milllion year old bird tendon and cartilage-like tissues: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14779


195 million year old dinosaur blood:  http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14220


80 million year old brachylophosaur protein: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123145210.htm


2016:

130 million year old bird melanosomes: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/11/16/1617168113.abstract

75 million year old keratin: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-dinosaur-claw-sheath-proteins-million.html

120 million year old Psittacosaurus pigment and protein:  http://www.icr.org/article/9595/

1.4 million year old chloroplast DNA from deep sea sediments: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/8/615.full.pdf+html

100 million year old mummified bird wings: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160628/ncomms12089/full/ncomms12089.html

1.88 billion year old microbial protein preservation: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160617/ncomms11977/full/ncomms11977.html

445 million year old echinoderm organic molecules: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/5/379.abstract

8-11 million year old snake proteins: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822%2816%2930120-8

247 million year old preserved dinosaur soft tissue: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151143, http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/04/fossilised-blood-vessels-oldest-in-world?videoId=367980360&videoChannel=6&channelName=Technology

520 million year old preserved arthropod neural tissue: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/44765/title/To-Retain-a-Brain/, http://sco.lt/7fLsw5

2015 :

Presence of blood confirmed in 80-million-year-old hadrosaur fossil: https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/12/schweitzer-vessels/

Unperminalized hadrosaur bones: http://creation.com/unpermineralized-hadrosaur-bones-alaska

50-million year old melanosomes in bats: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928155852.htm

150-million year old melanosomes in bird fossil: http://crev.info/2015/09/original-pigment-dinosaur-feathers/

Radiocarbon in dinosaur bone: http://crev.info/2015/06/c14-dinosaur-bone/

Preserved coloration in dinosaur eggshell: http://www.icr.org/article/8805/

Collagen and blood cells in Cretaceous dinosaur museum specimens: http://crev.info/2015/06/more-dino-blood-found/, http://crev.info/2015/06/dinosaur-soft-tissue-surprise/

8-18-million year old proteins in seashells: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=13504, http://phys.org/news/2015-02-million-year-old-mollusk-protein.html

2014:

550 million year old tube worms: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=12518, http://www.icr.org/article/8059/

2013:

23 million year old lizard: http://www.icr.org/article/7569/ 46 million year old mosquito blood: http://crev.info/2013/

46 million year old mosquito blood: http://www.pnas.org/content/110/46/18496.abstract

49 million year old beetle scales: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23786-iridescent-beetle-shimmers-for-49-million-years/#.UeeXxZwSTbC

70 million year old hadrosaur skin: http://creation.com/hadrosaur-skin, http://phys.org/news/2013-04-scientists-rare-dinosaur-skin-fossil.html

160 year old mollusk melanin: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-melanin-jurassic-era-mollusk-tool-cancer.html

Brian Thomas’ overviews: http://www.icr.org/article/7520/

Archaeopteryx feather: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10235#more-10235

190-197 million year old sauropod egg proteins: http://crev.info/2013/04/protein-found-in-dinosaur-eggs/

250 million year old coloration on trilobites: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130327-trilobite-spots-marine-paleontology-science/

Cretaceous triceratops horn: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065128113000020, http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10065

350 million year old crinoids & 417 million year old eurypterid chitin: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/oldbiomarkers.htm

Soft tissue overview from Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/3-soft-tissue-in-fossils/

2012:

Jurassic squid ink: http://creation.com/fossil-squid-ink (see here for Charles Dickens reporting on fresh squid ink and fresh squid eye discovery: http://observationdeck.kinja.com/mary-anning-the-fossil-finder-by-charles-dickens-1579691341)

C-14 in dinosaur bones, a presentation at an AGU-AOGS conference that was later stricken from the conference records: http://creation.com/c14-dinos

Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s dinosaur tissue research: http://www.icr.org/article/7091/

Brian Thomas update: http://www.icr.org/article/7183/


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Earth movements and uniformitarianism

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Charles Lyell (1797-1895) was the first proponent of the principle of uniformity, which states that the present is the key to the past.  This has been used by countless geologists to quantify deep time by projecting current, slow observable rates of geological processes into the past.


The ruins of the Italian city of Pozzuoli were an important spur to Lyell's uniformitariansm, because some of the marble columns in the ruins have the borings of  marine creatures 10 feet above their bases. It was obvious to Lyell, therefore, that the sea level had changed since those markings were created.


Lyell's error was to assume that the sea level change was gradual and constant, thus resulting in a slow rate when measured over the 1000-year existence of the ruins.  He then reasoned that the creation of other geological features, such as the Alps or the cliffs of Dover, must also have been slow and gradual.


However, in Pozzuoli, the site of Lyell's uniformitarian revelation, earthquake tremors between August 1982 and December 1984 raised the sea bottom by almost 2 meters, rendering the Bay of Pozzuoli too shallow for large craft. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pozzuoli)  At that rate, it would have taken less than ten years for the marble columns to have emerged from the sea.


I have not yet found  acknowledgement anywhere of this refutation of Lyell's uniformitarian hypothesis of imperceptibly slow rates of uplift.

And while geologists now are quite aware that the uniformitarian methodology of extrapolating current rates of geological processes into the past is simplistic, as University of Montana geologist David Alt puts it, “To this day, most geologists consider it nothing less than heresy to invoke a catastrophic explanation for a geologic event.”

  

(Image is from the frontispiece of Lyell's 1830 work, the "Principles of Geology.")

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Worth re-posting in light of the recent earthquake in Kos.
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Ironically, in Pozzuoli, the site of Lyell's uniformitarian revelation, earthquake tremors between August 1982 and December 1984 have raised the sea bottom by almost 2 meters, rendering the Bay of Pozzuoli too shallow for large craft. 

 

However, I have not yet found any acknowledgement of this refutation of Lyell's uniformitarian hypothesis of imperceptibly slow rates of uplift.

 

Geologists now are quite aware that the uniformitarian methodology of extrapolating current rates of geological processes into the past is simplistic.  J Harlan Bretz was in the forefront of forcing geologists to acknowledge the role of catastrophic events in producing geologic effects.  However, as University of Montana geologist David Alt has stated, “To this day, most geologists consider it nothing less than heresy to invoke a catastrophic explanation for a geologic event.”

 

(Image is from the frontispiece of Lyell's 1830 work, the "Principles of Geology.")

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Researchers Crack the Secret of the Moving Rocks of Death Valley

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The mysterious moving rocks of Death Valley have long perplexed scientists and the general public. Finally, we now know their secret.
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Newly Discovered Sixth Extinction Rewrites Geology

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" Geology students memorize the rock system names found on geologic column diagrams, learn age assignments, typical fossils, and the five worldwide animal extinction events. Now, secular researchers reveal a sixth extinction near the top of Earth’s rock layers, and it coincides with three other large-scale features all poised to reshape the way biblical geologists think about the Genesis Flood."
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Highlights the growing influence of the Paleobiology Database.
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Fossil-Finding 101: How to Spot the Right Rocks

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A question that members of the research team often get regarding our work in the South Australian outback is simply how we know where to excavate fossil beds. It’s a good question—an important aspect of the paleontological process is simply identifying the best places to look for fossils. If we see enough of the indications that signal there are fossiliferous beds nearby, we can be confident enough to begin the excavation processes. Here are some of the signs.
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Check the incredible ripples.  Would you expect to go to a beach tomorrow and see preserved in the wet sand the same ripples that you saw today?  And yet, these are petrified ripples, easily identified as such.  Something must have happened to cover them with enough sediment to preserve them, while being gentle enough to keep from eroding them. 
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Noah's Flood helped form escarpments

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"Coastal great escarpments separate a high plateau (an erosion or planation surface) from a coastal plain.

They are one of the most significant topographical features found on earth."

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Judge for yourself which explanation is more reasonable.
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The Birthplace of the United States : Image of the Day

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Situated between the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn as the seat of a Quaker colony. Later, its location just upstream of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean made it an industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of the American colonies.
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Ten Evidences at Grand Canyon for a Global Flood

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On the occasion of Dr Andrew Snelling’s victory against discrimination by the National Park Service (see 5/11/17), we thought it would be worthwhile to learn about some of the evidence that convinces him and other creation geologists that the Grand Canyon cannot be millions of years old, but must have been carved rapidly by a catastrophic flood like the one described in Genesis.
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Grand Canyon Scientist/Creationist Receives Permits

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When public records’ requests revealed that National Park officials were overtly discriminating against Snelling’s faith, ADF attorneys and Congressman Trent Franks, R-Ariz., made additional requests for the research permit to be issued. After the Park Service failed to respond in a timely manner, Snelling filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona.
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Very good news! #academicfreedomforall
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California Rises from Drought

A June snowstorm just topped off the already thick layer of white stuff atop the Sierra Nevada. California’s snow water equivalent rose to a heaping 170 percent of normal. But not so long ago, the state was in the midst of a deep drought; its mountains were bare and brown, and water levels plummeted in reservoirs.
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Fairy Circles in South Africa

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"We recently took a trip from Cape Town to the Northern Cape province in South Africa and on the way noticed what looked like patches of bare ground or nearly bare ground."

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Breakfast is canceled at a Death Valley restaurant — and other tales from the blazing desert

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On the first day of summer, the temperature is expected to hit 124 degrees in Death Valley. A woman who lost her sandals suffered third degree burns earlier in the month.
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I've been there when it's 123 degrees--still an intensely cool place, in the qualitative sense of the word.
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Locals flee tsunami in Greenland which left four missing

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Frightening video footage has emerged of locals fleeing a tsunami in Greenland as waves carrying huge blocks of ice crashed into houses leaving four people missing.
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Study: ‘glaciers don’t need periods of warming to trigger retreat’

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"A new model yields insights into glaciers' retreats and advances, shows cyclic nature of tidewater glaciers."

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Creationists’ Power to Predict

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Creationists have made several successful scientific predictions over the past few decades, but three stand out in the fields of astronomy, geophysics, and geology for their precision and accuracy.
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Really important.  People think that methodological naturalism is the "safest" way to do science, but operational atheism has led to a lot of muffs, especially in geology (#Missoulaflood). 

Highly recommend the book "Naturalism and its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies," by Jonathan Bartlett & Eric Holloway (http://www.blythinstitute.org/site/sections/66)  It's a great introduction to the philosophical underpinnings of today's operational science methods, and an expose of how and where science has been adversely affected by that framework.
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10-year-old boy trips over 1.2M-year-old fossil in desert

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A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder. Jude Sparks, 10, discovered a fossilized elephant-like creature called a stegomastodon.
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Did a lake exist under Laurentide Ice Sheet ?

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Do sediment samples from Great Slave Lake point to a lake existing under the Laurentide Ice Sheet?
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I find most interesting the lack of support for multiple ice ages in the subglacial sediments.
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Lyell's Slow-and-Gradual Geology Is No Longer Tenable

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The latest study published in the journal titled American Scientists is an article titled “Reexamining Lyell’s Laws” by New York Professor Michael Rampino. The article opines that “Increasing evidence points to the role of periodic catastrophes in the shaping Earth’s history, challenging long-standing dogma within geology.”
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Rampino is no creationist, but has been an advocate of what, for lack of a better word, is more akin to Stephen Jay Gould's punctualism--see here, for example: https://phys.org/news/2010-11-darwin-theory-gradual-evolution-geological.html
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How seawater strengthens ancient Roman concrete

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Around A.D. 79, Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote in his Naturalis Historia that concrete structures in harbors, exposed to the constant assault of the saltwater waves, become "a single stone mass, impregnable to the waves and every day stronger."
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The Appalachian Mountains are young

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“Conventional wisdom holds that the southern Appalachian Mountains have not experienced a significant phase of tectonic forcing for >200 myr; yet, they share many characteristics with tectonically active settings, including locally high topographic relief, steep slopes, incised river gorges, and frequent mass-wasting."

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The Millennium Falcon in Google Earth

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"We recently came across an article about an interesting find in Google Earth imagery. At Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars fame can be seen. It is hidden behind barriers but they omitted to cover the top."

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In disaster's wake, BP doubles down on deepwater despite surging shale

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Seven years after its Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, BP is betting tens of billions of dollars on the prospect that it can slash the costs of offshore drilling by half or more - just as shale oil producers have done onshore.
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Antibiotic Resistance Didn't Evolve; It Was Borrowed

Antibiotic Resistance Didn't Evolve; It Was Borrowed | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Who would have thought that the very organisms that produce antibiotics also produce resistance genes to fight them? And who would have thought that they can share that pre-existing genetic information with disease germs?
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Frozen feeding

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How long does it take a well-preserved fish fossil to form? The average member of the public, including most teachers of science classes, would reply with a story involving long periods of time.
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The Laws of Averages: Part 2, A Beam of Darkness

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"Averages, in any and all cases, by their very nature, give only a very narrow view of the information in a data set — and if accepted as representational of the whole, will act as a Beam of Darkness, hiding and obscuring the bulk of the information; thus, instead of leading us to a better understanding, they can act to reduce our understanding of the subject under study."


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Along with Part 1, should be required reading for all science students--and probably their teachers, as well.
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Researchers report possible location of famed lost Pink and White Terraces of New Zealand

Researchers report possible location of famed lost Pink and White Terraces of New Zealand | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"A pair of researchers, one referring to himself as an independent researcher, the other with the National Library of New Zealand, has found the possible location of the famed lost Pink and White Terraces of New Zealand."

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