Moh’s Scale updated

When it comes to minerals, they have certain properties. One property is the hardness. Back in the day German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs had the idea to introduce Moh’s Scale, where you basically take two minerals and have a look which one can put scratches into the other. This scale has ten levels from extremely soft […]

Beasties of fur and of feather

Our world long ago with lands joined together when first appeared beasties of fur and of feather. Artistic view on the life in the Triassic period by Richard Morden. Get it here! (All copyright belongs to him!) This artistic map shows the supercontinent Pangaea and the Tethys ocean. It’s a surprisingly accurate depiction where the […]

Happy New Year! – On gravitational attraction

A new year starts and suddenly a lot of people are concerned about their gravitational attraction to the Earth. In January new subscriptions to the gym spike compared to every other month. Weight watchers and a lot of the other programs for weight reduction invest in every commercial break on TV. Gravity is a very […]

The Apocalypse – a Geoscientific View

Today is a fun day. Some New Age guys decided that an ending calendar of an ancient culture can only have one meaning: The world is going to end. Homer Simpson on the end Copyright Matt Groening Now this happens quite often and some people will always tell you that this world is going to […]

Amazing fluid dynamics

Fluid dynamics is just boring equations, right? Well have a look at this video and think again! Food-dye is always fun, especially when you get to mix it and get some colourful joy. But this is just amazing how this liquid creates “laminar flow”. If there were turbulences in the fluid while turning, you would […]

Talk nerdy to me – a TED talk

A wonderful TED note on science communicationAlthough, is having the science communication plattform TED talking about science communication some weird form of “TEDception”? You don’t need to be a fabulous presenter. You don’t need to publish all your research in Nature. You don’t need to make it perfect. Go out there, tell people about your […]

Wave phenomenae

Within the last days a couple of amazing physics videos have been passed along on Twitter. My personal favorites are the two I want to talk about now. They basically involve some sort of experiment with oscillation or wave-like motion, with a twist. But see the first video for yourself: Coupled pendulums https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqFc4wriBvE Personally I […]

The three virtues

Don’t forget the three virtues of a Geophysicist, namely: True Love, True Friendship, True Amplitudes. ~ M. Tygel This happens to be my favorite quote about geophysics. A fellow writer asked me, what this quote was all about. So I began to elaborate on this. The part about “True Love” appears to be the easiest […]

90k and counting

Today marks the day The Earth Story has reached 90,000 fans. Thank you so much for being a part of this and making it so much fun for us admins, showing off the best sides of our beautiful Earth. And now a post to show to your friends how much we think of you, so […]

Vulcano, Volcano – Potayto, Potato

I love volcanoes! Did you know the name volcano is derived from the island Vulcano? The island was said to be the forge of the Roman god of fire: Vulcan. Now there is some kind of a problem and volcanologists sometimes get quite cocky about it, in the English language volcano is written with an […]