When continental drift was considered pseudoscience

Remember when the earth used to be flat and to behave nice and static? Well it has only been hundred years that we know the face of the earth changes. But the idea of continental drift was very much debated back then. It was ridiculed for being pseudoscience and a stranger to geology. And there […]

Terra Sacra – A timelapse of the world.

Terra Sacra This is a video of some of the most beautiful places in the world. It takes you to 24 countries on 7 continents. Here you can find the locations that were filmed: http://bit.ly/KRoBlq And this is main page with the video: http://www.terra-sacra.com/ Now for something interactive: Do you like to know more about […]

Geology needs to be done consciously

We love the earth and maybe some get inspired to go out and look at some awesome geology.?It’s great to look at some formations and maybe take something with home but there is quite a problem with geovandalism. Look at the picture. Without all those drill holes it would be a very neat formation. But […]

Venus transits the sun

Today is Sun-Earth day. Venus transits the sun. And while our friends over at The Universe (https://www.facebook.com/AstrophysicsAndAstronomy) already reported about that, maybe some of you like it as well. NASA is having a live webcast right now over at: http://venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/ They’re talking about the relationship to planetary and earth science too. Worth a try! Don’t […]

The weekend volcano post

The weekend is coming! Let’s start this weekend with an awesome volcano picture of the Bagana in Papua New Guinea. It was taken by the Earth Observing-1 satellite and is a rather rare picture. This volcano can hardly be monitored since it’s located far from any civilization. Enjoy it and study the different magma flows […]

Fresh water consumption

Fresh water is an increasingly scarce but important resource. Have a look at this great illustration, where the water of the world goes and how it is consumed. In many places water consumption is depending on population size. But a great deal goes into food production. Did you know that India exports a big deal […]

The “Missing Silicon”-Problem

For quite some time, we have been missing some silicon. I guess, this need some explanation. Scientists have a quite good understand of which elements should be on this earth. They derived this information from meteorites and some theoretical constructs on how earth formed from the solar nebula. But as it’s often the case: Earth […]

Interdisciplinary Upwelling

Have a look at the map. It shows the worldwide upwelling areas (by NCEP and NOAA). Upwelling in coastal areas has been known for quite a while. However, this is a beautiful example how different systems of the earth interact and make living possible. Upwelling is a very important nutrient provider, transporting low, cold, nutrientrich […]

Under a raging moon.

On the 5th of may several spectacular moments combined to the beautiful picture taken by @etnaboris (Twitter / Flickr). We had the “supermoon”. This just means that two phenomenae joined, making the moon appear bigger than usual. The moon is on a slightly elliptical path around earth. Now what happened is that full moon and […]