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Ancient Landscape Found Beneath Greenland Ice Sheet
2014-04-18 11:47:38

[ Watch The Video: Ancient Soil Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet ] By Joshua E. Brown, University of Vermont Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything—vegetation, soil, and even the top layer of bedrock. So scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. "We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the...

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2011-09-14 18:42:46

Something's up with the weather in Namibia, say geoscientists Kyle Nichols of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Paul Bierman of the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Nichols and Bierman should know. They're just back from the western mountains and coastal plain of this sparsely populated African country. Usually, western Namibia is a dusty place where the stream beds are sand and the "lakes" are nothing more than flats of dried mud. Not now. This year, rivers...

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2011-07-28 10:10:00

By Joshua E. Brown, University of Vermont Every mountain and hill shall be made low, declared the ancient prophet Isaiah. In other words: erosion happens. But for the modern geologist a vexing question remains: how fast does this erosion happen? For more than a century, scientists have looked for ways to measure and compare erosion rates across differing landscapes around the globe"”but with limited success. "Knowing the background rate of erosion for a place is extremely important,"...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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