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2011-07-28 07:55:00

Geological history has periodically featured giant lava eruptions that coat large swaths of land or ocean floor with basaltic lava, which hardens into rock formations called flood basalt. New research from Matthew Jackson and Richard Carlson proposes that the remnants of six of the largest volcanic events of the past 250 million years contain traces of the ancient Earth's primitive mantle"”which existed before the largely differentiated mantle of today"”offering clues to the...

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2009-03-25 08:14:02

Red jasper cored from layers 3.46 billion years old suggests that not only did the oceans contain abundant oxygen then, but that the atmosphere was as oxygen rich as it is today, according to geologists. This jasper or hematite-rich chert formed in ways similar to the way this rock forms around hydrothermal vents in the deep oceans today. "Many people have assumed that the hematite in ancient rocks formed by the oxidation of siderite in the modern atmosphere," said Hiroshi Ohmoto, professor...

2008-09-04 03:00:18

By Cook, Robert B Guidebook to the Pegmatites of Western Australia by Mark I. Jacobson, Mark. A. Calderwood, and Benjamin A. Grguric. Hesperian Press, PO Box 317, Victoria Park, WA, Australia 6979 (http:// www.hesperianpress. com). 356 pages; 2007; $85 plus shipping (hardcover). This useful and informative book is a comprehensive treatment of the history, geology, and mineralogy of economically or scientifically significant pegmatites in Western Australia, authored by three experts in the...


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