The First Brexit: When Britain Geologically Separated from Europe

Artist’s impression of waterfalls pouring over the original land bridge connecting England with France. CREDIT: Imperial College London/Chase Stone Almost half a million years ago a huge flood started breaking the apart the land bridge that joined England and France. By Dr. Simon Redfern / 04.04.2017 Professor in Earth Sciences University of Cambridge As Brexit looms, Earth scientists have[…]

Volcano Observer: Sir William Hamilton and Mount Vesuvius

Interior view of the crater of Mount Vesuvius, as it was before the eruption of 1767. Hand-colored engraving in Sir William Hamilton, Campi Phlegraei (Naples, 1776). The Getty Research Institute, 84-B29643. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program British diplomat Sir William Hamilton documents the “fields of fire”. By Karen Meyer-Roux / 04.30.2010 Archivist Getty Research[…]

Geomythology: Can Geologists Relate Ancient Stories of Great Floods to Real Events?

Cataclysmic natural disasters frame indelible human stories. Francis Danby, The Deluge By Dr. David R. Montgomery / 08.04.2016 Professor of Earth and Space Sciences University of Washington Modern people have long wondered about ancient stories of great floods. Do they tell of real events in the distant past, or are they myths rooted in imagination?[…]