Posts in Geology and Archaeology News

Unusually high sulfur content causes Kawah Ijen volcano to spew beautiful, brilliant, spectral blue lava

// January 13th, 2014 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Kawah Ijen, part of the Ijen volcano complex, is a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia. With an active crater that’s over 200 meters deep, the volcano complex is also home to the world’s largest turquoise-colored acidic lake, full of sulfuric acid, that produces a highly-unusual effect on the volcano’s lava flows. Instead of […]

Oldest human footprints in North America identified -10,500-year-old footprints smash record

// January 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

In 1961, during a highway construction project in northeastern Mexico, less than 200 miles from the Texas border, a pair of tracks, one left and one right, were uncovered in the Chihuahuan Desert. The tracks were excavated and taken to a local museum (Saltillo’s Museo del Desierto) for study. Now, over 50 years later, researchers […]

So that’s where all the water went! Delaware-size underground water reservoir discovered in drought-stricken Kenya.

// September 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Scientists have found a vast underground water reservoir in one of Kenya’s driest regions that they say could allow the drought-stricken country to meet its water needs for at least the next 70 years. The massive water reservoir, located 1,082 feet underground, was found in the desert of Kenya’s Turkana region. Named the Lotikipi Basin […]

Significant submerged archaeological site discovered off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos in Greece

// June 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

A submerged archaeological site has been discovered, with extensive sunken architectural remains, by an Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities team, located at a depth of 2-6 meters off the Alikanas beach on northeast Zakynthos island in the Ionian Sea island. The team had been surveying the area since the May 13, 2013. The site covers around […]

World’s oldest flowing water found in Canada 1.5 miles underground – scientists testing for life

// May 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Canadian and British scientists announced last week that they have discovered the world’s oldest flowing water deep under an Ontario copper and zinc mine in Canada. The scientists recovered the water through boreholes drilled underneath the mine. The cache of water was discovered 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) underground and is believed to date from 1.5 […]

Archaeologists discover Pluto’s “Gate to Hell” in southwestern Turkey

// April 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Known as Pluto’s Gate, the famous “Gate to Hell” cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition. It was said to be located in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described as filled with lethal mephitic vapors. Last week, Italian archaeologists announced that they have […]

12-pound gold nugget discovered in field where hundreds of prospectors had searched before

// January 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

An anonymous gold prospector using a Minelab GPX-5000 metal detector has discovered a 12-pound gold nugget worth a whopping $315,000 dollars. The prospector was searching in a field near the city of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia, in a well-known, previously searched gold prospecting field. It is estimated that hundreds of prospectors had searched the same […]

3.5 billion year old fossils found that predate oxygen on Earth

// January 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Researchers have found fossils of bacteria in northwest Australia’s Pilbara region, that are dated at 3.49 billion-years-old. That’s older than oxygen and just one billion years after Earth’s formation. The fossils, which are textures on the surfaces of sandstone thought to be sculpted by once-living organisms, are believed to be the oldest visible fossils ever […]

Volcano power arrives in the United States – producing electricity by extracting heat from an Oregon volcano

// November 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Located in Central Oregon, Newberry Volcano is one of the largest and youngest volcanoes in the United States (its last eruption was about 1,300 years ago). AltaRock plans to use the Newberry Volcano to create a geothermal reservoir via a unique combination of drilling and fracking. The process began in 2008 when a 10,060 feet […]

Historic spot of Julius Caesar’s assassination may have finally been discovered by archaeologists in Rome

// October 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

History has been clear that Julius Caesar was killed in the portico of the Theater of Pompey on March 15, 44 B.C. (the Ides of March) as he made his way to a session of the Senate – but the infamous site has never been found. Now according to a new Spanish National Research Council […]

Archaeologists resume hunt where two thousand year old computing device (Antikythera Mechanism) was found in 1901

// October 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Scientists from the USA and Greece are returning to the site where the Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s oldest computing device, was found in 1901. The Antikythera Mechanism was an apparatus of interlocking gears that was dated to 100 BC.

Unusual April 2012 Indonesian Earthquake may have broken tectonic plate and created new plate boundary

// September 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

The April 11, 2012 series of Earthquakes in Indonesia may have been a bigger event than originally thought – they may have broken the tectonic plate. The largest of the quakes was a magnitude 8.7 offshore quake that produced stronger ground-shaking than any earthquake in history. Scientists found it odd that it triggered several earthquakes […]

Is a Jurassic Park style Woolly Mammoth in the making?

// September 19th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Scientists in Russia have found the remains of a woolly mammoth in a remote area of Russia and the sample they found has some cell nuclei intact providing some hope that the cells can be used to clone a living woolly mammoth (think Jurassic Park).

The discovery of Richard III body and the significance to England [UPDATE]

// September 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

In a discovery historians are calling “momentous”, archaeologists believe they may have discovered the body of Richard III. By why is this so important to England’s history? I give the explanation here along with video clips and photos of the dig site.