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This is the blog homepage of the Facebook group "The Earth Story" (Click here to visit our Facebook group). “The Earth Story” are group of volunteers with backgrounds throughout the Earth Sciences. We cover all Earth sciences - oceanography, climatology, geology, geophysics and much, much more. Our articles combine the latest research, stunning photography, and basic knowledge of geosciences, and are written for everyone!

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Bicoloured beryl Tourmaline is not the only mineral that forms in multicoloured crystals (see http://tmblr.co/Zyv2Js1Te_xeX,...

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Bicoloured beryl Tourmaline is not the only mineral that forms in multicoloured crystals (see http://tmblr.co/Zyv2Js1Te_xeX,...

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A wiwaxia, because it's FossilFriday!

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A wiwaxia, because it's FossilFriday!

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Cleaning acid mine drainage Earlier this week we discussed the problem of Acid Mine Drainage - pollution generated from...

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Cleaning acid mine drainage Earlier this week we discussed the problem of Acid Mine Drainage - pollution generated from...

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Searching for fossilized plants and animals that were buried by the beginnings of the Columbia River basalt eruptions in Oregon.

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Searching for fossilized plants and animals that were buried by the beginnings of the Columbia River basalt eruptions in Oregon.

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New replica: Microraptor skull. https://www.etsy.com/fr/shop/InhumanSpecies
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New replica: Microraptor skull. https://www.etsy.com/fr/shop/InhumanSpecies

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jurassicrann Two vertebrae bone blocks from the Yorkshire Jurassic coast from two extinct marine reptiles that hunted in our...

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jurassicrann Two vertebrae bone blocks from the Yorkshire Jurassic coast from two extinct marine reptiles that hunted in our...

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The oldest fossilised flower (so far) The land that became what we now know as central to northern Spain played host to the...
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The oldest fossilised flower (so far) The land that became what we now know as central to northern Spain played host to the...

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A variety of material found during a Yorkshire coast fossil hunt, culminating in a nearly complete Ichthyosaur paddle.

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A variety of material found during a Yorkshire coast fossil hunt, culminating in a nearly complete Ichthyosaur paddle.

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Radiating Perseids This photograph of August’s Perseid Meteor Shower was taken on top of the Wasserkuppe Mountain in Central...

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Radiating Perseids This photograph of August’s Perseid Meteor Shower was taken on top of the Wasserkuppe Mountain in Central...

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Monsoon rains and waterfalls in Malshej, Maharashtra, India

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Monsoon rains and waterfalls in Malshej, Maharashtra, India

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Original caption: "Joshua Tree's prehistoric terrain makes you feel like you're visiting an alien planet, so it was easy to give...

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Original caption: "Joshua Tree's prehistoric terrain makes you feel like you're visiting an alien planet, so it was easy to give...

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Waterpocket fold This image captures one of the dominant geologic features of Capitol Reef National Park and was shared by the...

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Waterpocket fold This image captures one of the dominant geologic features of Capitol Reef National Park and was shared by the...

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wildlifejosh A family of Asian Elephants grazing in the setting sun 🐘🌅

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wildlifejosh A family of Asian Elephants grazing in the setting sun 🐘🌅

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Bass Rock Bass Rock is an island off the east coast of Scotland home to a large number of gannets and a few abandoned buildings....

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Bass Rock Bass Rock is an island off the east coast of Scotland home to a large number of gannets and a few abandoned buildings....

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Maroc 2019.  Minutes before landing in Marrakech.

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Maroc 2019. Minutes before landing in Marrakech.

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An amazing natural sculpture Shaped like a graceful pair of bending women glimpsed through a window, this coral from Florida has...

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An amazing natural sculpture Shaped like a graceful pair of bending women glimpsed through a window, this coral from Florida has...

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While the car commercial part isn't particularly fun, here's a drive across some amazing landscapes in Kazakhstan.

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While the car commercial part isn't particularly fun, here's a drive across some amazing landscapes in Kazakhstan.

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raptor_rehab_of_kentucky Peek A Hoo!  Nest boxes, in our mews and flights, offer places to hide and rest for the Eastern Screech...

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raptor_rehab_of_kentucky Peek A Hoo! Nest boxes, in our mews and flights, offer places to hide and rest for the Eastern Screech...

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The Colorado Mineral Belt The area of Colorado, running from Denver and Boulder heading southwest, is a geologic puzzle. It is...

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The Colorado Mineral Belt The area of Colorado, running from Denver and Boulder heading southwest, is a geologic puzzle. It is...

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deanblechman @wonderlustcollective Chasing waterfalls in Voss, Norway

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deanblechman @wonderlustcollective Chasing waterfalls in Voss, Norway

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last view of the Aosta valley- Tour du Mont Blanc, June 2019  photo by nature-hiking

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last view of the Aosta valley- Tour du Mont Blanc, June 2019 photo by nature-hiking

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Captured overlooking the cliffs in Látrabjarg, this fog waterfall in Iceland is pretty spectacular, but unfortunately not...

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Captured overlooking the cliffs in Látrabjarg, this fog waterfall in Iceland is pretty spectacular, but unfortunately not...

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You don't need to look far to find aliens The world abounds in strange creatures, but the babies of some of them are even odder...

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You don't need to look far to find aliens The world abounds in strange creatures, but the babies of some of them are even odder...

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The Cajon Pass - the narrow valleys that connect the Los Angeles Basin to the Mojave Desert, in-between the San Gabriel and San...

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The Cajon Pass - the narrow valleys that connect the Los Angeles Basin to the Mojave Desert, in-between the San Gabriel and San...

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toptrilos Some  people still ask us if trilobites are real. I am thinking of making a  documentary with the whole process, from...

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toptrilos Some people still ask us if trilobites are real. I am thinking of making a documentary with the whole process, from...

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Brisk.  avhaugland Ice ice 🧊

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Brisk.  avhaugland Ice ice 🧊

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Orographic cloud over Iceland The melting glacial ice in the foreground provides a beautiful setting for this lovely cloud...

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Orographic cloud over Iceland The melting glacial ice in the foreground provides a beautiful setting for this lovely cloud...

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A summer of timelapses at Godrevy, on the north Cornish coast.

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A summer of timelapses at Godrevy, on the north Cornish coast.

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quartzo_roxo Pirita - coleção particular   Inter-penetrating pyrite cubes

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quartzo_roxo Pirita - coleção particular Inter-penetrating pyrite cubes

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For this #mineralmonday take a visit to the collection of the Peabody Mineral Museum at Yale, and head behind the scenes just...

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For this #mineralmonday take a visit to the collection of the Peabody Mineral Museum at Yale, and head behind the scenes just...

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Sadly but correctly, the 2021 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the largest and most famous rock, fossil, and mineral show in the US,...

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Sadly but correctly, the 2021 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the largest and most famous rock, fossil, and mineral show in the US,...

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The Emperor’s Head Our modern thinking behind hotspots is that they are generated by mantle plumes. A huge plume of extra warm...

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The Emperor’s Head Our modern thinking behind hotspots is that they are generated by mantle plumes. A huge plume of extra warm...

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Fluorite mushroom An impressive interlinkage of interpenetrant fluorite twins (where several crystals grow in different...
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Fluorite mushroom An impressive interlinkage of interpenetrant fluorite twins (where several crystals grow in different...

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Castle Rock: The volcano lurking beneath Edinburgh Castle Castle Rock is the name given to the large volcanic edifice upon which...

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Castle Rock: The volcano lurking beneath Edinburgh Castle Castle Rock is the name given to the large volcanic edifice upon which...

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This is an excellent capture of a pyroclastic flow put out by Stromboli Volcano in Italy last week. Note how ash seems to flow...

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This is an excellent capture of a pyroclastic flow put out by Stromboli Volcano in Italy last week. Note how ash seems to flow...

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Marine agate I love picture stones, whether landscape limestones such as Pietra Paesina from Italy (see http://on.fb.me/1NcRckv)...

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Marine agate I love picture stones, whether landscape limestones such as Pietra Paesina from Italy (see http://on.fb.me/1NcRckv)...

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wesleyaston Saw  this moose the other day taking a dirt road detour only to see a road  closed sign 11 miles down the road. We...

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wesleyaston Saw this moose the other day taking a dirt road detour only to see a road closed sign 11 miles down the road. We...

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Cross Bedding  White Pocket, Arizona

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Cross Bedding White Pocket, Arizona

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Cutting a dozen different rocks into cubes and polishing them so that you can see the different textures and mineral faces in 3...

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Cutting a dozen different rocks into cubes and polishing them so that you can see the different textures and mineral faces in 3...

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Time shift through a Scottish day  Photographed by Freddie Ardley
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Time shift through a Scottish day Photographed by Freddie Ardley

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roam A literal 'Stairway to Heaven.' Tag a friend you would do this with!⁠

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roam A literal 'Stairway to Heaven.' Tag a friend you would do this with!⁠

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Caledonian folding Back in the early Cambrian some 500 million years ago, the continental dance had an active phase that...

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Caledonian folding Back in the early Cambrian some 500 million years ago, the continental dance had an active phase that...

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Original caption: "Our journey through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was planned and executed entirely on our own. That was until...

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Original caption: "Our journey through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was planned and executed entirely on our own. That was until...

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This is a photo of the small island of Litla Dimun which is situated between Suouroy and Stora Dimun in the Faroe Islands. It is...

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This is a photo of the small island of Litla Dimun which is situated between Suouroy and Stora Dimun in the Faroe Islands. It is...

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everchanginghorizon After  days of trekking, we were happy to head back to town.. but a few min  into the drive, we crossed this...

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everchanginghorizon After days of trekking, we were happy to head back to town.. but a few min into the drive, we crossed this...

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What is acid mine drainage? Acid Mine Drainage is one of the main environmental problems found at the Earth's surface. It is...

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What is acid mine drainage? Acid Mine Drainage is one of the main environmental problems found at the Earth's surface. It is...

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A tour of peak fall colors across New England.

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A tour of peak fall colors across New England.