Monthly Archives: September 2021

The “Healing Crystal” Conundrum

Many crystal mining operations are steeped in conflict and associated with appalling worker conditions and serious environmental degradation. Many collectors who are concerned with environmental impact and fair trade are seemingly unaware of this dark side – or perhaps they just don’t want to acknowledge it. There are alternatives.

By |2021-09-23T09:36:51-07:00September 30th, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|4 Comments

The Kelp Highway

Forests of bull kelp, with thick floating masses of brownish-green fronds, have been swaying in ocean waves along the Pacific coasts of the Americas for eons. This marine ecosystem, rich in fish, shellfish, marine mammals, birds and seaweed, made it feasible for the earliest people to migrate by boat southward from Eurasia to South America. We know their route as the Kelp Highway.

By |2021-09-23T14:12:43-07:00September 23rd, 2021|Fabulous Fossils & More|2 Comments

Our Age of Fire – The Pyrocene

Humans have always had a unique relationship with fire. Now, like many other changes that are occurring on our planet, fire is taking on new meanings. Across North America and Europe, and from the Amazon to the Arctic, wildfires have been erupting with unprecedented sizes and intensities. There is a name for this new age: the Pyrocene.

By |2021-09-07T08:16:55-07:00September 9th, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|6 Comments

Iceland’s Volcanic Theater

Iceland is a fabulous showcase for volcanoes. The easily accessible locations to view explosions of fiery lava and ash provide unusual opportunities for volcano-appreciators of all types, giving them ringside seats for the action. In the past few decades, there have been several spectacular volcanic performances. Attempting to control volcanoes is a major challenge, although people have tried, and even achieved success.

By |2021-09-02T09:08:26-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|8 Comments
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