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10 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About Llamas

The possibility that a llama antibody holds promise for a treatment for Covid-19 burst into the news recently. And this is just the latest of the many ways that llamas, originating in the Andes Mountains of South America, have been of great value to human societies over thousands of years.... read on to learn things you may not know about llamas.

By |2020-05-15T09:53:41-07:00May 14th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|4 Comments

Earthquakes and Other Surprises in the Basin and Range

If you have admired the vast and empty Nevada landscape that unfolds during a drive across, or an airplane flight above, this western state, then you have seen some of the territory that composes the Basin and Range. The principal features of this region are rugged mountain ranges and arid deserts....

By |2020-05-07T06:51:34-07:00May 7th, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|8 Comments

A US Geology and Art Tour

The US Geological Survey produces maps that are works of art, as well as highly informative cartography. Meticulously hand drawn by artists, many of these maps can be appreciated for their visual appeal, even if you don’t delve too deeply into the details of rock units, faults and folds. One of my all-time favorites is the "Geologic Map of the United States" published in 1974.

By |2020-04-30T06:57:16-07:00April 30th, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|2 Comments

Fangs and Claws of Gold — Supernatural Creatures in Ancient Chavín Art

An eagle image covered with multiple fangs and claws -- a creature with a swirl of serpents replacing the fur –– a scowling half human/half beast figure on a crown – all meticulously crafted from hammered sheets of gold. These objects are among the many exquisite pieces of art crafted by the Chavín...

By |2020-04-23T13:17:29-07:00April 23rd, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|6 Comments

Uluru/Ayers Rock – A World Heritage Site

Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, the iconic giant sandstone mound in Australia that rises abruptly out of an expanse of flat desert, has always intrigued me. For thousands of years the indigenous Australians have considered Uluru a sacred site, and it is the focus of numerous myths and legends. I understand that mythic attraction – and the geologic history is just as captivating.

By |2020-03-26T15:28:31-07:00March 26th, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|5 Comments
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