We’re having a big impact on the planet. But what marks will we leave behind in deep time?
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Giant meteorite impacts may have created the land we live on
Humanity’s remarkable powers of comprehension can be aggrandising, but ultimately they demand a sense of humility.
Earth’s interior 80 million years ago with hot structures in yellow to red (darker is shallower) and cold structures in blue (darker is deeper).
Ancient blobs deep inside the Earth gather together and break apart like continents, according to new research.
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Birds have always been charged with carrying the burden of our feelings, writes Delia Falconer. Yet we’ve never treated these inscrutable, vivacious companions particularly well.
Trees seeded after the end of the last ice age, which survived the ruptures of invasion and industry, have re-emerged as art.
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The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear.
NASA ‘could not imagine the radical effect of seeing the Earth’ from the moon. In the face of a climate catastrophe, we all need to step back and see the Earth again.
Historical perspective can offer much in this time of ecological crisis,. Many historians are reinventing their traditional scales of space and time to tell different kinds of stories that recognise the unruly power of nature.
A clock designed to work for 10 millennia is being built – but what is the point of it?
Make that winter dram an intellectual one.
Fossilised ancient human footprints at the Mungo National Park. How are we to engage with a history that spans 65,000 years?
Over the past half century, Australia has experienced a ‘time revolution’ with Indigenous history pushed back into the dizzying expanse of deep time. The latest discovery reminds us that science, like history, is an ongoing inquiry.