Big Picture Science – Geology is Destiny

by Gary Niederhoff on January 15, 2018

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Big Picture Science – Geology is Destiny

The record of the rocks is not just the history of Earth; it’s your history too. Geologists can learn about events going back billions of years that influenced – and even made possible – our present-day existence and shaped our society.

If the last Ice Age had been a bit warmer, the rivers and lakes of the Midwest would have been much farther north and the U.S. might still be a small country of 13 states. If some Mediterranean islands hadn’t twisted a bit, no roads would have led to Rome.

Geology is big history, and the story is on-going. Human activity is changing the planet too, and has introduced its own geologic era, the Anthropocene. Will Earthlings of a hundred million years from now dig up our plastic refuse and study it the way we study dinosaur bones?

Plus, the dodo had the bad luck to inhabit a small island and couldn’t adapt to human predators. But guess what? It wasn’t as dumb as you think.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Walter Alvarez / Rocks Remember
Part 2: Eugenia Gold / So Goes the Dodo
Part 3: David Grinspoon / Enter the Anthropocene

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