As many of you know, I don’t just write for fun. This is also how I make my living! If you’re curious about my science writing, my latest story for EARTH magazine just went live. Seeing as I’m currently across in the pond, exploring Ireland and Scotland, this story about the eventual closing of the Atlantic Ocean seems fitting:
Throughout the history of the Earth, supercontinents and ocean basins have opened and closed over timescales of 300 million to 500 million years. “But we don’t actually see evidence of the in-between phase — a previously opening ocean basin beginning to close — happening anywhere on Earth,” says Robert Stern, a geoscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas. Now, thanks to new high-resolution surveys of the seafloor, scientists think they have evidence of that process starting in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal.
To read the rest, visit EARTH’s website and check back here for more from Ireland and Scotland!
Sounds like a very exciting story to have published. We tend to imagine geological processes being extraordinarily prolonged – but then sometimes they are ridiculously rapid – like the creation of islands from volcanic eruptions – love that sort of thing.
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