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Dear Earth-pages readers,

It is almost two decades since I was invited to write a regular series of articles on developments in the geosciences at Earth-pages. The site’s archives comprise more than 1200 of my commentaries, covering over 1500 publications. Since 2011 its annual readership has been between 40,000 to 80,000. Sadly, Earth-pages closed on August 1 2019 and no new posts will be added to it. Instead, activity has been transferred to a new site called Earth-logs. Titles of new additions to Earth-logs will continue to be posted here with, links to the full text.

Given its wide and loyal readership, I believe that the Earth-pages archives will continue to remain useful, especially for students, teachers and those hoping to begin geoscientific research. So, with the permission of Wiley-Blackwell, they too have been transferred to the new Earth-logs site .

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The format is different: the early posts (2000 to 2018) are logged annually under 12 broad themes: GeohazardsGeomorphologyHuman evolution and migrationsMagmatismMiscellaneous CommentaryPalaeoclimatologyPalaeobioloy; Physical ResourcesPlanetary ScienceRemote SensingSedimentology and Stratigraphy, and Tectonics. Each of these pages indexes the research topics covered during each year, along with links to PDFs of the annual logs.

New posts are added regularly to the Earth-logs Home Page. I intend to continue writing these commentaries in the same style as I have adopted at Earth-pages, for as long as I can. An important addition is direct web access to most of the papers on which the posts and the entries in annual logs are based, so that readers can download them as PDFs for their own use.

Thanks for reading my stuff here. Hopefully you will continue to do so at Earth-logs

Steve Drury

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Life with the Neanderthals

Hundred of 80 thousand-years old footprints – which could only have been made by Neanderthals, have been found in a dune sand depost at Le Rozel on the Cherbourg Peninsula in Normandy, France. Their abundance and diversity has presented an opportunity to to analyse the social structure of the Neanderthal group that produced them.

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The Le Rozel excavation, with weighted plastic sheets to protect the site from erosion between visits (credit: Dominique Cliquet)

To learn more about this unique discovery visit Earth-logs

Australopithecus anamensis; a face to fit the name

Learn at Earth-logs how the story of hominin evolution has changed significantly after the discovery in Ethiopia of a stunning new australopithecine fossil.

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The near-complete cranium of an Au. anamensis found in the Afar Depression of NE Ethiopia. Note the lateral flattening caused by sedimentary burial. (Credit: Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Symbolic art made by Denisovans (?)

Read about a new find in China that extends the history of human culture to the mysterious Denisovans at Earth-logs

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Top: lines etched through ochre veneer on a rib bone from Lingjing, China; bottom: hashed lines carved on a faceted block of hematite from Blombos Cave (Credit: Li et al 2019; Fig. 3 and Chris Henshilwood)

UK shale gas: fracking potential dramatically revised downwards

Read about a new estimate of shale-gas reserves in Britain at Earth-logs

Humans gorged on giant mole rats during Ethiopian glaciation

Read at Earth-logs about how Middle Stone Age humans survived 40 thousand years ago in a high-elevation glacial environment in Ethiopia by roasting giant mole rats.

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Startled giant mole rat caught at the surface in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia

Metamorphic evidence of plate tectonic evolution

Read about tracking ancient paired metamorphic belts using data mining and statistics as a guide to the evolution of modern plate tectonics at Earth-logs

Almenning, Norway. The red-brown mineral is ga...

Eclogite: the red-brown mineral is garnet, omphacite is green and there is some white quartz.(credit: Kevin Walsh via Wikipedia)

Ediacaran glaciated surface in China

Read about a unique confirmation of Snowball Earth conditions during the Ediacaran Period at Earth-logs.

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29 Ma old striated pavement beneath the Carboniferous Dwyka Tillite in South Africa (credit: M.J Hambrey)

Ecological hazards of ocean-floor mining

Read about the threat posed by deep-ocean mining of polymetallic nodules at Earth-logs

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The distribution of potential ocean-floor metal-rich resources (Credit: Hefferman 2019)

 

A dinosaur nesting colony

Read about a new discovery in Mongolia at Earth-logs

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Clutch of near-spherical dinosaur eggs from Mongolia: scale bar = 10 cm. (Credit: Kanaka et al. 2019; Fig. 2A)