california cliffs risk of collapse

California Cliffs Are At Risk Of Collapse

The cliffs along California’s coastline are eroding faster than you think. Some may even be close to collapse. A new study in the journal Geomorphology identifies some of the most high-risk areas, and attempts to pin down the erosion’s cause. Heading Over The Cliffs As the sea level rises on planet Earth, more serious issues arise…

how was yosemite formed

How Was Yosemite Formed?

If you’ve ever been to Yosemite Valley, you’ve no doubt stood and stared in wonder at the unreal vista that greets you as you peer at the sweeping meadows and granite cliffs. There is arguably no place on the entire planet that is as perfectly picturesque, as seemingly well-composed as though it were created with…

olivine

Key Facts About Olivine

Olivine is an abundant silicate found in Earth’s mantle, and many meteorites contain this mineral. Olivine is typically olive green in color, but can also be yellow-green to bright green and brownish-green to brown. The opacity of olivine ranges from transparent to translucent, and its texture is brittle with many fractures. Olivine is commonly associated…

a scientific look at diamonds

A Scientific Look at Diamonds

Diamonds are much more than just a girl’s best friend. They are actually very useful in many respects beyond being admired for their beauty. While they are easily the most popular gemstone purchased in the United States, possibly because of their common use in wedding ceremonies, they also have many industrial uses because of their…