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This Physical Geology course is designed to give you an understanding of how the Earth works. Topics that we will discuss include: what causes earthquakes, how old is the Earth and how we know this, how has the Earth evolved into the world that we see, and the nature, limitations, and benefits associated with extracting natural resources, such as petroleum. Most of the lectures are in the Lecture (audio) playlist below. Most of the files have been edited to eliminate long pauses that occur w ...
 
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The Flannelcasters talk about extraterrestrial plutonium in the ocean, Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands falling down, and ghost forests releasing greenhouse gasses. Links: Extraterrestrial Plutonium Atoms Turn Up on Ocean Bottom Galapagos rock formation Darwin's Arch has collapsed ‘Tree Farts’ Increase Carbon Emissions in Ghost Forests Podcas…
 
The Flannelcasters talk about a possible ocean in early Earth history that covered the globe, newly discovered ways that humans are affecting relative sea-level rise, and how the oldest meteorite ever discovered is pretty unique. Links: Ancient Earth Really Was a Serene Water World, New Evidence Confirms Sea-Level Rise Affects Coastal Areas 4 Times…
 
The Flannelcasters talk about the recent winter storm in Texas, it’s effects on the power grid, and how it relates to weather and climate change. Links: Texplainer: Why does Texas have its own power grid? Texas largely relies on natural gas for power. It wasn’t ready for the extreme cold. No, frozen wind turbines aren’t the main culprit for Texas’ …
 
This week the Flannelcasters cover to topic of sandstone - what they are, how they form, and the different types. Links Mentioned in the Podcast: Glacier Bursts in India, Leaving More Than 100 Missing in Floods The Blood Harvest - Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology. …
 
The Flannelcasters talk about how the early Earth was so warm while the early sun was colder than today, tsunamis in Israel and Alaska, and early humans controlling fire. Links: Chance played a role in determining whether Earth stayed habitable Croatia Earthquake Video Evidence for a massive paleo-tsunami at ancient Tel Dor, Israel 1958 Lituya Bay,…
 
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