Category: Rural


The Bonneville Speedway – on Sea Salt!

Year after year, automobile speed records are set, and broken, on one of the planet’s fastest race tracks – Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. What does this desert have to do with the sea?

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Inland Canada Sheds New Light on Old Crab

Horseshoe crabs have been around a long time. Scientists thought they knew how long, but fossils recently found in Manitoba proved them wrong – by about 100 million years.

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Coral on a Freshwater Beach

What is coral from the sea doing on the shore of a freshwater lake?

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Waves in the Mountains

Each of Maya Lin’s and Andy Goldsworthy’s enormous installations at the Storm King Art Center – hers a grass wavefield on an 11-acre site, his a 2,278-foot-long stone wall, is of the sea; a sea that has long disappeared.

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Ghost Sharks in Kansas

High tech x-ray imaging of a walnut-sized fossil collected over 70 years ago in Kansas unexpectedly revealed its long hidden secret: an intact, and extremely rare, 300-million-year-old brain, the oldest fossil brain found. And it came from a fish.

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Beached Sea Garden in Greenfield, NY

Half the oxygen we breathe is made in the ocean. Along a wooded roadside in rural Greenfield, New York, outside Saratoga Springs, sits part of an ancient reef whose dwellers made oxygen for earth’s early large animals.

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Giant Marine Fossil in Downtown Fayetteville, AR

Three college students digging in a drainage ditch on a busy road found an eight-foot-long fossil of an animal that lived in the sea 325 million years ago. What was it doing there, and why is it so large?

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