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How do Footprints Become Fossils?
This is a process known as lithification, which sees sediments compact or bind together using mineral cement. Most of the world's oldest known tracks were made in wet environments, as they're better at retaining imprints. However, even sand dunes can ...
The Rock Cycle: Learn The Types Of Rocks & Minerals
The three types of rocks above can each form one another by melting or erosion and subsequent lithification. This process helps to bring nutrients from deep in Earth's mantle to the surface.
Advanced Paving Tech' 3D Asphalt Paver to launch on Kickstarter on October 15
We have all been stuck in traffic, likely many times in our lives, slowly inching past miles of roadwork, while growing increasingly frustrated at our stagnant states. For John Smith however, the founder of Advanced Paving Technologies, Inc.
Cyanobacterial reuse of extracellular organic carbon in microbial mats
In cyanobacterial communities, extracellular chemistry may have additional functions related to lithification (Decho et al., 2005; Dupraz et al., 2009), or protection from desiccation (Tamaru et al.
Cross bedding explained, on an outcrop from Mars
NASA recently uploaded a strikingly beautiful photograph on their website showing a petrified sand dune on Mars. The image was actually pieced together from several shots taken using Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on August 27th. From end to end, ...

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