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Are there enough rocks that are useful to burn that Paleolithic people would have experimented with them?

I'm not sure where to ask this question, but I thought there might be people on this list who are familiar with rocks and minerals. I've been thinking about the first smelting of ore (which seems to ...
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What was this historic object used for?

This object is displayed in an exhibition, but nobody knows what it is. It was part of the estate of a photographer whose father was one of the first meteorologists in Switzerland. EDIT: Adding more ...
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GHG emissions per company per year (carbon footprint database)

Which countries require corporations to report their GHG emissions (eg tonnes of CO2 or GWP emitted), and where can I find those numbers per company? I'm trying to find companies who do high-energy ...
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Book recommendation - historical / biographrical take on geology?

I am looking for a book (and/or show) that tackles geology on a popular science level from a historical perspective with biographical components of the scientists / discoverers involved in moving the ...
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Are there climatic projections for past conditions in Northern Europe?

I'm looking for projections of past climatic conditions during the last two millennia for northern Europe. I know there are initiatives studying tree rings, but I want to know whether there are ...
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How and when people first realized that Antarctica is a continent?

Recently I got startled by this question I asked myself and I can't seem to find any sources of answers. I have hypotheses about how it could have happened: It could have been by the fact that if you ...
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Where can I find the record for the heaviest single-day rainfall ever recorded on any date at a specific location?

I need to find out the largest amount of rainfall ever recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Where could I find this record?
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1950's - 60's Earth Science

I'm writing some lore for a fictional world, which is set in the 50's early 60's roughly. One thing I'd like to bring is a fairly grounded explanation for the creation of the planet and the universe, ...
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Evidence for "earthquake storm" at the end of the Bronze Age

The decline of the large population centers around the eastern Mediterranean at the end of the Bronze Age has been associated with a set of large earthquakes ("earthquake storm") occurring between ...
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Seeking details for the "historical rate" of arable land loss

In doing research on the issue of desertification (aka land degradation) I keep running across the same basic sentence but no source or detail to support or clarify it: "Arable land loss is ...
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Where does the 2015 Nepal earthquake rank amongst earthquakes since 1900?

Wikipedia provides a list of deadly earthquakes since 1900. Where would the April 2015 Nepal earthquake (magnitude currently estimated as 7.8 or 8.1) rank in this list, in terms of magnitude?
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