Thursday, May 21, 2009

Andes Mountains a lot older than we thought

We used to think the Andes Mountains began rising 10 million years ago, but new research suggests they started 25 million years ago. (ScienceDaily) So what? "The date that mountain building began is critical to those of us who want to understand the movement of ancient animals and plants across the landscape and to engineers looking for oil and gas," said one expert.

As long as we're on the subject, research published last year found "mountains may experience a 'growth spurt' that can double their heights in as little as two to four million years." (
ScienceDaily)

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.