ME LIKE A ROCK
Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds, WI
Everybody gets excited about whatever's new, but what
about what's really, really old? In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge we commemorate geologic time. We'll meet the crew who found
the oldest object on Earth - a three point four billion year old zircon!
And the Jazz Passengers, who helped them tell their story. Also, a trip
far underground with a geologist who will teach us how to read the rocks.
Wilde is one of the scientists who found a tiny, four billion year
old zircon in Australia. Joe Skullan at the University of Wisconsin
and musician Roy Nathanson were inspired by the discovery, so
Roy's group, Jazz Passengers, performed the "Rock Concert"
in Madison, Wisconsin. Wilde, Skullan and Nathanson tell their story
to Steve Paulson, and we hear excerpts from the concert recording. Also,
Dallas Abbott is a research scientist and a member of the Holocene
Impact Working Group. She tells Anne Strainchamps about the massive
chevrons she believes are caused by mega-tsunamis which are in turn
caused by asteroid impacts on the Earth. She thinks such catastrophic
events happen far more often than mainstream science believes, and we
could be due for another one!
Technical Director Caryl Owen explains why she's always been
fascinated by rocks and the language of geology. William Broad is
the author of several books, including "The Oracle: The Lost Secrets
and Hidden Message of Ancient Delphi." He tells Steve Paulson how
a multi-disciplinary scientific team recently proved that the secret
of the ancient sisterhood of mystics in Greece was that the Temple of
Apollo was sitting on top of soil saturated by petrochemical fumes that
caused the Oracles to go into trance. And they're finding geological
bases to other sacred sites all over the world.
Fleming explores Wisconsin's Cave of the Mounds with Marcia
Bjornerud, author of "Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography
of the Earth." Bjornerud explains the processes that formed the
various types of rocks they see and how the consideration of deep time
influenced the history of science.
Marcia Bjornerud & Jim Fleming at Cave of the Mounds
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|Marcia Bjornerud Reading the
Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth (Basic Books A member
of the Perseus Books Group)
|William J. Broad The Oracle:
The Lost Secrets and Hidden Message of Ancient Delphi (The
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