The Stromatolites of Hamelin Pool – Australia

Located within a sheltered bay on the coast of Western Australia, theb Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve appears at first glance to be a regular rock-strewn beach, though the rocks look kind of odd. Those rocks are not actually rocks. Rather, they are active colonies of one of the first life forms on our planet. They are called “stromatolites”, and they are made by a single-celled organism know as “cyanobacteria”. Previously known as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria exist since about 3500 million years ago, well before the existence of any other…

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#TodayInHistory – September 26

September 26 – Some important events on this day. 46 BC 👉🏼 Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus 1580 👉🏼 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind 1665 👉🏼 Height of the Great Plague of London as 7,165 people die throughout the previous week. In 1665 and 1666, the last great outbreak of bubonic plague to hit England swept through the capital, London. The outbreak was…

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