28 October 2023

Science News

Human (Boot) Tracks Preserved in Volcanic Deposits of Surtsey Island, Iceland

The volcanic island of Surtsey, located about 30 km south of Iceland, is an iconic place for geologists. It represents a natural laboratory for the study of volcanic activity, rapid erosion, island biology, and species colonization. A fascinating research project, partly funded by GRI, has looked at some unique trackways preserved in the volcanic deposits of the island. The trackways consist of boot impressions left by early visitors who were exploring the island just a few years after it had emerged above sea level. Learn more from this article about the conditions necessary for preservation of footprints in the geologic record.

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Magmatic Diversity of the Peruvian Coastal Batholith Near Lima, Peru: Insights from Oxygen and Strontium Isotopes

Research partially funded by the Geoscience Research Institute was presented at the October 2022 Geological Society of America meetings. It was based on geochemical analyses of Cretaceous granitic rocks from the Peruvian Andes foothills. Stable oxygen isotopes and radiogenic strontium isotopes were used to infer magma source, continental crust recycling, magma mixing, and some hydrothermal alteration.

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The Big Bang, Standard Cosmological Model, and the Bible

Do modern cosmological theories provide adequate answers regarding the origins of the universe? How do they relate to the biblical picture of the origin of our world? 

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More Than Mere Coincidence

Refined observations in the universe have, to some extent, encouraged scientists to admit that a large number of physical conditions in our universe must coincide for the existence of life. This unexpected view opens the door to the possibility that the universe might not just be a result of pure random processes, but that it has been carefully designed with the right conditions for life. 

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Believing the Unbelievable

The Bible does not treat natural explanation and divine intervention as mutually exclusive. Rather, it often blends these two kinds of explanations, portraying God as sovereign over nature and free to use His laws to accomplish His purposes.

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Searching For Life Beyond Our System

What are some of the ways in which astronomers seek to find an earthlike planet or one that could be inhabited?

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Dedication Ceremony of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) Creation Science Center

Formal opening to the public of the Creation Science Center in the Adventist University of the Philippines took place on October 17, 2022.

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Composition and Microstructure of Opaline Silica in Ichnofossils of the Oligocene of Ica (SW Peru)

Short research communication, stemming from GRI-funded research, documents rare case of silicification of ichnofossils.

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Design Dissected

Book review by David G. Pennington

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