Banded Iron Formation, BIF, Elizabeth Fagan, Left Coast Creative, Lake Michigans Left Coast

Archean Banded Iron Formation

In its youth, our planet was molten, red-hot, and battered by abundant meteorites. Earth was so hostile to life that scientists named this period the Hadean Eon (4.6–4 billion years ago), for Hades, the Greek god of the place called Hell. The earliest known life appears in the geologic record about 3.8 billion years ago … Continue reading Archean Banded Iron Formation

Common milkweed, Elizabeth Fagan, Left Coast Creative, for Lake Michigans Left Coast

Common Milkweed @ Forest Beach

Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) grows across Wisconsin. These native plants ooze a toxic sticky milk that bestows the milkweed its name. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) evolved with immunity to the plant's poison; in fact, monarch caterpillars and butterflies need the milkweed plant to survive. Also immune the plant's poison are milkweed bugs, which feed … Continue reading Common Milkweed @ Forest Beach