Time & Deep Time

Want to study history? In American schools, most intro histories start with homo sapiens, us, and the European variety of us. But Earth's history is far longer. To get a sense of the scale of Earth history, imagine walking back in time, 100 years per step—every pace equal to more than three human generations. A... Continue Reading →


Hurricane Sandy 5th Anniversary

It is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that hit the East Coast in late October, 2012. The storm was visible in the sky in Chicago, and that city's Lake Michigan shoreline witnessed 23-foot waves. In terms of preventing storm surges from devastating places like New York City, nothing much has changed. More... Continue Reading →

Snail and Clam Shells

Snail and clam shells, probably recent, by Left Coast Creative (© 2017 Elizabeth G Fagan) for the blog Lake Michigan's Left Coast More about Left Coast Creative services & the blog Lake Michigan's Left Coast

News from NOAA Is Not Good

The USA experiences a warmer and drier than average September in 2017, which is the third–warmest and –wettest year in recorded history. USA warmer and drier than normal NOAA Assesses National Climate in September 2017

95 Degrees on First Day of Fall

September 22, 2017 was the first day of Autumn. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was also the hottest day of year. The temperature reached 95 degrees, beating the date's record of 92 set in 1937. Late summer was very dry in 2017, just like 2016. © 2017 Elizabeth G Fagan

Lake Michigan at 20-Year High

The Devonian Period (419.2–358.9 million years ago) jawless fish Cardipeltis has been found in Utah and Wyoming. This fossil is from Lake Michigan's Left Coast in the Great Lakes region. Is it the jawless fish? A hunk of fossilized mud? Along this beach in southeastern Wisconsin, Lake Michigan has been eating away at beaches at... Continue Reading →

Sandy, Irma, and Powerful Women

The Field Museum of Chicago is hosting an event to which one may bring fossil finds and enlist the help of experts with identification. I would like to go; more exactly, I'd like the experts to come to my house and tell me I am right. Alas. Field Museum of Chicago ID Day I have... Continue Reading →

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