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Want to touch rare rocks and crystals? Visit Pune's Geology Museum

The museum is open to all, including school children, researchers, common people and amateurs interested in studying rocks and minerals.

A collection of sedimentary rocks put on display at College of Engineering Pune Technological University's (COEPTU) newly set-up Geology Museum, in Pune. (PTI)
A collection of sedimentary rocks put on display at College of Engineering Pune Technological University's (COEPTU) newly set-up Geology Museum, in Pune. (PTI)
Published on Oct 23, 2022 10:49 AM IST

Meteorite impacts led to formation of continents on Earth?

New research points out that Earth’s continents were formed by gigantic meteorite impacts that were predominant during the first billion years of the planet’s four and a half billion-year history.

Meteorite impacts, similar to those responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, are said to be behind continent formation.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Meteorite impacts, similar to those responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, are said to be behind continent formation.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 12, 2022 02:54 PM IST

Why the length of Earth’s days has been mysteriously increasing

Despite Earth recording its shortest day this year on June 22, Scientists say that the speedup has been enigmatically slowing down since 2020.

Earth takes very rarely exactly the magic number of 86,400 seconds to complete one rotation.(NASA)
Earth takes very rarely exactly the magic number of 86,400 seconds to complete one rotation.(NASA)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 02:17 PM IST

Rare pink diamond, likely largest in 300 years discovered by miners in Angola

‘The spectacular pink diamond recovered from Lulo continues to showcase Angola as an important player on the world stage’, quoted Angola's Mineral Resources Minister

The 170 carat pink diamond in the picture- dubbed The Lulo Rose was discovered at the Lulo mine in Angola's diamond-rich northeast region.(AFP)
The 170 carat pink diamond in the picture- dubbed The Lulo Rose was discovered at the Lulo mine in Angola's diamond-rich northeast region.(AFP)
Published on Jul 27, 2022 05:02 PM IST
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