Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

  • Plant Power!

    Two new papers this week in Nature – Geoscience highlight the powerful role of plants in shaping the world around us – in one case, literally!
    First, in “Paleozoic landscapes shaped by plant evolution, Martin Gibling and Neil Davies argue that the evolution of vascular plants with root systems, beginning around 450 million years ago, changed the way that rivers form channels and meander. It wasn’t until about 250 million years ago that the landscapes we know and love today were firmly established. I can’t help but wonder if further study of the surprisingly Earth-like but plant-free ice