The top row of images shows the evolution of Sholan Island, while the lower images are of Jadid Island. The right-most images show elevation in meters above sea level. Xu et al., Nature Communications

Geology in Real Time: Meet Sholan and Jadid


Most geological processes happen too slowly for brief human life spans. The Rocky Mountains will erode down to a plain eventually, but not while we are watching. As a result, geology is largely a matter of inference. There are exceptions. There are geological processes that happen at speeds humans can appreciate. Volcanoes, earthquakes and flooding,…