March 28, 2011

Something new: rocks

I love when science tells us something that changes how we see the world. Today on there's a story about how the rocks in our solar system were created.
( -- The earliest rocks in our Solar System were more like candy floss than the hard rock that we know today, according to research published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.
This changes the way I see our planet. Just think -- there was a time when rocks weren't hard. They were a webby, fragile, gossamer thing and only turned to "rock" when they were smashed together, or compressed by gravity.

(By the way, candy floss is British for cotton candy. Those Brits sure are weird, huh?)


Artichoke Annie said...

Thank you for that, I was scratching my head at 'candy floss' as I read wondering what the heck that was about. It would have been a difficult surface to tromp around on...

writenow said...

I had to look it up. "Floss" is such an odd word for this, isn't it? Candy floss sounds like it's one long string. I had the same reaction as you: what could they mean?