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23 May 2011

Geology Word of the Week: Z is for Zanclean

Geologic Timescale Spiral. Image courtesy of USGS. Taken from Wikipedia here. Click to enlarge. def. Zanclean: A geologic Age spanning from ~5.33 million years ago to ~3.60 million years ago in the Pliocene Epoch. Q: What do the words Zanclean, Burdigalian, and Maastrichtian have in common? A: They’re all Ages of geologic time! So are the Tithonian, Albian, Sinemurian, Norian, and dozens of others. Never heard of the Zanclean? Don’t …

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