"This demonstration involves using a 1000 sheet roll of toilet paper (I recommend Scott tissue) to demonstrate the vast length of time involved in Deep Time (or geologic time). Important events in geologic history (such as the extinction of the dinosaurs, or the Stone Age) are marked on the toilet paper. "
"Contemplating geologic time is like doing brain yoga. It's a stretch to think in millions of years, so I start slow. After all, continents drift leisurely."
"The key word here is "also impending". They say Hekla will erupt in the near future which can be interpreted pretty much as anything. Can erupt tomorrow or in a years time. Geologic time is like our coffebreaks...Alot longer than you might think."
"The geologic time scale is like a calendar of evolutionary history that is based on a study of Earth's rocks and the fossils they contain. Because rock layers appear in the same order in which they were formed, each layer represents a different period of time. Lower layers are older than upper layers if they have not been disturbed. Therefore, fossils found in lower layers are older than fossils found in upper layers. The order in which types of fossils appear shows the way life changed over time"
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.