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EARTH SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

‘Geological Google’ and the ‘Basal’ Fossil Debate

Watch for the Coming of a “Geological Google”

The March 1 issue of the journal Science reports that China is backing a major international effort to gather all geoscience databases into “a one-stop data shop” or a “geological Google” by 2020.

Dubbed Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE), the effort aims to take treasure troves of data from institutions around the world that currently reside in scattered locations and in varied forms, including rock and fossil samples just sitting in boxes with paper labels that never have been adequately entered into any sort of modern database at all.

Per the report, such a massive database would allow scientists, in one fell swoop, to access “all the data they need to tackle big questions, such as patterns of biodiversity over time [or] the distribution of metal deposits.” While such a massive database has been envisioned in the past, this time the government of China is putting forth the financial backing to truly make it happen along with the support of the International Union of Geological Sciences.

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