How Meghalaya gave its name to 4,200 yrs of Earth’s age

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Stalagmites on the floors of the Krem Mawmluh caves in Meghalaya provide evidence of a distinct stage in the geologic classification of Earth’s age, so say researchers who have termed this most current timespan in the planet’s 4.6 bnyear-old history the ‘Meghalayan Age’. These slices of time chart key events in the story of evolution of our planet and the life forms that occupy it. A look…

WHAT IS GEOLOGIC TIME?
The time recorded by written history charting important events of human civilisation is miniscule as compared to the overall history of the planet that is known as geologic time. The enumeration by geologists, palaeontologists, and other Earth scientists of geologic time units is done by the study of rock layers and the fossil forms trapped in that. Scientists determine the time when they were formed to understand Earth at that time. Broadly, each geologic timespan is divided into different units based on the occurrence in their duration of unique plants and…

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