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Where to Find Fossils, Lava, and Meteorites in London's Buildings

Look closely at London’s stone buildings and you’ll see the city is really a disaster site. The rock that much of England’s capital is built from is the residue of billion-year-old volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, of plants and animals flattened into gritty seams beneath layers of debris, and of earth warped by meteor falls. Now, an impressively detailed map (below) shows you exactly where to find the evidence of this turbulent prehistory.

Quadrantid meteor shower

January 3, 2013

Skywatchers will be setting their alarm clocks for the early morning

hours Jan. 3 when the annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks. Meteor watchers can expect to see 60 to 200 meteors an hour streak across the sky, NASA said.