SMALL BUT DEADLY The potent toxin epibatidine was first discovered in 1974, when it was isolated from the skin of the phantasmal poison frog, Epipedobates anthonyi (one shown).
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ROCK OF AGES Plate tectonics may have started as early as 3.5 billion years ago on Earth. That recycling of Earth’s surface leads to the separation of light-colored continental crust (exposed here at Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome) from darker, denser oceanic crust.
IRMA INCOMING Hurricane Irma passed by Cuba on September 8, 2017, as a Category 4 storm (seen in this geocolor image captured by NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite) before making landfall in the Florida Keys on September 10, 2017.