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15 Facts About Geologic Time That Made Our Brains Hurt

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Vote up the most surprising facts about geological time.

Have you ever wondered about the age of the planet? To grasp just how old the Earth is might take some major mind bending. It definitely requires familiarity with technical geologic terms. After all, geologic time is so broad that it's been divided into more than 20 categories and subcategories. There are eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages - all of which form a complicated timeline of overlapping (and somewhat simplified) divisions of time. 

We've avoided as much technical jargon as possible here, but there's still a lot about geologic time that's just really difficult to wrap one's head around. Dinosaurs, volcanoes, and woolly mammoths... oh my! Take a look at some geologic timeline facts that might actually make steam come out of your ears!