Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents' evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.
a burned artifact

3,000-Year-Old Bronze-Age Discovery Called the British Pompeii

When a fire broke out in a 3,000-year-old village...
A Pacific Ocean fault line punctured by hydrothermal vents

2,000 Earthquakes in a Day Hammer Fault Line Off Pacific Coast

Deep beneath the north Pacific Ocean, a slumbering giant...
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Astronaut Don Pettit in a spacesuit test in 2002.

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Fish swim among pink coral in the Lophelia Reef.

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A wooly mammoth recreation at the Shanghai Natural History Museum

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