Summarizing this, Potter-McIntyre stated what her staff’s analysis confirmed was that the Mississippi River was flowing lengthy earlier than it was generally believed to have been. Initially, it was believed the Mississippi River started flowing about 20 million years in the past. Nevertheless, due to Potter-McIntyre’s and Breeden’s work, it’s now believed to have began flowing 70 million years in the past.

The invention was vital sufficient to earn a nod from Smithsonian Journal final month. The article stated the “extraordinary new findings” are “helping us better understand the monumental events, beginning in late Cretaceous North America, that gave rise to the Mississippi, swelling it to gargantuan proportions.”

In sensible phrases, Potter-McIntyre stated this might have implications for the oil trade within the area.

“What it says is that the oil could have … become mature in places that they really wouldn’t have thought prior to this,” she stated.

Potter-McIntyre stated this analysis was instance of how science works.

“This isn’t something that we go out, ‘oh hey, look at this,’ and 10 minutes later it’s a thing. It’s a yearslong process of trial and error,” she stated. She stated the analysis didn’t begin till 2013, wasn’t accomplished and printed till 2017, and wasn’t even acknowledged till this 12 months.