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July 12, 2020

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New Evidence of Long-Term Volcanic, Seismic Risks in Northern Europe

An ancient European volcanic region may pose both a greater long-term volcanic risk and seismic risk to northwestern Europe than scientists had realized, geophysicists report. The densely populated ...

A 'Regime Shift' Is Happening in the Arctic Ocean

Scientists find the growth of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has increased 57 percent over just two decades, enhancing its ability to soak up carbon dioxide. While once linked to melting sea ice, ...

Study Could Rewrite Earth's History

New research has found evidence to suggest that the Earth's first continents were not formed by subduction in a modern-like plate tectonics environment as previously thought, and instead may have ...
Life as we know it could not exist without Earth's magnetic field and its ability to deflect dangerous ionizing particles. It is continuously generated by the motion of ...
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Natural Fluid Injections Triggered Cahuilla Earthquake Swarm

Scientists generated a catalog of 22,000 seismic events from a four-year period to reveal the structure of an active fault ...

Innovation by Ancient Farmers Adds to Biodiversity of the Amazon

Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study ...

Geoscientists Create Deeper Look at Processes Below Earth's Surface With 3D Images

Geoscientists recently used massive amounts of earthquake data and supercomputers to generate high-resolution, 3D images of the dynamic geological processes taking place far below the Earth's ...

Coal-Burning in Siberia After Volcanic Eruption Led to Climate Change 250 Million Years Ago

A team of researchers has provided the first ever direct evidence that extensive coal burning in Siberia is a cause of the Permo-Triassic Extinction, the Earth's most severe extinction ...

Clues to a Dramatic Chapter of Earth's Geological History

How could the planet be covered entirely in ice -- a state known as 'Snowball Earth'-- and still give rise to multicellular life? The transition to such icy periods may not have been as ...

Remixed Mantle Suggests Early Start of Plate Tectonics

New research on the remixing of Earth's stratified deep interior suggests that global plate tectonic processes, which played a pivotal role in the existence of life on Earth, started to operate ...

Half the Earth Relatively Intact from Global Human Influence

If we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth's land in a relatively intact state, a new study ...

Scientists Detect Unexpected Widespread Structures Near Earth's Core

A new study has produced the first analysis of seismic echoes from hundreds of earthquakes at once, revealing widespread structures at the core-mantle boundary. Previous studies were limited to ...

What Control the Height of Mountains? Surprisingly, It Is Not Erosion

Which forces and mechanisms determine the height of mountains? A group of researchers has now found a surprising answer: It is not erosion and weathering of rocks that determine the upper limit of ...

Ancient Micrometeoroids Carried Specks of Stardust, Water to Asteroid 4 Vesta

Researchers have studied presolar materials that landed on a planet-like body. Their findings may help solve the mystery: where did all the water on Earth come ...

Evidence from rocks billions of years old suggest that volcanoes played a key role in the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere of the early ...

Study Proves That Magma Chambers Can Be Totally Molten

Basaltic magma chambers may develop as large bodies of crystal-free melts in the Earth's crust. This study challenges a recently-emerged paradigm that magma chambers are huge masses of ...

New Hints of Volcanism Under the Heart of Northern Europe

Scientists have discovered new evidence for active volcanism next door to some of the most densely populated areas of Europe. The study 'crowd-sourced' GPS monitoring data from antennae ...

Why the Victoria Plate in Africa Rotates

The East African Rift System is a newly forming plate tectonic boundary at which the African continent is being separated into several plates. According to GPS data, one of those, the Victoria ...

Study Shows Diamonds Aren't Forever

Diamonds, those precious, sparkling jewels, are known as the hardest materials on Earth. They are a high-pressure form of carbon and found deep in the ground. While diamonds are commonly thought of ...

Australia's Ancient Geology Controls the Pathways of Modern Earthquakes

New research near Uluru in Australia's arid center shows that rock structures formed deep within the ancient Gondwana supercontinent controlled the rupture pathways of one of Australia's ...

New Study Reveals Cracks Beneath Giant, Methane Gushing Craters

250-million-year-old cracks in the seafloor feed greenhouse gas methane into giant craters in the Barents Sea. More than 100 craters, presently expelling enormous amounts of the greenhouse gas into ...

Researchers report two newly identified super-eruptions associated with the Yellowstone hotspot track, including what they believe was the volcanic province's largest and most cataclysmic event. ...

Scientists Decipher the Role of Carbon and the Break-Up of Continents

An international collaboration has led scientists to new insights into the storage and dynamic transfer of carbon below thick and very old continental ...

Areas Where Earthquakes Are Less Likely to Occur

Scientists have discovered specific conditions that occur along the ocean floor where two tectonic plates are more likely to slowly creep past one another as opposed to drastically slipping and ...

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