- Erupting Bardarbunga Volcano In Iceland Sits On A Massive Magma Hot Spot
Massive amounts of erupting lava have connected with the fall of civilizations, the destruction of supercontinents and dramatic changes in climate and ecosystems. Since August 31st, Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland has been spewing spectacular amo ...
Article - News Staff - Oct 24 2014 - 1:31pm
- How The Air We Breathe Was Created By Earth's Tectonic Plates
By Simon Redfern, University of Cambridge How is it that Earth developed an atmosphere that made the development of life possible? A study published in the journal Nature Geoscience links the origins of Earth’s nitrogen-rich atmosphere to the same tectoni ...
Article - The Conversation - Oct 27 2014 - 1:31pm
- Cambrian Explosion: Geography May Have Triggered Increase In Animal Life
The "Cambrian explosion," the rapid diversification of animal life in the fossil record 530 million years ago, has by necessity remained the subjective of speculation. We know it happened, but no idea why, we simply know we wouldn't be here ...
Article - News Staff - Nov 1 2014 - 10:24am
- Plate Tectonics 2.0: Terra Firma Is Not So Firm And Tectonic Plates Are Not Rigid
Tectonic plates, which make up the outer layer of the earth, are rigid. It is giant layers of rock, after all. But that is a bit of a simplification. They are not rigid and don't fit together as nicely as we imagine, according to a new paper in Geol ...
Article - News Staff - Nov 4 2014 - 3:54pm
- Gamburtsev: The Fountain Of Youth Under The Antarctic Mountains
Time is relative. What is a long time to humans is nothing to a mountain. Like humans, mountains usually burst on the scene, then they stand tall and finally age wears them down and their sharp features soften and they become grow shorter and rounder. Not ...
Article - News Staff - Nov 19 2014 - 11:46am
- Ancient Buried Canyon In South Tibet Rules Out Tectonic Aneurysm
An ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas, has been discovered by geologists who say this ancient canyon--thousands of feet deep in places--effectively rules out a popular mode ...
Article - News Staff - Nov 21 2014 - 11:03am
- Two Thirds Of Earth's Carbon May Be Stored In The Inner Core
The planet's largest carbon reservoir is not in permafrost or the Amazon rainforest, it is hidden in the Earth's inner core, according to what the authors of a new study in PNAS call a "provocative and speculative" finding. As much as ...
Article - News Staff - Dec 1 2014 - 6:31pm
- Cape Verde Volcano- The Biggest Natural Disaster You Aren't Reading About
Many villagers near the Cape Verde volcano will have little to return to. Joao Relvas/EPA By David Rothery, The Open University Around 60 volcanoes erupt in the average year. On any particular day, there are usually about 20 volcanoes erupting somewhere i ...
Article - The Conversation - Dec 10 2014 - 10:35am
- Bárðarbunga Volcano Eruption Led To Earth Growing A New Layer Underneath
When the Bárðarbunga volcano beneath Iceland's Vatnajökull ice cap reawakened in August 2014, scientists got an opportunity to monitor how the magma flowed through cracks in the rock away from the volcano. Although it has a long history of eruptions ...
Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2014 - 1:12pm
- 2011 Virginia Earthquake May Have Been Due To Fault "Crossroads"
The 2011 east coast earthquake felt by people from Georgia to Canada likely originated from a fault “junction” just outside of Mineral, Virginia, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the Geological Society of America’s Special Pa ...
Article - News Staff - Dec 24 2014 - 9:30am