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New geologic modeling method explains collapse of ancient mountains in American...

By using the latest computer numerical modeling technologies, combined with geologic compilations and seismic data, researchers in the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook...

Telescopes and satellites combine to map entire planet’s ground movement

Curtin University research has revealed how pairing satellite images with an existing global network of radio telescopes can be used to paint a previously...

What makes the Earth’s surface move?

Do tectonic plates move because of motion in the Earth's mantle, or is the mantle driven by the movement of the plates? Or could...

Study provides new insight into the origin of Las Cañadas caldera...

Las Cañadas caldera (Tenerife, Canary Islands) is the result of different episodes of caldera collapses, associated to large explosive eruptions that triggered several landslides...

Unusual fault rupture during Kaikōura quake

One of the 24-plus faults that ruptured in the 2016 magnitude 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake has turned out to be even more unusual than scientists...

Machu Picchu: Ancient Incan sanctuary intentionally built on faults

The ancient Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of humanity's greatest architectural achievements. Built in a remote Andean setting atop a narrow...

Ancient volcanoes reveal Earth’s recycled crust

Ancient volcanoes dating back billions of years could provide new insights into how the Earth's surface is recycled, according to scientists at the University...

Researchers uncover 2.5 billion years of Earth’s continents breaking up and...

A new study of rocks that formed billions of years ago lends fresh insight into how Earth's plate tectonics, or the movement of large...

Diamonds reveal how continents are stabilized, key to Earth’s habitability

The longevity of Earth's continents in the face of destructive tectonic activity is an essential geologic backdrop for the emergence of life on our...

When India Slammed Into Asia

When the landmass that is now the Indian subcontinent slammed into Asia about 50 million years ago, the collision changed the configuration of the...

New light into the recent evolution of the African rift valley

Continental rift valleys are huge fractures on the surface of our planet that progressively break continental plates with the eventual development of new oceans....

Scientists propose solution to ‘Gaia puzzle’

Scientists may have solved a long-standing puzzle over why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to evolve over billions of years....

Earth could have supported continental crust, life earlier than thought

The early Earth might have been habitable much earlier than thought, according to new research from a group led by University of Chicago scientists. Counting...

Utah fossil reveals global exodus of mammals’ near relatives to major...

A nearly 130-million-year-old fossilized skull found in Utah is an Earth-shattering discovery in one respect. The small fossil is evidence that the super-continental split likely...

Formation of supercontinents and strength of ocean tides

The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of...

Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists think

A University of Illinois-led team has identified unexpected geophysical signals underneath tectonically stable interiors of South America and Africa. The data suggest that geologic...

When continents break it gets warm on Earth

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere determines whether the Earth is in greenhouse or ice age state. Before humans began to...

Ancient Earth’s hot interior created ‘graveyard’ of continental slabs

Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth's surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and pulled on each other, continually rearranging...

How continents were recycled

Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have used computer simulations to analyse how plate tectonics have evolved on Earth over the last three billion years....

Scientists set sail to unlock secrets of ‘lost continent’ Zealandia

Scientists are attempting to unlock the secrets of the "lost continent" of Zealandia, setting sail Friday to investigate the huge underwater landmass east of...

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