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Plate tectonics shift?

Plate tectonics, the idea that the surface of the Earth is made up of plates that move apart and come back together, has been...

Breakup of supercontinent Pangea cooled mantle and thinned crust

The oceanic crust produced by the Earth today is significantly thinner than crust made 170 million years ago during the time of the supercontinent...

Why are there volcanoes on an island that isn’t near any...

Madagascar, the big island off the east coast of Africa with the lemurs and baobabs, is thought to be sitting in the middle of...

Modelling Gondwana break-up

Gondwana break-up changed the global continental configuration, leading to the opening of major oceanic gateways, shifts in the climate system and significant impacts on...

Australian continent shifts with the seasons, study finds

Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimeters each year because of changes to Earth's center of mass, according to a new...

Earthquake series cause uplift variations at continental margins

A new mechanism may explain how great earthquakes with magnitudes larger than M7 are linked to coastal uplift in many regions worldwide. This has...

Case of Earth’s missing continental crust solved: It sank

How do you make half the mass of two continents disappear? To answer that question, you first need to discover that it's missing. That's what...

Revealing Earth’s early secrets

Addressing fundamental unknowns about the earliest history of Earth's crust, scientists have precisely dated the world's oldest rock unit at 4.02 billion years old....

The strains of a continental breakup

Every now and then in Earth's history, a pair of continents draws close enough to form one. There comes a time, however, when they...

Plate tectonics without jerking

The earthquake distribution on ultraslow mid-ocean ridges differs fundamentally from other spreading zones. Water circulating at a depth of up to 15 kilometres leads...

Why do intracontinental basins subside longer?

Intracontinental basins like the North German Basin, the West Siberian Basin, the Barents Sea or the Congo Basin are large depressions of the Earth’s...

Oxygen atmosphere recipe = tectonics + continents + life

Earth scientists from Rice University, Yale University and the University of Tokyo are offering a new answer to the long-standing question of how our...

Continental drift created biologically diverse coral reefs

Nowhere today is the biodiversity of corals and reef-inhabiting fish higher than in the tropical waters around Indonesia and its neighbouring countries in Southeast...

Supercontinent rift formed bizarre Bunbury rocks

Bunbury beachgoers may be unsettled to learn that the refreshing, blue stretch of water off the port city was preceded by a huge lava...

Researchers define links within two supercontinents

A University of Wyoming researcher contributed to a paper that has apparently solved an age-old riddle of how constituent continents were arranged in two...

Ancient rocks of Tetons formed by continental collisions

University of Wyoming scientists have found evidence of continental collisions in Wyoming's Teton Range, similar to those in the Himalayas, dating to as early...

Breakthrough in continuous monitoring of CO2 leaks from storage sites could...

Fukuoka, Japan - Carbon capture and storage projects rely on effective monitoring of injected CO2. However, the high number of necessary surveys makes this...

New gravity dataset will help unveil the Antarctic continent

A unique dataset of gravity anomalies has been released for Antarctica representing a significant step forward in the investigation of the largest ice-covered continent...

Scientists detect deep carbon emissions associated with continental rifting

Scientists at the University of New Mexico conducted research to effectively study carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR) in...

Chinese continental shelf of exotic origin collided with continental China 100...

It has been axiomatically accepted that the basement of a continental shelf is the offshore extension and geologically part of the same continental lithosphere....

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