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Life in Deep Earth totals 15 to 23 billion tons of...

Barely living "zombie" bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth's subsurface -- 245 to 385 times...

A microbe’s membrane helps it survive extreme environments

Within harsh environments like hot springs, volcanic craters and deep-sea hydrothermal vents -- uninhabitable by most life forms -- microscopic organisms are thriving. How?...

Tracing iron in the North Pacific

The micronutrient iron (Fe) is recognized as a key factor in controlling oceanic primary productivity, and subsequently impacting the carbon cycle and marine ecosystem....

Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to...

Scientists Help Provide First-Ever Views of Elusive Energy Explosion

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving "magnetic reconnection" -- the process by which sparse particles and...

Earth’s magnetic field measured using artificial stars at 90 kilometers altitude

The mesosphere, at heights between 85 and 100 kilometers above the Earth's surface, contains a layer of atomic sodium. Astronomers use laser beams to...

Scientists theorize new origin story for Earth’s water

Earth's water may have originated from both asteroidal material and gas left over from the formation of the Sun, according to new research. The...

Researchers confirm Earth’s inner core is solid

A new study by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) could help us understand how our planet was formed. Associate Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić and...

Mineral discoveries in the Galapagos Islands pose a puzzle as to...

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the most famous groups of islands in the world. Many of the animal and plant species are unique...

New understanding of Mekong River incision

An international team of earth scientists has linked the establishment of the Mekong River to a period of major intensification of the Asian monsoon...

A wrench in Earth’s engine: Stagnant slabs

Researchers at CU Boulder report that they may have solved a geophysical mystery, pinning down the likely cause of a phenomenon that resembles a...

Mountains create biodiversity

Mountains are among the most biodiverse places on Earth, but scientists have struggled to fully understand why they are so important in creating high...

The origins of the High Plains landscape

Starting at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains in the midwest United States, the dramatic landscape of the High Plains stretches across several...

Scientists identify three causes of Earth’s spin axis drift

A typical desk globe is designed to be a geometric sphere and to rotate smoothly when you spin it. Our actual planet is far...

Experiments using Diamond Anvils Yield New Insight into the Deep Earth

Nearly 1,800 miles below the earth's surface, there are large odd structures lurking at the base of the mantle, sitting just above the core....

From crystals to climate: ‘Gold standard’ timeline links flood basalts to...

Imagine an enormous volcano erupting in the Pacific Northwest, pouring lava across Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Imagine the lava flooding out until river valleys...

Unprecedented ice loss in Russian ice cap

In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a...

How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce...

Radioactivity in fracking wastewater comes from the interaction between a chemical slurry and ancient shale during the hydraulic fracturing process, according to Dartmouth College...

A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life...

A new study led by scientists from the University of Bristol has used a combination of genomic and fossil data to explain the history...

Laughing Gas May Have Helped Warm Early Earth and Given Breath...

More than an eon ago, the sun shone dimmer than it does today, but the Earth stayed warm due to a strong greenhouse gas...

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