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International team starts on drilling expedition

The Earth's Cenozoic Era began 66 million years ago with a bang—and with the last mass extinction event on Earth until now. The meteorite...

Scientists Find Iron ‘Snow’ in Earth’s Core

The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and snow-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect...

New insights into the formation of Earth’s crust

New research from Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia, an assistant professor of Earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester, gives scientists better insight into the...

Study explores the density of the tectonic plates and why they...

A fast collision rate between tectonic plates and a young age (millions of years) are two factors that favour the sinking of the lithosphere...

New Earth mission will track rising oceans into 2030

Earth's climate is changing, and the study of oceans is vital to understanding the effects of those changes on our future. For the first...

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...

How sulfur helped make Earth habitable before the rise of oxygen

Mapping the bonds and vibrational modes of molecules containing sulfur isotopes is helping to shed light on the chemical reactions that took place in...

A new study shows the evolution and changes of the vegetation...

"Mauritia flexuosa" is the most widespread plant in the Orinoco Delta, in north-western Venezuela. This has not always been the case in the past....

A new study determines the influence of the topography over ...

The emplacement of small-volume (<0,1km3) pyroclastic flows is strongly controlled by topography, according to a new study made by researchers of the Institute of...

New study suggests gigantic masses in Earth’s mantle untouched for more...

Ancient, distinct, continent-sized regions of rocks, isolated since before the collision that created the Moon 4.5 billion years ago, exist hundreds of miles below...

Geochemists measure new composition of Earth’s mantle

What is the chemical composition of the Earth's interior? Because it is impossible to drill more than about ten kilometres deep into the Earth,...

Why is Earth so biologically diverse? Mountains hold the answer

What determines global patterns of biodiversity has been a puzzle for scientists since the days of von Humboldt, Darwin, and Wallace. Yet, despite two...

Earth’s fingerprint hints at finding habitable planets beyond the solar system

Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a "fingerprint" for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of...

Meteorite strikes made life on Earth possible

Meteorites from the far reaches of the solar system delivered large amounts of water, carbon and volatile substances to the Earth. Only then could...

A new timeline of Earth’s cataclysmic past

Welcome to the early solar system. Just after the planets formed more than 4.5 billion years ago, our cosmic neighborhood was a chaotic place....

Ancient drop of water rewrites Earth’s history

The remains of a microscopic drop of ancient seawater has assisted in rewriting the history of Earth's evolution when it was used to re-establish...

Earth’s last magnetic field reversal took far longer than once thought

Earth's magnetic field seems steady and true -- reliable enough to navigate by. Yet, largely hidden from daily life, the field drifts, waxes and wanes....

Drilling Deeper : A new study shows Americans are drilling deeper...

Groundwater may be out of sight, but for over 100 million Americans who rely on it for their lives and livelihoods it's anything but...

How a drilling ship pulls cores from 2.5 miles below the...

An ocean drilling ship is not an ocean drilling ship without the skilled and experienced personnel that control, execute and overview the drilling operations....

More ‘reactive’ land surfaces cooled the Earth down

There have been long periods of cooling in Earth's history. Temperatures had already fallen for more than 10 million years before the last ice...

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