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Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not...

Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth's last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds. A new...

Massive Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet

Most schoolchildren learn that the Earth has three (or four) layers: a crust, mantle and core, which is sometimes subdivided into an inner and...

How undersea gases once helped superheat our planet

The world's oceans could harbor an unpleasant surprise for global warming, based on new research that shows how naturally occurring carbon gases trapped in...

Researchers help define Southern Ocean’s geological features

New data collected by University of Wyoming researchers and others point to a newly defined mantle domain in a remote part of the Southern...

Earth’s largest extinction event likely took plants first

Little life could endure the Earth-spanning cataclysm known as the Great Dying, but plants may have suffered its wrath long before many animal counterparts,...

Scientists find increase in asteroid impacts on ancient Earth by studying...

An international team of scientists is challenging our understanding of a part of Earth's history by looking at the Moon, the most complete and...

Rare-earth elements discovered in Georgia kaolin mines, study finds

The high-density minerals in the Georgia kaolin mines are potential sources of rare-earth elements, including the heavy rare-earth elements that are in high demand...

Surviving one of Earth’s most extreme environments

Even in Earth's most inhospitable environments, life has taken hold. Extremophiles are the organisms most well-known for withstanding extreme temperatures, pHs, salinity, and even nutrient-starvation....

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...

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