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Scientists crack mystery of the Sierra Nevada’s age

In science, the simplest questions often prove themselves the most difficult to answer. Questions such as what killed the dinosaurs, or how many fish...

Mountain ranges evolve and respond to Earth’s climate, study shows

Ground-breaking new research has shown that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can, in the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate...

Climate can grind mountains faster than they can be rebuilt, study...

Researchers for the first time have attempted to measure all the material leaving and entering a mountain range over millions of years and discovered...

When did the Andes mountains form?

The Andes have been a mountain chain for much longer than previously thought, new research from the University of Bristol, UK suggests. The Andes were...

Microplate discovery dates birth of Himalayas

An international team of scientists has discovered the first oceanic microplate in the Indian Ocean—helping identify when the initial collision between India and Eurasia...

Climate change is moving mountains

For millions of years global climate change has altered the structure and internal movement of mountain ranges, but the resulting glacial development and erosion...

Researchers advance understanding of mountain watersheds

University of Wyoming geoscientists have discovered that the underground water-holding capacity of mountain watersheds may be controlled by stresses in the earth's crust. The...

Climate change moves mountains — literally

Climate change is causing more than just warmer oceans and erratic weather. According to scientists, it also has the capacity to alter the shape...

The downs and ups of mountain building

In the D’Entrecasteaux Islands off Papua New Guinea, the rocks are giving rise to new ideas about the ways in which mountain chains form....

Substantial Glacier Ice Loss in Central Asia’s Largest Mountain Range

Glaciers in Central Asia experience substantial losses in glacier mass and area. Along the Tien Shan, Central Asia's largest mountain range, glaciers have lost...

South American example illustrates Rocky Mountain formation

New work from an international team of researchers including Carnegie's Lara Wagner improves our understanding of the geological activity that is thought to have...

The ashes of Mt. St. Helens

The massive eruption of Mt. St. Helens 35 years ago is one of the largest ever seen in North America. LMU volcanologists now report...

Mount Everest, moved three centimetres due to Nepal earthquake

The world's tallest peak, Mount Everest, moved three centimetres (1.2 inches) to the southwest because of the Nepal earthquake that devastated the country in...

Geologists solve mystery of Tibetan mountains

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, University of Kansas geologists have unraveled one of the geologic mysteries of Tibet. The research, recently...

NASA mountaintop sensor finds high methane over Los Angeles

A NASA study using two years of observations from a novel mountaintop instrument finds that Los Angeles' annual emissions of methane, an important greenhouse...

Geologists shed light on formation of Alaska Range

Geologists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have recently figured out what has caused the Alaska Range to form the way it...

‘Fountain of youth’ underlies Antarctic mountains

Time ravages mountains, as it does people. Sharp features soften, and bodies grow shorter and rounder. But under the right conditions, some mountains refuse...

Rocky Mountain storms lead to new findings about hailstones

Hailstones from three Rocky Mountain storms formed around biological material, then bounced around the clouds picking up layers of ice, according to a new...

Mountains and winds confound particle distribution

Untangling complex relationships requires understanding and facts. Applying both, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory led research finding the true culprits instigating layers of tiny atmospheric...

Evidence for huge mountains that fed early life discovered

Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago. The mountain range was...

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