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Earth could have supported continental crust, life earlier than thought

The early Earth might have been habitable much earlier than thought, according to new research from a group led by University of Chicago scientists. Counting...

New insight into Earth’s crust, mantle and outer core interactions

A new study by the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with the Universities of Lancaster and Oslo, sheds light on a longstanding question that...

Flow in the asthenosphere drags tectonic plates along

New simulations of Earth's asthenosphere find that convective cycling and pressure-driven flow can sometimes cause the planet's most fluid layer of mantle to move...

Utah fossil reveals global exodus of mammals’ near relatives to major...

A nearly 130-million-year-old fossilized skull found in Utah is an Earth-shattering discovery in one respect. The small fossil is evidence that the super-continental split likely...

Sub-sea rift spills secrets to seismic probe

The first study to spring from a Rice University-led 2013 international expedition to map the sea floor off the coast of Spain has revealed...

Keeping an eye on the soundness of structures

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) used synthetic-aperture radar data from four different satellites, combined with statistical methods, to determine the structural...

Formation of supercontinents and strength of ocean tides

The cyclic strengthening and weakening of ocean tides over tens of millions of years is likely linked to another, longer cycle: the formation of...

Geologist identifies hidden clues to ancient supercontinents, confirms Pannotia

An Ohio University geologist who first proposed the now-accepted supercontinent cycle theory in the 1980s has rallied to the cause of one of those...

Scientists helping to improve understanding of plate tectonics

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) are helping to improve understanding of how rocks in Earth's hot, deep interior enable the motions of...

International ocean drilling expedition obtains unique record of plate tectonic rifting...

Core samples taken during an international ocean drilling expedition are yielding the most high-resolution, extended record of continental rifting ever obtained. A team of researchers...

Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists think

A University of Illinois-led team has identified unexpected geophysical signals underneath tectonically stable interiors of South America and Africa. The data suggest that geologic...

Analysis of major earthquakes supports stress reduction assumptions

A comprehensive analysis of 101 major earthquakes around the Pacific ring of fire between 1990 and 2016 shows that most of the aftershock activity...

How seafloor weathering drives the slow carbon cycle

A previously unknown connection between geological atmospheric carbon dioxide cycles and the fluctuating capacity of the ocean crust to store carbon dioxide has been...

Tiny fossils, huge slides: Are diatoms the key to Earth’s biggest...

The biggest landslides on Earth aren't on land, but on the seafloor. These mega-slides can move thousands of cubic kilometers of material, and sometimes...

Residual strain despite mega earthquake

On 22 May 1960, an earthquake shook the southern Chilean continental margin on a length of about 1,000 kilometers. Estimates suggest that around 1,600...

What geologists got wrong about the world’s biggest failed rift

Geologists have corrected a mix-up that made an ancient geological structure in the central U.S. seem hundreds of miles shorter than it really is....

Earthquakes in the Himalaya are bigger than in the Alps because...

Earthquakes that happen in densely populated mountainous regions, such as the Himalaya, spell bigger earthquakes because of a fast tectonic-plate collision, according to a...

Geophysicists uncover new evidence for an alternative style of plate tectonics

When renowned University of Toronto (U of T) geophysicist J. Tuzo Wilson cemented concepts in the emerging field of plate tectonics in the 1960s,...

Water cooling for the Earth’s crust

How deep can seawater penetrate through cracks and fissures into the seafloor? By applying a new analysis method, an international team of researchers has...

Colorado River’s connection with the ocean was a punctuated affair

The Colorado River's initial trip to the ocean didn't come easy, but its story has emerged from layers of sediment preserved within tectonically active...

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