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Steep rise of the Bernese Alps

The striking north face of the Bernese Alps is the result of a steep rise of rocks from the depths following a collision of...

‘Super-deep’ diamonds may hold new information about Earth’s interior

Researchers at Tohoku University believe that it is possible for natural diamonds to form at the base of the Earth's mantle (Fig.1). The formation...

Taking Earth’s inner temperature

The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods...

Earth probably began with a solid shell

Today's Earth is a dynamic planet with an outer layer composed of giant plates that grind together, sliding past or dipping beneath one another,...

Diamond’s 2-billion-year growth charts tectonic shift in early Earth’s carbon cycle

A study of tiny mineral ‘inclusions’ within diamonds from Botswana has shown that diamond crystals can take billions of years to grow. One diamond...

Ventura fault could cause stronger shaking, new research finds

A new study by a team of researchers, including one from the University of California, Riverside, found that the fault under Ventura, Calif., would...

New theory explains how Earth’s inner core remains solid despite extreme...

Even though it is hotter than the surface of the Sun, the crystallized iron core of Earth remains solid. A new study from KTH...

Cold plates and hot melts

The movements of Earth’s tectonic plates shape the face of our planet. The sinking of one plate beneath another, known as subduction, causes volcanism...

“Lost continent” found under Mauritius

Scientists have confirmed the existence of a "lost continent" under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius that was left-over by the break-up of the...

Scientists reconstruct what the Gibraltar Arc was like 9 million years...

A team of Andalusian scientists, led by the University of Granada (UGR), has been able to reconstruct for the first time what the Gibraltar...

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