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Geologists discover how Australia’s highest mountain was created

Geologists from the University of Sydney and the California Institute of Technology have solved the mystery of how Australia's highest mountain - Mount Kosciuszko...

How does Earth’s continental crust form? Scientists have a new bottom-up...

Deep beneath Alaska's Aleutian Islands, down where the pressure and temperatures have become so high that rock starts to flow, new continental crust is...

New evidence about the Gulf of Mexico’s past

Geologists studying a region in the Mexican state of Veracruz have discovered evidence to explain the origin of the Wilcox Formation, one of Mexico's...

Ancient rocks of Tetons formed by continental collisions

University of Wyoming scientists have found evidence of continental collisions in Wyoming's Teton Range, similar to those in the Himalayas, dating to as early...

Activity on seafloor linked to icy ebb and flow on surface

The last million years of Earth's history has been dominated by the cyclic advance and retreat of ice sheets over large swaths of North...

Breakthrough in continuous monitoring of CO2 leaks from storage sites could...

Fukuoka, Japan - Carbon capture and storage projects rely on effective monitoring of injected CO2. However, the high number of necessary surveys makes this...

Study zeros in on plate tectonics’ start date

Earth has some special features that set it apart from its close cousins in the solar system, including large oceans of liquid water and...

Coal formation linked to assembly of supercontinent Pangea

The consolidation of the ancient supercontinent Pangea 300 million years ago played a key role in the formation of the coal that powered the...

Scientists detect deep carbon emissions associated with continental rifting

Scientists at the University of New Mexico conducted research to effectively study carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR) in...

10,000-year record shows dramatic uplift at Andean volcano

Ongoing studies of a massive volcanic field in the Andes mountains show that the rapid uplift which has raised the surface more than six...

Age of blueschist does not indicate the origin of plate tectonics

One of the big mysteries in the history of the Earth is the development of plate tectonics. When exactly did these processes begin? Scientific...

Mapping Downgoing Plate Topography: The 2005 Sumatra Earthquake

New geophysical data show that fault slip during the March 2005 magnitude 8.7 (Mw) earthquake off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia (also...

Plate tectonics thanks to plumes?

"Knowing what a chicken looks like and what all the chickens before it looked like doesn't help us to understand the egg," says Taras...

New Geosphere themed issue: The anatomy of rifting

Research at continental rifts, mid-ocean ridges, and transforms has shown that new plates are created by extensional tectonics, magma intrusion, and volcanism. Studies of...

How do continents break up?

When the western part of the super-continent Gondwana broke up around 130 Million years ago, today's Africa and South-America started to separate and the...

Fish teeth and tectonic plates tell a new story about world’s...

Fossil fish teeth recovered from the ocean floor around Tasmania have shed new light on the origins of the world's largest ocean current, according...

Geological game changer: New study shakes up understanding of when continents...

A long-standing fact widely accepted among the scientific community has been recently refuted, which now has major implications on our understanding of how Earth...

Reading the Earth’s LIPS: Large igneous provinces associated with mid-ocean ridges

Lip reading normally involves deciphering speech patterns, movements, gestures and expressions just by watching a person speak. Planet Earth has LIPS, too - they...

The Albian Gap, Salt Rock, and a Heated Debate

Salt rock behaves as a fluid and can play a pivotal role in the large-scale, long-term collapse of the world's continental margins. However, the...

Supercycles in subduction zones

On 11 March 2011, a massive release of stress between two overlapping tectonic plates occurred beneath the ocean floor off the coast of Japan,...

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