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Study tracks ‘memory’ of soil moisture

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth's landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet's water—less than one-thousandth of a percent....

Deep mantle chemistry surprise: Carbon content not uniform

Even though carbon is one of the most-abundant elements on Earth, it is actually very difficult to determine how much of it exists below...

Modeling magma to find copper

Copper is an essential element of our society with main uses in the field of electricity and electronics. About 70% of the copper comes...

Ice Age ‘skeleton crew’ offers insights for today’s endangered species

The ghosts of Ice Age mammals can teach valuable, real-world lessons about what happens to an ecosystem when its most distinct species go extinct,...

Evidence for a new kind of water molecule, trapped inside an...

The interactions of water with the surrounding rock ore deposits create geothermal energy and mineral deposits. The properties of water and other fluids change...

Research sheds new light on high-altitude settlement in Tibet

Humans likely established permanent settlements on the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau between 13,000-7,400 years ago, according to new research published this week in the journal...

Where’s the center of North America? Geographer’s new method finds a...

Where is the geographic center of a state, country or a continent? It's a question fraught with uncertainty. Do you include water in your calculation?...

When the Arctic coast retreats, life in the shallow water areas...

The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20...

Exploring our changing Earth, in real time

Across the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus, scientists are exploring undersea volcanoes, monitoring coastal erosion along hard-to-reach shorelines, and studying the movement of sea ice...

Biggest Stone Ball in Europe just Discovered in Bosnia

A 10-foot-wide, stone ball recently discovered in a Bosnia forest is touching off a hot debate in academic circles: Was it created by Mother...

Flood threats changing across US

The risk of flooding in the United States is changing regionally, and the reasons could be shifting rainfall patterns and the amount of water...

Top Spots For Gem Hunting In The US

Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina Find glittering, gorgeous emeralds in Hiddenite, only about an hour’s drive from Winston-Salem, NC. The Emerald Hollow Mine is...

The Deepwater Horizon aftermath

The oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig in 2010 contaminated more than...

Studies refute hypothesis on what caused abrupt climate change thousands of...

Two new studies in the Journal of Quaternary Science refute the hypothesis that one or more comets/bolides struck North America approximately 12,900 years ago...

Imaging the underground with help from the cosmos

Muons, once used to explore the inside of pyramids and volcanoes alike, are enabling researchers to see deep underground with a technological breakthrough from...

Determining erosion rates via painting

The determination of the spatial distribution of erosive processes is difficult. Especially in rough terrain the installation of measuring devices for a continuous measurement...

Researchers find roads shatter the Earth’s surface into 600,000 fragments

A new global map of roadless areas shows that the Earth's surface is shattered by roads into more than 600,000 fragments. More than half...

Alpine Fault theory takes shape

The Alpine Fault has been assumed to be a near vertical crack, however, research published last year by Victoria scientists suggests that the fault...

Mountain glaciers are showing some of the strongest responses to climate...

Mountain glaciers have long been a favorite poster child of climate change. The near-global retreat of glaciers of the last century provides some of...

Antarctic Ice Sheet study reveals 8,000-year record of climate change

An international team of researchers has found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet plays a major role in regional and global climate variability - a...

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