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Scientists find increase in asteroid impacts on ancient Earth by studying...

An international team of scientists is challenging our understanding of a part of Earth's history by looking at the Moon, the most complete and...

Detective mission to characterise and trace the history of a new...

Wits researchers go on a mission to describe, classify and trace the 4.5 billion-year-old history of a meteorite that landed in Madagascar. Researchers from Wits...

Huge Crater Discovered in Greenland

An international team lead by researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen have discovered a...

Naturally occurring ‘batteries’ fueled organic carbon synthesis on Mars

Mars' organic carbon may have originated from a series of electrochemical reactions between briny liquids and volcanic minerals, according to new analyses of three...

The formation of large meteorite craters is unraveled

About 66 million years ago, a meteorite hit the Earth of the Yucatan Peninsula in what is now Mexico. This event triggered a mass...

Meteorite bombardment likely to have created the Earth’s oldest rocks

Scientists have found that 4.02-billion-year-old silica-rich felsic rocks from the Acasta River, Canada -- the oldest rock formation known on Earth -- probably formed...

Mars valleys traced back to precipitation

The surface of Mars bears imprints of structures that resemble fluvial steam networks on Earth. Scientists therefore assume that there must have been once...

Meteorite ‘Black Beauty’ expands window for when life might have existed...

The early surface of Mars consisting of a liquid magma ocean crystallized extremely rapidly, just 20 million year after the formation of the solar...

Learning about the Himalayas using Mars technology

The Himalayan Range includes some of the youngest and most spectacular mountains on Earth, but the rugged landscape that lends it the striking beauty...

Minerology on Mars points to a cold and icy ancient climate

The climate throughout Mars' early history has long been debated -- was the Red Planet warm and wet, or cold and icy? New research...

Thank the moon for Earth’s lengthening day

For anyone who has ever wished there were more hours in the day, geoscientists have some good news: Days on Earth are getting longer. A...

Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park's thermal features that sheds light on the origin...

A Yellowstone guide to life on Mars

A University of Cincinnati geology student is helping NASA determine whether life existed on other planets. Doctoral candidate Andrew Gangidine is working with UC geology...

Magma ocean may be responsible for the moon’s early magnetic field

Around four billion years ago, the Moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth's magnetic field is today. How the...

Meteorite diamonds tell of a lost planet

Using transmission electron microscopy, EPFL scientists have examined a slice from a meteorite that contains large diamonds formed at high pressure. The study shows...

Water appeared while Earth was still growing

Up until about ten years ago, scientists thought they had a pretty good picture of how the moon and Earth came to co-exist. Then...

Life in world’s driest desert seen as sign of potential life...

For the first time, researchers have seen life rebounding in the world's driest desert, demonstrating that it could also be lurking in the soils...

Did surface life evolve on Mars? scientist makes key discoveries in...

The planet Mars has long drawn interest from scientists and non-scientists as a possible place to search for evidence of life beyond Earth because...

Arsenic and permafrost microbes help hunt for life on Mars

Studying environments that are similar to Mars, and their microbial ecosystems, could help prepare biologists to identify traces of life in outer space. In some...

Do moon phases produce big earthquakes?

Huge earthquakes are not significantly influenced by the moon, a new study says. The study, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, looked at...

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