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Massive Ancient Tectonic Slab Found Below the Indian Ocean

A team of researchers recently discovered an ancient relic hidden within Earth: a tectonic plate resting beneath the southern Indian Ocean. Scientists have found...

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...

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...

North american plate shattered speed records a billion years ago

North America traveled in fast company back in its youth. A new study led by Michigan Technological University geophysicist Aleksey Smirnov reveals that 1.1 billion...

Geophysicists find the crusty culprits behind sudden tectonic plate movements

Yale-led research may have solved one of the biggest mysteries in geology -- namely, why do tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface, which normally...

Himalaya tectonic dam with a discharge

The Himalaya features some of the most impressive gorges on Earth that have been formed by rivers. The geologic history of the famous Tsangpo...

Deepwater Mining in Norway

The mid-ocean ridges where tectonic plates meet in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans are seething with volcanic activity. The most active areas are...

Scientists push closer to understanding mystery of deep earthquakes

LEMONT, Ill. – Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven...

Aleutian Islands

The Aleutian Trench (or Aleutian Trough) is a subduction zone and oceanic trench which runs along the southern coastline of Alaska and the adjacent...

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