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Researcher studies deformation of tectonic plates

Sean Bemis put his hands together side by side to demonstrate two plates of the earth's crust with a smooth boundary running between them....

Geologists shed light on formation of Alaska Range

Geologists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have recently figured out what has caused the Alaska Range to form the way it...

Geologists shed light on formation of Alaska Range

Geologists in the College of Arts and Sciences have recently figured out what has caused the Alaska Range to form the way it has...

Tectonic plates not rigid, deform horizontally in cooling process

The puzzle pieces of tectonic plates that make up the outer layer of earth are not rigid and don't fit together as nicely as...

How the air we breathe was created by Earth’s tectonic plates

How is it that Earth developed an atmosphere that made the development of life possible? A study published in the journal Nature Geoscience links...

Mysterious Midcontinent Rift is a geological hybrid

An international team of geologists has a new explanation for how the Midwest's biggest geological feature -- an ancient and giant 2,000-mile-long underground crack...

Snail shells show high-rise plateau is much lower than it used...

The Tibetan Plateau in south-central Asia, because of its size, elevation and impact on climate, is one of the world's greatest geological oddities. At about...

What set the Earth’s plates in motion? “The origin of plate...

The mystery of what kick-started the motion of our earth's massive tectonic plates across its surface has been explained by researchers at the University...

Mantle plumes crack continents

In some parts of the Earth, material rises upwards like a column from the boundary layer of Earth's core and the lower mantle to...

Pacific plate shrinking as it cools

The tectonic plate that dominates the Pacific "Ring of Fire" is not as rigid as many scientists assume, according to researchers at Rice University...

Nanodiamonds are forever “A comet collision with Earth played a major...

Most of North America's megafauna -- mastodons, short-faced bears, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and American camels and horses -- disappeared close to 13,000...

World’s tectonic plate movement mapped

A group of geophysicists is testing the hypothesis that the rate of "supercontinent assembly"—or tectonic plate movement—changes over time. Study co-author Professor Sergei Pisarevskiy says...

The Dawn of Plate Tectonics

A journey to the Mariana Trench, the deepest crevice on Earth’s surface, reveals the great Pacific tectonic plate descending deep into the planet where...

Plate tectonics: Studies show movements of continents speeding up after slow...

Two studies show that the movement rate of plates carrying Earth's crust may not be constant over time. This could provide a new explanation...

How cosmic crashes could have kickstarted plate tectonics

A rock the size of a small city hurtles towards Earth, smashing a crater bigger than the span between Washington, D.C. and New York...

Researchers seek to understand the subsurface on a massive scale

The impacts of biogeochemical processes in the underworld beneath our feet are on massive scales. Thousands of microbial species dine on organic molecules, belching...

Tibetan Plateau was larger than previously thought, geologists say

Earth scientists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have determined that the Tibetan Plateau -- the world's largest, highest, and flattest plateau...

Researchers build model that may explain how plate tectonics got its...

(Phys-org) —Two researchers, David Bercovici of Yale University and Yanick Ricard with the University of Lyon, have together used mathematical modeling to help explain...

Computer models solve geologic riddle millions of years in the making

An international team of scientists that included USC's Meghan Miller used computer modeling to reveal, for the first time, how giant swirls form during...

New study reveals insights on plate tectonics, the forces behind earthquakes,...

The Earth's outer layer is made up of a series of moving, interacting plates whose motion at the surface generates earthquakes, creates volcanoes and...

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