Geology
Bacteria in rock deep under sea inspire new search for life on Mars  nanowerk · 4 hours
Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have given researchers clues about how they might find life on Mars. These... more
Contemporaneity of Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and early Homo erectus in South Africa  Science Magazine · 17 hours
Understanding the extinction of Australopithecus and origins of Paranthropus and Homo in South Africa has been hampered by the perceived complex geological context of hominin fossils,... more
Researchers unravel the mystery of non-cotectic magmatic rocks  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, have found the answer to an enigma that has had geologists scratching their heads for years. more
As COVID-19 halts climate expeditions, scientists grapple with uncertainties  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Around 128,000 years ago, the temperatures in the Bahamas were one to two degrees higher than they are today. A group of geologists and geodynamicists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth... more
How tiny water droplets form can have a big impact on climate models  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Droplets and bubbles are formed nearly everywhere, from boiling our morning coffee, to complex industrial processes and even volcanic eruptions. New research... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes --... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes—not to... more
Sediments may control location, magnitude of megaquakes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The world's most powerful earthquakes strike at subduction zones, areas where enormous amounts of stress build up as one tectonic plate dives beneath another. When suddenly released, this stress can cause devastating "megaquakes" like... more
Study shows potential for using fiber-optic networks to assess ground motions during earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new study from a University of Michigan researcher and colleagues at three institutions demonstrates the potential for using existing networks of... more
Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Charlotte Pearson's eyes scanned a palm-sized chunk of ancient tree. They settled on a ring that looked "unusually light," and she made a note without giving it a second thought.... more
Disasters can affect cervical cancer screening for years  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Screening is important for the early detection of cervical cancer, but rates were significantly affected, in some areas for years, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. more
Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month. more
Disasters have a major impact on cervical cancer screening for years  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Cervical cancer screening rates in Japan were significantly affected in the years following the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, Tohoku University scientists report in... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  nanowerk · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Coral tells own tale about El Niño's past  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists use data from ancient coral to build a record of temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean over the last millennium. The data question previous links between volcanic eruptions and El Niño... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
No consistent ENSO response to volcanic forcing over the last millennium  Science Magazine · 1 week
The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) shapes global climate patterns yet its sensitivity to external climate forcing remains uncertain. Modeling studies suggest that ENSO is sensitive to... more
Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cornell astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. more
Eclectic rocks influence earthquake types  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New Zealand's largest fault is a jumble of mixed-up rocks of all shapes, sizes, compositions and origins. According to research from a global team of scientists, this motley mixture could help explain why the fault generates slow-motion earthquakes... more
Slow slip source characterized by lithological and geometric heterogeneity  Science Magazine · 1 week
Slow slip events (SSEs) accommodate a significant proportion of tectonic plate motion at subduction zones, yet little is known about the faults that actually host them. The shallow depth ( more
Scientists get first look at cause of 'slow motion' earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An international team of scientists has for the first time identified the conditions deep below the Earth's surface that lead to the triggering of so-called 'slow motion' earthquakes. more
Tsunami watch for Hawaii lifted after north Pacific quake  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and forecasters said tsunami waves were possible for the nearest shores. A brief tsunami watch for Hawaii was canceled. more
Co-occurring contaminants in groundwater may heighten health risks for North Carolinians  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Contaminants that occur together naturally in groundwater under certain geological conditions may heighten health risks for millions of North Carolinians whose drinking water comes from private... more
Co-occurring contaminants may increase NC groundwater risks  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Contaminants that occur together naturally in groundwater under certain geological conditions may heighten health risks for millions of North Carolinians whose drinking water comes from private wells, and current safety regulations don't address the... more
Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The wormlike creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and... more
Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team led by UC Riverside geologists has discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most familiar animals today, including humans. more
Aftershocks rattle Croatian capital a day after strong quake  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Croatia has experienced a series of aftershocks a day after a strong earthquake caused widespread damage and injured at least 27 people amid a partial coronavirus lockdown of the capital. more
Croatia quake injures 17 amid partial coronavirus lockdown  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A strong earthquake has shaken Croatia and its capital, causing widespread damage and panic more
Strong quake shakes Croatia, damaging buildings in capital  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A strong earthquake shook Croatia and its capital on Sunday, causing widespread damage and panic. A 15-year-old was reported in critical condition and others were injured, news outlets reported. more
The relationship between Andean vegetation, precipitation and soil erosion  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Plants may stabilize slopes, yet rainfall often intensifies soil erosion. Until now, just how these two things interact to form mountain topography was only clear for a few small regions... more
Geologists find lost fragment of ancient continent in Canada's North  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Sifting through diamond exploration samples from Baffin Island, Canadian scientists have identified a new remnant of the North Atlantic craton—an ancient part of Earth's continental crust. more
Fine-tuning radiocarbon dating could 'rewrite' ancient events  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new paper points out the need for an important new refinement to radiocarbon dating. The research has relevance for understanding key dates in Mediterranean history and prehistory, including the tomb of Tutankhamen and... more
Earthquake rattles millions on edge amid coronavirus threat  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
With much of normal life at a screeching halt to combat the coronavirus, millions of people in Utah are hunkered down in the safety of their homes more
6.3-magnitude quake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A strong earthquake jolted Indonesia's holiday island of Bali early on Thursday, but no tsunami warning was issued. more
Quake rattles Salt Lake City, damages Mormon temple  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah on Wednesday, damaging an iconic Mormon temple and disrupting efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic. more
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake just slammed Utah, the state's largest in nearly 30 years  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck northern Utah this morning. It was the state's largest quake since 1992. more
Shifts in deep geologic structure may have magnified great 2011 Japan tsunami  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers say they have identified the origins of an unusual fault that probably magnified the catastrophic 2011 Japan tsunami. more
Shifts in deep geologic structure may have magnified great 2011 Japan tsunami  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck under the seabed off Japan—the most powerful quake to hit the country in modern times,... more
Scientists quantify how wave power drives coastal erosion  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Over millions of years, Hawaiian volcanoes have formed a chain of volcanic islands stretching across the Northern Pacific, where ocean waves from every direction, stirred up by distant storms or carried in... more
Hiker finds bombs dropped into Mauna Loa volcano in 1935  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
A hiker in Hawaii rediscovered evidence of a 1935 attempt to use bombs to redirect a lava flow from Mauna Loa's flank. more
Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
When large earthquakes occur, seismologists are well aware that subsequent, smaller tremors are likely to take place afterwards in the surrounding geographical region. So far, however, few studies have explored how the similarity between these inter-earthquake... more
Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
So far, few studies have explored how the similarity between inter-earthquake times and distances is related to their separation from initial events. In a new study, researchers show that the two values become increasingly correlated the... more
'Fossil earthquakes' offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth's surface  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A major international study has shed new light on the mechanisms through which earthquakes are triggered up to 40km beneath the earth's surface. more
Japan's experience with earthquakes can help teach us to learn to live with floods  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The intense rainfall from storms this winter has caused severe flooding in numerous cities across the UK. The storms have... more
Study suggests Earth and Moon not identical oxygen twins  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Scientists at The University of New Mexico have found that the Earth and Moon have distinct oxygen compositions and are not identical in oxygen as previously thought according to a... more
Mars Express Sees Intriguing Geological Features in Moreux Crater  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has captured stunning images of Moreux crater, a... more
Injection strategies are crucial for geothermal projects  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The fear of earthquakes is one of the main reasons for reservations about geothermal energy. In order to get hot water from the depths, crevices in the rock underground often have to be created.... more
Why organisms shrink in a warming world  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Everyone is talking about global warming. A team of paleontologists has recently investigated how prehistoric organisms reacted to climate change, basing their research on belemnites. These shrunk significantly when the water temperature rose as... more
Researchers find adaptive morphology influenced by climate  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of palaeontologists at GeoZentrum Nordbayern at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) recently investigated how prehistoric organisms react to climate change, basing their research on belemnites. These shrunk significantly when the water temperature rose as... more
How do we tell the difference between geologic ages?  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Earth's history is long. How do scientists keep track of what happened when? more
The dark dunes of Mars: Moreux crater  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Known for its wide swathes of rippling, textured, gently sloping dunes, the Terra Sabaea region on Mars is home to many fascinating geological features—including the prominent Moreux crater, the star of a new image... more
New carbon-based nanomaterial: Facile diamond synthesis from lower 'diamondoids'  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In a new report published in Science Advances, Sulgiye Park and a research team in geological sciences, materials and energy sciences, advanced research and advanced radiation sources in the U.S.... more
Smallest Homo erectus cranium in Africa and diverse stone tools found at Gona, Ethiopia  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An international research team led by scientists from the U.S. and Spain, and including a University of Michigan geologist, has... more
What other planets can teach us about Earth  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Sometimes, you need to leave home to understand it. For Stanford planetary geologist Mathieu Lapôtre, "home" encompasses the entire Earth. more
The dark dunes of Mars: Moreux crater  ESA · 4 weeks
Known for its wide swathes of rippling, textured, gently sloping dunes, the Terra Sabaea region on Mars is home to many fascinating... more
Amber specimens reveal origin of long mouthpart of scorpionflies  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
An international research group led by Prof. Wang Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) has found a new genus, including... more
Lateral propagation-induced subduction initiation at passive continental margins controlled by preexisting lithospheric weakness  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Understanding the conditions for forming new subduction zones at passive continental margins is important for understanding plate tectonics and the Wilson cycle.... more
The Latest: Virus travel limits cut into global air demand  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The International Air Transport Association says the virus outbreak hit passenger flight demand in January, slowing monthly growth to its lowest level since April 2010, when a volcano... more
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