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Study Reveals What Causes Strange Dark Zone In Greenland's Ice Sheet

High-resolution images of a section of Greenland's dark zone revealed what is behind the strange dark patch in the ice sheet. The so-called ablation zone threatens to speed up melting.

Earth/Environment April 14, 2018

Genetics Study Indicates Sweet Potato Arrived In Polynesia Long Before American Colonization

DNA analysis of sweet potatoes in Polynesia revealed that the crop has been growing in the region long before the American colonization. The study also provides insight on how hybridization could be the answer to food security.

Earth/Environment April 13, 2018

Mountain Erosion Apparently Increases, Not Reduces, Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere

Mountain erosion, long believed to be reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is apparently increasing it, though the source is not geological. Does the discovery have any effect on the phenomenon of climate change?

Earth/Environment April 14, 2018

Hyper-Salty Lakes Found Beneath The Canadian Arctic Could Shed Light On Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists discovered a subglacial lake underneath the Canadian ice continent that is four to five times saltier than seawater. It was reported that the surface resembles Jupiter’s Europa moon and may one day help understand extraterrestrial life conditions.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2018

Atlantic Ocean Circulation Is At Its Lowest Point In 1,500 Years Due To Climate Change

Climate change is playing a major role in the slowing down of the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean. This disruption in circulation patterns could change the lives of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2018

Dead Sperm Whale Found In Spain Had 64 Pounds Of Plastic And Waste In Stomach

A young sperm whale that washed up on the shore of a beach in southern Spain was found to have 64 pounds of plastic waste and other debris in its stomach. The whale died of abdominal infection called peritonitis.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

New Images Reveal Earth's Strange Second Magnetic Field Generated By The Oceans

It turns out that Earth has a second magnetic field that has just been discovered. New satellite images show that Earth's second magnetic field is being generated by the oceans.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

Urbanization Linked To Shorter, Intense Wet Seasons In Florida

Most cities in Florida experienced shorter but intense rainy season. Scientists from Florida States University suggested that the continued urban growth affected the state's local climate.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

How Did Life Begin On Earth? New Study Thinks Volcanoes Might Have Helped

Massive amounts of sulfites and bisulfites in lakes during the Earth’s early years may have helped set the stage for the planet’s early prebiotic milieu.

Earth/Environment April 11, 2018

The Flat Earth Movement Is Growing, Survey Reveals

A YouGov survey found that millennials were showing increased interest in the flat Earth theory. A big chunk of those who now believed in the concept belonged in this demographic.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2018

Snowfall Increase In Antarctica Over The Last 200 Years Worries Scientists About The Rise Of Sea Levels

A new study shows that the amount of snowfall seen in Antarctica has increased over the last two centuries. This worries scientists who see that this increased snowfall could lead to a rise in sea levels.

Earth/Environment April 9, 2018

Check Out New York City Without Light Pollution

New York without light pollution is a gorgeous place. That’s exactly what the Skyglow project wanted to illustrate ahead of the upcoming Dark Sky Week, which encourages people to turn off their lights.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2018

Greenhouse In Antarctica Able To Grow Vegetables Without Soil Or Sunlight

Scientists in Antarctica were able to grow vegetables without soil or sunlight. The vegetables were grown in a designed environment that yielded a variety of vegetables.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2018

Another Reason To Save The Coral Reefs: They Protect The Coast From Cyclones

Coral reefs naturally protect coastlines and beaches from the wrath of tropical cyclones, according to researchers. Coral reefs cause potentially damaging waves to break offshore, giving us another reason to find a way to save them from destruction.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2018

Antarctica's Underwater Ice Is Retreating 5 Times Faster Than Previously Thought

Climate change has already been known to be affecting Earth's global regions but not at this rate. The underwater ice in Antarctica is now retreating five times faster than previously thought.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2018

Early Earth's Climate Was More Tame Than Previously Thought, Suggesting Other Planets May Be Suitable For Life

Theories regarding early Earth's climate suggest that it had extreme weather, from fiery temperatures to ice age cold. This new research could show that other planets may be able to host life.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2018

Trump’s Proposed Texas Border Wall Will Destroy Wildlife Habitat, Say Conservationists

Conservationists sent an appeal letter to the White House opposing President Trump's proposed Mexican-Texas border wall. The aforementioned wall is deemed destructive to wildlife habitat and ecotourism, particularly in the South Texas border.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2018

Is Africa Splitting Into Two? Sudden Appearance Of Massive Crack In Kenyan Valley Proves It Could

A massive crack suddenly appeared in Kenya's Rift Valley, splitting roads and houses into two. Evidently, a part of Africa could split from the continent in 50 million years.

Earth/Environment April 1, 2018

Antarctica's Ice Is Melting Underwater: Here's Why This Is A Big Problem

Underwater melting of Antarctica's ice sheet is far greater than previously thought. It poses a significant threat as Antarctica holds the largest reservoir of Earth's freshwater.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2018

The Sahara Desert Is Expanding Partly Because Of Climate Change

Climate change and natural climate cycles contribute to the expansion of the Sahara desert, which has grown by about 10 percent since 1920. What are the potential consequences of this phenomenon?

Earth/Environment March 30, 2018

Scientists Use Sun Shield To Protect The Great Barrier Reef From Impending Demise

Marine scientists believed they may have found a way to delay the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef system on the planet. Sun shields will be deployed on the surface of seawater to block harmful UV rays.

Earth/Environment March 28, 2018

Report: Earth Is Losing Plants And Animals At A Dangerous Rate

Despite progress on some conservation efforts, UN reports showed that biodiversity on the planet remains to be on a serious decline. Is humanity on the verge of living in a lonelier planet?

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

Radar Images Reveal Major Ground Movement And Sinking In Texas Oil Patch

Major land deformations were found in a Texas oil patch thanks to radar satellite images. The deformations occurred as a result of decades of oil production in the area.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

2-Billion-Year-Old Salt Rock Sheds Light On Rise Of Oxygen In Earth's Atmosphere During The Great Oxidation Event

Was the escalation of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere a gradual or rapid process? Crystallized salt rocks extracted from a deep hole in Russia shed light on how oxygen appeared during the Great Oxidation Event 2.3 billion years ago.

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

Elephant In India Chomps Wood Coal, Appears To Be Breathing Smoke

A pachyderm elephant was caught on video while breathing smoke in a forest in Southern India. Baffled scientists said the elephant only ingested wood charcoal, a natural laxative.

Earth/Environment March 24, 2018

NASA’s New Landslide Model Uses Torrential Rains To Detect Landslide Threats In Near Real-Time

NASA has developed a new imaging model that can detect potential landslide events using heavy rain as signal. The LHASA model has been finalized after analyzing 15 years’ worth of geologic data worldwide.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is 4 To 16 Times Larger Than Previously Thought

The size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is increasing rapidly according to scientists. The amount of plastic found in this area between California and Hawaii also reportedly keeps accumulating.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2018

Newly Discovered Hot Magma Plume Beneath Yellowstone Volcano Stretches To Mexico

Scientists may have found strong evidence linking Yellowstone’s volcanic activity to a massive hot magma plume that extends to the Mexican border. Researchers said further study is needed to determine how plumes affect ground movements on earth.

Earth/Environment March 22, 2018

Melting Glaciers Reach Point Of No Return, According to Scientist: Polar Ice Caps Doomed To Melt

According to scientists, the melting of Earth’s glaciers has reached a point of no return. Because of continuous climate change, it’s now impossible for the planet’s glacial volume to ever reach a better state.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2018

Laboratory-Bred 'Super Corals' May Help Repopulate Disappearing Great Barrier Reef

Ocean acidification and massive coral bleaching is destroying a part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs worldwide. Scientists are racing against time to save the dying reefs through the breeding of super corals.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2018

Volcanic Thunder Recorded By Scientists From Eruption of Bogoslof Volcano In Alaska

Geophysicists proved the existence of volcanic thunder by isolating sounds from an erupting volcano. The thunderclaps are usually accompanied by volcanic lightning that could be used to determine ash plume volumes.

Earth/Environment March 16, 2018

Researchers Reveal Possible Reason Behind The Recently Discovered ‘STEVE’ Aurora

Researchers just published a paper hypothesizing the conditions that enable the so-called STEVE aurora to appear in the night sky. The researchers also noted how important citizen scientists were in their study.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2018

What America Looked Like Before The EPA Cleaned It Up: 15 Shocking Photos

Believe it or not, the EPA has just been around since 1970 before that pollution was rampant in much of the U.S. When it was created, it was tasked with cleaning up the environment to help with human health.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2018

Hunter-Gatherers Thrived Through Volcanic Winter After Mount Toba Supervolcano Eruption

The eruption of supervolcano Mount Toba in Indonesia 74,000 years ago is believed to have nearly decimated the human species. How did the hunter-gatherers at the Pinnacle Point rockshelter in the southern coast of South Africa survive?

Earth/Environment March 13, 2018

Supervolcano Eruptions May Not Be As Devastating As Previously Thought

Humans did something surprising during one of Earth's latest supervolcanic eruption, which may cast doubts into some effects of this type of event. It may even show that supervolcanic eruptions aren't the end as previously thought.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2018

New York Stops Sending Its Poo To Alabama After Residents Complain

To avoid polluting the waterways around the city, New York City was sending some of its sewage to be treated in Alabama. Residents in Alabama didn't like that they were the recipients of the city's sewer treasures.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2018

Evidence Of Water In Earth's Deep Mantle Found Inside Diamonds: What This Could Mean

What makes the discovery of Ice VII inside a diamond so important? It could help us understand the way the Earth really works from the inside.

Earth/Environment March 10, 2018

Ice Crystals In Diamonds Reveal There Is Liquid Water In Earth's Mantle

Analysis of diamonds that formed 610 to 800 kilometers below the Earth’s surface revealed ice crystals called ice VII. How do these prove there is liquid water in the Earth's mantle?

Earth/Environment March 9, 2018

Saving Mesoamerican Reef: Special Insurance To Protect Mexican Coasts Against Natural Disasters

It's normal for cars, homes, and people to get their own insurance but for coral reefs? In a world's first, the Mesoamerican Reef is getting its own policy protecting itself from storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

Earth/Environment March 9, 2018

Flash Of Light With Mysterious Boom Reported By Washington State Residents

Residents of Grays Harbor County were baffled by a bright flash of light that was coupled with a mysterious loud boom. There were no explosions, earthquakes, or even strange weather events at the time of the incident.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2018

This Super-Deep Diamond Reveals How The Earth's Layers Work

A tiny diamond extracted from the Cullinan Mine in South Africa contains a chunk of rare mineral from 700 kilometers below the surface. It has never been seen above the ground until recently.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2018

Smoke From Fires In South Africa Helps Cool Earth And Fight Greenhouse Effect

Smoke from wildfires and man-made fires in South Africa help cool Earth and even help fight greenhouse effect linked to global warming. How does smoke help cool our planet?

Earth/Environment March 7, 2018

Climate Change Could Double Global Sea Level Rise By 2100: NASA Study

A new study by NASA has indicated that climate change has accelerated the global sea level rise in the past few decades. The agency has projected that the global sea level rise can double by 2100.

Earth/Environment March 5, 2018

Earliest Records Of Earth's Magnetic Field Reversal Found In South African Region

A team of researchers may have found out the details related to the birthplace of magnetic field reversals. The new findings pushed back the timeline of records for the magnetic field.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2018

Bacteria Survives In The Most Mars-Like Place On Earth, Giving Hope For Life On The Red Planet

David Bowie onced asked if there’s life on Mars. Well, according to a new study published in PNAS, it’s possible Mars harbors life despite its conditions.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2018

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