Scientists recreated the mysterious conditions deep within the Earth to see how the most precious rocks are formed. It turns out that the planet sucks down the seabed and crushes it to create diamonds.
Earth/Environment May 30, 2019
Tiny imperfections in diamonds make these rocks infinitely more precious to scientists. With these flaws, they unlock the secrets of geological processes, such as the formation of mantle keels.
Earth/Environment April 26, 2019
Scientists simulated a river in a lab and were able to create a small waterfall, proving that it does not need an external force to form. The findings challenge the perception that waterfalls tell the geologic history of Earth.
Earth/Environment March 14, 2019
Scientists ran simulations and made the conclusion that a layer of rock has caused slabs of oceanic plates to stagnate. The process halted what is called mantle convection which involves rocks rising and sinking into the planet's core.
Earth/Environment October 9, 2018
Some hundred million years ago, the ancient continents of Armorica collided with Avalonia and Laurentia creating what would become modern England. For the study, researchers looked at minerals found in Devon and Cornwall.
Earth/Environment September 15, 2018
Ninety million years ago, granite found underneath the Sierra Nevada Mountains crystallized at temperatures cooler than scientists thought. The new finding changes practically everything we know about how the Earth formed.
Earth/Environment June 28, 2018
Brexit 1.0 took place thousands of years ago with the geological separation of Britain from Europe. Learn the significance behind this ancient event, including how Britain could still be connected to the continent today had the catastrophic event not happened.
Ancient April 5, 2017
Researchers uncovered a piece of volcanic rock dating back to the formation of Earth’s early crust. Their findings could help us better understand planetary evolution in our solar system.
Ancient March 21, 2017
A team of scientists discovered 208 new minerals that fundamentally formed because of human activity. In a new study, researchers describe how human activity reshapes the Earth's geological makeup.
Earth/Environment March 2, 2017
A series of tremors that reverberated through the ocean floor was detected by scientists in Japan. The twist: the tremors were not caused by an earthquake but were produced by a rare event known as a 'weather bomb.'
Earth/Environment August 28, 2016
The San Andreas is slipping in places where no movement has ever before been recorded. Does this mean the next big earthquake is coming to California?
Earth/Environment June 22, 2016
A new study suggests that the newly discovered sunken city in Greece may actually be a group of stone formations created by a natural phenomenon. They may be the result of microbial activity that changed the chemical composition of the sediments.
Earth/Environment June 3, 2016
Has Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo dethroned Mount Everest's title as the tallest mountain in the world? Better yet - have we been fooled all along?
Earth/Environment May 20, 2016
Rocks dating from 4.5 billion years ago still exist within the Earth's mantle, new research reveals. How were these ancient formations found?
Earth/Environment May 13, 2016
There’s something happening underneath southeastern United States – and it’s something to be prepared for. As plates become weaker, the region may expect more earthquakes in the future.
Earth/Environment May 4, 2016
A car may boost the odds of survival once a volcanic eruption occurs. Findings of a new study suggest that deadly pyroclastic flows travel at speeds ranging from 10 to 45 miles per hour.
Animals March 8, 2016
Fingerite is one of the rarest minerals on Earth. Here's why it is often referred to as 'perfect storm of rarity.'
Animals February 15, 2016
The Earth is not a "special snowflake," but it is distinct and different from the moon and other planets because of its rare minerals. Scientists even found a link between the presence of minerals and the ability to sustain life.
Animals February 14, 2016
When a mysterious crack formed in the Michigan forest after a small quake in 2010, geologists were left puzzled. Now, about six years later, scientists have identified what it was.
Animals February 11, 2016
The 'wonder material' of the early 20th century is incredibly slow to decay, giving it the staying power previously accorded to rocks and fossils.
Earth/Environment January 28, 2016
Geoscientists have long been debating about the right period that plate tectonics began to operate on Earth. Three diamonds unearthed in Johannesburg during the 19th century may finally help shed light on the matter.
Animals January 25, 2016
Subduction is a process where one tectonic plate slides underneath another plate. Researchers from the University of Southampton discovered that not all tectonic plates stay strong when they go under, debunking many collective beliefs.
Animals November 26, 2015
A research team attempted to use crystals found at the Colorado's Green River formation to measure carbon dioxide levels from millions of years ago. Based on their findings, the team concluded that the planet was more sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously thought.
Earth/Environment November 17, 2015
Immense amounts of groundwater beneath the Earth have been mapped for the first time. A study finds only a small percentage is accessible to us, and we're using it at an unsustainable rate, researchers report.
Animals November 17, 2015
The assumption that climate change is more rapid today than it has been in the past is flawed, researchers said. Difficulty in examining the geologic record of the past Earth has led to that assumption, they added.
Earth/Environment November 17, 2015
Earth may have its acid rain, but Mars has weird weather of its own - acid fog. Data from NASA rover shows rocks were eroded by such corrosive fog.
Space November 4, 2015
Geologists have suggested that the massive crack that formed in Wyoming may have been caused by a slow-moving landslide. Nicknamed "The Gash", the formation is a spectacular reminder of nature's mysterious capacity, onlookers said.
Animals November 1, 2015
A new study revealed that triggered earthquakes actually change the elastic properties of the Earth’s crust. Researchers mainly examined the earthquake that occurred in the Indian Ocean and Japan in 2012.
Animals October 27, 2015
Carbon in early Earth rocks may be clue to origin of life on our planet, researchers say. And that evidence suggests it may have arisen hundreds of millions of years earlier than we thought, they say.
Animals October 20, 2015
A unique kind of volcanic process on the moon's Mafic mound has been discovered by geologists from Brown University. Researchers say it could potentially be a volcanic process that has never been seen before.
Space October 16, 2015
Using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists found that the Earth’s pull is opening up faults on the moon. The extent of investigation on the moon made possible by the LRO is not yet doable for any other entity in the solar system.
Space October 15, 2015
Photosynthesis may have started putting oxygen into the Earth's oceans much earlier than previously thought, a new study suggests. Photosynthesis may have been occurring as early as 3.2 billion years ago, shortly after life appeared on Earth, researchers say.
Animals October 8, 2015
Scientists found 3.2 billion year old rocks that contain oxygen made by bacteria. That evidence places oxygen on Earth about a billion years earlier than prior evidence.
Animals October 7, 2015
Researchers at ASU found that parts of the Phoenix metropolitan are sinking each year, due to groundwater pumping. An annual subsidence rate of almost an inch may seem insignificant, but the continuous sinking, according to the experts,pretty much can’t be undone.
Earth/Environment August 16, 2015
Scientists discovered Martian salt deposits that reveal an ancient lakebed formed billions of years ago. The researchers believe the lakebed could have been habitable during its existence.
Space August 13, 2015
An unexpected discovery revelaed a leakage of helium along the Newport-Inglewood Fault, revealing that the fault extends to as far as the Earth's mantle.
Earth/Environment July 3, 2015
A system of faults off the Southern California coast presents a real risk of earthquakes that could send tsunamis heading toward the shore, researchers say. Although overshadowed by the San Andreas Fault, they believe these deserve close study.
Animals June 1, 2015
A team of scientists have determined that a new era in Earth's geological history began when humans started testing nuclear weapons on the planet's surface. This marks the beginning of the Anthropocene age.
Geek May 11, 2015
India got a geologic 'boost' that sped it toward a collision with Eurasia, MIT researchers suggest. The speed of the resulting impact created the Himalayas, the highest mountain range on Earth.
Animals May 4, 2015
Researchers in Oregon and Washington, using a network of seismometers and sensors, gather real-time data on an undersea volcano's eruption. The underwater observatory has 'wired' the seafloor volcano.
Animals May 4, 2015
Paleontologists say an extinction event around 260 million years ago was global and should be added to the list of such events known in Earth's history. Evidence of the global reach of so-called Capitanian event found in the tropics and Norway.
Animals April 21, 2015
Giant lava tubes under the surface of the moon might be able to house lunar cities, researchers suggest. Living underground could protect humans from the Moon's harsh surface environment, they say.
Space March 19, 2015
The presence of iron and precious metals in the Earth's mantle and crust are the result of cosmic collisions during the Earth's early formation, scientists say. Collisions created 'iron rain' that fell on our planet in its youth, they report.
Animals March 3, 2015
Lake in southern Sweden that has always intrigued geologists because of its shape is confirmed as an impact crater, study find. Study of rocks confirms an impact, likely around 450 million years ago.
Animals February 26, 2015
Earth's "solid" inner core not so solid after all, researchers find. Like an onion, the interior of our planet has layers -- more than previously thought, it turns out.
Animals February 10, 2015