Tag: Tectonic plates

The Earth's Crust Might Be Peeling In Two And That Could Shrink The Atlantic Ocean

A hypothesis has explained why two powerful earthquakes hundreds of years apart struck the same spot off the coast of Portugal. The tectonic plate seems to be peeling away from its top.

Earth/Environment May 9, 2019

Diamond Flaws Reveal Secrets Of How Earth's Continents Formed

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

Mexico's 2017 Earthquake Was So Powerful It Split Through Tectonic Plate: Study

Just how powerful was Mexico's 8.2 magnitude earthquake in 2017? New research found that the quake was so strong that it broke a tectonic plate.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2018

Scientists Solve Mystery Of How Rare Blue Diamonds Are Formed

An analysis of 46 rare blue diamonds revealed how deep into the Earth these precious gemstones were formed. The analysis also revealed a new information about Earth’s geological reactions.

Earth/Environment August 2, 2018

Scientists Uncover 'Great Valley' On Mercury: First Evidence Of Planetary Contraction?

Scientists have discovered a great valley on Mercury extending to the planet’s Rembrandt basin. The discovery was made with the help of images from NASA's Messenger spacecraft.

Space November 17, 2016

Mercury Is Tectonically Active Like Earth And Still Shrinking

Mercury is no larger than the Earth’s moon and it’s still shrinking! Researchers came to this conclusion after discovering small fault scarps on the planet, which also shed light on Mercury’s active tectonic activity.

Space September 28, 2016

Australia’s Tectonic Activity Pushing It North, Highlighting Need For New GPS Coordinates

Australia needs to update its GPS coordinates. The country (that is also a continent) has moved north and slightly east in the last 22 years and the new GPS coordinates will reflect its new position.

Earth/Environment August 1, 2016

Scientists Pinpoint Likely Cause Of Unusual Earthquakes In Southeast US

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

Massive Tectonic Shifts May Have Triggered Different Ice Ages

The reason behind the infamous ice ages might have been discovered by geologists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ancient tectonic collisions seem to have triggered the ice ages.

April 21, 2016

Scientists Unveil How Earth's Pacific Plates Collapsed

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

Mars Rover Finds Rocks Suggesting Red Planet Had Continental Crust

A geologic find by the Curiosity rover suggests Mars in its distant past may have been much more like the Earth, researchers say. Early Mars may have had tectonic plates that formed continents, they suggest.

Space July 14, 2015

Chilean Island's Ups And Downs Could Help Scientists Learn More About Mega-Earthquakes

A new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that two massive earthquakes in Chile were powerful enough to cause the Isla Santa María to rise by 6.5 to 10 feet.

Animals June 23, 2015

New Analysis Reveals Moon Experiences Quakes Similar To Those On Earth

Photographs taken by India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe have revealed evidence that the moon also has tectonic plates beneath its surface. This suggests that Earth's natural satellite also experiences quakes..

Space June 15, 2015

Europa’s plate tectonics: Jupiter’s moon may mirror Earth more than we thought

New research reveals that Europa, one of Jupiter's four moons, shows geographic similarities to Earth in having tectonic plates that shape and form the surface.

Space September 9, 2014

California mountains are rising due to drought: Study

A drought in the western United States is causing landmasses in the region to rise, according to a new study from the University of California.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2014

Huge asteroid impact that left Earth in a daze now reconstructed by scientists

Over three billion years ago, the Earth was struck by an asteroid so large it shook the planet for half an hour. Now we know more about the meteor that caused the event.

Space April 11, 2014

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