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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Jan. 29, 2016 — There is a growing debate over the fate of the world's largest ice sheet, whose sudden melting is sending shockwaves throughout the geophysics community. Researchers contend that by studying ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Plate tectonics were operating in what is now western Wyoming long before the collisions that created the Himalayas starting 40 million years ago. The researchers reached their conclusions by ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Hydrothermal activity along the mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the release of molten rock, or magma, in response to changes in sea level plays a significant role in the earth's ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The moon was formed from a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a 'planetary embryo' called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, almost 4.5 ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Planet Earth's oceans and lands will be buried by increasing layers of plastic waste by the mid-century due to human activity, according to new ... read more

Shallow Earthquakes, Deeper Tremors Along Southern San Andreas Fault Compared by Researchers

Jan. 25, 2016 — Seismologists working along California's San Andreas Fault near Cholame and Parkfield now have a better idea of how and where friction changes along the fault to produce both shallow earthquakes ... read more

New Gravity Dataset Will Help Unveil the Antarctic Continent

Jan. 22, 2016 — A unique dataset of gravity anomalies has been released for Antarctica representing a significant step forward in the investigation of the largest ice-covered continent on ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study suggests that plate tectonics -- the dynamic processes that formed Earth's mountains, volcanoes and continents -- began about 3 billion years ago. By analyzing trace element ratios ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — The same geologic forces that stitched the supercontinent Pangea together also helped form the ancient coal beds that powered the Industrial Revolution, report ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Earth's 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — By using an ion probe to analyze the carbon and nitrogen isotope compositions of the Witwatersrand diamond, which have been pristinely preserved for more than three billion years, researchers found ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Scientists are studying carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR) in an effort to understand carbon emissions from Earth's interior and how it affects the ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Around 720-640 million years ago, much of the Earth's surface was covered in ice during a glaciation that lasted millions of years. Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of this ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Humanity has become a geological force that is able to suppress the beginning of the next ice age, a study shows. Cracking the code of glacial inception, scientists have found the relation of ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Prevailing scientific models about earthquake generation are challenged when it comes to forecasting earthquake probabilities where observations indicate a creeping megathrust (the gently-dipping ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Scientists have used soil deposits that form growth rings on rocks to provide a detailed picture of North American climate over a 120,000-year time ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — A team of scientists is home after a month-long cruise in the eastern Mediterranean, but this was no vacation. The focus was the plumbing system of magma underneath the island of Santorini, formed by ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — A 'kink' in fault explains long-term growth of the world's highest mountains in years between earthquakes, scientists have discovered. Satellite technology shows the Himalayas have ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Evidence for a new geological epoch which marks the impact of human activity on the Earth is now overwhelming, according to a recent paper by an international group of ... read more

An 'Apatite' for Progress: A Mineral With Many Uses

Jan. 5, 2016 — Apatite has recently gained considerable attention as a mineral with many uses within the Earth and planetary sciences. Apatite chemistry has recently given new insight into a wide range of ... read more

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