GEOLOGY

A team of evolutionary biologists at Harvard University, working with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, East Carolina University, Osaka University and the University of Toronto, has reconstructed the genome of an extinct...
Paleontologists at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered that some feathered dinosaurs had scaly skin like reptiles today, thus shedding new light on the evolutionary transition from scales to feathers. The researchers studied a new...

How mantle movements shape Earth’s surface

The movement of tectonic plates shapes the rocky features of Earth's surface. Plates' convergence can form mountain ranges or ocean trenches, and their divergence...

A clock in the rocks: What cosmic rays tell us about Earth’s changing surface and climate

How often do mountains collapse, volcanoes erupt or ice sheets melt? For Earth scientists, these are important questions as we try to improve projections to...

In the Jersey suburbs, a search for rocks to help fight climate change

In early spring, George Okoko was perched on a ledge 15 feet up a crumbly cliff, trying to whack off a basketball-size piece of...

New step in tectonic squeeze that turns seafloor into mountains

Scientists use tiny minerals called zircons as geologic timekeepers. Often no bigger than a grain of sand, these crystals record chemical signatures of the...

New geological study: Scandinavia was born in Greenland

In a Finnish outcrop nestled between some of Northern Europe’s oldest mountains, researchers have found traces of a previously hidden part of Earth’s crust...

New geological study shows Scandinavia was born in Greenland

The oldest Scandinavian bedrock was "born" in Greenland according to a new geological study from the University of Copenhagen. The study helps us understand...

Geologists discover evidence of gas hydrates in the Manila Trench

Gas hydrates are great alternative energy sources but they could also harm us and the environment, note geologists from the University of the Philippines. Much...

Geologists explore the hidden history of Colorado’s Spanish Peaks

If you've driven the mostly flat stretch of I-25 in Colorado from Pueblo to Trinidad, you've seen them: the Spanish Peaks, twin mountains that...

Largest flow of natural hydrogen gas ever found measured in Albanian chromium mine

A team of geologists affiliated with several institutions in France, working with a pair of colleagues from Albania, has measured the largest natural flow...

Study shows that Rio Grande Rise was once a giant mineral-rich tropical island near Brazil

A study led by scientists at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil has shown that the Rio Grande Rise (RGR), a possibly...

Researchers uncover source rocks of the first real continents

Geoscientists have uncovered a missing link in the enigmatic story of how the continents developed—a revised origin story that doesn't require the start of...

Dozens buried, three killed in southwest China landslide

Dozens of people were buried and three were confirmed killed when a landslide struck a remote and mountainous part of southwestern China on Monday. The...

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