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The real Jurassic Park was a vast desert

5 days ago

An ancient desert covered in sand dunes as far as the eye could see, where dinosaurs and small…
Predicting mineral deposits using AI

June 28, 2019

A team from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) has come second in the…
Experimental activity of cutting tubers with a small recycled flake and a close-up of its prehension (inset). Image credit: Flavia Venditti/AFTAU.
Early Humans Deliberately Recycled Flint To Create Tiny, Sharp Tools

May 30, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that prehistoric humans “recycled” discarded or broken flint tools 400,000 years ago to…
Ain’t No River Wide Enough

May 24, 2019

Picture a languid river winding its way through a fertile plain, on its journey to the sea. For…
New research has potential to revolutionize diamond exploration

May 23, 2019

Study identifies lherzolite, previously only peripherally associated with diamond formation, as a source rock for diamond deposits. A…
Scientists discover a new way volcanoes form

May 22, 2019

Geoscientists have discovered the first direct evidence that material from deep within Earth’s mantle transition zone — a…
The effects of landslides can be monitored through a handful of sand

May 2, 2019

Natural disasters are very difficult to predict. No one knows when the next earthquake is going to happen…
Volcano cliffs can affect monitoring data, study finds

March 25, 2019

New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and co-authored by the University of Bristol reveals…
The Hawkeye State’s hidden potential may be its geology

January 8, 2019

A wealth of riches may lie below the hills of northeast Iowa. University of Iowa geologists are leading an…
Colossal erosion event transformed ancient Earth’s surface

January 8, 2019

The Earth’s surface experienced the largest crustal erosion event in Earth’s history some 700 million years ago, paving…
Experiments using Diamond Anvils Yield New Insight into the Deep Earth

September 25, 2018

Nearly 1,800 miles below the earth’s surface, there are large odd structures lurking at the base of the…
Working to keep vital flood information flowing

September 24, 2018

At least 80 U.S. Geological Survey scientists are in the field in the Carolinas and Virginia, working to…
Iowa State sophomore returns from summer on research vessel, atop active volcano

August 21, 2018

Tell the class what you did this summer. Chanel Vidal will have perhaps the best story – three…
Shake rattle and code

May 2, 2018

Southern California defines cool. The perfect climes of San Diego, the glitz of Hollywood, the magic of Disneyland.…
Hot, warm or cold?: New insight into how Giant’s Causeway was formed

April 17, 2018

A new study by geoscientists at the University of Liverpool has identified the temperature at which cooling magma…
Princeton geologists solve fossil mystery by creating 3-D ‘virtual tour’ through rock

March 1, 2018

With an industrial grinder and a super-high-resolution camera, Princeton geoscientists Adam Maloof and Akshay Mehra can deconstruct rock samples and create three-dimensional…
Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

October 6, 2017

With emerging exascale supercomputers, researchers will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes…
New research suggests Mercury’s poles are icier than scientists thought

September 20, 2017

The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the…
How X-rays Helped to Solve Mystery of Floating Rocks

May 24, 2017

It’s true—some rocks can float on water for years at a time. And now scientists know how they…
Rivers on three worlds tell different tales

May 20, 2017

The environment on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the…
As continents continue moving, study suggests effects on biodiversity

May 17, 2017

Continental drift and plate tectonics — the notion that large chunks of Earth’s crust slowly but inexorably shift…
Scientists Find That the Earth Sank Twice, Flooding the Western Amazon

May 11, 2017

A tiny shark tooth, part of a mantis shrimp and microscopic marine organisms reveal that as the Andes…
Geologists use radioactive clock to document longest earthquake record

May 3, 2017

Using radioactive elements trapped in crystallized, cream-colored “veins” in New Mexican rock, geologists have peered back in time…
From Orbit to Core: Scientific Synergy between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey

April 16, 2017

Building on a 50-year-old partnership, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are expanding their cooperation with the…
“Nesting doll” minerals offer clues to Earth’s mantle dynamics

April 11, 2017

Recovered minerals that originated in the deep mantle can give scientists a rare glimpse into the dynamic processes…
Valuable ore deposits and life both evolved after the Great Oxygenation Event

February 28, 2017

Geology is an interesting science, because it allows reading Earth‘s history from what we found under our feet.…
Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth’s geology and carbon cycles

January 16, 2017

Tiny microbes play a big role in cycling carbon and other key elements through our air, water, soil…
Underground Science: Berkeley Lab Digs Deep For Clean Energy Solutions

October 20, 2016

About a mile beneath the Earth’s surface in an old gold mine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)…
New model will locate weaknesses in Earth’s crust with a greater accuracy

October 6, 2016

Despite advancements in our modern technology, volcano eruptions and earthquakes are still very hard to predict. It looks…
Geoscientist offers free geologic exploration app

October 3, 2016

Plenty of apps are born over a cup of joe or a glass of wine or beer. Here’s…
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