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How long will a volcanic island live?

January 6, 2020

Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos. When a…
Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria

December 4, 2019

Earth’s breathable atmosphere is key for life, and a new study suggests that the first burst of oxygen…
Giant Meteor Impacts Might Have Triggered Early Earth’s Plate Tectonics

December 3, 2019

Plate tectonics have played a vital role in the geological evolution of our planet. In addition, many scientists…
Research shows why there’s a ‘sweet spot’ depth for underground magma chambers

September 16, 2019

A new study reveals why the magma chambers that feed recurrent and often explosive volcanic eruptions tend to reside…
International research team solve ‘hot spot’ debate

August 8, 2019

Walking on a field of lava on the Pacific coast near Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii…
New model suggests lost continents for early earth

July 2, 2019

A new radioactivity model of Earth’s ancient rocks calls into question current models for the formation of Earth’s…
How tides can trigger earthquakes

June 17, 2019

An international team of scientists – including a volcanologist from the University of Bristol – have uncovered why…
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…
Massive earthquakes provide new insight into deep Earth

March 29, 2019

In the waning months of 2018, two of the mightiest deep earthquakes ever recorded in human history rattled…
Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds

March 18, 2019

Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages — periods during which…
Sources and Sinks

March 18, 2019

For the entire history of our species, humans have lived on a planet capped by a chunk of…
Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior

November 19, 2018

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep…
Researchers discover deepest known underwater volcanic eruption

October 24, 2018

A team of researchers has documented a recent volcanic eruption on the Mariana back-arc in the western Pacific…
It Looks Like Plate Tectonics are not Required to Support Life

August 6, 2018

When looking for potentially-habitable extra-solar planets, scientists are somewhat restricted by the fact that we know of only…
Plate tectonics not needed to sustain life

July 31, 2018

There may be more habitable planets in the universe than we previously thought, according to Penn State geoscientists,…
Under the Sea: learning more about plate tectonics

June 11, 2018

Voyaging across a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean to learn more about how the Earth’s tectonic plates…
Flow in the asthenosphere drags tectonic plates along

May 30, 2018

New simulations of Earth’s asthenosphere find that convective cycling and pressure-driven flow can sometimes cause the planet’s most…
Life beyond Earth: No plate tectonics, no problem

April 4, 2018

Scientists looking for life on distant planets are making plans to search non-Earth-like planets based on discoveries within…
Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists think

February 20, 2018

A University of Illinois-led team has identified unexpected geophysical signals underneath tectonically stable interiors of South America and…
Research reveals the scale at which Earth’s mantle composition varies

November 24, 2017

New research by Brown University geochemists provides new insights on the scale at which Earth’s mantle varies in…
Earthquake Risk Elevated with Detection of Spontaneous Tectonic Tremor in Anza Gap

October 26, 2017

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have detected spontaneous tectonic tremor — a signature of slow earthquakes…
Large Meteorite Impacts Drove Plate-Tectonic Processes On The Early Earth

October 3, 2017

An international study led by researchers at Macquarie University has uncovered the ways in which giant meteorite impacts…
Tectonic plates ‘weaker than previously thought’, say scientists

September 15, 2017

The finding explains an ambiguity in lab work that led scientists to believe these rocks were much stronger…
Ancient Earth’s hot interior created “graveyard” of continental slabs

August 22, 2017

Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth’s surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and…
New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale

August 15, 2017

A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to…
Strength of tectonic plates may explain shape of Tibetan Plateau, study finds

July 26, 2017

Geoscientists have long puzzled over the mechanism that created the Tibetan Plateau, but a new study finds that…
The Birth and Death of a Tectonic Plate

May 29, 2017

Several hundred miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, a small tectonic plate called the Juan de Fuca is…
Using a method from Wall Street to track slow slipping of Earth’s crust

March 29, 2017

Stock traders have long used specialized trackers to decide when to buy or sell a stock, or when…
Plate tectonics go to the core

February 1, 2017

The heat from Earth’s core has a significant effect on tectonic plate movement. The new research challenges the…
Most Volcanic Activity on Mercury Stopped About 3.5 Billion Years Ago

August 10, 2016

New research from North Carolina State University finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely…
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