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New finding supports Moon creation hypothesis

A layer of iron and other elements deep underground is the evidence scientists have long been seeking to support the hypothesis that the moon was formed by a planetary object hitting the infant Earth some 4.5 billion years ...

dateSep 26, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Image: Alakol Lake

Large chunks of broken ice float in east-central Kazakhstan's Alakol Lake in this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image from 5 April 2016.

dateSep 23, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Meteorological versus astronomical seasons

You may have noticed that meteorologists and climatologists define seasons differently from "regular" or astronomical spring, summer, fall, and winter. So, why do meteorological and astronomical seasons begin and end at different ...

dateSep 23, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Classroom Antarctica

Reaching the magnetic South Pole is a travel destination few people get to check off their bucket list. But two University of Melbourne PhD students did just that while also indulging their interest in classic physics experiments.

dateSep 23, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Seismic 'CT scans' reveal deep earth dynamics

A new look 100 miles beneath a massive tectonic plate as it dives under North America has helped clarify the subduction process that generates earthquakes, volcanoes and the rise of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest.

dateSep 23, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Study shows Indian Ocean sea level on the rise

A new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research shows that sea level rise in the northern Indian Ocean rose twice as fast as the global average since 2003. This represents a stark contrast to the previous decade, when ...

dateSep 22, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Exploring Oceanographer Canyon by mini-sub

Along the walls of Oceanographer Canyon, fish dart in and out of colorful anemone gardens and sea creatures send up plumes of sand and mud as they burrow. Bill Ryan, an oceanographer at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty ...

dateSep 22, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Earth's carbon points to planetary smashup

Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth's life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 billion years ago between Earth and an embryonic planet similar to Mercury.

Computing the ocean's true colors

When she was 17, Stephanie Dutkiewicz set sail from her native South Africa to the Caribbean islands. Throughout a three-month journey, she noticed that the color of the ocean shifted from place to place, but it wasn't until ...

Odds of mega-quake rise at high tide: study

The same gravitational force that creates high tides when the Moon and Sun align may also play a role in triggering major earthquakes, according to a study released Monday.

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