Ancient trapped water explains Earth's first ice age
Tiny bubbles of water found in quartz grains in Australia may hold the key to understanding what caused the Earth's first ice age, say scientists.
Fossils indicate common ancestor for two primate groups
(Phys.org) —Palaeontologists working in Tanzania have discovered the oldest known fossils from two major primate groups—Old World monkeys, which include baboons and macaques, and apes, which include humans and chimpanzees. ...
Ten years at Mars: New global views plot the red planet's history
(Phys.org) —New global maps of Mars released on the 10th anniversary of the launch of ESA's Mars Express trace the history of water and volcanic activity on the Red Planet, and identify sites of special ...
Answer to opal mystery shows Red Centre's links to Red Planet
(Phys.org) —The dramatic geological events that created opal, Australia's national gemstone, have been described for the first time by a University of Sydney researcher.
Water-rock reaction may provide enough hydrogen 'food' to sustain life in ocean's crust or on Mars
A chemical reaction between iron-containing minerals and water may produce enough hydrogen "food" to sustain microbial communities living in pores and cracks within the enormous volume of rock below the ocean ...
Geochemist aids development of geologic time scale for study of Earth's history
A Boise State University researcher has taken a lead role in developing the most current timetable on Earth's geologic history.
Coral reefs 'ruled by earthquakes and volcanoes'
(Phys.org) —Titanic forces in the Earth's crust explain why the abundance and richness of corals varies dramatically across the vast expanse of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, a world-first study from the ...
Cracking the ice code
(Phys.org) —What happened the last time a vegetated Earth shifted from an extremely cold climate to desert-like conditions? And what does it tell us about climate change today?
In a bowl of breakfast cereal, principles of attraction on display
Andong He saw a phenomenon at work in his breakfast bowl that he couldn't explain. It prompted this question: How does cereal shape influence the way cereals floating in the milk join?
Oldest evidence of split between Old World monkeys and apes discovered
Two fossil discoveries from the East African Rift reveal new information about the evolution of primates, according to a study published online in Nature this week led by Ohio University scientists.
Discovery of new submarine hydrothermal activity area off the western coast of Kumejima Island, Okinawa Prefecture
Researchers from National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) conducted surveys of the seafloor off the coast around Kumejima Island, Okinawa Prefecture and Okinoerabujima Island, ...
Geologists study mystery of 'eternal flames'
"Eternal flames" fueled by hydrocarbon gas could shine a light on the presence of natural gas in underground rock layers and conditions that let it seep to the surface, according to research by geologists ...
Geologic study suggests Earth's tectonic activity peaked 1.1 billion years ago
Scientists reveal new species of dog-sized dinosaur
Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collec ...