Research redefines the properties of faults when rock melts
Geoscientists at the University of Liverpool have used friction experiments to investigate the processes of fault slip.
Understanding the softness in Earth's lithosphere
Yale researchers have proposed a new model to explain the drop in elastic stiffness in the middle of the Earth's continental lithosphere.
Fracking technique raises prospect of better prediction of mega-earthquakes
An experiment has shed light on how controversial human activities such as fracking can cause small earthquakes. This may enable better controls of hazardous techniques. But it could have even greater re ...
Atmospheric signs of volcanic activity could aid search for life
Planets with volcanic activity are considered better candidates for life than worlds without such heated internal goings-on.
Image: Central California and the San Andreas Fault
This image captured by Sentinel-1A's radar on 1 April 2015 shows a central region of California in the US.
Researchers explain mystery of India's rapid move toward Eurasia 80 million years ago
In the history of continental drift, India has been a mysterious record-holder.
Supercycles in subduction zones
When tectonic plates collide, they produce earthquakes like the recent one in Nepal. Researchers at ETH Zurich are providing new ways to explain how and why earthquake supercycles occur in zones where one ...
Rumbling from ocean trenches could be sign that Japan faces mega earthquake
Researchers in Japan have for the first time detected and traced shallow tremors under the ocean that could be a sign that the country is heading towards a huge earthquake. But the technique itself may one day ...
Second quake part of chain reaction: scientists
The 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Tuesday, 17 days after a lethal 7.8 temblor, is part of a chain reaction in a notorious seismic hotspot, scientists said.
Geologist outlines earthquake "time bombs" in a forthcoming book
An emeritus Oregon State University geologist, who was one of the first scientists to point to the possibility of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, outlines some of the world's seismic "time bombs" ...
Japan issues evacuation order after volcano erupts
Japan ordered evacuations Friday after an island volcano erupted, shooting a huge column of ash high into the air.
North american plate shattered speed records a billion years ago
North America traveled in fast company back in its youth.
Geophysicists challenge traditional theory underlying the origin of mid-plate volcanoes
A long-held assumption about the Earth is discussed in today's edition of Science, as Don L. Anderson, an emeritus professor with the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, and Sc ...
Australia on path to join supercontinent 'Amasia'
The possibility that Earth could have a supercontinent that would occupy two-thirds of the planet's surface in a couple of hundred million years' time is just one of the geological projects being investigated ...