Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves
(Phys.org) —Unmanned flying drones are being used to recover more of the oil reserves from the North Sea and beyond by studying geology from the sky.
How Earth's devastating super-volcanoes might erupt
Devastating supervolcanoes can erupt simply due to changes that happen in their giant magma chambers as they slowly cool, according to a new study. This finding marks the first time researchers have been ...
First farmers and stockbreeders painted with the same pigments that their hunters ancestors
A team involving researchers from the Spanish National Research Council has analyzed, for the first time, two cave figures of rock shelters located in the archaeological ensemble of Minateda, in Hellín (Albacete). They have ...
Neolithic mural may depict ancient eruption
Volcanic rock dating suggests the painting of a Çatalhöyük mural may have overlapped with an eruption in Turkey according to results published January 8, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Axe ...
Mars rover photographs featured at US museum (Update)
Ten years after NASA landed two rovers on Mars for a 90-day mission, one is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the planet's surface.
Mine landslide triggered quakes
Last year's gigantic landslide at a Utah copper mine probably was the biggest nonvolcanic slide in North America's modern history, and included two rock avalanches that happened 90 minutes apart and surprisingly ...
Seismic activity felt on Spanish volcanic island
Spain's National Geographical Institute says the Canary Island of El Hierro has been rocked by more than 50 tremors in 24 hours, two years after a new volcano began to appear off its southern coast.
Study of Idaho canyons suggests they were the result of massive flooding not erosion
Rock weathering may have led to 'Snowball Earth'
Carbon dioxide "breathing phenomenon" found in clay minerals
Japanese researchers have discovered a new phenomenon whereby carbonate ions (CO32−) in a clay mineral called "hydrotalcite" are repeatedly exchanged with carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air, quickly over several ...
Volcano's legacy still washing up on beaches
Pieces of pumice from the same volcanic eruption that caused the largest pumice raft seen in 50 years have continued to wash up on Queensland shores this week.
Image: ALOS satellite captures Flinders from orbit
This image from Japan's ALOS satellite shows part of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, about 500 km north of Adelaide.
Clay-like minerals found on icy crust of moon Europa
(Phys.org) —A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with ...
First rock dating experiment performed on Mars
Although researchers have determined the ages of rocks from other planetary bodies, the actual experiments—like analyzing meteorites and moon rocks—have always been done on Earth. Now, for the first time, ...