Keep a lid on it: The controversy over Earth's oldest rocks
New evidence is shedding light on the processes that formed Earth's oldest rock and mineral record – processes that influenced the early evolution of life.
The complicated birth of a volcano: Researchers unravel the origin of Antarctic seamounts
They are difficult to reach, have hardly been studied scientifically, and their existence does not fit into current geological models: the Marie Byrd Seamounts off the coast of Antarctica present many riddles ...
Geo-scientists provide glimpse into ancient ocean and formation of the Himalayas
New findings on the geology of southern Tibet by researchers from Trinity College Dublin, Oxford University, University of Hong-Kong, University of Sydney and the NERC (UK) Isotope Geosciences Laboratory have revealed a vast ...
Research duo suggest early Earth had heat-pipe channels similar to Jupiter's moon Io
Researchers find evidence of hot spot that burned eastern underside of US tectonic plate
Survey reveals mineral rich fault lines
The Geological Survey of Western Australia has confirmed that the remains of a small continent, about the size of Japan, is embedded in central Western Australia.
Understanding the forces that shape the Earth
Subduction is the process occurring where the Earth's tectonic plates meet - and one plate slides beneath the other, taking surface material to its interior. This process leads to a large variety of phenomena ...
New model of Earth's interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have detected previously unknown channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth's upper mantle, a discovery that helps explain "hotspot volcanoes" that ...
Out of Africa? New bamboo genera, mountain gorillas, and the origins of China's bamboos
African mountain bamboos are something of a mystery, as nearly all bamboos are found in Asia or South America. Hidden away up mountains in the tropics where they provide food for gorillas, just as China's ...
Geoscientists discover hillslopes can reveal geographic activity below
Rising mountains, cooling oceans prompted spread of invasive species 450 million years ago
New Ohio University research suggests that the rise of an early phase of the Appalachian Mountains and cooling oceans allowed invasive species to upset the North American ecosystem 450 million years ago.
Africa's ups and downs
The East African Rift is an area where two tectonic plates are moving apart, making it a region of high geological activity, home to a number of volcanoes.
Newly discovered flux in the Earth may solve missing-mantle mystery
It's widely thought that the Earth arose from violent origins: Some 4.5 billion years ago, a maelstrom of gas and dust circled in a massive disc around the Sun, gathering in rocky clumps to form asteroids. ...
The case for alien life
Only one planet has been proven to support life: Earth. But evidence is mounting that we are not alone. Biogeochemist Ariel Anbar and astrophysicist Steven Desch, professors in ASU's School of Earth and Space ...