The analysis, published in the journal Scientific Reports, offers some of the clearest views ever obtained of rock moving up to 50 miles below the plateau, in the lowest layer of Earth's crust.
The planetary sweet spot: Abundance of elements in the Earth dictate whether plate tectonics can happen
Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone—a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet's surface temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. An ideal distance from a home star—in Earth's ...
When Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, the world hadn't even heard of plate tectonics. The notion that continents drifted on molten rock currents deep in the Earth's mantle was ...
Geoscientists at the University of Liverpool have used friction experiments to investigate the processes of fault slip.
This image captured by Sentinel-1A's radar on 1 April 2015 shows a central region of California in the US.
Yale researchers have proposed a new model to explain the drop in elastic stiffness in the middle of the Earth's continental lithosphere.
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 relevance as a way to ...
Planets with volcanic activity are considered better candidates for life than worlds without such heated internal goings-on.
Japan ordered evacuations Friday after an island volcano erupted, shooting a huge column of ash high into the air.