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World's oldest known oxygen oasis discovered

In the Earth's early history, several billion years ago, only traces of oxygen existed in the atmosphere and the oceans. Today's air-breathing organisms could not have existed under those conditions. The change was caused ...

dateJan 18, 2018 in Earth Sciences
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Image: Sahara snow

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert.

The complexities of clouds and the seeds that make them

Clouds are complicated. Each cloud formation depends on the timing of the water cycle, in which water evaporates from Earth's surface, condensates in the atmosphere and falls back down, as well as the types of aerosols in ...

A close-up look at an uncommon underwater eruption

On July 18, 2012, passengers on an airline flight over the Southwest Pacific Ocean glimpsed something unusual—a raft of floating rock known as pumice that indicated an underwater volcanic eruption had occurred on the seafloor ...

New depth limit for deep-sea marine burrows

Scientists have found fossil evidence of deep-sea marine life burrowing up to eight metres below the seabed—four times the previously observed depth for modern deep-sea life.

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