Highly explosive volcanism at Galapagos

Eight to 16 million years ago, highly explosive volcanism occurred in the area of today's Galapagos Islands. This is shown for the first time by analyses of core samples obtained by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in ...

How climate change affects microbial life below the seafloor

Traces of past microbial life in sediments off the coast of Peru document how the microbial ecosystem under the seafloor has responded to climate change over hundreds of thousands of years. For more than a decade scientists ...

Pumping draws arsenic toward a big-city aquifer

Naturally occurring arsenic pollutes wells across the world, especially in south and southeast Asia, where an estimated 100 million people are exposed to levels that can cause heart, liver and kidney problems, diabetes and ...

First-ever deep-drilling expedition to the Baltic Sea launches

Starting in September 2013, the Baltic Sea will be the scene of a unique scientific expedition. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) will set out drilling deeper into Baltic Sea sediments than ever before, all the ...

Slow earthquakes: It's all in the rock mechanics

(Phys.org) —Earthquakes that last minutes rather than seconds are a relatively recent discovery, according to an international team of seismologists. Researchers have been aware of these slow earthquakes, only for the past ...

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