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Did we need the moon for life?

For all we know, Earth is the only place in the Universe where life appeared. This makes the mystery of our existence even more puzzling. What were all the factors required to bring about the first lifeforms on our planet, ...

dateNov 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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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 at the Earth's ...

dateSep 11, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Learning from slow-slip earthquakes

Off the coast of New Zealand, there is an area where earthquakes can happen in slow-motion as two tectonic plates grind past one another. The Pacific plate is moving under New Zealand at about 5 centimeters per year there, ...

dateDec 15, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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New 'embryonic' subduction zone found

( —A new subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal heralds the beginning of a cycle that will see the Atlantic Ocean close as continental Europe moves closer to America.

dateJun 17, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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