Geology News
January 29, 2020

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Scientists have discovered Earth's oldest asteroid strike occurred at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia, and coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a ... read more
The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and 'snow'-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect the entire ... read more
By measuring the chemistry of fossilized seashells collected in Antarctica, researchers discovered that Earth was already experiencing carbon cycle instability before the ... read more
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
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How Nodules Stay on Top at the Bottom of the Sea

Rare metallic elements found in clumps on the deep-ocean floor mysteriously remain uncovered despite the shifting sands and sediment many leagues under the sea. Scientists now think they know why, ... read more

Shocked Meteorites Provide Clues to Earth's Lower Mantle

An international team of scientists have completed a complex analysis of a ''shocked meteorite'' and gained new insight into Earth's lower ... read more

Scientists Use Ancient Marine Fossils to Unravel Long-Standing Climate Puzzle

Scientists have shed new light on the Earth's climate behavior during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ... read more

Pathways to Changing the Minds of Climate Deniers

By reviewing the psychology behind climate change rejection, a researcher suggests four approaches that can sway climate deniers and help overcome obstacles to implementing ... read more

Evolving Landscape Added Fuel to Gobi Desert's High-Speed Winds

A new study finds that the dark, rocky landscape of the Hami basin in the Gobi Desert helped to make it one of the windiest places in ... read more

Magnitude of Great Lisbon Earthquake May Have Been Lower Than Previous Estimates

The magnitude of the Great Lisbon Earthquake event, a historic and devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Portugal on All Saints' Day in 1755, may not be as high as previously ... read more

A Better Estimate of Water-Level Rise in the Ganges Delta

For the first time, scientists have provided reliable regional estimates of land subsidence and water-level rise in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta. Depending on the region of the delta, ... read more

Formation of a Huge Underwater Volcano Offshore the Comoros

A new submarine volcano was formed off the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean in 2018. This was shown by an oceanographic campaign in May 2019. Now an international team has illuminated the ... read more

Global Extent of River Ice Loss as Earth Warms

A new study found that annual river ice cover will decline by about six days for every one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures. This decline will have economic and environmental ... read more

300 Million Year Old Atmospheric Dust

Dust plays a crucial role in the life and health of our planet. In our modern world, dust-borne nutrients traveling in great dust storms from the Saharan Desert fertilize the soil in the Amazon ... read more

Fireballs: Mail from Space

The analysis of fireball observations in large datasets can be made much quicker with the help of a neat mathematical ... read more

Submarine Cables to Offshore Wind Farms Transformed Into a Seismic Network

A fiber optic network in the North Sea was used to record ... read more

Would a Deep-Earth Water Cycle Change Our Understanding of Planetary Evolution?

Every school child learns about the water cycle -- evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. But what if there were a deep Earth component of this process happening on geologic ... read more

How Do Silt and Sand Differ When Going With the Flow?

Sand and silt in rivers dramatically change their means of transport at a sharp boundary between grain sizes, regardless of how fast the river flows. A universal transport algorithm revealed the ... read more

Planetary Boundaries: Interactions in Earth System Amplify Human Impacts

Transgressing one planetary boundary can amplify human impacts on another one. For the first time, an international team of scientists now quantified some of the planetary-scale interactions in the ... read more

Finding a Killer Electron Hot Spot in Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts

JAXA and NASA satellite observations show where killer electrons are generated in the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding ... read more

Research Confirms Timing of Tropical Glacier Melt at the End of the Last Ice Age

Findings on ice retreat across the global tropics clarifies how the low latitudes transformed during the end of the last ice age and can help current-day predictions of our own climate ... read more

Shrinking of Greenland's Glaciers Began Accelerating in 2000, Research Finds

Satellite data has given scientists clues about how, when and why Greenland's glaciers are shrinking -- and shows a sharp increase in glacial retreat beginning about 2000, according to new ... read more

Breathing New Life Into the Rise of Oxygen Debate

New research strongly suggests that the distinct 'oxygenation events' that created Earth's breathable atmosphere happened spontaneously, rather than being a consequence of biological ... read more

No 'Clouded' Judgments: Geostationary Satellite an Alternative to Monitor Land Surfaces

Environmental scientists are always in search of new tools that can better characterize the Earth's surface. Researchers have now reported that Himawari-8, a new-generation geostationary ... read more

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