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Evidence falls into place for once and future supercontinents

Look at any map of the Atlantic Ocean, and you might feel the urge to slide South America and Africa together. The two continents just beg to nestle …

West Africa

Visiting the Largest Volcano in the World

Turns out, the largest active volcano on Earth is a very popular vacation spot.<p>If visiting the world's largest volcano sounds dangerous, think again: …

Geology

Scientists identify missing mass in Earth's core - ExtremeTech

Scientists identify missing mass in Earth’s core<p>By on January 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this …

Did Mount Everest Really Shrink? Scientists Measure Peak Again

Who's ready to break out the 6-mile-long measuring tape?<p>Scientists in India are prepping for an expedition to measure the height of Mount Everest, to …

Mount Everest

Meteorites Didn't Actually Trigger One of The Main Explosions of Life on Earth, New Study Suggests

So what did?<p>Around 471 million years ago, life in our oceans exploded with new species. It was one of the greatest biodiversification events in our …

Earth Science

Teaching Geology Through Climbing

Learning by doing can be an effective educational tool. Irene Bollati et al. discovered this to be true while researching climbing as a way to …

Geology

A Discovery About The Movement Of Tectonic Plates Will Have Scientists Rewriting Textbooks

Plate tectonics is the widely accepted theory that the Earth's crust is divided into several sections that float around on the mantle — the mostly …

Geology

Scientists have finally figured out what caused the largest volcanic eruption in human history

Now, scientists may have worked out what triggers them to blow in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.<p>The Toba eruption was the largest volcanic eruption witnessed in history, which covered 2,800 cubic kilometers of the surrounding area in volcanic ash, causing enormous amounts …

Geology

A huge mouth and no anus – this could be our earliest known ancestor

Thought to have lived 540 million years ago, the discovery of Saccorhytus coronarious fossils sheds light on the early stages of evolution<p>You won’t find it in your family album, but a tiny prehistoric creature with a bag-like body, a huge mouth and no anus has become the best candidate yet for our …

Paleontology

Oxygen from Earth’s atmosphere may be traveling all the way to the Moon’s surface

The byproducts of life are sprinkling onto lunar soil<p>Despite orbiting nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, our Moon may be periodically mingling with our planet’s atmosphere. New research shows that oxygen from Earth could be journeying all the way out to the Moon, where it then gets lodged inside the …

Astronomy

Geological Explorers Discover a Passage to Earth’s Dark Age

In August, the geologist Matt Jackson left California with his wife and 4-year-old daughter for the fjords of northwest Iceland, where they camped as …

Who Needs Asteroids? Earth Makes Its Own Water Deep Within The Mantle

Our planet could be self-sufficient.<p>Life on Earth depends on the existence of water, but despite it covering some 70 percent of the planet's surface, …

Geology