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Researchers Find Reserves of Rare Earth Elements in Deep-sea Mud

Japanese researchers have mapped vast reserves of rare earth elements in deep-sea mud, enough to feed global demand on a “semi-infinite basis,” …

Rare Earth

Deep water aquifer acts like natural bio-reactor, allowing microbes to consume carbon

Just about all life on Earth — from the jumbo-jet-sized blue whale to tiny microbes — use carbon in one form or another.<p>In the deep ocean, though, …

Biology

Scientists find new evidences of the megaflood that ended the Messinian Salinity Crisis in the eastern Mediterranean

A study conducted by an international team of scientists has found new evidence supporting the hypothesis of a mega-flood occurring during the …

Geology

Optimized positioning of geothermal boreholes reduces seismicity

When constructing geothermal systems for the extraction of heat from underground hot water reservoirs, optimal positioning of the boreholes can …

Natural Gas

New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen …

Paleontology

New ancestor of modern sea turtles found in Alabama

A sea turtle discovered in Alabama is a new species from the Late Cretaceous epoch, according to a study published April 18, 2018 in the open-access …

Paleontology

Meteorite diamonds tell of a lost planet

Using transmission electron microscopy, EPFL scientists have examined a slice from a meteorite that contains large diamonds formed at high pressure. …

Geology

Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans

Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size — by way of extinction — at …

Paleontology

Dinosaurs ended - and originated - with a bang!

It is commonly understood that the dinosaurs disappeared with a bang — wiped out by a great meteorite impact on the Earth 66 million years ago.<p>But …

Paleontology

First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a fish

A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified — first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod — has been reinterpreted as …

Paleontology

Scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone

Using supercomputer modeling, University of Oregon scientists have unveiled a new explanation for the geology underlying recent seismic imaging of …

Geology

We think we're the first advanced earthlings -- but how do we really know?

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of …

Climate Change

The secret life of teeth: Evo-devo models of tooth development

Across the world of mammals, teeth come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Their particular size and shape are the process of millions of years of …

Evolution

+20 Strange Geological Formations On Earth

24. Moeraki Boulders – New Zealand<p>The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the …

National Parks

How Giant's Causeway and Devils Postpile were formed

A new study by geoscientists at the University of Liverpool has identified the temperature at which cooling magma cracks to form geometric columns …

Geology

Mountain erosion may add CO2 to the atmosphere

Scientists have long known that steep mountain ranges can draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere — as erosion exposes new rock, it also …

Earth Science

Lavas in the lab could lead miners to new iron ore deposits

Geologists have discovered that some magmas split into two separate liquids, one of which is very rich in iron. Their findings can help to discover …

Earth Science

Keeping an eye on the soundness of structures

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) used synthetic-aperture radar data from four different satellites, combined with statistical …

Engineering

Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colors

Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colours found on the earliest known ancestors of moths …

Paleontology

Scientists Understand the Role of Sexual Selection in Extinction

The lengths that some males go to attract a mate can pay off in the short-term. But according to a new study from scientists at the Smithsonian’s …

Paleontology

The dinosaur menu, as revealed by calcium

By studying calcium in fossil remains in deposits in Morocco and Niger, researchers have been able to reconstruct the food chains of the past, thus …

Paleontology

Giant ichthyosaur is one of largest animals ever

The 205 million-year-old jaw bone of a prehistoric reptile belongs to ‘one of the largest animals ever’ say a group of international palaeontologists.<p>…

Paleontology

Water appeared while Earth was still growing

Up until about ten years ago, scientists thought they had a pretty good picture of how the moon and Earth came to co-exist. Then more precise …

Universe

Brewing up Earth's earliest life

Around 4 billion years ago, Earth was an inhospitable place, devoid of oxygen, bursting with volcanic eruptions, and bombarded by asteroids, with no …

Chemistry

Geologist identifies hidden clues to ancient supercontinents, confirms Pannotia

An Ohio University geologist who first proposed the now-accepted supercontinent cycle theory in the 1980s has rallied to the cause of one of those …

Earth Science

Water pressure a critical factor for mega-earthquakes

The 2016 Mw 7.6 earthquake of Southern Chile was the first large earthquake to occur within the rupture bounds of the great 1960 Mw 9.5 Valdivia …

Geology

Great magma erup­tions had two sources

Research at Finnish Museum of Natural History may explain controversies related to great magma eruptions.<p>The modern continents were formed when …

Geology

Prehistoric reptile pregnant with octuplets

Palaeontologists have discovered part of the skeleton of a 180 million-year-old pregnant ichthyosaur with the remains of between six and eight tiny …

Paleontology

New source of global nitrogen discovered

For centuries, the prevailing science has indicated that all of the nitrogen on Earth available to plants comes from the atmosphere. But a study from …

Earth Science

World’s largest dinosaur found in Scotland

Scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur site in Scotland on the Isle of Skye after stumbling across giant footprints fossilized into coastal …

Paleontology