Maaz Hassan

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Earth's Crust May Be The Result Of An Earth-Shattering Impact With Early Protoplanet

Earth’s crust is chemically quite different to earth’s interior, characterized by an abundance of relatively light elements, like silicon, oxygen and aluminum. Heavy elements, like iron, are mostly concentrated in earth’s core. Early models of earth’s formation explained this shell structure with …

Astronomy

UC Berkeley researchers spot never-before-seen lava waves on volcanic Io

The planets have aligned for researchers from UC Berkeley – quite literally.<p>A rare cosmic alignment enabled scientists to observe, for the first time, waves of lava bubbling across a giant molten lake on Jupiter's moon Io.<p>The researchers, who published their findings in Nature last week, first …

Astronomy