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East Bay fault is 'tectonic time bomb,' more dangerous than San Andreas, new study finds

The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco’s destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.<p>But new research shows that a much less well-known fault, running under the heart of the East Bay, poses a greater danger.<p>…

San Francisco

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

How to Fold 5 High-Flying Stunt Paper Airplanes

John Collins knows how to make a piece of paper go the distance. In 2012, he set the world record for the farthest flight for a paper aircraft. …

Crafting

The 'nightmare' California flood more dangerous than a huge earthquake

California’s drought-to-deluge cycle can mask the dangers Mother Nature can have in store.<p>During one of the driest March-through-February time periods ever recorded in Southern California, an intense storm dumped so much rain on Montecito in January that mudflows slammed into entire rows of homes. …

California

Welcome to The Deepest Hole in The World

Looks can be deceiving.<p>Deep in western Russia, if you know where to look, you'll find a small collection of ragged scrap metal and crumbled concrete. …

Earth Science

A Government Scientist Resigned in Protest After the Trump Administration Demanded Sensitive Oil Data

Murray Hitzman could have had a long and distinguished career at the US Geological Survey. In September 2016, when he joined the USGS as head of its …

Obama Administration

Rumors Of Our Demise: The Science And Economics Of Climate Change

Anthropogenic global warming is being superimposed on a highly variable natural system; it is not obvious how much of the change is natural.<p>Estimates …

Climate Change

Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy

With huge tax cuts projected to create a $1.5tn deficit, cuts to social security and Medicare will surely follow<p>Since January, there have been frightening signs that America is becoming an oligarchy overseen by a dictator. From the first, Donald Trump has followed an authoritarian playbook, …

Society

Long Valley Volcano's 'Super-Eruption' Magma Was Cooler Than Past Estimates: Study

Long Valley, California, witnessed a ‘super-eruption’ about 765,000 years ago. This caused a pool of molten rock to explode into the sky causing a …

Highway 1 was buried under a massive landslide. Months later, engineers battle Mother Nature to fix it - Los Angeles Times

This image, constructed from 3-D data collected June 26 by USGS, shows the steps crews are taking to stabilize the debris.<p>1. Two 25-foot-tall embankments, built at the base of the slide’s steepest slope, will protect the highway from avalanches.<p>2. The proposed highway is about a quarter-mile long, …

The Loudest Underwater Sound Ever Recorded Has No Scientific Explanation

In 1997, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discovered an unusual, ultra-low-frequency sound emanating from a point off the southern coast of Chile. It was the loudest unidentified underwater sound ever recorded, detected by hydrophones 5,000 miles apart. It lasted for one minute …

Documentaries

Earth - The secret of how diamonds are made

<i>Join over six million BBC Earth fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p><i>If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called "If You Only Read 5 Things This Week". A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital</i> …

Diamonds

Earthquake Report: Gorda plate

We just had an earthquake in the Gorda plate. The USGS magnitude is 5.1. This earthquake happened a few kilometers southwest of the 2014 M 6.8 …

Geophysics

This Amazing Map Fills a 500-Million Year Gap in Earth's History

Tectonics of our ancient world.<p>Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To …

Earth Science

California Drought, Then and Now, in Pictures

Gardening

Geology Is Beer's Best Kept Secret

Beer is one of the oldest and most appreciated drinks known to humankind. Chemical remains of beer have been found on fragments on a jar that’s more than 4,000 years old. Mesopotamian kings guaranteed its purity – so much so that fraudulent brewers could put to death. And the Ancient Egyptians …

Beer

Notorious L.A. earthquake fault more dangerous than experts believed, new research shows

The Newport-Inglewood fault has long been considered one of Southern California's top seismic danger zones because it runs under some of the region's most densely populated areas, from the Westside of Los Angeles to the Orange County coast.<p>But new research shows that the fault may be even more …

Humans Settled In North America 24,000 Years Ago, During The Last Ice Age, 10,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought: Study

Apart from a few unsubstantiated theories, it was understood that human settlements in North America, made by settlers who crossed over from Russia …

The Deadliest Volcano in the United States Just Got Really Weird

Picture a volcanic eruption: fiery lava and smoke billowing skyward as a towering mountain empties its over-pressurized belly of a hot meal. At …

The sun is disappearing, and you have only 10 months to prepare

Don’t say you weren’t warned: Aug. 21, 2017, “may turn out to be the most popular vacation-day request in history,” Michael E. Bakich writes in Discover magazine — so you may want to get that time-off request in early.<p>Why? Because on that date — for the first time in 99 years — a total eclipse of …

South Carolina

A newly discovered type of earthquake could hit Southern California hard

Researchers in southern California have discovered a new type of earthquake that can occur a lot deeper than expected — more than 24 km (15 miles) deep, in Earth's upper mantle.<p>This new type of earthquake can't be detected by traditional seismic sensors, and has the potential to make quakes much …

Geology

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Once Nearly Extinct California Island Foxes No Longer Endangered

Just 12 years ago, researchers feared that the California Island fox, a species about the size of a cat inhabiting a group of islands off the Southern California coast, was toast. Nonnative predators and pesticides had dramatically reduced their ranks. The few that remained were placed on the …

Wildlife

Humans First Used Tools to Eat Meat 250,000 Years Ago. Here’s What the Discovery Means

If you’re a developing species with dreams of dominating your home planet one day, you’re going to have to do two things first: grow a big brain and …

Anthropology

Outdoor Photographers: Nat Geo Made a Website to Easily Print Detailed Maps for Free

For outdoor and adventure photographers, knowing your terrain and location is essential for a safe journey. With that in mind, National Geographic …

Science Features

Apollo 16 – John Watts Young working at the back of the rover. Credit: NASA<p>Sunday, July 20, marked the 45th anniversary of the day the world stood …

Perspective map of the city of Denver, Colo. 1889.

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.<p>Chicago citation style:<p>Wellge, H, …

Genealogy

Antarctic CO2 hits 400ppm for first time in 4m years

Climate Central: The last monitoring station in the world without a 400 parts per million reading has now reached it, NOAA confirms<p>We’re officially living in a new world.<p>Carbon dioxide has been steadily rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution, setting a new high year after year. There’s …

Climate Change