Geology

Source of Snowball Earth solved

Geologists have solved the source of Snowball Earth, a period when the planet’s environment was an extreme "icehouse".

Study suggests that nature played a role in the origins of the Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature characterised by the combination of a human head and a lion's body.

Geological puzzle of lost continent of Argoland solved

Approximately 155 million years ago, a 5000 km piece of continent broke off from western Australia, leaving behind a basin hidden below the ocean known as the Argo Abyssal Plain.

The Cave of Crystals

The Cave of Crystals is a large chamber containing giant crystals in the Naica Mine, located in Mexico’s State of Chihuahua.

Meteorite crater found in Southern France

Researchers from Goethe University Frankfurt have found a meteorite crater in the grounds of a winery near the town of Béziers in Southern France.

Impact that killed the dinosaurs triggered “mega-earthquake”

66 million years ago, a 10-kilometer asteroid hit Earth, triggering the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Archaeologist narrows down the time range for the Theran eruption

An archaeologist from Cornell University has applied a statical analysis to narrow down the time range for the Theran eruption in the Holocene epoch.

Medieval map shows ‘lost’ islands of Cardigan Bay

A map found in the Bodleian Library shows two ‘lost’ islands in Cardigan Bay, possibly indicating the legendary sunken kingdom from Welsh mythology, Cantre'r Gwaelod.

Antarctica – The lost world

Antarctica is situated almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle and covers an area of 14.2 million km2.

Bandera – New Mexico’s Land of Fire and Ice

Located in the American Southwest on the Continental Divide, in Grants New Mexico, the Bandera Volcano lies dormant, adjacent to the geological wonder of a subterranean ice cave.

Iceland volcano eruption opens a rare window into the Earth beneath our feet

The recent Fagradalsfjall eruption in the southwest of Iceland has enthralled the whole world, including nature lovers and scientists alike.

Researchers open lunar time capsule from Apollo 17 mission

Scientists from NASA have opened a lunar time capsule from the Apollo 17 mission conducted in 1972.

Cosmic cataclysm may have caused downfall of the Hopewell Culture

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have found evidence of a cosmic cataclysm 1,500 years that may be responsible for the downfall of the...

Scientists have shown how the freezing of a ‘slushy’ ocean of magma may be responsible for the composition of the Moon’s crust.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, have proposed a new model of crystallisation where crystals remained suspended in liquid magma over hundreds of millions of years as the lunar ‘slush’ froze and solidified. 

Study pinpoints timing of Chicxulub asteroid impact

Groundbreaking study confirms time of year when asteroid wiped out dinosaurs and 75 percent of life on Earth. A groundbreaking study led by researchers at...

“Volcanic winter” likely contributed to ecological catastrophe 250 million years ago

A team of scientists has identified an additional force that likely contributed to a mass extinction event 250 million years ago.

The world’s oldest mercury poisoning revealed in Copper Age Iberia

A recent paper published in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and in which researchers from the University of Seville participate, explores the complex relationship between humans and mercury over time.

Researchers present evidence that a cosmic impact destroyed a biblical city in the Jordan Valley

In the Middle Bronze Age (about 3600 years ago or roughly 1650 BCE), the city of Tall el-Hammam was ascendant.

Extreme volcanism did not cause the massive extinction of species in the late Cretaceous

A study published in the journal Geology rules out that extreme volcanic episodes had any influence on the massive extinction of species in the late Cretaceous.

Pictograms are first written accounts of earthquakes in pre-Hispanic Mexico

The Codex Telleriano Remensis, created in the 16th century in Mexico, depicts earthquakes in pictograms that are the first written evidence of earthquakes in the Americas in pre-Hispanic times, according to a pair of researchers who have systematically studied the country’s historical earthquakes.

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