Archive for the ‘Geology’ Category

Moss Has Cloned Itself for 50,000 Years, Study Says

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

A moss spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands (map) appears to be an ancient clone that has copied itself for some 50,000 years—and may be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth, a new study suggests.


Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The Loch Ness monster lives in a giant carpenter’s level.
Just as the bubble in a carpenter’s level moves back and forth depending on the surface it rests upon, Scotland’s Loch Ness tilts back and forth according to the movement of the ground beneath it caused by the tides on the nearby North Sea.

Missing chromium is clue to planet formation

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Early in the formation of the Earth, some forms of the element chromium separated and disappeared deep into the planet’s core, a new study by UC Davis geologists shows.

Insight into volcanic eruptions, courtesy of space

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Scientists are crediting satellite imagery with helping to predict where volcanic eruptions could strike. It is well known that earthquakes can stress Earth’s crust and trigger subsequent quakes, but there has been no proof of this for volcanoes until now.

Underground column of molten rock found at Yellowstone

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A plume of molten rock rising from deep beneath Yellowstone National Park is probably what is fueling the region’s volcanic activity, as well as tectonic plate oddities across the Pacific Northwest, new research suggests.

Space ribbon deployed to surf Earth’s magnetic field

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

A Japanese rocket unfurled a 300-metre-long ribbon in space on Monday, testing technology that could one day allow spacecraft to navigate by surfing Earth’s magnetic field.

Second super-fast flip of Earth’s poles found

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

SOME 16 million years ago, north became south in a matter of years. Such fast flips are impossible, according to models of the Earth’s core, but this is now the second time that evidence has been found.

Why the ‘sixth extinction’ will be unpredictable

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

A major extinction event is under way – but predicting which species will survive could be harder than we thought. That’s the conclusion of one of the most accurate analyses ever of diversity in the marine animal fossil record.

Impact hypothesis loses its sparkle

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Shock-synthesized diamonds said to prove a catastrophic impact killed off North American megafauna can’t be found

Breakup on the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf

Friday, August 27th, 2010

In mid- to late August 2010, a Bermuda-sized ice island broke free from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf along the northern coast of Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected fractures on the shelf on August 18. The breakup on this ice shelf continued a years-long pattern of retreat on the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, and a decades-long pattern of retreat of the ice shelves along the Ellesmere coast.

Reconstructing New Orleans Levees

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building new levees in New Orleans to protect against future threats from hurricanes and storm surges. CNN has a video about the construction efforts, along with some thoughts of people who are skeptical of the project’s effectiveness.

Chile Consults With NASA to Support Trapped Miners

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Chile is working diligently to support the mental and physical health of the 33 miners who are trapped in small, hot, quarters over 2000 feet below the surface.

Interactive Map of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and More

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The National Geophysical Data Center has an online Geographic Information System that enables you to explore the locations of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, seafloor topography and other earth science data.

Sinking oil threatens historic Gulf shipwrecks

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Not just flora and fauna are getting caked in oil. So is the Gulf of Mexico’s barnacled history of pirates, sea battles and World War II shipwrecks.

Earth and Moon Are Younger Than Thought

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Earth is not exactly getting its youth back, but a new study has determined that the collision from which the Earth and moon were formed may have occurred much later than previously thought, making our planet and moon younger than scientists had commonly believed.

Deeper impact: Did mega-meteors rattle our planet?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

ON THE west coast of India, near the city of Mumbai, lies a tortured landscape. Faults score the ground, earthquakes are rife, and boiling water oozes up from below forming countless hot springs.

Before the Mississippi, minerals show ancient rivers flowed west

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Like vacationers taking a pit stop on a long road trip, zircon mineral grains from the northern Appalachians may have stopped off in Michigan before ending up on the Colorado Plateau, a new study suggests.

US Fish and Wildlife Oil Spill Response

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

There are 32 National Wildlife Refuges at risk from the BP Oil Spill. These precious national resources are home to dozens of threatened and endangered species, including West Indian manatees, whooping cranes, Mississippi sandhill cranes, wood storks and four species of sea turtles.

An exclusive peek at a forbidden crater within Kilauea volcano

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Every year thousands of visitors travel to Kilauea on the Big Island for a chance to see one of the most active volcanoes in the world. A massive plume still billows from the active lava filled vents.

Offshore drilling showdown looms

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Despite the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is under pressure to issue new permits for offshore drilling as early as next week.