Geography

Descent into a frozen underworld

Descent into a frozen underworld

Mt. Erebus is at the end of our world -- and offers a portal to another. It's our planet's southernmost active volcano, reaching 12,448 feet...
Stanford students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe recreated by Stanford students

On a recent afternoon, a small group of students gathered around a large table in one of the rooms at the Stanford Archaeology Center. A...
Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier

Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier

Thwaites Glacier on the edge of West Antarctica is one of the planet's fastest-moving glaciers. Research shows that it is sliding unstoppably into the ocean,...
How deep does life exist in earth

How deep does life exist in earth?

Carbon plays an unparalleled role in our lives: as the element of life, as the basis of most of society’s energy, as the backbone...
Broken pebbles offer clues to Paleolithic funeral rituals

Broken pebbles offer clues to Paleolithic funeral rituals

Humans may have ritualistically "killed" objects to remove their symbolic power, some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought, a new international study of marine...
Archaeologists find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave

Archaeologists find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave

'One of the most exciting archaeological discoveries -- and the most important in the last 60 years -- in the caves of Qumran' Excavations in...
Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon

Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon

The Amazonian rainforest was transformed over two thousand years ago by people who built hundreds of large, mysterious earthworks. Findings by Brazilian and UK experts...
2 Maya collapses came in waves of unrest

2 Maya collapses came in waves of unrest

Using the largest set of radiocarbon dates ever obtained from a single Maya site, archaeologists have developed a precise timeline that clarifies patterns leading...
No link between gigantic asteroid break-up and rise in biodiversity

Myth busted: No link between gigantic asteroid break-up and rise in biodiversity

Some 470 million years ago, during the middle part of the geological period known as the Ordovician, an asteroid collision took place somewhere between...
Ancient DNA reveals 'continuity' between Stone Age and modern populations in East Asia

Ancient DNA reveals ‘continuity’ between Stone Age and modern populations in East Asia

Researchers working on ancient DNA extracted from human remains interred almost 8,000 years ago in a cave in the Russian Far East have found...