Geography

Scientists discover how world's biggest volcanoes formed

Scientists discover how world’s biggest volcanoes formed

A study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the 168-year-old mystery of how the world's biggest and most active volcanoes formed...
Ancient meteorite impact sparked long-lived volcanic eruptions on Earth

Ancient meteorite impact sparked long-lived volcanic eruptions on Earth

Meteorite impacts can produce more than craters on the Earth - they can also spark volcanic activity that shapes its surface and climate by...
Earliest relative of Brachiosaurus dinosaur found in France

Earliest relative of Brachiosaurus dinosaur found in France

Scientists have re-examined an overlooked museum fossil and discovered that it is the earliest known member of the titanosauriform family of dinosaurs. The fossil, which...
Earthquakes can make thrust faults open violently and snap shut

Earthquakes can make thrust faults open violently and snap shut

It is a common trope in disaster movies: an earthquake strikes, causing the ground to rip open and swallow people and cars whole. The gaping...
Mineral resource exhaustion may be just a myth

Mineral resource exhaustion may be just a myth

Recent articles have declared that deposits of raw mineral materials (copper, zinc, etc.) will be exhausted within a few decades. An international team including the...
Early organic carbon got deep burial in mantle

Early organic carbon got deep burial in mantle

Rice University petrologists who recreated hot, high-pressure conditions from 60 miles below Earth's surface have found a new clue about a crucial event in...
Transylvania Ice cave: Window to the past

Transylvania Ice cave: Window to the past

Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe's winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during...
DNA from extinct humans discovered in cave sediments

DNA from extinct humans discovered in cave sediments

Researchers have developed a new method to retrieve hominin DNA from cave sediments – even in the absence of skeletal remains While there are numerous...
Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions

Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions

Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth's most densely populated...
Headless dinosaur reunited with its skull, one century later

Headless dinosaur reunited with its skull, one century later

After being headless for almost a century, a dinosaur skeleton that had become a tourist attraction in Dinosaur Provincial Park was finally reconnected to...