articles tagged: geology
yellowstone: the american apocalypse that might never happen
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yellowstone: the american apocalypse that might never happen

A world-changing super-eruption of the supervolcano under Yellowstone is now almost a cliché in disaster movies and documentaries. But there's a good chance it may never actually happen.

why the world’s tallest mountains might be hundreds of miles under our feet
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why the world’s tallest mountains might be hundreds of miles under our feet

Determining the tallest mountains on Earth seems like a fairly straightforward task, but it actually depends on which mountains you measure and how you measure them...

did asteroids and comets help create our continents?
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did asteroids and comets help create our continents?

Asteroids and comet brought our planet water and the chemical precursors for life. But could they have also given rise to our continents and help set plate tectonics in motion?

our magnetic north pole is moving a lot faster than we thought, but that’s perfectly normal
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our magnetic north pole is moving a lot faster than we thought, but that’s perfectly normal

Tracking the magnetic north pole has been a difficult task over the last few hundred years, and even today, in the age of computers and lasers, it hasn’t gotten any easier as scientists were surprised by its rapid migration towards Asia.

we think aliens may lurk in europa’s oceans. we might be disappointed…
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we think aliens may lurk in europa’s oceans. we might be disappointed…

New models trying to infer the geology of potentially habitable moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn hint at surprisingly cool, geologically inactive worlds, the opposite of what a diverse alien ecosystem would need.

the billion year old connection between tasmania and arizona
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the billion year old connection between tasmania and arizona

Rocks in Tasmania and the Grand Canyon are helping geologists piece together the history of a billion year old supercontinent and a more accurate history of our planet.

why the earth won’t remember us fondly
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why the earth won’t remember us fondly

Scientists are debating how humanity will be remembered millions of years from now and it won’t be by our sprawling cities and historical sites. It will be by our pollution, garbage, and weapons.

earth is growing, proclaims amateur geologist
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earth is growing, proclaims amateur geologist

Apparently middle aged planets also gain mass around their equators according to an amateur geologist very passionate about his epiphany.

rethinking petroleum a little too hard, redux
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rethinking petroleum a little too hard, redux

No, the new study about abiogenic hydrocarbons doesn't prove that oil comes from the mantle instead of organic matter decomposing for millions of years at high pressures.

rethinking petroleum a little too hard…
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rethinking petroleum a little too hard…

Climate change deniers seem to hold on to a long discredited Russian hypothesis that oil comes from the mantle, not from dead living things decomposing under immense pressure.

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