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Landscape Predating Human Beings Found Under Ice

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Science

Buried thousands of feet under Summit, the highest point on Greenland's ice sheet, is a soil born before humans ever walked on Earth. The 2.7-million...

'Plates' Mystery Gets Surprising New Explanation

natureheader | Jessica Morrison | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

Earth's tectonic plates may have taken as long as 1 billion years to form, researchers report today in Nature.The plates — interlocking slabs of cru...

Backgrounding Apollo and Beyond: The GRAIL Mission at 2+ Years

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of March 31, 2014 One of the exciting things about living in the Boston area is that the high number of colleges and universities means I'm al...

Tiny Bugs May Have Caused Earth's Biggest Extinction

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science

A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests. The findings suggest that bacteri...

WATCH: Surprising Science Behind Deadly Mudslides

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.28.2014 | Science

What causes mudslides? That simple question is suddenly a very poignant one, given the deadly landslide that devastated the small community of Oso in ...

New 'Model' May Explain How Continents Grow

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science

Continents grow like onions, with rings of younger rocks added layer by layer to the perimeter of an ancient landmass. But even though scientists kno...

Rare Diamond Confirms Old Theory About Earth's Interior

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science

A battered diamond that survived a trip from "hell" confirms a long-held theory: Earth's mantle holds an ocean's worth of water. "It's actually the...

8-Year-Old Shows Off Her Impressive Rock Collection

Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents

At just 8 years old, Leila Conlan Adane has already built a pretty impressive rock collection. The adorable rock lover brought loads of enthusiasm ...

Tiny Crystal Settles Big Debate Over Early Earth

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

Ever heard this life advice? When solving a big problem seems impossible, break it into smaller steps. Well, scientists just took one of geology's b...

Paleontology Interview: Gettin' Zeigy With It

Amy Atwater | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Amy Atwater

"I want to be able to spread that message to as many young women as possible. Yes, you can do this, it is not that hard and do not let somebody tell you you cannot do it."

Debate Over Grand Canyon's Age May Finally Be Over

natureheader | Alexandra Witze | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

A longstanding geological fight over the age of one of the most iconic landscapes in the United States — Arizona's Grand Canyon — may finally be o...

Lasers Unearth Long-Lost 'Agropolis'

| Nsikan Akpan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Hidden ruins are customary in the wild jungles of South America or on the white shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Now, researchers have uncovered a lon...

WATCH: Ocean's Huge Hidden Waves Explained

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

The biggest ocean waves in the world sweep through the South China Sea's Luzon Strait, towering more than 550 feet (170 meters) tall. Luckily for sh...

WATCH: Earth's Crust Used To Be VERY Different

| Sid Perkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Today, Earth’s crust is made of tectonic plates that jostle across its surface and are sometimes, via collisions, gradually shoved back into the dep...

8 Photos That Prove Beautiful Artworks Are Hiding On The Surface Of The Earth

Posted 12.27.2013 | Arts

Bernhard Edmaier is a geologist-turned-photographer who, not surprisingly, sees planet Earth as his muse. Exposing the beauty of rock formations and w...

Odd 'Mounds' Mystery Solved?

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science

A new twist on an old mystery may finally settle the debate over the origin of Mima mounds, which bulge out of the ground like enormous, grass-covere...

WATCH: Diamonds At The Bottom Of The World!?

Reuters | Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - A kind of rock that often contains diamonds has been found in Antarctica fo...

WATCH: Sand Is Similar The World Over, And Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science

All sand looks pretty much the same, but why? It's a question few of us think about, but the answer is fascinating. It's all explained in a new video ...

Water Was Locked Away Beneath Bay For HOW MANY Years?

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

When scientists drilled deep into the center of a huge crater beneath the Chesapeake Bay, they discovered ancient seawater that had been locked up in ...

X-Rays Reveal Young Earth's Freaky Layered Look

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science

Young Earth’s molten lava ocean was layered like a pudding cake, according to a study published today (Nov. 6) in the journal Nature. Researchers...

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

SOLVED: Mystery Of Bizarre Rock Pillars

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 10.11.2013 | Science

The mystery of a series of strange, knobby pillars of rock that formed in Iceland has been solved. A creeping lava flow and a stream of water mixed...

Were Scientists Wrong About Dodo Bird?

LiveScience | Douglas Main | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science

When geophysicist Andrew Jackson was poring over 17th-century observations of Earth's magnetic field, perhaps the last thing he expected to discover ...

Last Hours for Humanity?

Tom Weis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Earth is sending us an urgent and unmistakable message, one that we ignore at our own peril. Failure to drastically slash carbon emissions now could mean the end of humanity.

Source of Mysterious Medieval Eruption Identified

| Carolyn Gramling | Posted 10.02.2013 | Science

About 750 years ago, a powerful volcano erupted somewhere on Earth, kicking off a centuries-long cold snap known as the Little Ice Age. Identifying th...