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Plate Tectonics

What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

Ravishly | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact

Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.

Africa Is Literally Splitting In Half

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green

In 10 million years, we might have two Half-ricas, according to a new study by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of California ...

'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...

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...

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...

Ancient Diamonds Aren't Exactly Diamonds

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 12.30.2013 | Science

Evidence of Earth's first continents — 4.3-billion-year-old "diamonds" — are actually just fragments of polishing grit, a new study finds. In 20...

REVEALED: How Shifts In Ancient Climate Led To Bigger Brains

| Mark Maslin, The Conversation | Posted 11.18.2013 | Science

Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. It should ...

Time to End the Cuban Embargo

David Mager | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
David Mager

Fifty-three years later, it's time to admit that we screwed up with the Bay of Pigs invasion and that the embargo we erected out of our embarrassment has not worked.

Debate Erupts Over Cause Of Mud Disaster

LiveScience | Charles Choi | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science

A catastrophic mud eruption in Indonesia blamed on drilling by an oil company might instead have natural causes, new research suggests. In 2006, the...

Were Geologists All Wrong About How Continent Formed?

Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

By: Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer Published: 04/03/2013 02:18 PM EDT on LiveScience It's time to redraw the map of the world during t...

Geology Mystery Solved By Discovery Of 'Lost' Tectonic Plate

Posted 03.19.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/19/2013 07:40 AM EDT on LiveScience A tectonic plate that disappeared under North Ame...

Cara Santa Maria

This Is How Earth Will Look In Millions Of Years? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 10.15.2012 | Science

Do you remember learning about Pangaea in school? It was the last great supercontinent, and it existed from about 300-200 million years ago. I remembe...

Scientists Puzzled By Earth's 'Wandering' Outer Layers

Posted 10.08.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 10/08/2012 12:35 PM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet The entire outermost part of Earth may be...

Surprising New Theory Explains How Caribbean Islands Formed

Posted 08.23.2012 | Science

By: OurAmazingPlanet Staff Published: 08/21/2012 04:02 PM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet The movement of Earth's viscous mantle against South America h...

The End of Earthquakes

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Seth Shostak

The disaster that recently befell Japan is a tragedy that happened before, and it will happen again. It's unstoppable.

Report Suggests Theory of Plate-Tectonics Is a "Geo-Blunder"

Dave Maass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Maass

San Diego-based geophysicist J. Marvin Herndon has released a report that he says disproves conventional theories on how the planet's continents formed.