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Ancient rocks hold evidence for life before oxygen
Ancient rocks hold evidence for life before oxygen

This is a microscopic image of 2.5 billion-year-old sulfur-oxidizing bacterium. Somewhere between Earth's creation and where we are t...

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Nitrogen in ancient rocks a sign of early life
Nitrogen in ancient rocks a sign of early life

Scientists in Greenland excavating rocks that may hold 3.8-billion-year-old evidence of life. Credit: Laure Gauthiez A spark from a lig...

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Scientists have found the largest exposed fault on Earth
Scientists have found the largest exposed fault on Earth

Pulau Banta island in the Banta Sea. Credit: Jialiang Gao/Wikimedia Geologists have for the first time seen and documented the Banda Det...

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What's up with Madagascar?
What's up with Madagascar?

The Somali Plate Why are there volcanoes on an island that isn't near any tectonic boundaries? Madagascar, the big island off the ...

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Ancient seaweed fossils some of the oldest of multicellular life
Ancient seaweed fossils some of the oldest of multicellular life

Chinggiskhaania bifurcata is the scientific name of one of the new kinds of multicellular algae recently found preserved as ancient fossil...

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Scientists Reveal the Likely Cause of Rare Southeast US Earthquakes
Scientists Reveal the Likely Cause of Rare Southeast US Earthquakes

Researchers believe the quakes could be caused by pieces of the Earth's mantle breaking off and sinking into the planet in the affecte...

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Walking Whale’ Fossil Discovered In Peru’s Ocucaje Desert
Walking Whale’ Fossil Discovered In Peru’s Ocucaje Desert

Geologist brushes the fossilized jaw of a whale lying on the desert pavement of Ocucaje, 310 km south of Lima Paleontologists in Peru hav...

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Mexico's Popocatepetl spews ash miles into the air
Mexico's Popocatepetl spews ash miles into the air

 Popocatépetl volcano (archive photo) By CEDRIC DE ALICOQUE Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano surprised observers with a startling si...

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Subduction zone geometry: Mega-earthquake risk indicator
Subduction zone geometry: Mega-earthquake risk indicator

Subduction zone geometry: Mega-earthquake risk indicator Mega-earthquakes (with a magnitude greater than 8.5) mainly occur on subductio...

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Magnitude 7.0 quake shakes Central America
Magnitude 7.0 quake shakes Central America

Images from the USGS and the NHC show the positions of the 7.0 earthquake and Hurricane Otto Major earthquake strikes off Central Ameri...

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The World's Rarest Minerals Are Finally Cataloged
The World's Rarest Minerals Are Finally Cataloged

Nevadaite is one of the world’s rarest minerals. It is formed from the elements vanadium and copper under very specific and extreme enviro...

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New study finds water deeper in Earth than scientists previously believed
New study finds water deeper in Earth than scientists previously believed

Ringwoodite is thought to form between 410km and 660km beneath the Earth's surface Targeting mysteries of deep Earth: Water deeper ...

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Life in Earth's soils may be older than believed
Life in Earth's soils may be older than believed

Karijini National Park, Australia. The ancient soils from Australia's Pilbara region (west of Karijini National Park) are similar to t...

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The world’s most complex crystal never repeats
The world’s most complex crystal never repeats

A Ho-Mg-Zn icosahedral quasicrystal formed as a pentagonal dodecahedron, the dual of the icosahedron. Unlike the similar pyritohedron shap...

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Asteroid Impacts Could Create Habitats for Life
Asteroid Impacts Could Create Habitats for Life

Artist's reconstruction of Chicxulub crater soon after impact, 66 million years ago. DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE SOURCE Dinosaur...

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Small earthquakes could help warn of the next big quake in Australia
Small earthquakes could help warn of the next big quake in Australia

 Earthquake activity in our region since 1973, showing small clusters of seismically active regions near Perth, Adelaide and the east coa...

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Dino-bird fossil had sparkly feathers 'to attract mate '
Dino-bird fossil had sparkly feathers 'to attract mate '

The fossil, Bohaiornithidae, is exceptionally well preserved An extinct bird that lived about 120 million years ago had iridescent feathe...

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