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De Beers: A New Ship to Explore for Seafloor Diamonds
De Beers: A New Ship to Explore for Seafloor Diamonds

The mv SS Nujoma The diamond hunter sets sail: World's largest gem finding vessel  De Beers has officially launched the mv SS N...

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Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The argon-argon dating method can provide more precise absolute dates for many geologic events, ranging from volcanic eruptions and earth...

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How Is Aura Rainbow Quartz Made?
How Is Aura Rainbow Quartz Made?

Top row starting from the left moving right is titanium Quartz, lemon Quartz, sunshine aura Quartz, rose aura Quartz , ruby aura Quartz....

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Ancient Magma Crystals Could Help Us Predict Eruptions
Ancient Magma Crystals Could Help Us Predict Eruptions

 Zirkon Kristalle in Matrix. Credit: crystal-treasure Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside a shal...

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Rare Huge Green-blue Opal Found in Nevada
Rare Huge Green-blue Opal Found in Nevada

Image credit: Chip Clark The Roebling Opal is an extraordinary 2,585-carat piece of opal rough and is also the largest unpolished black...

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Radioactive Elements in New Mexican Rock Reveal Longest Earthquake Record
Radioactive Elements in New Mexican Rock Reveal Longest Earthquake Record

White calcite deposits in rocks from a fault line in New Mexico helped scientists create a record-long earthquake record. Photo by Laurel...

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Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green
Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

Photo: Matt Amesbury Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern pen...

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World's Oldest Fossilized Mushroom Sprouted 115 Million Years Ago
World's Oldest Fossilized Mushroom Sprouted 115 Million Years Ago

Image: Sam Heads Sam Heads and his team had just received a donation of fossil insects at the Prairie Research Institute, University ...

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Why Are the Vermilion Cliffs So Red?
Why Are the Vermilion Cliffs So Red?

Hikers pausing to view a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. AP Photo/Brian Witte T...

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Earth's Magnetic Field Is about to Flip
Earth's Magnetic Field Is about to Flip

The Earth's magnetic field, magnetic poles and geographic poles. Credit: Earth's Magnetic Field image via Shutterstock A giant...

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New Form of Carbon That's Hard as a Rock, Yet Elastic, Like Rubber
New Form of Carbon That's Hard as a Rock, Yet Elastic, Like Rubber

Visualization of ultrastrong, hard and elastic compressed glassy carbon. A team including several Carnegie scientists has developed...

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Geology, Biology Agree on Pangaea Supercontinent Breakup Dates
Geology, Biology Agree on Pangaea Supercontinent Breakup Dates

The distribution of fossils across the continents is one line of evidence pointing to the existence of Pangaea. Scientists at The Aust...

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What is Lake Superior Agate, and Where Can You Find It?
What is Lake Superior Agate, and Where Can You Find It?

Lake Superior agate The Lake Superior agate is a type of agate stained by iron and found on the shores of Lake Superior. The Lake...

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This 100-Million-Year-Old Bird Trapped in Amber Is The Best We've Ever Seen
This 100-Million-Year-Old Bird Trapped in Amber Is The Best We've Ever Seen

Amber miners who discovered the specimen thought that they had found a "strange" lizard's claw, until researchers realized ...

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Figuring Out When the octopus and squid lost their shells
Figuring Out When the octopus and squid lost their shells

A 166-million-year-old fossil of an extinct relative of the squid. Credit Jonathan Jackson and ZoË Hughes/National History Museum of Lond...

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Extremely Wonderful New Find of Skeletal Halites in Poland (Photos)
Extremely Wonderful New Find of Skeletal Halites in Poland (Photos)

Skeletal halite crystal from Sieroszowice mine. Photo M. Wikiera. Spirifer Minerals specimen. In late 2016 geologists working in S...

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