Zirconia: The World’s Hottest Rock
Zirconia: The World’s Hottest Rock

zirconia Zirconia is a mineral with a crystal structure made from the elements zirconium (Zr) and oxygen (O), with the chemical formu...

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Scientists Have Been Drilling Into the Ocean Floor for 50 Years – Here's What They've Found So Far
Scientists Have Been Drilling Into the Ocean Floor for 50 Years – Here's What They've Found So Far

Ocean Floor photo: By David Shukman It's stunning but true that we know more about the surface of the moon than about the Earth...

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Japan's Largest Complete Dinosaur Skeleton Comes to Life
Japan's Largest Complete Dinosaur Skeleton Comes to Life

The bones of the dinosaur Mukawaryu which have been cleaned so far. These likely represent more than half of the bones the dinosaur had. ...

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World's Oldest Known Animal Identified After Decades-long Mystery
World's Oldest Known Animal Identified After Decades-long Mystery

This is a Dickinsonia fossil. The oldest known animal in the geological record has been identified, in a discovery that scientists ar...

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Subducting Slabs of the Earth's Crust May Generate Unusual Features Spotted Near the Core
Subducting Slabs of the Earth's Crust May Generate Unusual Features Spotted Near the Core

Nearly 1,800 miles below the earth's surface, there are large odd structures lurking at the base of the mantle, sitting just above ...

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Scientists Identified Three Reasons Responsible for Earth’s Spin Axis Drift
Scientists Identified Three Reasons Responsible for Earth’s Spin Axis Drift

The observed direction of polar motion, shown as a light blue line, compared with the sum (pink line) of the influence of Greenland ice l...

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Thawing Permafrost May Release More CO2 Than Previously Thought
Thawing Permafrost May Release More CO2 Than Previously Thought

Pictured here is a permafrost thaw slump that is exposing sediment- and ice-rich permafrost on the Peel Plateau in Canada's Northwest...

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Geoscientists Find Unexpected 'Deep Creep' Near San Andreas, San Jacinto Faults
Geoscientists Find Unexpected 'Deep Creep' Near San Andreas, San Jacinto Faults

A cartoon showing how anomalous earthquakes near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults in southern California work in regions deep below...

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Study: Kidney Stones Have Distinct Geological Histories
Study: Kidney Stones Have Distinct Geological Histories

A human kidney stones from Mayo Clinic. A geologist, a microscopist and a doctor walk into a lab and, with their colleagues from acro...

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Geologists Reveal Ancient Connection Between England and France
Geologists Reveal Ancient Connection Between England and France

This graphic shows how the ancient land masses of Laurentia, Avalonia and Armorica would have collided to create the countries of England...

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Elephant Bird Mystery Solved? Discovery May Explain Demise of World's Largest-ever Birds
Elephant Bird Mystery Solved? Discovery May Explain Demise of World's Largest-ever Birds

Aepyornis maximus. Analysis of bones, from what was once the world's largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropica...

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Lava Flow Seen on Restless Alaska Volcano
Lava Flow Seen on Restless Alaska Volcano

Veniaminof volcano Mount Veniaminof, 772 kilometres southwest of Anchorage, is one of the state's most active volcanoes A...

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Michigan Man Discovers Glowing, Fluorescent Rocks Called "Yooperlites"
Michigan Man Discovers Glowing, Fluorescent Rocks Called "Yooperlites"

A Michigan man who discovered a new rock type uses a black light to search for the distinctive glowing rocks along the beaches of Lake Su...

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Gold 'Mother Lode' Unearthed Underground in Australia Delivers $15 Million in Just Four Days
Gold 'Mother Lode' Unearthed Underground in Australia Delivers $15 Million in Just Four Days

These gold-covered rocks weigh in at 90kg and 60kg respectively. Workers at the Beta Hunt mine near the small town of Kambalda, 630 k...

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Scientists Discover a Volcanic Heat Source Beneath Antarctic's Most Vulnerable Glacier
Scientists Discover a Volcanic Heat Source Beneath Antarctic's Most Vulnerable Glacier

Active volcano discovered beneath Antarctic ice sheet could be contributing to rapidly melting glacier A researcher from the Univers...

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Researchers Report the First Natural Example of a Fossilised Earthquake
Researchers Report the First Natural Example of a Fossilised Earthquake

Serpentinite Photo: James St. John The first natural example of a fossilised earthquake in serpentinite (type of rock) is providing n...

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