Imperfect Diamonds Paved Road to Historic Deep Earth Discoveries
Imperfect Diamonds Paved Road to Historic Deep Earth Discoveries

 31 new-to-science minerals have turned up (including triazolite, discovered in Chile, thought to have derived in part from cormorant gua...

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Gold Nugget Turns Out To be Four-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite
Gold Nugget Turns Out To be Four-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite

The Marborough meteorite. photo: (Melbourne Museum) Back in May 2015, an Australian prospector set off to scour the Maryborough Region...

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Mysterious Tectonic Fault Zone Found Off California
Mysterious Tectonic Fault Zone Found Off California

MARS cable in Monterey Bay with pink portion used for sensing. Nearly 3,000 feet (900 metres) below the surface of Monterey Bay, a ne...

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Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser, the World's Tallest, Erupted a Record Number
Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser, the World's Tallest, Erupted a Record Number

Steamboat Geyser erupt  The Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park erupted 47 times this year, blowing past the record set in 2...

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Iron 'Snow' Discovered in the Earth's Core
Iron 'Snow' Discovered in the Earth's Core

The Earth's inner core is hot, under immense pressure and snow-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better ...

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What is Green Obsidian?
What is Green Obsidian?

Natural Green Obsidian Volcanic. Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass. It is formed during the eruption of felsic lavas...

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World’s Oldest Fossil Trees Discovered in New York
World’s Oldest Fossil Trees Discovered in New York

The rooting system of the ancient tree Archaeopteris at the Cairo fossil Forest site. Credit: Charles Ver Straeten Fossilized trees d...

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Study Explores the Density of the Tectonic Plates and Why They Sink in the Earth's Mantle
Study Explores the Density of the Tectonic Plates and Why They Sink in the Earth's Mantle

A schematic summary of the effect of the convergence rate. Upper image shows a slow convergence rate allows thermal difussion and a deriv...

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Hard as a Rock? Maybe Not, Say Bacteria That Help Form Soil
Hard as a Rock? Maybe Not, Say Bacteria That Help Form Soil

This transition, from solid bedrock to pulverized rock in subsoil, probably occurs on land around the globe. A new study from UW-Madison ...

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Beach Scavenger Finds 'Lump of Whale Vomit Worth £500,000'
Beach Scavenger Finds 'Lump of Whale Vomit Worth £500,000'

Ambergris or "whale poo/vomit" Surachet Chanchu, a beach scavenger in southern Thailand, struck gold. Chanchu found a lump ...

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Earth's Magnetic North Pole Continues Drifting, Crosses Prime Meridian
Earth's Magnetic North Pole Continues Drifting, Crosses Prime Meridian

Global map of declination and the dip pole locations for 2020. Credit: NOAA NCEI/CIRES. Earth's magnetic north pole, which has be...

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Ancient Whale Fossil Show How the Mammals Moved to Life in the Ocean
Ancient Whale Fossil Show How the Mammals Moved to Life in the Ocean

Cervical and thoracic vertebrae of the Aegicetus gehennae specimen. Image credits Gingerich et al., , PLOS ONE. A newly-described fos...

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Deepest Point of Earth's Continents Found in Antarctica
Deepest Point of Earth's Continents Found in Antarctica

A trough beneath Denman Glacier is the deepest continent point in the world, measuring more than 2 miles beneath sea level. A Univers...

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Giant Penguins Gave Up Flight and Started Swimming 66 Million Years Ago
Giant Penguins Gave Up Flight and Started Swimming 66 Million Years Ago

When Penguins Ruled After Dinosaurs Died Penguins weren't always the petite, tuxedo-sporting birds we know and love today. Once...

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Stormquakes: Powerful Storms Cause Seafloor Tremors
Stormquakes: Powerful Storms Cause Seafloor Tremors

Stormquakes offshore North America (shown as red circles) and seismic stations (shown as triangles) from 2006 to 2015. Some of the appare...

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Over 800 Mammoth Bones Discovered in Massive Fossil Stash in Mexico
Over 800 Mammoth Bones Discovered in Massive Fossil Stash in Mexico

Mammoth skull and tusks found in the pitfall. Image: Edith Camacho, INAH. Archaeologists said Wednesday they have made the largest-eve...

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Fossil of 99m-year-old Bird With Unusually Long Toes Found
Fossil of 99m-year-old Bird With Unusually Long Toes Found

This photograph shows a nearly 100-million-year-old bird foot featuring a very long toe preserved in amber. The specimen also contains ...

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