How Nodules Stay on Top at the Bottom of the Sea
How Nodules Stay on Top at the Bottom of the Sea

Photo credit: Utah Geological Survey Rare metallic elements found in clumps on the deep-ocean floor mysteriously remain uncovered de...

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7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth
7 Billion-Year-Old Stardust Is Oldest Material Found on Earth

Scientists recently identified the oldest material on Earth: stardust that's 7 billion years old, tucked away in a massive, rocky ...

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Scientists Catch a Volcano Mid-formation in the Indian Ocean
Scientists Catch a Volcano Mid-formation in the Indian Ocean

This illustration shows how magma in a reservoir deep underground ascended to form a submarine volcano in the Indian Ocean.  (Image credi...

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Crater From Asteroid Impact That Covered 10% of Earth's Surface in Debris
Crater From Asteroid Impact That Covered 10% of Earth's Surface in Debris

A flash of light would have come first, followed by a shockwave and massive earthquake. Only later would the hailstorm of black, glassy...

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What is Fire Opal?
What is Fire Opal?

Stunning Mexican Fire Opal. Photo: Jeff Schultz Fire opal is a transparent to translucent opal, with warm body colors of yellow to o...

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What is the Lifespan of Volcanic Islands Like Hawaii?
What is the Lifespan of Volcanic Islands Like Hawaii?

Nishinoshima island When a hot plume of rock rises through the Earth's mantle to puncture the overlying crust, it can create not ...

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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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