Antarctica Yields Oldest Fossils of Giant Birds With 21-foot Wingspans
Antarctica Yields Oldest Fossils of Giant Birds With 21-foot Wingspans

A paleontologist cleans a fossilized bird cranium at Peru’s National History Museum in Lima, Friday, Photo: Martin Mejia, Associated Press F...

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Fault Near Portland Could Unleash a Major Earthquake
Fault Near Portland Could Unleash a Major Earthquake

    New evidence for geologically recent earthquakes near Portland, Oregon metro area A fault near Portland, Oregon, has the capacity to cau...

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Long-Lost Tectonic Plate Discovered Hundreds of Miles Below Canada
Long-Lost Tectonic Plate Discovered Hundreds of Miles Below Canada

A 3D block diagram across North America showing a mantle tomography image reveals the Slab Unfolding method used to flatten the Farallon tec...

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Geologists Solve Crucial Mystery Surrounding The Deposits of Rare Earth Elements
Geologists Solve Crucial Mystery Surrounding The Deposits of Rare Earth Elements

A handful of europium. Credit: Alchemist-hp, CC BY-SA   An international team of scientists has helped to unravel a longstanding mystery abo...

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Seismic Study Proves Rain Really Can Move Mountains
Seismic Study Proves Rain Really Can Move Mountains

Painted Desert Arizona   A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a l...

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Turning Diamond Into Metal
Turning Diamond Into Metal

    Long known as the hardest of all natural materials, diamonds are also exceptional thermal conductors and electrical insulators. Now, res...

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800 Years Ago, Old Faithful Went Quiet. Soon, It Might Happen Again
800 Years Ago, Old Faithful Went Quiet. Soon, It Might Happen Again

Old Faithful Geyser next to the Old Faithful Inn, illustrating how high the eruptions can reach. Photo: Jeff Vanuga   Old Faithful, the fame...

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What Lies Beneath a Volcano?
What Lies Beneath a Volcano?

  The complex plumbing system beneath volcanoes has been revealed in the clearest detail ever, marking a "major step forward" in o...

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Earth Grows Fine Gemstones in Minutes
Earth Grows Fine Gemstones in Minutes

Tanzanite crystal. photo: Collector's Edge Minerals   Rome wasn't built in a day, but some of Earth's finest gemstones were, acc...

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New Insights Into the Origin of Diamonds in Meteorites
New Insights Into the Origin of Diamonds in Meteorites

    Scientists have offered new insights into the origin of diamonds in ureilites (a group of stony meteorites). These diamonds most likely ...

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Arkansas Man Finds 9-carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park
Arkansas Man Finds 9-carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

  Kevin Kinard was visiting Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park when he discovered a 9.07 carat diamond. A bank manager discovered a...

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Gold Miners Discover 100 Million-year-old Meteorite Crater Down Under
Gold Miners Discover 100 Million-year-old Meteorite Crater Down Under

The newly discovered crater is thought to be five times bigger than Wolfe Creek Crater (pictured), one of the largest meteorite craters in t...

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