Vivid Violet Sugilite: A Rare Precious Stone
Vivid Violet Sugilite: A Rare Precious Stone

16kg Manganoan Sugilite from Wessels Mine in Northern Cape Province, South Africa Photo: RDCnet CC Gem sugilite is a polycrystalline aggrega...

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How Do Slow Anomalies Beneath Subducting Slabs Affect Giant Megathrust Earthquakes?
How Do Slow Anomalies Beneath Subducting Slabs Affect Giant Megathrust Earthquakes?

    Earthquakes and volcanoes in subduction zones may cause great human catastrophe. Previous studies on subduction zone structure and causa...

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Earth’s Continental Crust Emerged 500 Million Years Earlier Than Thought
Earth’s Continental Crust Emerged 500 Million Years Earlier Than Thought

An artist’s conception of the early Earth, showing a surface bombarded by large impacts that result in the extrusion of magma onto the surfa...

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Mysterious Melting of Earth’s Crust in Western North America Investigated by Scientists
Mysterious Melting of Earth’s Crust in Western North America Investigated by Scientists

  A group of University of Wyoming professors and students has identified an unusual belt of igneous rocks that stretches for over 2,000 mil...

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The Colorful Charm of Ametrine
The Colorful Charm of Ametrine

 Rough Ametrine. credit: GoldenHourMinerals A bicolor variety of quartz that is purple amethyst on one side and orange citrine on the other,...

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How Could Surface Minerals Get in Diamonds Found in The Deepest Depths of The Earth?
How Could Surface Minerals Get in Diamonds Found in The Deepest Depths of The Earth?

  Diamonds that formed hundreds of kilometers deep below Earth's surface contain traces of chemical reactions that took place on the bot...

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Scientists Create Crystal Stronger Than Diamond
Scientists Create Crystal Stronger Than Diamond

   Currently, diamond is regarded to be one of the hardest and most scratch-resistant natural materials in the world. Most diamonds found in...

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L.A.’s Biggest Quake Threat Sits on Overlooked Part of San Andreas, Study Says
L.A.’s Biggest Quake Threat Sits on Overlooked Part of San Andreas, Study Says

Arrows pointing to the Mission Creek strand of the San Andreas Fault. (Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast)   Part Of The San And...

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New Rock Type Discovered Beneath The Ocean
New Rock Type Discovered Beneath The Ocean

A microscopic cross-section of the newly discovered type of basalt Picture credit: Exp. 351 Science Team   Geologists have discovered a new ...

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Here’s What a Metal Volcano Would Look Like
Here’s What a Metal Volcano Would Look Like

Metallic lava flow emerging from rocky lava. Credit : Arianna Soldati    When Volcanoes Go Metal A team of scientists is hard at work on an ...

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Geologists Discover Powerful 'River of Rocks' Below Caribbean
Geologists Discover Powerful 'River of Rocks' Below Caribbean

In this image, the warped amount of the surface is due to the opening of the Central American gateway that allowed hot material to flow thro...

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 47-Million-Year-Old Fly Found With a Full Belly
47-Million-Year-Old Fly Found With a Full Belly

A 47-million-year old fossil belonging to a previously unknown species of fly was found at the Messel Pit in central Germany   For The First...

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Rock Rising From Below the Atlantic May Drive Continents Apart
Rock Rising From Below the Atlantic May Drive Continents Apart

Material rising from deep below the Mid-Atlantic Ridge may widen the ocean by a few centimeters every year. The ridge is visible in this fal...

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4.6-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Is The Oldest Magmatic Rock Ever Found
4.6-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Is The Oldest Magmatic Rock Ever Found

The Erg Chech 002 meteorite's large crystals suggest that the rock cooled slowly. A single meteorite crash-landed in the Sahara Desert i...

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Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth's Core
Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth's Core

There's probably a fifth layer. (forplayday/iStock/Getty Images)   It may be time to rewrite the textbooks, as scientists have discovere...

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Petrified Tree Up to 20 Million Years Old Found Intact in Lesbos
Petrified Tree Up to 20 Million Years Old Found Intact in Lesbos

A fossilised tree trunk in the petrified forest of Lesbos. Photograph: Nikolas Zouros Discovery of 19.5-metre tree with roots, branches and ...

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Earth's Magnetic Field Flipped 42,000 Years Ago. The Consequences Were Dramatic
Earth's Magnetic Field Flipped 42,000 Years Ago. The Consequences Were Dramatic

  A global period of upheaval 42,000 years ago was the result of a reversal in Earth's magnetic field, new research has found. According...

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World's Oldest DNA Found in Siberian Mammoth Teeth
World's Oldest DNA Found in Siberian Mammoth Teeth

An illustration of the mammoth.   Scientists have recovered DNA from mammoth fossils found in Siberian permafrost that are more than a milli...

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