Rock Crystals From the Deep Give Microscopic Clues to Earthquake Ground Movements
Rock Crystals From the Deep Give Microscopic Clues to Earthquake Ground Movements

Chunks of exotic green rocks from the mantle erupted from the San Carlos Volcanic Field, Arizona. Credit: James St John   Microscopic imperf...

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Watermelon Tourmaline: What Is Watermelon Tourmaline?
Watermelon Tourmaline: What Is Watermelon Tourmaline?

A slice of watermelon tourmaline    Watermelon tourmaline is a variety of concentrically color-zoned tourmaline with red interiors and green...

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Ancient 15,000-Year-Old Viruses Identified in Melting Tibetan Glaciers
Ancient 15,000-Year-Old Viruses Identified in Melting Tibetan Glaciers

Bacteriophages on a bacterium. (Graham Beards/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0)   Scientists who study glacier ice have found viruses nearly 1...

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Rare Diamonds Show Life-Giving Elements Present on Earth Soon After It Formed
Rare Diamonds Show Life-Giving Elements Present on Earth Soon After It Formed

One of the 2.7 billion year-old diamonds used in this work. Credit: Michael Broadley   Earth's atmosphere was primed for an 'explosi...

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“Invisible” Gold – Fool’s Gold Actually Contains Real Gold
“Invisible” Gold – Fool’s Gold Actually Contains Real Gold

Pyrite with Quartz - Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Peru Photo: Fabre Minerals   Confirming once more that it cann...

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World’s First Nuclear Bomb Test Created Rare, Otherworldly Crystal
World’s First Nuclear Bomb Test Created Rare, Otherworldly Crystal

This sample of red trinitite. Image credit:  @TrinititeMan On Twitter.   Newly Discovered Quasicrystal – “Magnificent in Its Complexity” – W...

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'Icelandia': Is Iceland the Tip of a Vast, Sunken Continent?
'Icelandia': Is Iceland the Tip of a Vast, Sunken Continent?

  Academics believe they have identified a remarkable geological secret: A sunken continent hidden under Iceland and the surrounding ocean,w...

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Researchers Discover Why Gold Is Concentrated Alongside Arsenic
Researchers Discover Why Gold Is Concentrated Alongside Arsenic

  Why are gold deposits found at all? Gold is famously unreactive, and there seems to be little reason why gold should be concentrated, rath...

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This Tiny, 120-Million-Year-Old Fossil Has a T. Rex-Like Skull on a Bird Body
This Tiny, 120-Million-Year-Old Fossil Has a T. Rex-Like Skull on a Bird Body

The new bird fossil. (Min Wang)   A tiny, 120 million-year-old fossil, discovered in northeast China, is neither bird nor dinosaur but is pe...

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Mineral Previously Known Only in Meteorites Discovered at Dead Sea
Mineral Previously Known Only in Meteorites Discovered at Dead Sea

  Allabogdanite was first reported in the early 2000s from the Onello—a small iron meteorite recovered from the gold placer at the Bolshoi D...

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“Invisible” Gold – Fool’s Gold Actually Contains Real Gold
“Invisible” Gold – Fool’s Gold Actually Contains Real Gold

Pyrite, Casapalca Mine, Huarochiri Province, Lima, Peru Photo: Mineralauctions   Curtin University research has found tiny amounts of gold c...

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Ancient Fungal Parasite of Ants Found Preserved in Baltic Amber
Ancient Fungal Parasite of Ants Found Preserved in Baltic Amber

About 50 million years ago, this ant got stuck in tree resin that also preserved the parasitic fungus that was giving it a hard time. George...

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Siberian Volcanic Eruptions Triggered End-Permian Mass Extinction
Siberian Volcanic Eruptions Triggered End-Permian Mass Extinction

Fossilized crinoids, marine invertebrates that lived during the Permian Period, found in western Australia. Credit...John Cancalosi, via Get...

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Earth Has a 27.5-Million-Year 'Heartbeat', But We Don't Know What Causes It
Earth Has a 27.5-Million-Year 'Heartbeat', But We Don't Know What Causes It

  In the last 260 million years, dinosaurs came and went, Pangea split into the continents and islands we see today, and humans have quickly...

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The Dynamic, Geological Process Happening in Your Kidney
The Dynamic, Geological Process Happening in Your Kidney

kidney stones   Over a period of three months to three years, compounds like calcium, uric acid and bits of organic matter coalesce into the...

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World’s Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana
World’s Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

Botswana’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, inspects Debswana’s find. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images   A 1,098-carat diamond, bel...

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More Than 600 Earthquakes Hit Area Along San Andreas Fault Since Saturday
More Than 600 Earthquakes Hit Area Along San Andreas Fault Since Saturday

  A rural area of Southern California near the Mexico border and along the San Andreas fault line saw more than 600 earthquakes in a 24-hour...

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Earth's Core Is Growing "Lopsided' and Scientists Don't Know Why
Earth's Core Is Growing "Lopsided' and Scientists Don't Know Why

Map showing the seismometers (triangles) at which the researchers measured seismic waves from earthquakes (circles) to study Earth’s inner c...

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