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Article ID: 713015

How Earth’s mantle is like a Jackson Pollock painting

University of Utah

To geologists, the mantle is so much more than that. It’s a region that lives somewhere between the cold of the crust and the bright heat of the core. It’s where the ocean floor is born and where tectonic plates die. A new paper published today in Nature Geoscience paints an even more intricate picture of the mantle as a geochemically diverse mosaic, far different than the relatively uniform lavas that eventually reach the surface.

16-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 713098

Sedimentary, dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?


In 2020, NASA and European-Russian missions will look for evidence of past life on Mars.

17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 713022

WVU receives $8.2 million software gift from LMKR for energy geology coursework and research

West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

LMKR, an international petroleum technology company, has partnered with West Virginia University to expand student and faculty access to industry-leading software.

16-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 712941

New research finds unprecedented weakening of Asian summer monsoon

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing over the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the last 448 years, according to a new study.

15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 712934

From Earth’s deep mantle, scientists find a new way volcanoes form

Cornell University

Far below Bermuda’s pink sand beaches and turquoise tides, geoscientists have discovered the first direct evidence that material from deep within Earth’s mantle transition zone – a layer rich in water, crystals and melted rock – can percolate to the surface to form volcanoes.

15-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712726

Study Concludes Glassy Menagerie of Particles in Beach Sands Near Hiroshima is Fallout Debris from A-Bomb Blast

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A years-long study that involved scientists and experiments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley concluded that an odd assortment of particles found in beach sands in Japan are most likely fallout debris from the 1945 Hiroshima A-bomb blast.

10-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 712354

Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US, study finds

Portland State University

Forest fires are causing snow to melt earlier in the season, a trend occurring across the western U.S. that may affect water supplies and trigger even more fires, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Portland State University (PSU)

3-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712323

Scientists Discover Evolutionary Link to Modern-Day Sea Echinoderms

Ohio State University

Scientists at The Ohio State University have discovered a new species that lived more than 500 million years ago—a form of ancient echinoderm that was ancestral to modern-day groups such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars, brittle stars and crinoids. The fossil shows a crucial evolutionary step by echinoderms that parallels the most important ecological change to have taken place in marine sediments. The discovery, nearly 30 years in the making, was published recently in the Bulletin of Geosciences.

2-May-2019 4:20 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712248

Study suggests earthquakes are triggered well beyond fluid injection zones

Tufts University

Researchers discovered that the practice of subsurface fluid injection often used in oil and gas exploration could cause significant, rapidly spreading earthquake activity beyond the fluid diffusion zone. The results account for the observation that human-induced earthquake activity often surpasses natural earthquake hotspots.

1-May-2019 4:05 PM EDT

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