Geology

Study Reveals The Earliest Record Of Angiosperms In North America

A new study by Prof. Wang Xin from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) reported a new angiosperm fruit, Dilcherifructus mexicana gen. et sp. nov, from the Middle Jurassic of Mexico.
Related topics: Paleontology

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A Volcanic Eruption In 2020 Led To Hours-long Thunderstorm

A study conducted by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Vaisala Inc., published yesterday in the Geological Society of America's journal Geology, discusses how advances in global...
Related topics: Volcanoes, Polls

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A Relic Of Soviet-era Experiments, This Hellish Crater Has Been On Fire Since 1971

Back in the 1970s, a group of Soviet geologists drilling for oil in Turkmenistan hit a natural gas pocket and accidentally created a huge sinkhole. It's not exactly clear how it happened, but soon after the sinkhole was set on fire and his been...

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Remember When Life Was Found In A Martian Meteorite? Turns Out, It Was Just Geology

The Alan Hills meteorite is a part of history to Mars aficionados. It came from Mars and meteorite hunters discovered in Antarctica in 1984. Scientists think it’s one of the oldest chunks of rock to come from Mars and make it to Earth. The...
Related topics: Meteorites, Mars, Space, Scientific Discoveries, Antarctica (science)

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Image: Rolling Stones On Mars

There's more to this image of Mars than first meets the eye: nestled in the detail of the cliff face that cuts through this scene are signs of geology in motion. Zooming in reveals several boulders that have fallen from the cliff edge, leaving small...
Related topics: Mars, Space

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Chang'e-5 Lander Makes First Onsite Detection Of Water On Moon

A joint research team led by Profs. Lin Yangting and Lin Honglei from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) observed water signals in reflectance spectral data from the lunar surface acquired by the...
Related topics: Moon, Space

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Researchers Reveal Preservation Mechanism Of Chuaria Fossils In Lantian Biota

A research group led by Dr. Wang Wei from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) employed light microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and...
Related topics: Fossils, Paleontology, Electrons

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How Do Geologists Think?

From Dinwar, in the comments: As for what it means to think like a geologist….it’s complicated. There definitely is a particular way of thinking unique to geologists. I’m convinced that it’s something you’re either...

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Why I Don’t Care About Geology

A reader request: I also recently heard you mention on the Clearer Thinking Podcast that Geology is a field you are not as naturally curious about…would love a blog post on fields that you less interested in with a short reflection on...
Related topics: Podcasts

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Experts Puzzled By Continuing South Carolina Earthquakes

Yet another earthquake has struck near South Carolina's capital city, the ninth in a series of rumblings that have caused geologists to wonder how long the convulsions might last.
Related topics: Earthquakes

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Beneath La Palma Volcano, Scientists Collect Lava 'to Learn'

As soon as he heard that La Palma's volcano had erupted, Australian geologist Matt Pankhurst loaded his microscope into his car and raced to catch a ferry to the Spanish island.
Related topics: Volcanoes, Lava, Microscopes

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A Sublime Landscape: New Model Explains Pluto’s Lumpy Plains

Enlarge / The polygons of Sputnik Planitium. (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI) Expectations for active geology on Pluto were pretty low prior to the arrival of the New Horizons probe. But the photos that came back from the dwarf planet revealed a...
Related topics: Pluto, NASA, Space, Science Photos

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Reconstruction Of Cretaceous Fossil Water Plant Found In Catalonia Using Its Plant Organs

Palaeonitella trifurcate is the name of a new fossil species of a freshwater plant from the Lower Cretaceous found and reconstructed by a team of geologists of the University of Barcelona. The reconstruction of the plant, dating from between 125 and...
Related topics: Fossils, Paleontology

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Study Combines Climatic, Tectonic Models To Explain Andean Conundrum

The Andes Mountains are much taller than plate tectonic theories predict they should be, a fact that has puzzled geologists for decades. Mountain-building models tend to focus on the deep-seated compressional forces that occur when tectonic plates...

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Seeing Deeper With Atmospheric Muons: From Archaeology To Geology

Muon imaging, or "muography," may be a niche field, but with uses in probing both man-made and natural structures, its appeal is expanding rapidly. A new open-access review published in Reviews in Physics by Lorenzo Bonechi and Raffaello...
Related topics: Archaeology, Physics

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Opinion: We Should Ban All New Oil And Gas Fields

As a professor of geophysics, I have spent 36 years training young geologists destined to work in the fossil fuel industry how to look for oil and gas. But now I believe it's time to stop fossil-fuel exploration and halt the development of all new...
Related topics: Fossils, Paleontology

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Improving Coseismic Slip Measurements

Geologists describe the process of an earthquake as occurring in three distinct phases. During the interseismic phase, strain builds up along a fault as adjacent pieces of crust catch onto one another and move in opposite directions. This strain...
Related topics: Earthquakes

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Analysis Of Mars’s Wind-induced Vibrations Sheds Light On The Planet’s Subsurface Properties

NASA's Mars mission InSight probes the geology of the Elysium Planitia, finding alternate layers of basalt and sediments. An international team of scientists compares on-the-ground data with data from models, which helps to understand, e.g., the...
Related topics: Mars, Space, NASA

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Scientist Reveals Cause Of Lost Magnetism At Meteorite Site

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist has discovered a method for detecting and better defining meteorite impact sites that have long lost their telltale craters. The discovery could further the study of not only Earth's geology but also that...
Related topics: Meteorites, Scientific Discoveries

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Sierra Nevada Shown To Have Two Geologic Birthdays

When geologist Elizabeth Miller started mapping a fault system in Death Valley, she questioned the origin of some sedimentary rocks previously assumed to be locally derived. Now, analysis has revealed where they really came from: central Nevada,...

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