A piece of Earth's lithosphere deep below China offers clues about the fate of tectonic plates that sink deep in Earth's mantle.
Nov. 16, 2020 • ~8 min
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Earth's magnetic field locks information into lava as it cools into rock. Millions of years later, scientists can decipher this magnetic data to build geologic timelines and maps.
Nov. 2, 2020 • ~9 min
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Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth's last frontier
Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.
July 28, 2020 • ~10 min
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Earth's underground network of tectonic plates was in place more than 4 billion years ago—about a billion years earlier than scientists had thought.
May 29, 2020 • ~4 min
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Harvard researchers detect some of the earliest evidence for modern-like plate motion.
April 28, 2020 • ~8 min
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"We don't only look at other planets to know what's out there. It's also a way for us to learn things about the planet that's under our own feet."
March 6, 2020 • ~10 min
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MIT geologists use paleomagnetism to determine the chain of events that resulted in the Himalayan mountains, with the support of MISTI-India.
Oct. 28, 2019 • ~6 min
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