Mystery solved: Volcanoes cooled Earth 13,000 years ago

Exploding volcanoes, not an extraterrestrial impact, probably caused the Earth to suddenly cool about 13,000 years ago, researchers say.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: ice-age volcanoes earth-and-environment caves early-earth

Volcanoes may have shaped oxygen’s evolution on Earth

"...an evolution of the mantle of the Earth could control an evolution of the atmosphere of the Earth, and possibly an evolution of life."

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: volcanoes oxygen science-and-technology rocks early-earth mantle

Tectonic plates are a lot older than we thought

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.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: volcanoes earthquakes plate-tectonics science-and-technology early-earth

Team finds origins for building blocks of life

"We think we have found the building blocks of life—the Lego set that led, ultimately, to the evolution of cells, animals, and plants."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution alien-life proteins featured science-and-technology early-earth

Team finds origins for building blocks of life

"We think we have found the building blocks of life—the Lego set that led, ultimately, to the evolution of cells, animals, and plants."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution alien-life proteins featured science-and-technology early-earth

Ice ages ended with a tilt of the planet

New research moves closer to resolving some of the mystery of why ice ages end by establishing when that happens.

U. Melbourne • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: ice-age science-and-technology early-earth

Aussie rocks show early Earth was a ‘water world’

Early Earth 3.2 billion years ago was a world of vast oceans and submerged continents. The new findings could have implications for the origins of life.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution water oceans oxygen science-and-technology early-earth

The proto-Earth formed in a cosmic minute and a half

The proto-Earth formed surprisingly quickly, new research shows. The finding ups the chance of finding water and life on other planets.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets water alien-life science-and-technology early-earth

Earth’s early magnetic field was stronger than we thought

The Earth's early magnetic field was stronger than scientists had believed, according to ancient crystals that give researchers a view into the past.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: planets science-and-technology early-earth magnetic-fields

Tiny meteorites shed light on Earth’s early atmosphere

Ancient micrometeorites may have run into CO2 on their way to Earth's surface, which gives researchers a clearer view of the early Earth's atmosphere.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space carbon-dioxide meteorites featured science-and-technology early-earth

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