Exoplanets with magma oceans ‘eat’ their own skies

Why there are so few exoplanets larger than Neptune has puzzled scientists, but new research offers a possible answer.

Louise Lerner-Chicago | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology exoplanets hydrogen magma space

Iron crystal ‘snow’ falls in Earth’s core

"It's sort of a bizarre thing to think about. You have crystals within the outer core snowing down onto the inner core..."

Monica Kortsha-Texas | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology earth iron magma planets volcanoes

Computer models solve magma ‘sweet spot’ mystery

Computer models can explain why the magma chambers that feed many volcanoes' explosive eruptions are found in such a small section of Earth's crust.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Sept. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology magma volcanoes

Earth’s volcanic ‘hot spots’ are in constant motion

Scientists have long thought of volcanic hot spots as stationary points, but a new study finds they are very much on the move.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | Aug. 2, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment hawaii magma plate-tectonics volcanoes

Magmas can hold a surprising amount of water

Volatile elements in magma, primarily water, drive explosive volcanic eruptions. Experiments now improve our understanding of how wet magmas can be.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | July 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology glass magma volcanoes water

Super volcano readies for ‘catastrophic’ eruption (in 20,000 years)

"We, the next generations and perhaps the entire human race will not be here to witness a massive eruption."

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | Nov. 27, 2018 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology magma volcanoes

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