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 • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space exoplanets hydrogen science-and-technology magma

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 • futurity
Dec. 23, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
Sept. 5, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: volcanoes science-and-technology magma

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 • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
July 5, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: water volcanoes glass science-and-technology magma

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 • futurity
Nov. 27, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: volcanoes science-and-technology magma

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