Volcanic eruptions might have given Earth its first oxygen

A new theory involving volcanoes may partly explain the appearance of the first oxygen on Earth 2.5 billion years ago, researchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology alien-life carbon early-earth oceans oxygen tectonics 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

Volcanic collisions drive long-term climate trends

Strings of volcanoes colliding with continents may set our planet's long-term climate.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | April 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology climate-change ice plate-tectonics rocks volcanoes

Major earthquakes could still devastate Nepal

In 2015, a major earthquake hit Nepal. A new model indicates that quake could've just been the beginning.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | Jan. 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology earthquakes natural-disasters nepal plate-tectonics

‘Polar wander’ may be behind Earth’s most recent ice age

The position of the Hawaiian islands and evidence from the Pacific Ocean suggests the entire Earth shifted relative to its axis, which led to an ice age.

David Ruth-Rice | Nov. 30, 2018 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology ice-age plate-tectonics

Sunken ‘beaches’ offer vision of Catalina’s undersea future

After more than a century of debate about whether California's Santa Catalina Island is rising or sinking, researchers may have the answer.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford | Nov. 30, 2018 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology earthquakes islands oceans plate-tectonics sea-levels

Earth gulps down way more water than we thought

New observations from the deepest ocean trench in the world could have important implications for the global water cycle.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Nov. 20, 2018 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology oceans plate-tectonics water

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