Did volcanoes turn Venus into a ‘hellish’ planet?

Some of the oldest terrain on Venus, known as tesserae, hint at past volcanic activity. Is that what made the planet the "hellish" place it is today?

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space planets volcanoes venus science-and-technology

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

Anthropause: Lockdowns sent ‘wave’ of quiet around the world

"This quiet period is the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic noise reduction on record."

Justin Dupuis-McGill • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 volcanoes earthquakes featured science-and-technology sounds

Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Alaskan volcano paved the way for the Roman Empire

A massive volcanic eruption on the other side of the planet may have created conditions that led to the rise of the Roman Empire, researchers say.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change history volcanoes roman-empire egypt society-and-culture

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

Volcanic CO2 emissions triggered Triassic extinction

201 million year ago, climate change wiped out nearly half of the species on Earth. New research shows volcanic CO2 emissions played a direct role.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction carbon-dioxide volcanoes earth-and-environment

Tree ring ‘time capsules’ are a clue to Thera volcano mystery

Though it's been hotly debated for decades, tree rings may pin down the year the Thera volcano erupted over the Minoan civilization.

U. Arizona • futurity
April 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: tree-rings trees volcanoes science-and-technology ancient-history

Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? This team says nope

Volcanoes had nothing to do with K-Pg, the mass extinction event in which dinosaurs perished, researchers say. That was all an asteroid's doing.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: dinosaurs extinction volcanoes asteroids science-and-technology

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