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Ocean volcano may be largest on Earth, biggest in solar system - Los Angeles Times

Ocean volcano may be largest on Earth, biggest in solar system - Los Angeles Times | Geology | Scoop.it
Ocean volcano may be largest on Earth, biggest in solar system Los Angeles Times Tamu Massif, a well-known seamount off Japan, turns out to be one continuous shield volcano, about the size of New Mexico or the British Isles, said geophysicist...
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What bone proteomics could reveal about the dead

What bone proteomics could reveal about the dead | Geology | Scoop.it
Studying bones has helped scientists reconstruct what dinosaurs and other extinct creatures looked like. Taking this further, scientists recently started identifying proteins from bones to glean more information about remains. But one team has found that the reliability of this approach can depend on which bone is analyzed. Additionally, they report a forensic use for bone proteomics: potentially determining from bone proteins how old someone was when they died.
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History of Titan's landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth: Rivers on three worlds tell different tales

History of Titan's landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth: Rivers on three worlds tell different tales | Geology | Scoop.it
In a paper published in Science, researchers report that Titan, like Mars but unlike Earth, has not undergone any active plate tectonics in its recent past. The upheaval of mountains by plate tectonics deflects the paths that rivers take. The team found that this telltale signature was missing from river networks on Mars and Titan.
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Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction

Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction | Geology | Scoop.it
Researchers say they may have found the cause of the first mass extinction of life.
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Extra layer of tectonic plates discovered within Earth's mantle, scientists say

Preliminary findings suggest that a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific could be down to the newly-discovered plates
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How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks

How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks | Geology | Scoop.it
It's true—some rocks can float on water for years at a time. And now scientists know how they do it, and what causes them to eventually sink.
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The megalodon went extinct because it was a picky eater, finds experts

The megalodon went extinct because it was a picky eater, finds experts | Geology | Scoop.it
The University of Pisa found the megalodon was a picky eater - which led to its extinction. Fossils show the ancient shark was unable to adapt once its food supply was killed off by climate change.
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The mineral sourced from illegal mines that powers your electronics

Mica is used in electronic devices and car paint -- and it's dug by landless Indian labourers and their children, caught in a culture of debt and corruption
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Dinosaurs became extinct because they could not hatch quickly enough 

Dinosaurs became extinct because they could not hatch quickly enough  | Geology | Scoop.it
The mystery of why the dinosaurs became extinct after the Cretaceous meteor strike, while birds and mammals flourished, may finally have been solved.
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Yorkshire residents laugh off biggest earthquake to hit Britain in nearly a decade: the funniest tweets

Yorkshire residents laugh off biggest earthquake to hit Britain in nearly a decade: the funniest tweets | Geology | Scoop.it
The largest earthquake to hit the UK in nearly a decade has hit the North Sea off the coast of North Yorkshire;
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The Rare Beauty of the Boucharia Rocks in Northern Greece

The Rare Beauty of the Boucharia Rocks in Northern Greece | Geology | Scoop.it
A spectacular geological phenomenon, unique in Greece and the Balkan region, appears in the area between Mikrovalto and Livadero, near Kozani in northern Greece
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Hot springs in California host snapshot of early Earth conditions

Hot springs in California host snapshot of early Earth conditions | Geology | Scoop.it
Conditions in the hot alkaline springs of Paoha Island in Mono Lake, California, could be similar to Earth’s pre-oxygen environment billions of years ago.
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Rare high-quality footage shows newly discovered deep-sea black smokers in amazing detail

Scientists are poring over the videos of the hydrothermal vents to see how many new species they can spot.
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High Court rules fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire 

High Court rules fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire  | Geology | Scoop.it
Anti-fracking campaigners lose their legal challenge to a decision to allow fracking to take place in North Yorkshire.
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Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior: Geologists create model with potential to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic activity

Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior: Geologists create model with potential to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic activity | Geology | Scoop.it
Geologists have created a computer model of tectonic activity so effective that they believe it has potential to predict where earthquakes and volcanoes will occur. Scientists focused on the deep mantle and its relationship to plate tectonics.
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Ancient Peru: Major discovery of early human life: Elaborate baskets reveal sophisticated societies in the late pleistocene and early Holocene ages

Ancient Peru: Major discovery of early human life: Elaborate baskets reveal sophisticated societies in the late pleistocene and early Holocene ages | Geology | Scoop.it
A-tisket, a-tasket. You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it's from ancient ruins of a civilization inhabited by humans 15,000 years ago. An archeologist is among the team who made a groundbreaking discovery in coastal Peru -- home to one of the earliest pyramids in South America. Thousands of artifacts, including elaborate hand-woven baskets, show that early humans in that region were a lot more advanced than originally thought and had very complex social networks.
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Hottest lavas that erupted in past 2.5 billion years revealed: The study brings new, unprecedented evidence on the thermal evolution of the deep Earth

Hottest lavas that erupted in past 2.5 billion years revealed: The study brings new, unprecedented evidence on the thermal evolution of the deep Earth | Geology | Scoop.it
Deep portions of Earth's mantle might be as hot as it was more than 2.5 billion years ago, an international team of researchers has recently discovered.
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3.3-million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine

3.3-million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine | Geology | Scoop.it
Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, including vertebrae, neck and rib cage. The findings indicate that portions of the human spinal structure that enable efficient walking motions were established millions of years earlier than previously thought.
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How the blue whale got so big: Researchers say FOOD made them giants

How the blue whale got so big: Researchers say FOOD made them giants | Geology | Scoop.it
The new study claims that an 'evolutionary jump' after the most recent ice age caused the to become giants simply so they could eat more krill.
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New MEGACONTINENT Amasia will form on Earth in the 250 million years! 

New MEGACONTINENT Amasia will form on Earth in the 250 million years!  | Geology | Scoop.it
Researchers at Yale University and Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology have found that a new megacontinent - Amasia - will form in the next 250 million years.
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280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes

280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes | Geology | Scoop.it
High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks. Analysis of the brain case of Dwykaselachus oosthuizeni, a shark-lik
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Study: Fossil fuel formation enabled life as we know it to evolve

Study: Fossil fuel formation enabled life as we know it to evolve | Geology | Scoop.it
From the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON, comes this study sure to cause some left-leaning anti CO2 heads to explode. The bold in the PR is mine. Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen? MADISON, Wis. -- For the development of animals, nothing -- with the exception of DNA -- may be more important than oxygen in…
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15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet

15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet | Geology | Scoop.it
We've dammed mighty rivers, built hundreds of artificial islands, and made the world's fourth-largest lake disappear.
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Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land | Geology | Scoop.it
Fossils of possibly the earliest backboned four-legged animals to walk have been found in Scotland.
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Feds give 20 more years to Colorado River dam 

Feds give 20 more years  to Colorado River dam  | Geology | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS — The federal government is committing to at least another 20 years of use of a huge Colorado River dam that officials call crucial to states in
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