Earth and Atmospheric Sciences News
Ten Million Year Recovery from Mass Extinction
Posted on May 28, 2012 at 08:49:00 am
It took some 10 million years for Earth to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time, latest research has revealed
Sulfur Finding May Hold Key to Gaia Theory of Earth as Living Organism
Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:35:11 pm
Is Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts? A new discovery made at the University of Maryland may provide a key to answering this question
Greater Insight Into Earthquake Cycles
Posted on May 11, 2012 at 11:08:21 pm
For those who study earthquakes, one major challenge has been trying to understand all the physics of a fault -- both during an earthquake and at times of "rest"
Mysterious 'Monster' Discovered by Amateur
Posted on April 25, 2012 at 07:34:02 am
For 70 years, academic paleontologists have been assisted by a dedicated corps of amateurs known as the Dry Dredgers. Recently, one amateur found a very large and very mysterious fossil that has the professionals puzzled
Twice as Many Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
Posted on April 15, 2012 at 08:14:47 am
A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought
What Triggers a Mass Extinction?
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 08:28:53 am
The second-largest mass extinction in Earth's history coincided with a short but intense ice age during which enormous glaciers grew and sea levels dropped
Earth's Deep-Seated Hold On Copper
Posted on April 07, 2012 at 08:27:57 am
Earth is clingy when it comes to copper. A new study finds that nature conspires at scales both large and small -- from the realms of tectonic plates down to molecular bonds -- to keep most of Earth's copper buried dozens of miles below ground.
Ice Sheet Collapse Linked to 'Mega Flood'
Posted on April 04, 2012 at 08:58:36 am
Coral off Tahiti has linked the collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago to a dramatic and rapid rise in global sea-levels of around 14 metres
New Light Shed On Wandering Continents
Posted on March 23, 2012 at 07:52:30 am
A layer of partially molten rock about 22 to 75 miles underground can't be the only mechanism that allows continents to gradually shift their position over millions of years
Hazy Shades of Life On Early Earth
Posted on March 19, 2012 at 10:00:58 am
A 'see-sawing' atmosphere over 2.5 billion years ago preceded the oxygenation of our planet and the development of complex life on Earth, a new study has shown