Tag Archives: Geology

A killing field from the day the dinosaurs died

First, there was a violent shock. Then, there was the roar of a 30-foot-high wave of water, throwing fish onto a sandbar in what is now North Dakota. Then there was a hail of molten rock, pelting dying fish and … Continue reading

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Scientists seek treaty to save famous space places

What’s the best way to preserve the Apollo footprints on the moon, the Face on Mars, or the mysterious “white spots” on the dwarf planet Ceres? A pair of researchers argue that there ought to be an international treaty. They say the Antarctic Treaty, which … Continue reading

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Early Earth’s atmosphere was way lighter

Tiny bubbles that were trapped inside 2.7 billion-year-old rocks have led scientists to conclude that Earth’s atmosphere was less than half as dense as it is today – which runs counter to conventional wisdom. Scientists had assumed that our planet’s atmosphere … Continue reading

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How we’re leaving our mark on Earth’s geology

Millions of years from now, could alien geologists pinpoint a distinct time when humans changed the world? An international team of scientists says they could, by looking at the crushed-up remains of concrete, aluminum and plastics. Further evidence would come … Continue reading

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Scientists: Oso landslide was no anomaly

A newly published analysis of the geological record for the area around the site of 2014’s Oso landslide shows that the slopes have been collapsing every 140 years or so on average. That’s significantly more frequent than previously estimated. Based … Continue reading

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Quake warning system gets a boost

The omnibus spending bill that was approved by Congress today includes another $8.2 million for a quake-monitoring system that could provide early warning if we’re hit by “the Really Big One” that everyone’s been freaked out about. Sen. Patty Murray and … Continue reading

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