plate tectonics

Have geologists just discovered a new layer of Earth's interior? A new study suggests that a previously unknown rocky layer
"We need to answer now the basic questions: what areas and under what conditions are the most dangerous?" he told the Siberian
“Understanding this boundary between the base of cold, rigid tectonic plates and the underlying hot, convecting mantle underneath
But what causes all that drifting in the first place? "Some of Earth's plates, it turns out, are pulling themselves," series
Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.
As if Africa didn’t have enough to worry about with the massive Ebola outbreak, scientists say the continent is literally splitting apart.
David Hilton and his team of researchers from Scripps visited volcanoes on both sides of the Great Rift Valley and collected
Starting roughly 4 billion years ago, cooler parts of Earth's crust were pulled downwards into the warmer upper mantle, damaging
But here's the hitch: the reason these fragments smash into the continent instead of sinking into the mantle is that they
In such conditions, the material that solidified on the underside of that crust would have been rich in dense minerals (dark
But some scientists, including Dobrzhinetskaya, were suspicious of the findings, because Menneken and her colleagues polished
Evolution, our coping strategy This has a knock on affect of drawing moisture away from the African continent, and it was
Fifty-three years later, it's time to admit that we screwed up with the Bay of Pigs invasion and that the embargo we erected out of our embarrassment has not worked.
The resulting disaster, known as the Lusi mud eruption, buried factories and villages, causing 13,000 families to lose their
"Now it fits together," said Karin Sigloch, a seismologist at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, and lead study author
By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/19/2013 07:40 AM EDT on LiveScience A re-examination of the
CSM: What an incredible thing, to know the very land where our feet are so firmly planted was once thousands of miles away
Huffpost Senior Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria speaks with Yale graduate student Ross Mitchell about his new model for predicting the next supercontinent, Amasia.
At various times in Earth's history, the planet's solid exterior — its crust and mantle layers — has apparently drifted over
By: OurAmazingPlanet Staff Published: 08/21/2012 04:02 PM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet Recent earthquakes in the area helped the