Earth Science News
June 17, 2019

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New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called ... read more
New research shows that the sun could experience a massive burst of energy called a superflare sometime in the next several ... read more
Why did a giant hole appear in the sea ice off Antarctica in 2016 and 2017, after decades of more typical sea ice cover? Years of Southern Ocean data have explained the ... read more
Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the ... read more
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No Evidence for Increased Egg Predation in the Arctic

Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study published in ... read more

Our Water Cycle Diagrams Give a False Sense of Water Security

Pictures of the earth's water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects of human interference, according to new analysis by an ... read more

The transition to plate tectonics started with the help of lubricating sediments, scraped by glaciers from the slopes of Earth's first continents, according to new ... read more

A new analysis shows that the world's protected areas (PAs) are experiencing major shortfalls in staffing and resources and are therefore failing on a massive scale to safeguard ... read more

A new study suggests vents in the seafloor may affect life near the ocean's surface and the global carbon cycle more than previously thought. It's the first to show how iron rising from ... read more

Geoscience Data Group Urges All Scientific Disciplines to Make Data Open and Accessible

Institutions, science funders, data repositories, publishers, researchers and scientific societies from all scientific disciplines must work together to ensure all scientific data are easy to find, ... read more

Geologists gain new insights regarding the Earth's composition by analyzing meteorites. They conclude that the building blocks that brought volatile elements to Earth have a chemical composition ... read more

Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Multiple interactions found in postulated network of faults in the Brawley seismic zone in southern ... read more

Patagonia Ice Sheets Thicker Than Previously Thought

A new study of Patagonia's ice fields finds that many glaciers in the region are much thicker than previously ... read more

An ancient, cosmopolitan lineage of plants is shaking up scientists' understanding of how quickly species evolve in temperate ecosystems and ... read more

New Method to Gauge Atmosphere's Ability to Clear Methane

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Hydroxyl radicals (OH) react with methane and break it down, but it's been hard for scientists to get a handle on how much OH is present in ... read more

Seaweed Helps Trap Carbon Dioxide in Sediment

Researchers have found that these slimy macroalgae play an important role in permanently removing carbon dioxide from the ... read more

A system of categorization that reflects not just a mineral's chemistry and crystalline structure, but also the physical, chemical, or biological processes by which it formed, would be capable ... read more

Slowdown in Earth's Temps Stabilized Nature's Calendar

When the rate of the Earth's air temperature slows down for a significant amount of time, so can ... read more

The unique capabilities of the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope have enabled it to obtain the sharpest images of a double asteroid as it flew by Earth on May 25. While this double ... read more

Mapping Groundwater's Influence on the World's Oceans

Researchers have created high-resolution maps of points around the globe where groundwater meets the oceans -- the first such analysis of its kind, giving important data points to communities and ... read more

New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the chytrid fungus that has made more than 90 species extinct. An international team of scientists has published a new ... read more

How Habitat Loss Can Destabilize Ecosystems

An international study has revealed new evidence to help understand the consequences of habitat loss on natural ... read more

Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and the movement of ... read more

Godzilla first made his debut in 1954 as a 50-meter tall metaphor for indiscriminate destruction, particularly US hydrogen-bomb testing in the Marshall Islands, which, in the film, destroyed ... read more

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