From left, University of Wyoming students Shane Scoggin, Adam Trzinski and Jessie Shields are part of new research investigating crustal melting in western North America. Here, they examine igneous rocks in the Snake Range of Nevada. Credit: Jay Chapman Another associated image / click image TOP of PAGE

A graphical summary of Earth’s supercontinents/supercratons. Credit: Modified from D. A. D. Evans, Z. X. Li and J. B. Murphy, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 424, 1-14, March 2, 2016,   ENLARGE Curtin University research has uncovered the first solid clues about the very beginning of the supercontinent cycle of […]

A computer-created graphic of a river meandering and associated sediment deposits. The lighter blue represents the river’s current flow. The darker blue represents old areas of flow that have been cut off due to the river’s meandering. The striped regions along the flow paths represent sediment deposits in the form […]

Powerful explosive strombolian eruption from two vents on Pico do Fogo volcano.   ANIMATION What would a volcano — and its lava flows — look like on a planetary body made primarily of metal? A pilot study from North Carolina State University offers insights into ferrovolcanism that could help scientists interpret landscape features […]

Archean Maniitsoq structure in Greenland. Credit: University of Waterloo Several years after scientists discovered what was considered the oldest crater a meteorite made on the planet, another team found it’s actually the result of normal geological processes. During fieldwork at the Archean Maniitsoq structure in Greenland, an international team of […]

Ancient kauri tree log from Ngawha, New Zealand. Credit: Nelson Parker Radiocarbon measurements on the remains of 42,000-year-old New Zealand kauri trees provide the basis for better calibration of geological archives of this period. The last complete reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field, the so-called Laschamps event, took place 42,000 […]