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2013-06-13 10:52:22

Water in the Earth's crust and upper mantle may not play such an important role as a lubricant of plate tectonics as previously assumed.

Oceanic Volcanoes Reveal Signs Of Ancient Earthen Crust
2013-04-25 07:27:13

For a long time now, scientists have been convinced that lava that has erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains material from the crust of early Earth, but decisive evidence has been elusive.

Geologists Say Earth Is Congested
2013-04-01 10:38:38

According to a new study from a team of German researchers, geological forces are stagnating in certain regions because of pressure-induced phase transitions.

First Evidence Of Life Deep Under Oceanic Crust Realized
2013-03-15 12:56:53

Researchers on board the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's research vessel JOIDES Resolution drilled a water depth of 1.5 miles and hundreds of feet of sediment into the oceanic crust off the west coast of North America. Scientists studying these returned samples have found the first direct evidence of life deep within these samples.

Seas Of Molten Rock Created By Lunar Impacts
2013-03-12 04:54:36

A new analysis shows that the impact event that formed the Orientale basin on the Moon's western edge and far side created a sea of molten rock 220 miles across and at least six miles deep.

Earth’s Magma Mantle Melts Hotter Than Previously Thought
2013-01-10 10:10:41

According to a new study, the Earth's mantle magma melts far hotter and deeper in the Earth's core than previously thought, a discovery that will have lasting implications for geologists.

Moon's Interior Was Pulverized By Early Impacts
2012-12-05 13:28:06

Scientists using data from NASA's GRAIL mission have determined that the Moon's interior is nearly completely pulverized.

Mars Joins Earth As Only Planets Known To Have Plate Tectonics
2012-08-10 07:07:00

For decades, scientists thought the only place in our solar system that consisted of plate tectonics was right here on Earth. However, according to new research, the Red Planet may also be undergoing the same tectonic plate movement.

2012-07-30 13:43:26

On a time scale of tens to hundreds of millions of years, the geomagnetic field may be influenced by currents in the mantle.

Volcanic Hotspot Origins Revealed Through X-ray Analysis
2012-07-19 07:26:46

New research from a group of scientists led by Denis Andrault from the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans of University Blaise Pascal provides experimental evidence for the mantle plume hypothesis.


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Earth -- in geology and astronomy, fifth largest planet of the solar system and the only planet definitely known to support life. Gravitational forces have molded the earth, like all celestial bodies, into a spherical shape. However, the earth is not an exact sphere, being slightly flattened at the poles and bulging at the equator. The equatorial diameter is c.7,926 mi (12,760 km) and the polar diameter 7,900 mi (12,720 km); the circumference at the equator is c.24,830 mi (40,000 km)....

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