Latest Crust Stories
One of the more popular theories surrounding the formation of the planets involves the countless collisions of smaller objects in orbit around the sun 4.5 billion years ago. However, proponents of that theory are missing one thing: the Earth's chemical composition is distinctly different from the meteors that are currently striking the planet.
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.
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.
According to a new study from a team of German researchers, geological forces are stagnating in certain regions because of pressure-induced phase transitions.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists using data from NASA's GRAIL mission have determined that the Moon's interior is nearly completely pulverized.
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.
On a time scale of tens to hundreds of millions of years, the geomagnetic field may be influenced by currents in the mantle.
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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