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Newly exposed fault scarp
2014-03-25 08:07:09

For many years, the question of why volcanoes develop outside the rift zone in an apparently unexpected location offset by tens of kilometers from the source of molten magma directly beneath the rift has remained unanswered.

2014-03-03 15:21:05

Break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 Million years ago could have lead to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent with an ocean south of today's Sahara desert, as geoscientists from the University of Sydney and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have shown through the use of sophisticated plate tectonic and three-dimensional numerical modelling.

2012-12-28 15:12:05

New Geosphere articles include additions to several special issues "Results of IODP Exp313: The History and Impact of Sea-level Change Offshore New Jersey"; "The ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS) and Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) Drilling Projects"; "Exploring the Deep Sea and Beyond: Contributions to Marine Geology in Honor of William R. Normark"; and "CRevolution 2: Origin and Evolution of the Colorado River System II."

New Age Suggested For East African Rift
2012-03-28 09:33:57

A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience is suggesting that the human species may have taken much longer to evolve thanks to plate tectonics that changed Africa’s landscape millions of years before experts previously believed.

2012-01-26 13:39:01

The new issue of LITHOSPHERE is online now.

2010-06-16 23:12:51

New research reveals that when two parts of the Earth's crust break apart, this does not always cause massive volcanic eruptions.

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2009-12-22 14:51:27

A study of the structure and evolution of the Gulf of Corinth rift in central Greece will increase scientific understanding of rifted margin development and the tectonic mechanisms underlying seafloor spreading and deformation of the Earth's crust.

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2009-11-03 08:54:55

In 2005, a gigantic, 35-mile-long rift broke open the desert ground in Ethiopia. At the time, some geologists believed the rift was the beginning of a new ocean as two parts of the African continent pulled apart, but the claim was controversial.

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2009-02-12 09:03:11

New research helps us understand the incredible forces and oil and gas reserves that lie hidden beneath the Earth’s surface.


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whirret
  • To give a box on the ear to.
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