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More than 65 million years ago, a six-mile wide asteroid smashed into Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, triggering earthquakes, tsunamis and an explosion of debris that blanketed the Earth in layers of dust and sediment. Now analysis of commercial oil drilling data — denied to the academic community until recently — offers the first detailed look at how the Chicxulub impact reshaped the Gulf of Mexico. Figuring out what happened after these types of impacts gives researchers a better idea of how they redistribute geological material around the world.
In two new studies, scientists say that the vast ice continent of Antarctica seems to have given up tremendous volumes of ice — even sprouting considerable plant life — during an era more than 10 million years ago when concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide don't seem to have been all that much higher than they are now.
Geologists have long-known that continental crust forms when hot magma bubbles up from deep within the Earth, but have been debating on just how that happens. In a new study published by Nature Geoscience, researchers explain how surface lava and solid, cooled magma chunks called "plutons" are pulled down at subduction zones and rise up to amass at the bottom of young continental crust like steam from a boiling pot hitting a kitchen ceiling. The study describes a process called relamination.
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A mild tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale has been recorded in Nepal's western region following a dry landslide at the base of Mount Annapurna. The earthquake was caused by a huge dry landslide in the Mount Annapurna region on Feb. 23, 400 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu and not by the movement of underground tectonic plates, according to geologists at Nepal Seismological Center.
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Cave diver Mark Wenner is expanding the known reaches of Mammoth Cave, 10 feet at a time. Sometimes swimming in silt-out conditions, Wenner and a team of divers record distance, depth and direction. At Mammoth Cave, Wenner and his team provide cartographer Pat Kambesis of the Cave Research Foundation with the data she needs. The endeavor could more than double the cave's 405 charted miles.
CSIRO geologists have found "mineral footprints" pointing to potential high grade zinc mineralization deep under the existing McArthur River deposit. The researchers' drill cores reportedly demonstrate that the geology around the McArthur River zinc mine is replicated in the older rocks underneath. The discovery is being used by explorer — and study collaborator — Armour Energy as impetus to carry out further drilling at the site.
There is a mysterious river flowing deep through the Amazon rainforest in Mayantuyacu, Peru, that can literally boil small animals almost instantly. While water temperatures along the 6.4-km-long river range between 50 and 90 degrees Celsius, in some parts almost reaching the boiling point of 100 degrees. That's hot enough to cause third-degree burns in a matter of seconds.
Scientists from the Westcountry hope to create a new high-tech mining boom in Europe.
A team from the University of Exeter will lead a €5.4 million (£4.2 million) research project to find essential new mineral deposits needed in the manufacture of many high-tech products.
The pioneering team, including geologists from the Camborne School of Mines, will devise state-of-the-art techniques to expose previously unknown underground resources.
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State geologists are asking lawmakers to fund more research of landslide hazards so they can make changes to Idaho's landslide inventory, which hasn't been updated in more than two decades. Idaho Geological Survey Director Michael "Ed" Ratchford presented the survey's 2017 budget proposal to state legislators in January. The proposal includes nearly $193,000 for a geological hazard staff position and about $92,000 for a geographic information system analyst position.
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On geophysicist Steven Ward's YouTube channel, you can browse through dozens of videos showing the geophysics of volcanoes, landslides, floods, tsunamis and other natural and manmade disasters. The videos look like animations, but they are actually the product of physics-based computer simulations of the forces driving these events (mainly gravity, friction and buoyancy). Through his YouTube channel, which now has more than 2 million views, Ward is reaching a steadily growing audience.
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