New research uncovers the fundamental factors that control the Earth's surface, providing insights into how land levels will respond to the melting of ice sheets and sea level rise.
Our expedition drilled into the recently discovered underwater continent of Zealandia, revealing a new picture of the violent geological forces that created it.
This unusual earthquake type generates an outsized tsunami.
A tricky kind of earthquake that happens in the soft rock of the ocean floor causes much larger tsunamis than their magnitude would predict. New research pinpoints a way to identify the danger fast.
The aftermath of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Durres, Albania. November 28 2019.
Post-earthquake aftershocks are often assumed to be less violent, but that's not always the case.
Lord Howe Island is one of the few places where the lost continent of Zealandia is exposed above sea level.
We undertook a 28-day voyage to explore a possible lost continent in a remote part of the Coral Sea, in an area off the coast of Queensland. Here's what we found.
The Motzfeldt deposit in southern Greenland.
Exploration of ancient magma chambers in fossil volcanoes has the potential to provide new sources of metals that will facilitate environmentally friendly technologies.
Rocks contain a layer-by-layer record of the history of our planet.
As strange as it sounds, rocks are made from stardust.
Scientists have pieced together Game of Thrones’ geology as the show draws last breath on television.
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Even in this fantasy world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have built the mountains, carved the rivers, and created vast oceans.
Photographed on Kangaroo Island, this rock – called a ‘zebra schist’ – deformed from flat-lying marine sediments through being stressed by a continental collision over 500 million years ago.
Giant forces slowly move continents across a viscous layer of the Earth, like biscuits gliding over a warm toffee ocean. This stresses the continents, and twists and contorts the crust.
Scientists have predicted four supercontinent scenarios - but which is the most likely?
The Tianshan mountains frame Sayram Lake in the Bortala Prefecture in Xinjiang, China.
Setting the scene for ancient Silk Road trading and now China's Belt and Road initiative, the Tianshan has changed humanity. Geological evidence shows us how this incredible mountain range formed.
A combination of tectonic plates, geography and poor infrastructure make Indonesia vulnerable to deadly tsunamis.
The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake shattered the surface and twisted railway lines.
Research shows that satellite GPS measurements could provide a better tool for earthquake forecasting.
Luckily, monitoring systems at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano allowed some warning before fissures opened up in 2018.
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Melbourne lies at the eastern end of a volcanic province, but when's it going to blow? Understanding the geology of Melbourne and comparing it to Hawaii is really helpful in calculating risk.
Feeling blue? An Oppenheimer Blue diamond of 14.62 carats.
Some diamonds come from depths of more than 650km. Tiny imperfections in these gems give us clues about what's happening in Earth's hidden geological layers.
Shallow but powerful earthquakes on Lombok have resulted in around 100 deaths and destroyed buildings.
Caught in the middle: Lombok and Bali are exposed to earthquake and tsunamis risk due to a tectonic plate boundary to the south, but also a unique zone of activity that thrusts to the north.
What’s going on 150 kilometers below the Earth’s surface?
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A new array of seismometers provides a glimpse of what's happening deep beneath this geologic fault. New data help explain why the north and south of the region are more seismically active than the middle.
Lifeguards and volunteers run across an ash covered slope after the June 3 eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.
Important points about volcanoes: location matters, explosiveness can be predicted to an extent, and fast-moving flows of volcanic materials (known as pyroclastic flows) are deadly.
InSight aims to figure out just how tectonically active Mars is, and how often meteorites impact it.
What is Mars made of? We hear from a scientist who will be part of the team analysing 'marsquake' seismic data and orbital imagery from the InSight mission to the red planet.
Seismic shockwaves after a meteorite’s collision could affect systems all over the planet.
Research suggests a new threat to life on Earth from the meteorite's crash: Via seismic waves, the impact triggered massive undersea eruptions, as big as any ever seen in our planet's history.