Evidence from the Pilbara region suggests Earth in its youth behaved very differently to how it does today, and had more water within it than previously thought.
4 billion years ago, the Earth was composed of a series of magma oceans hundreds of kilometres deep.
The rocks provide rare evidence of a time when Earth's surface was a deep sea of incandescent magma.
Fishing boats coming into Le Guilvinec, Brittany, France, at the end of the day.
The Atlantic Ocean is still growing physically, but humans are over-harvesting its rich fisheries. The most famous one – North Atlantic cod – has become a textbook example of harmful overfishing.
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.
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.
Satellite image of California’s San Andreas fault, where two continental plates come together.
NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Fifty years on from a groundbreaking paper, geophysicists have progressed from believing continents never moved to thinking that every movement may leave a lasting memory on our planet.
No Earths were harmed in the making of this image.
The discovery of a thickly viscous layer which traps sinking plates below Earth's surface has wide implications, not least as a cause of earthquakes.
Studies of mineral veins from New Zealand’s Southern Alps have found that rainwater can penetrate many kilometres below the…
The analysis of microscopic zircon crystals from Western Australia’s Jack Hills region has strengthened the theory of a “cool…
New research into early plate tectonics suggests the conditions for life on Earth may have existed up to a billion years…
Earth crust cutaway.
A little more than 90 years ago, British geologist Herbert Hall Turner noticed some earthquake data that suggested a surprising explanation. The only way to explain it was if the quake had occurred hundreds…