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Earth Sciences - 08:22
Magma observed taking an unexpected route beneath volcanoes
Magma observed taking an unexpected route beneath volcanoes
Researchers have observed magma taking an unexpected route beneath volcanoes, shedding light on the processes behind eruptions. The findings were based on data from a tectonic plate boundary in the Eastern Caribbean region. The results help us understand what drives the type and rate of volcanic eruptions , as well as the make-up of erupted magma.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 05.01.2023
Antarctic glaciers formed 30 million years earlier than previously thought
A new study has revealed that glaciers formed in the highest mountains of Antarctica at least 60 million years ago, which is 30 million years earlier than previously thought, and almost as long ago as the geological era of the dinosaurs. The continent of Antarctica is the coldest on Earth. Its extensive ice sheets, which today occupy approximately 98% of the land surface, have shrouded the continent for the last 34 million years, when they expanded as global climate cooled dramatically at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary.

Chemistry - Earth Sciences - 24.11.2022
Possible organic compounds found in Mars crater rocks
Possible organic compounds found in Mars crater rocks
Rock samples from the Jezero crater analysed by the Perseverance rover show evidence of liquid water and signatures that could be organic compounds. A study published in Science analyses multiple rocks found at the bottom of Jezero Crater on Mars, where the Perseverance rover landed in 2020, revealing significant interaction between the rocks and liquid water.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 18.11.2022
Sea level rise to dramatically speed up erosion of rock coastlines by 2100
Rock coasts, which make up over half the world's coastlines, could retreat more rapidly in the future due to accelerating sea level rise. This is according to new research led by Imperial College London and supported by researchers from the University of Glasgow. The researchers modelled likely future cliff retreat rates of two rock coasts in the UK, based on forecasts of sea level rise for different greenhouse gas emissions and climate change scenarios.

Earth Sciences - Chemistry - 16.11.2022
Winchcombe meteorite holds information about the origin of Earth’s oceans
The Winchcombe meteorite, a rare carbonaceous meteorite which crashed onto a driveway in Gloucestershire, has been found to contain extra-terrestrial water and organic compounds that reveal insights into the origin of Earth's oceans. A new study led by experts from the Natural History Museum and the University of Glasgow reports the orbital history and first laboratory analyses of the Winchcombe meteorite, which was recovered only hours after its spectacular fireball lit up the skies over the UK in February 2021.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.11.2022
Working with mountain communities could help water systems adapt to climate
Working with mountain communities could help water systems adapt to climate
Imperial scientists have shared how working directly with mountain communities could drive adaptation to the loss of their main water sources. Nearly two billion people globally rely on mountain water for drinking and irrigation, but this water source is under threat due to global heating. Mountainous regions are particularly impacted by the effects of the climate crisis , with melting glaciers and snow adding to water scarcity in regions such as the Himalayas, Central Asia, and Andes.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.11.2022
Rethinking mountain water security
Water security in mountain regions relies on an understanding of the interlinks of water supply and demand that goes far beyond the study of glacier melt. Current information on how the communities which depend on water from mountain snow and ice will be affected by climate change is limited, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 27.10.2022
River longer than the Thames beneath Antarctic ice sheet could affect ice loss
River longer than the Thames beneath Antarctic ice sheet could affect ice loss
An unexpected river under the Antarctic ice sheet affects the flow and melting of ice, potentially accelerating ice loss as the climate warms. The 460km-long river is revealed in a new study, which details how it collects water at the base of the Antarctic ice sheet from an area the size of Germany and France combined.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 24.10.2022
Science sleuths solve century-old mystery of Martian meteorite’s discovery
A toxin which makes pigs vomit is the surprising key which has unlocked the century-old mystery of the origins of a Martian meteorite, and the possible identity of the Black student who discovered it. In 1931, an unusual stone stored in the geological collection of Purdue University in the USA was identified as a pristine example of a meteorite - a piece of space rock blasted from the surface of Mars millions of years ago before being pulled into the Earth's atmosphere.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 14.10.2022
Dynamic oxygen levels may have accelerated animal evolution 
Dynamic oxygen levels may have accelerated animal evolution 
Oxygen levels in the Earth's atmosphere are likely to have -fluctuated wildly- one billion years ago, creating conditions that could have accelerated-the development of early animals, say researchers. Scientists believe atmospheric oxygen-developed in three stages, starting with what is known as the Great Oxidation Event-around two billion years ago, when oxygen first appeared in the-atmosphere.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 05.10.2022
Releasing charge from robotic aircraft can change water droplets
Releasing charge from robotic aircraft can change water droplets
Electric charge released into fog changes how water droplets behave, first-of-its-kind research from the universities of Bath and Reading has revealed. Real world experiments have demonstrated that releasing charge led to detectable changes in the size and number of fog droplets. The new results are published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters .

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 29.09.2022
New evidence for liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars
An international team of researchers has revealed new evidence for the possible existence of liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. Scientists from the University of Sheffield are part of an international team of researchers that have revealed new evidence for the possible existence of liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars The findings provide the first independent line of evidence, using data other than radar, that there is liquid water beneath Mars- south polar ice cap Like Earth, Mars has thick water ice caps at both poles.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 27.09.2022
Seawater could have provided phosphorous required for emerging life
Seawater could have provided phosphorous required for emerging life
The problem of how phosphorus became a universal ingredient for life on Earth may have been solved by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Cape Town, who have recreated primordial seawater containing the element in the lab.

Earth Sciences - 16.09.2022
Lava from 2021 Icelandic eruption gives rare view of deep churnings beneath volcano
Lava from 2021 Icelandic eruption gives rare view of deep churnings beneath volcano
After centuries without volcanic activity, Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula sprang to life in 2021 when lava erupted from the Fagradalsfjall volcano. New research involving the University of Cambridge helps us see what is going on deep beneath the volcano by reading the chemistry of lavas and volcanic gases almost as they were erupted.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 07.09.2022
Birmingham telescope discovers two new temperate rocky worlds
Birmingham telescope discovers two new temperate rocky worlds
An international research team has announced the discovery of two "super-Earth" planets orbiting a star 100 light-years from Earth. The team, which includes astronomers at the University of Birmingham detected the planets orbiting LP 890-9, a small, cool star located about 100 light-years from Earth.

Earth Sciences - 19.08.2022
Wave created by Tonga volcano eruption reached 90 metres - nine times taller than 2011 Japan tsunami
Wave created by Tonga volcano eruption reached 90 metres - nine times taller than 2011 Japan tsunami
New research reveals more about the magnitude of January eruption, as researchers call for better preparedness The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai volcano in January created an initial wave 90 metres high - almost the height of the Statue of Liberty (93m) University of Bath tsunami expert calls for better warning systems to detect volcanic eruptions, saying systems are 30 years behind comparable earthquake detection tools The initial t

Earth Sciences - 03.08.2022
Super eruptions are millions of years in the making - followed by rapid surge
New research suggests that super-eruptions occur when huge accumulations of magma deep in the Earth's crust, formed over millions of years, move rapidly to the surface, disrupting pre-existing rock. Researchers from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) and the University of Bristol led an international team of scientists to make the discovery using a model for crustal flow.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 30.06.2022
Powerful Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric gravity waves reaching the edge of space
Powerful Tonga volcano eruption triggered atmospheric gravity waves reaching the edge of space
Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai eruption in January was unique in observed science, creating waves that reverberated around Earth, reaching 100km into the ionosphere. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha-apai submarine volcano on 15 January 2022 was one of the most explosive volcanic events of the modern era, a new study has confirmed.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 29.06.2022
University of Oxford throws open its doors to prospective students
University of Oxford throws open its doors to prospective students
The eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai on 15 January 2022 created waves that reverberated around the earth and reached 100km into the ionosphere. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai submarine volcano in January 2022 was one of the most explosive volcanic events of the modern era, a new study has confirmed.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 14.06.2022
No signs (yet) of life on Venus
No signs (yet) of life on Venus
The unusual behaviour of sulphur in Venus- atmosphere cannot be explained by an -aerial- form of extra-terrestrial life, according to a new study. Even if -our- Venus is dead, it-s possible that Venus-like planets in other systems could host life Paul Rimmer Researchers from the University of Cambridge used a combination of biochemistry and atmospheric chemistry to test the -life in the clouds- hypothesis, which astronomers have speculated about for decades, and found that life cannot explain the composition of the Venusian atmosphere.
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