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The secret of platinum deposits revealed by field observations in South Africa
There are two competing ideas of how platinum deposits formed: the first involves gravity-induced settling of crystals on the chamber floor, while the second idea implies that the crystals grow in situ, directly on the floor of the magmatic chamber. (2019-06-19)
Solved: How tides can trigger earthquakes
Some earthquakes along mid-ocean ridges are linked with low tides, but nobody could figure out why. (2019-06-07)
Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18
A swarm of more than 3,000 small earthquakes in the Maple Creek area (in Yellowstone National Park but outside of the Yellowstone volcano caldera) between June 2017 and March 2018 are, at least in part, aftershocks of the 1959 quake. (2019-05-23)
Strange Martian mineral deposit likely sourced from volcanic explosions
In a finding that is soon to be ground-truthed by NASA's next Mars rover, Brown University researchers show that a Martian mineral deposit was likely formed by ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions. (2019-05-22)
China's Chang'E 4 mission discovers new 'secrets' from far side of the moon
A lunar lander named for the Chinese goddess of the moon may have lessened the mystery of the far side of the moon. (2019-05-15)
Magma is the key to the moon's makeup
For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how the Earth's moon formed. (2019-04-29)
What does the future of Kilauea hold?
Ever since Hawaii's Kilauea stopped erupting in August 2018, ceasing activity for the first time in 35 years, scientists have been wondering about the volcano's future. (2019-04-26)
New research supports volcanic origin of Kiruna-type iron ores
The origin of giant apatite-iron oxide ores of the so-called 'Kiruna-type' has been the topic of a long standing debate that has lasted for over 100 years. (2019-04-12)
Scientists argue for more comprehensive studies of Cascade volcanoes
In a perspective essay published this week in Nature Communications, scientists argue for more 'synthesis' research looking at the big picture of volcanology to complement myriad research efforts looking at single volcanoes. (2019-03-22)
'Amazing snapshots' plumb volcanic depths
Research shedding light on the internal 'plumbing' of volcanoes may help scientists better understand volcanic eruptions and unrest. (2019-02-28)
Do volcanoes or an asteroid deserve blame for dinosaur extinction?
UC Berkeley scientists have obtained more precise dates for the Deccan Traps volcanic lava flows, linking peak activity more closely to the asteroid or comet impact 66 million years ago and the coincident mass extinction. (2019-02-21)
Two studies explore timing, influence of deccan trap volcanism in dinosaurs' demise
In two separate studies, researchers using different methods of high-precision dating attempted to illuminate the series of events that led to the demise of vast swaths of life on Earth nearly 66 million years ago. (2019-02-21)
Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy. (2019-02-14)
New study suggests possibility of recent underground volcanism on Mars
A study published last year in the journal Science suggested liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. (2019-02-12)
Deep low-frequency earthquakes indicate migration of magmatic fluids beneath Laacher See
Magma could rise from the upper mantle into the middle and upper crust beneath the Laacher See Volcano (Germany). (2019-01-07)
Volcanoes fed by 'mush' reservoirs rather than molten magma chambers
Volcanoes are not fed by molten magma formed in large chambers finds a new study, overturning classic ideas about volcanic eruptions. (2018-12-04)
A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island 3,980 years ago
A large volcanic eruption shook Deception Island, in Antarctica, 3,980 years ago, and not 8,300, as it was previously thought, according to an international study published in Scientific Reports. (2018-11-22)
The final stage before a big bang?
The Phlegraean Fields in the west of Naples have entered the first stage of a new caldera cycle. (2018-11-20)
ASU geoscientists discover an overlooked source for Earth's water
When planet Earth formed, it grabbed a lot of hydrogen, a precursor to water, from the gas surrounding the newborn Sun. (2018-11-07)
Scientists theorize new origin story for Earth's water
Earth's water may have originated from both asteroidal material and gas left over from the formation of the Sun, according to new research. (2018-11-07)
Smaller, more frequent eruptions affect volcanic flare-ups
Eruption patterns in a New Zealand volcanic system reveal how the movement of magma rising through the crust leads to smaller, more frequent eruptions. (2018-10-11)
Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems
After studying layers of pumice, measuring the amount of crystals in the samples and using thermodynamic models, the team determined that magma moved closer to the surface with each successive eruption. (2018-10-10)
GeoSEA array records sliding of Mount Etna's southeastern flank
The southeast flank of Mount Etna slowly slides towards the sea. (2018-10-10)
Plate tectonics may have been active on Earth since the very beginning
A new study suggests that plate tectonics -- a scientific theory that divides the earth into large chunks of crust that move slowly over hot viscous mantle rock -- could have been active from the planet's very beginning. (2018-09-26)
Geologists reveal ancient connection between England and France
The British mainland was formed from the collision of not two, but three ancient continental land masses, according to new research published in Nature Communications. (2018-09-14)
Mysterious 'lunar swirls' point to moon's volcanic, magnetic past
The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system's most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved thanks to a joint Rutgers University and University of California Berkeley study. (2018-09-06)
New imagery solves mystery of why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes
Some of the clearest, most comprehensive images of the top several miles of the Earth's crust have helped scientists solve the mystery of why Mount St. (2018-09-03)
Geologists uncover new clues about largest mass extinction ever
A new study could help explain the driving force behind the largest mass extinction in the history of earth, known as the End-Permian Extinction. (2018-08-27)
Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas
The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes -- which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity -- can change depending on the size of gas bubbles rising to the surface, and relate to the way in which they erupt. (2018-08-06)
Study finds deep subterranean connection between two Japan volcanoes
Scientists have confirmed for the first time that radical changes of one volcano in southern Japan was the direct result of an erupting volcano 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) away. (2018-07-13)
'Ring around bathtub' at giant volcano field shows movement of subterranean magma
A UW-Madison study is tracing the geologic changes in the Maule volcanoes, located in a region in Chile that has seen enormous eruptions during the last million years. (2018-06-27)
Explosive volcanoes spawned mysterious Martian rock formation
Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds. (2018-06-18)
Volcano music could help scientists monitor eruptions
A volcano in Ecuador with a deep cylindrical crater might be the largest musical instrument on Earth, producing unique sounds scientists could use to monitor its activity. (2018-06-15)
Scientists use 4D scanning to predict behavior of volcanoes
Scientists are using the latest in 4D technology to predict the behavior of lava flows and its implications for volcanic eruptions. (2018-06-07)
Yellowstone study explores park's geothermal system
The hot springs at Yellowstone National Park derive their heat from the supervolcano's active magma body that lies buried beneath the surface. (2018-06-05)
Researchers find new way to estimate magma beneath Yellowstone supervolcano
Researchers at Washington State University and the University of Idaho have found a new way to estimate how fast magma is recharging beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano. (2018-06-04)
Volcano 'libraries' could help plan for future volcanic crises
Crystals from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption have demonstrated a new way to recognise pre-eruption signals at Eyjafjallajökull and potentially other, similar volcanoes around the world. (2018-05-24)
Repeating seismic events offer clues about Costa Rican volcanic eruptions
Repeating seismic events--events that have the same frequency content and waveform shapes--may offer a glimpse at the movement of magma and volcanic gases underneath Turrialba and Poas, two well-known active volcanoes in Costa Rica. (2018-05-17)
Monitoring lava lake levels in Congo volcano
Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is among the world's most active volcanoes, with a persistent lava lake as one of its defining features. (2018-05-15)
Study suggests ample warning of supervolcano eruptions
Concern over the potential imminent eruptions of Earth's supervolcanoes, like Taupo in New Zealand or Yellowstone in the United States, may be quelled by the results of a new study suggesting that geological signs pointing to a catastrophic eruption would be clear far in advance. (2018-04-30)
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