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Experts explain origins of topographic relief on Earth, Mars and Titan
The surfaces of Earth, Mars, and Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have all been scoured by rivers. (2017-05-19)
What set the Earth's plates in motion?
Professor Patrice Rey, from the University of Sydney's School of Geoscience, and his colleagues have a new explanation for the origin of plate tectonics. (2014-09-17)
Earth's past gives clues to future changes
Scientists are a step closer to predicting when and where earthquakes will occur after taking a fresh look at the formation of the Andes, which began 45 million years ago. (2011-11-23)
How did plate tectonics start on Earth?
Hot mantle plume rising to the lithosphere induced the first large-scale sinking of lithospheric plates. (2015-11-11)
Earth moves in unique ways
Earth is unique in comparison to the solar system's other silicate-metal planets -- in addition to its oceans and oxygen atmosphere, Earth is the only planet that exhibits plate tectonics. (2008-08-13)
Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on Titan
Fluid erosion has carved river networks in at least three bodies in our solar system in the form of water on Earth and Mars and liquid hydrocarbons on Titan. (2017-05-18)
Plate tectonics may take a break
Plate tectonics, the geologic process responsible for creating the Earth's continents, mountain ranges, and ocean basins, may be an on-again, off-again affair. (2008-01-03)
The planetary sweet spot
Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone -- a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet's surface temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. (2015-07-20)
New understanding of terrestrial formation has significant and far reaching future implications
The current theory of continental drift provides a good model for understanding terrestrial processes through history. (2012-06-01)
How continents were recycled
Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have used computer simulations to analyse how plate tectonics have evolved on Earth over the last three billion years. (2017-08-22)
'Father figure' of plate tectonics wins award 40 years later
The Geological Society of America announced in May that Kevin Burke, a professor with the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, won the 2007 Penrose Medal for his pioneering research in plate tectonics. (2007-06-13)
Gondwana supercontinent underwent massive shift during Cambrian explosion
The Gondwana supercontinent underwent a 60-degree rotation across Earth's surface during the Early Cambrian period, according to new evidence uncovered by a team of Yale University geologists. (2010-08-10)
UCLA scientist discovers plate tectonics on Mars
A UCLA scientist has discovered plate tectonics on Mars. Many scientists had thought plate tectonics exist nowhere else in our solar system than the Earth. (2012-08-09)
Researchers unearth ancient continental rift activity
Researchers at the University of Alberta have found evidence that a 2,000-kilometre corridor stretching diagonally across northern Canada was under tremendous pressure to split in two about 2.7 billion years ago. (2004-07-27)
GSA picture book introduces children to plate tectonics
The Geological Society of America announces its first children's book. (2011-11-01)
Plate tectonics thanks to plumes?
It is common knowledge that the Earth's rigid upper layer called lithosphere is composed of moving plates. (2015-11-11)
Hot climate could shut down plate tectonics
A new study of possible links between climate and geophysics finds that a much hotter climate could shut down the Earth's plate tectonics. (2008-05-12)
From Jupiter's Moon, Io, come ideas about what Earth may have looked like as a newborn planet
Investigations into lava lakes on the surface of Io, the intensely volcanic moon that orbits Jupiter, may provide clues to what Earth looked like in its earliest phases, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (2004-03-19)
The dating game
In 1911 the discovery that the world was billions of years old changed our view of the world forever. (2007-09-13)
Earth's moving crust may occasionally stop
The motion, formation, and recycling of Earth's crust -- commonly known as plate tectonics -- have long been thought to be continuous processes. (2008-01-09)
UH professor Kevin Burke receives 2014 Arthur Holmes Medal
The European Geosciences Union has named University of Houston geology professor Kevin C. (2014-05-06)
Mysteries behind Earth's continental puzzle examined at UH symposium
To celebrate one of the early pioneers in plate tectonics - the concept that explains the evolving puzzle of the movements of the Earth's continents - the University of Houston's Department of Geosciences is hosting a symposium on the subject Nov. (2004-11-09)
Geophysicists find the crusty culprits behind sudden tectonic plate movements
Yale-led research may have solved one of the biggest mysteries in geology -- namely, why do tectonic plates beneath the Earth's surface, which normally shift over the course of tens to hundreds of millions of years, sometimes move abruptly? (2015-01-19)
Discovery sheds new light on wandering continents
A layer of partially molten rock about 22 to 75 miles underground can't be the only mechanism that allows continents to gradually shift their position over millions of years, according to a NASA-sponsored researcher. (2012-03-22)
Ancient rocks of Tetons formed by continental collisions
Plate tectonics were operating in what is now western Wyoming long before the collisions that created the Himalayas starting 40 million years ago. (2016-01-29)
Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa
Jupiter's moon Europa could have subduction zones, a new study shows, which could supply chemical food for life to a subsurface ocean. (2017-12-04)
University of Toronto-led research suggests some major changes to geology textbooks
Super-computer modelling of Earth's crust and upper-mantle suggests that ancient geologic events may have left deep 'scars' that can come to life to play a role in earthquakes, mountain formation, and other ongoing processes on our planet. (2016-06-10)
Geophysicists uncover new evidence for an alternative style of plate tectonics
Scientists have determined that a volcano and mountain plateau across Turkey formed not by the collision of tectonic plates, but by a massive detachment of plate material beneath Earth's surface. (2017-11-28)
Remnants of ice age linger in gravity
Researchers find the ghost of the ice age in low gravity over North America. (2007-05-10)
New Model Explains Venusian Land Forms
A new model of Venus shows that two predominant features, crustal plateaus and volcanic rises, were formed by a mechanism similar to hot spot plumes.The new interpretation comes from the mapping of surface faults and was published March 6 in Science. (1998-03-06)
Possible origin of Saudi Arabia's Ghawar supergiant oil field
Almost every literate person knows the basics of oil. Almost every literate person also knows something about plate tectonics. (2016-11-29)
UCL scientists create first earthquakes in the laboratory
Scientists at UCL have recreated earthquakes in the laboratory for the first time allowing them to better understand the origin of the largest and most violent earthquakes. (2002-11-14)
New map hints at Venus's wet, volcanic past
Venus Express has charted the first map of Venus's southern hemisphere at infrared wavelengths. (2009-07-14)
Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water -- geologically
In a finding that meshes well with recent discoveries from the Rosetta mission, Ohio State University researchers have discovered a geochemical pathway by which Earth makes it own water through plate tectonics. (2014-12-17)
New overview of continental crust formation incorporates fourth dimension
A new volume published by the Geological Society of America brings together 29 landmark papers on the formation of continental crust. (2007-12-13)
What goes down, must come up: Stirring things up in the Earth's mantle
University of Leicester researcher leads study into convection patterns of Earth's mantle. (2017-05-12)
New definition could further limit habitable zones around distant suns
New calculations indicate that, in nearby star systems, tidal forces exerted on planets by their parent star's gravity could limit what is regarded as a star's habitable zone and change the criteria for planets where life could potentially take root. (2009-06-10)
Discovery of stagnant lithosphere says less mixing occurs in Earth
The discovery of a large amount of subducted lithosphere beneath the Fiji Islands suggests that the mixing of Earth's mantle caused by plate tectonics occurs less than previously thought, so large volumes of primordial mantle may still exist, University of Illinois researchers say. (2001-07-02)
Atmospheric signs of volcanic activity could aid search for life
Planets with volcanic activity are considered better candidates for life than worlds without such heated internal goings-on. (2015-06-08)
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