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N. Korea nuclear test site may be a 'Tired Mountain': 38 North

Seoul - North Korea's nuclear test site may be suffering from the geological condition "Tired Mountain Syndrome" following the latest in a series of atomic blasts, but it is unlikely to be abandoned, an expert website said Wednesday.

Everest's Hillary Step intact, say Nepali climbers

Kathmandu - The Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop near the top of Mount Everest -- is still intact, Nepali climbers said Wednesday, rejecting a widely reported claim by a British mountaineer that it had collapsed.

Depressions on surface of Mars offer clues for life

Austin - Was there life on Mars? This question continues to interest many people. The area to focus on, according to a new study, are the surface features, especially the depressions located close to volcanoes.

Scientists closer to solving mystery of Earth's core

Toukyo - Japanese scientists say that silicon is likely the mystery element in the Earth's inner core, claiming progress on solving one of the planet's deepest secrets.

Dino-killing crater shows clues about Ice Age sea level

Mexico - The massive underwater crater left by the asteroid that exterminated the dinosaurs has provided new evidence that sea levels were much lower during the last Ice Age, researchers said.

Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

New Delhi - NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.

Indian scientists study deadly 'meteorite'

New Delhi - Indian scientists were Tuesday analysing a small blue rock that authorities say was a meteorite that fell from the sky and killed a bus driver. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.

Has Earth entered new geological age?

Humans may have created a new era in Earth's geological history. We have left a mark in the rocks, similar to what a meteorite did when it wiped out dinosaurs.

Key facts about Nepal's quake and the risk of sequels

Kathmandu - Three months after a massive earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 8,800 people and destroying nearly 600,000 homes, aftershocks continue to jolt the Himalayan nation.

Submerged volcanoes found off Sydney

Sydney - A cluster of submerged volcanoes has been discovered off Sydney, scientists said Monday, with the potential to help unlock the secrets of the sea floor between Australia and New Zealand.

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged: Experts

Sydney - The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said Tuesday.The massive 7.

Did Kathmandu shift? Questions and Answers

Paris - The tremor which struck Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 3,500 people, may have caused a land area around the capital Kathmandu to budge by several metres, experts say. Q: Did Kathmandu move?

New 'perfect' holes appear in Siberia and prompt more research

Antipayuta - Russian researchers are once again rushing to explore a giant hole. Only now there are two holes, leading researchers to question whether their first conclusion was correct.

Video: Immense hole appears in Siberia and prompts expedition

A giant hole has opened up in northern Siberia. The sudden and unexpected appearance has prompted an immediate response from the scientific community.

Study: Incredible ocean discovered near the center of the Earth

Evanston - Researcher Steven Jacobsen claims to have found evidence of an incredibly huge reservoir of water near the center of the earth.

Land bulge clue to aviation threat from volcanoes

Paris - Bulging in land that occurs before a volcano erupts points to how much ash will be spewed into the sky, providing a useful early warning for aviation, geologists in Iceland said on Sunday.

Ancient sharks may have survived the 'great extinction'

A new fossil find suggests that some ancient sharks may have survived a mass extinction event 350 million years ago (sometimes referred to as 'the Great Dying').

North America will collide with Europe in 220 million years

Geologists from Monash University have discovered a new subduction zone just off the coast of Portugal that will pull Europe and North America together into a single continent and spell the end of the Atlantic Ocean as we know it—in 220 million years.

450-million-year-old fossil found in Tennessee woman's yard

Smyrna - A Tennessee woman discovered the 10 pound rock she has been using as a door stop for the past 15 years was much more unique than she first believed.

Op-Ed: Why so many earthquakes in 2012?

Geophysical activities occur as a magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes northern Myanmar, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake killed about 39 in Guatemala, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near Vancouver Island, and a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in Indonesia.

Op-Ed: The Earth is getting younger

Today, many geologists theorize that radioisotope dating shows the Earth is 4.6 billion years old. New dating techniques could offer the scientific community more accurate dates for the Earth’s age.

Anthropocene epoch the era of man made geology

The journal Environmental Science & Technology has announced the dawning of a new era, the Anthropocene Epoch. A fundamental element of this new geological epoch, scientists predict, will be the sixth mass extinction in the history of the world.

Earth time headed toward Anthropocene period

Scientists have released a new report suggesting the Earth is entering a “new age of geological time” that will trigger a mass extinction on the planet.

California protected from bigger quakes by talc deposits

Dermatology for tectonic plates, no less. Three kilometers under the central San Andreas Fault, talc deposits are reducing friction between the plates. Apparently the northern and southern tips are the culprits for the big quakes.

Geophysics' major achievement - proof of magma current under Tucson, Arizona.

Seismic data has shown that the inner Earth is layered, density altering markedly at three different depths. In 2003, Yale geophysicists proposed a layer of molten rock at the upper layer, 410 kilometers, (about 250 miles) extending around the Earth

Columbia Plateau - Canyons: Lava, Floods & Time

The deep river canyons cut through the massive basalt lava flows of the Columbia Basin Plateau are somewhat of a geologic anomaly. Lava flows, floods, erosion and time are obvious; but when and how can only be assumed. This is my view.

Surprised scientists quest for cause

First time in history the scientists found drumlin (a mound of sediment and rock ) in formation in ice.

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Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
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As you can see here part of the wall appears smooth  prompting some in the media to call them  perfe...
As you can see here part of the wall appears smooth, prompting some in the media to call them "perfect". Whatever the reason for these the last research should advance our scientific knowledge of the earth.
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Arctic Mountains
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