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We Know the Moon Makes Tides, but What About Mars?

Recent research suggests that our planetary neighbor causes a stir deep under the ocean.
April 2, 2024
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Every Time They're Found, Underwater Volcanoes Just Burst With Life

New discoveries off the Chilean coast include dozens of species new to science.
March 12, 2024
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Where the Little Helicopter on Mars Fits in the History of Aviation

If the past is any guide, things are going to take off quickly.
February 13, 2024
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Asteroid Collisions, Wandering Spacecraft, and Eggnog

Taking holiday a moment to appreciate how Earth got its water—and eggnog and mulled wine.
December 21, 2023
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Theia and the Collision That Gave Birth to the Moon

Evidence deep within the planet suggests that remnants of Earth's catastrophic twin might still lie below.
December 4, 2023
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How Volcanologists Tracked a Violent, Months-Long Eruption

Though the damage on La Palma in the Canary Islands is extensive, no lives were lost.
January 14, 2022

Searching for the Limits of Life in Earth’s Most Extreme Environment

In Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, a continent is tearing itself apart, and volcanic chemicals fuel ecosystems unlike anything else on the planet.
November 22, 2021

It Turns Out You Can Detect an Earthquake From a Balloon

Now scientists want to try the same trick on Venus.
June 25, 2021

Why Congo’s Nyiragongo Volcano Has Scientists on Edge

Fast lava and suspicious earthquakes mean people are still at risk.
May 28, 2021

Using Video Game Tech to Teach Field-Starved Geology Students

A couple of enterprising professors started with Italy and Scotland, and then took to the stars.
April 30, 2021

Trying to Understand a Volcano's Jekyll-and-Hyde Eruptions

Volcanologists are doing detective work to understand what makes St. Vincent's La Soufrière go off.
April 16, 2021

Why Does Iceland's Fagradalsfjall Volcano Look Like a School Science Project?

A spatter cone and runny lava give this eruption its classic look, and make it relatively approachable.
March 26, 2021

When Is a Crater Not a Crater?

There's no punchline, this massive geological structure in Greenland just probably isn't a crater.
March 19, 2021
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For a Volcanologist Living on Mount Etna, the Latest Eruption Is a Delight

Boris Behncke is enjoying one of nature's greatest displays from the comfort of home.
February 26, 2021
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Can We Track Elephants With Earthquake Detectors?

Low-cost seismometers could give rural communities an alert system, or begin to decipher elephant communication.
February 8, 2021

In Iceland, Testing the Drones That Could Be the Future of Mars Exploration

“We’re going to do so many cool things.”
January 26, 2021
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Kīlauea’s Lava Lake Is Back, and Volcanologists Are Bubbling With Excitement

There's uncertainty, but the eruption is confined to the summit caldera.
December 23, 2020

The Great Antarctic Escape

How Spanish scientists and soldiers made an epic journey home as the world locked down around them.
April 29, 2020

The History and Mystery of Russia’s 'Valley of Death'

A volcanic gorge in remote Kamchatka has given up some of its secrets—but not all of them.
December 3, 2019
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In Jordan, Bedouins Are Preserving Ancient Rock Art With an App

Locals are using their phones to document and assess the engravings of Wadi Rum.
April 22, 2019
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The Middle East Is Dotted With Thousands of Puzzling Kite-Shaped Structures

Some of them are comparable in size to the famous Nazca Lines in Peru.
January 22, 2019
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Paleontologists Are Still Digging Into the Origins of the 'Chinese Pompeii'

What we know (and what we don't) about the Jehol Biota.
October 22, 2018