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Glimpse deep into Earth's crust finds heat source that may stabilize continents


Rocks from the Rio Grande continental rift have provided a rare snapshot of active geology deep inside Earth’s crust, revealing new evidence for how continents remain stable over billions of years,... read more

To boldly go: Penn State launches planetary science consortium


The quest to understand our place in the universe is one of the most enduring scientific pursuits. A new interdisciplinary planetary science initiative will focus efforts at Penn State on exploring... read more

Deep learning artificial intelligence keeps an eye on volcano movements


 RADAR satellites can collect massive amounts of remote sensing data that can detect ground movements — surface defomations — at volcanoes in near real time. These ground movements could signal... read more

Climate impacts could put major fishery, food security at risk in East Africa


Climate change could put a major fishery — and the millions of people who depend on it — at risk in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions, according to researchers. “Fisheries are important to... read more

Fossil carbon burned by asteroid impact contributed to dinosaur extinction


An asteroid impact 66 million years ago may have released trillions of pounds of partially burned fossil carbon into Earth’s upper atmosphere as a cloud of black soot, significantly contributing to... read more