Tectonic Plates

Surprise Discovery: Sleeping Giant Could End Deep Ocean Life

Surprise Discovery: Sleeping Giant Could End Deep Ocean Life

Continental movement is capable of throttling marine oxygen. A previously overlooked factor — the position of continents — helps fill…

August 17, 2022

4-Billion-Year-Old Crystals Offer Clues to When Plate Tectonics Began, Setting Stage for Life on Earth

Zircons (and the Secrets They Hold) Are Forever Scientists have long known that plate tectonics, the movement of distinct, rigid…

June 25, 2022

New Understanding of Earth’s Architecture: Updated Maps of Tectonic Plates

New models that show how the continents were assembled are providing fresh insights into the history of the Earth and…

June 19, 2022

Tantalizing Tectonics: Monstrous “Claw Mark” Scratches on the Surface of Mars

This network of long grooves and scratches forms part of a giant fault system on Mars known as Tantalus Fossae,…

May 9, 2022

Dislocation Avalanches: Smallest Earthquakes Ever Detected in Micron-Scale Metals

On the micrometer scale deformation properties of metals change profoundly: the smooth and continuous behavior of bulk materials often becomes…

April 16, 2022

Quake-Ception – Groundbreaking Earthquake Discovery: Risk Models Overlook an Important Element

Earthquakes themselves affect the movement of Earth's tectonic plates, which in turn could impact on future earthquakes, according to new…

March 25, 2022

Hot Springs Reveal Where Continental Plates Collide Beneath Tibet – Long-Debated Theories Debunked

By analyzing the chemistry of over 200 geothermal springs, researchers have identified where the Indian Plate ends beneath Tibet, debunking…

March 15, 2022

The Somalayas: The Biggest Mountain Range You Will Never See

Every geography schoolbook has them: maps that look like today’s Earth, but not quite, since all continents are merged into…

February 12, 2022

New Research Strengthens Link Between Glaciers and Earth’s Puzzling “Great Unconformity”

Ice action seems responsible for ancient erosion of rock across the planet. New research provides further evidence that rocks representing…

January 26, 2022

Consistent Asteroid Collisions Rock Previous Thinking on Mars Impact Craters

New research has confirmed the frequency of asteroid collisions that formed impact craters on Mars has been consistent over the…

January 22, 2022

Possible Chemical Leftovers From Early Earth Sit Near the Planet’s Core

https://youtu.be/SvZUIzn4DJA A simulation of the evolution of the Earth's interior over time, showing the thermal (bottom), chemical (middle), and thermochemical…

December 30, 2021

Resolving a Dangerous Conundrum: Earthquake Depth Impacts Potential Tsunami Threat

Earthquakes of similar magnitude can cause tsunamis of greatly varying sizes. This commonly observed, but not well-understood phenomenon has hindered…

December 26, 2021

Fate of Sinking Tectonic Plates Has Long Puzzled Scientists – Now They’ve Found an Answer

Our world’s surface is a jumble of jostling tectonic plates, with new ones emerging as others are pulled under. The…

December 11, 2021

Eggshell Planets Have a Thin Brittle Crust With No Tectonics – Unlikely To Be Habitable

Planets without plate tectonics are unlikely to be habitable. But currently, we’ve never seen the surface of an exoplanet to…

December 6, 2021

Tread Lightly: Strange “Eggshell Planets” Possible Around Other Stars

Strange ‘eggshell planets’ are among the rich variety of exoplanets possible, according to a study from Washington University in St.…

December 1, 2021

Halloween on the Hudson: Sleepy Hollow, a Headless Horseman, and Tectonic Collisions

Washington Irving’s classic tale about a headless horseman plays out an ancient landscape scarred by tectonic collisions and the relentless…

October 31, 2021

Extreme Geophysics: Quantum Phase Transition Detected on a Global Scale Deep Inside the Earth

Multidisciplinary team of materials physicists and geophysicists combine theoretical predictions, simulations, and seismic tomography to find spin transition in the…

October 17, 2021

Seismology and Geophysics: Understanding the Devastating Haiti Earthquakes

Assistant professors Camilla Cattania and William Frank discuss the science behind the 2010 and 2021 earthquakes in Haiti. On August…

October 17, 2021