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Evidence falls into place for once and future supercontinents
SUPERCONTINENT SUPERPUZZLE  Supercontinents come and go over the ages. Amasia, illustrated here from the North Pole, might form in the distant future. Look at any map of the Atlantic Ocean, and you might feel the urge to slide South America and Africa toget...
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Scientists have made a diamond that's harder than diamond
Scientists have made a diamond that's harder than diamond Nature's toughest material just got upgraded. When most people think about the hardest naturally occurring material on Earth, they think of diamonds - those pretty stones in our engagement rings that...
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World's Largest Cluster of Sinkholes Discovered
Mysterious: A group of 49 sinkholes have been discovered in the Qinling mountains in China The caverns were found in an area of 230 square miles in north-west China Forty-nine sinkholes were found in China by researchers, who say the features have more secr...
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Giant Jurassic fleas drank the blood of dinosaurs and pterosaurs
The fleas' long, serrated piercing tubes and grasping claws suggest they were adapted to feed on hairy animals or feathered dinosaurs. Photograph: Huang et al/Nature Fossils unearthed in China reveal that the insects were up to 10 times as large as modern f...
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Extremely Rare Mineral found for only the Second time on Earth
The corundum stones contain a variety of rare minerals, including Moissanite and tistarite. A report was prepared by professor of geology William Griffin of Australia’s Macquarie University following his examination of the mineral samples of corundum stones...
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The paradox powering Earth’s magnetic field
Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center Our planet’s protective force field appears to be billions of years older than the mechanism that got it going. So what really made Earth magnetic? IT IS Earth’s silent defender. Without it, a...
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Rare "honey-yellow" 136-carat diamond discovered in Siberia
Rare "honey-yellow" 136-carat diamond discovered in Siberia Workers in a Siberian diamond mine have found what could possibly turn out to be the world’s largest fancy vivid yellow faceted diamond. In late April of last year, a 136 carat rough yellow diamond...
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Deep mantle chemistry surprise: Carbon content not uniform
Olivine crystals containing melt inclusions (the dark spots on the interiors) sampled from the Mariana arc. These crystals were not part of this study, but illustrate what melt inclusions look like. Even though carbon is one of the most-abundant elements on...
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Modeling magma to find copper
Credit: UNIGE Copper is an essential element of our society with main uses in the field of electricity and electronics. About 70% of the copper comes from deposits formed several million years ago during events of magma degassing within Earth's crust just a...
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A new plate boundary is forming beneath the Indian Ocean
Newly formed fracture in Indian Ocean tectonic plate may trigger quakes in future Newly formed fracture in Indian Ocean tectonic plate may trigger quakes in future A new plate boundary appears to be forming in the region of the Indian Ocean where the 2012 e...
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The Dark and Extreme Cold Killed Off the Dinosaurs
Dinosaur fossil (stock image). Sixty six million years ago, the sudden extinction of the dinosaurs started the ascent of the mammals, ultimately resulting in humankind's reign on Earth. Climate scientists now reconstructed how tiny droplets of sulfuric acid...
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Types of Mineral Inclusions with Photos
Rainbow Lattice Sunstone from Mud Tank, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo © Kathy Kirk An inclusion is any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation. In gemology, an inclusion is a characteristic enclosed within a gemstone, or reachi...
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