The dwarf planets Eris and Makemake appear to have surprising geological activity that results in a bright icy blanket coating. Eris and Makemake are the second and third largest objects in the Kuiper belt region far beyond Neptune. These dwarfs planets are much too small and cold to sustain any kind of activity that would […]Read More Ice Volcanoes Could Be Making Dwarf Planets Bright
After more than 70 years of repeated efforts to explain the geological phenomenon, the answer appears to have been found thanks to a dedicated research team and bizarrely Tupperware. The mysterious stones appear to move across the dried lake bed referred to as the racetrack playa located in California’s Death Valley National Park leaving a […]Read More The Mystery Of The Death Valley Sailing Stones Revealed
Plate tectonics is the theory that describes the large-scale movement of seven major and many minor plates across the globe. Plate tectonics is the modern version of the continental drift theory first proposed by Alfred Wegner in 1912. At the time Wegener’s theory was widely disregarded, as he did not have an explanation for exactly […]Read More How The Theory Of Plate Tectonics Came To Be
Two new studies have provided some much-needed insight into the birth of plate tectonics here on Earth and date it to be 500 million years earlier than we thought. Plate tectonics is rare in our solar system as only Mercury joins Earth as a tectonically active planet the other terrestrial planets, Mars and Venus show […]Read More Could Meteorite Impacts Have Helped Start Plate Tectonics?
Pterosaur infancy has long remained a mystery and it was not until 2004 that scientists discovered that they even laid eggs but now a fossil slab containing hundreds of eggs and some embryos sets to change all that. Pterosaurs are not classified as birds nor are they classified as dinosaurs instead they are instead an […]Read More Rare 120 Million Years Old Clutch Of Pterosaur Eggs Found
40 million years ago a space rock struck Earth’s surface causing the rocks to be heated to a blistering 2370°C (that’s halfway to the temperature at the sun’s surface). The space rock hit what is now Canada and the evidence for this impact has been revealed unusually by gemstones. Little evidence has been left from […]Read More The Highest Ever Recorded Temperature On Earth’s Surface Was 2370°C
New research suggests that the early Earth may have been as purple as it is green today when life as we know it first evolved. The earliest life on Earth is thought to be plant life and it has long been known that chlorophyll is the primary photosynthetic pigment used in photosynthesis. This pigment absorbs […]Read More Was The Early Earth Purple?