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New Study Confirms Water Injection Caused Oklahoma Earthquake

The linkage between wastewater injection and earthquakes seems to have been covered ad nauseum over the past few years, especially in relation to the Oklahoma earthquakes on November 6, 2011, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Prague (in Oklahoma, not in Europe) was preceded by a 5.0 shock and followed by literally thousands of aftershocks. […]

March 27th

Plate Tectonics Apply to Continents Too

Scientific debate often rings immediately boring in many minds, with assumptions suggesting that the topic at hand is simply an academic one, and nothing important or impacting. Such is not the case for the debate over whether plate tectonics apply on the continental scale as well as on the fault scale, as more knowledge in […]

March 10th

Planetary Core Moves Slower than Previous Thought

If you thought all you needed to know about the Earth’s core was found in the movie “The Core,” then I suggest that it is time you hit Wikipedia for some quick study. In the meantime, scientists at the University of Cambridge have determined that, contrary to previous research, the Earth’s core is actually moving […]

February 23rd

New Method to Calculate Continent Formation

Determining the age of Earth’s continental crust has been the primary method of determining conditions on Earth for the past 4.4 billion years. The crust modified the composition of the mantle and the atmosphere, supports all life on Earth that we know of, and is a massive sink for carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly then, we […]

January 17th

Raindrops Reveal Wave of Mountainous Creation

Mountain creation has always been a heated topic of interest, and one that has relied on ancient data to provide answers to those hoping to understand the phenomenon that takes centuries and millennia to occur. Geochemists from Stanford University have used raindrops, or more precisely the isotopic residue of raindrops, to shed light on the […]

December 21st

Oldest Fossil Creatures Found, Preceded Ancient Ice Age

A team of geoscientists working on a separate geological project in South Australia accidentally stumbled upon the oldest evidence of animal life yet found. Previously, the oldest fossil evidence of non-unicellular, “hard bodied” life forms dates to about 550 million years ago. This new discovery pushes back the clock on animal life by 80 to 90 million years.

August 18th