Scientists have for decades attempted to solve the ‘how’ of plate tectonics: how they move across the Earth’s mantle. Studies have shown in the past that dissolved water in mantle minerals results in a more ductile mantle that would facilitate tectonic plate motions, but clear images and data required to confirm such a theory have
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Southern California’s Salton Sea may be one of many factors involved in setting off earthquakes in the region, specifically along the southern San Andreas Fault, and may in fact have already triggered large earthquakes over the past thousand years.
Scientists have long known about the push and pull effects that drive the tectonic plates across the surface of our planet, but new research shows that there might be a third force inflicting its presence on the movement of the continental plates.
New research conducted by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has found that at least nine percent of fish found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre contain plastic in their stomachs.
A group of the world’s leading climate and glacier scientists have issued a report which was commissioned by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, citing the scientific issues causing glaciers to melt and the moral imperative they believe society has to properly address climate change.
Icebergs have always been majestic objects, and just a little ill-defined, but new research is shedding more and more light on them. In a new discovery that has global implications scientists have discovered that icebergs drifting out to sea leave in their wake an increased level of chlorophyll which in turns increases carbon dioxide absorption.
Another study which looks at what conditions in our future might be like by comparing them to conditions in our planets history has shown that if global warming continues apace, we could set in a motion a change of events that could take tens of thousands of years to dissipate.
Humanity often thinks it has explored to the known reaches of our world; seen everything there is to see, and now we’re just waiting for better space travel. However researchers aboard a Scripps Institution of Oceanography research vessel are mapping a series of mammoth and previously uncharted undersea mountains in the South Atlantic Ocean. Located
If many of these plankton blooms are trending earlier each year, then the seasonal return/growth of the fish population in these areas is gradually becoming “out of sync” with the primary producers in this region. This may mean insufficient food supply to maintain robust fish populations.