Earth news stories

Scientists Just Drilled Through Thousands of Feet of Ice Into a ‘Lost’ Antarctic Lake
2nd January 2019 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth

Researchers can now conduct experiments that tell us about the geology and hydrology of a hidden subglacial world, and maybe even find a unique species or two along the way.

Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height
29th December 2018 phys.org | Earth

The Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami that killed more than 400 people last week lost more than two-thirds of its height following the eruption which triggered the killer waves.

Incoming! A June meteor swarm could be loaded with surprises.
27th December 2018 | washingtonpost.com | Earth, Space

A new calculation shows that the tree-fall pattern in Siberia is consistent with an asteroid coming from the same area in the sky as the Taurid meteor swarm.

Hippo-shaped asteroid skims past Earth on closest approach for 400 years
26th December 2018 | independent.co.uk | Earth, Space

Mile-long rock shaped like water-loving pachyderm is rotating lazily through space under close watch by scientists who feared it could be on a collision course.

Trees’ enemies help tropical forests maintain their biodiversity
26th December 2018 | sciencecodex.com | Earth

Researchers say this close relationship between trees and their natural enemies is the key to tropical forest diversity.

Mile-wide, potentially hazardous asteroid 2003 SD220 to swoosh by Earth on Saturday
21st December 2018 phys.org | Earth, Space

The space rock, estimated to be about a mile wide, will pass by our planet at a distance of approximately 7.34 lunar distances, what corresponds to 1.75 million miles.

Greenland crater renewed the debate over an ancient climate mystery
19th December 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Earth, Tech

Scientists disagree on what the find means for a controversial comet-impact hypothesis.

Scientists Think an Exploding Star Helped Kill Off the Megalodon
15th December 2018 motherboard.vice.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Space

An Astrobiology study proposes that an ancient supernova could have exposed Megalodon and other large ocean animals to deadly muon radiation.

Near-Earth asteroid removed from risk list
10th December 2018 cosmosmagazine.com | Earth, Space, Tech

European Space Agency cancels 2026 collision risk – leaving just 794 possibilities.

Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction
10th December 2018 canoe.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

While humans aren’t warming the Earth anywhere close to as much as what happened naturally 250 million years ago, “this puts our future into the category of contenders for true catastrophe.”

An Oxford Scientist May Have Solved the Mystery of Dark Matter
5th December 2018 futurism.com | Earth, Space

The research suggests that dark matter and energy can both be explained if they’re treated as a “negative mass fluid.”

Mesmerizing video shows what would happen if an asteroid crashed into Earth’s oceans
5th December 2018 mashable.com | Earth, Space

America’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has posted a new video illustrating what could happen if an asteroid crashed into one of our oceans, and it’s fascinating.

Giant 700-Foot-Wide Asteroid In Trajectory With Earth In 2023
27th November 2018 | valuewalk.com | Earth, Space, Tech

According to a NASA report, the asteroid has the potential of colliding with earth on 62 different impact trajectories, from between 2023 and 2117.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Vanilla’s First-Known Use Came 2,500 Years Earlier and Half a World From Where We Thought
22nd November 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Residue found in a jug in Israel shows vanilla was likely produced and traded from South Asia, millennia before it was cultivated in Mexico.

An exploding meteor may have wiped out ancient Dead Sea communities
22nd November 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest.

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