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09.09.14 Sophie Weiner

Until now, everyone thought that volcanoes erupt when a narrow stream of magma is pressurized while it rushes towards the surface from deep in the Earth’s mantle. However, scientists have now discovered that this fundamental theory is totally false. “Mantle plumes have never had a sound physical or logical basis,” says Don Anderson of Caltech. “They are […]

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08.15.14 Sophie Weiner

Scientists have known for a long time that the first several billion years of Earth’s existence was a harsh and turbulent time for our planet. Now, Stanford University’s Donald Lowe has released research showing that bad times lasted longer than we previously realized: Lowe and his colleagues have spent 40 years studying a patch of ancient […]

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