deep earth Archives - State of the Planet

Quantum Phase Transition Is Detected on a Global Scale in the Deep Earth

Scientists have observed and learned to use subatomic phenomena on the earth’s surface. Now, for the first time, they can see similar things deep within the planet.

by Holly Evarts |October 14, 2021

Hidden Within African Diamonds, a Billion-Plus Years of Deep-Earth History

Fluids trapped within the stones are helping researchers reconstruct the deep history of the continent, and eventually maybe others.

by |May 11, 2021

Cracking Open Diamonds for Messages From the Deep Earth

“After a diamond captures something, from that moment until millions of years later in my lab, that material stays the same. We can look at diamonds as time capsules, as messengers from a place we have no other way of seeing.”

by |August 24, 2015

The Isthmus of Panama: Out of the Deep Earth

The creation of the narrow isthmus that joins North and South America changed not just the world map, but the circulation of oceans, the course of biologic evolution, and probably global climate. Scientists try to decipher the story behind its formation.

by |March 31, 2014