Geology Archives - State of the Planet

The Matterhorn, a 4,478 meter peak that straddles the borders of Switzerland and Italy.

The Matterhorn: Alive With Vibrational Energy

In a recent study, researchers found that the Matterhorn is constantly swaying to the seismic energy of earthquakes and ocean tremors felt around the world.

by |March 24, 2022

The Canary in the Coal Mine: Frank Granshaw on Glaciers and Geoscience Education

Frank Granshaw discusses changes in geoscience, education, and glaciers throughout his career as a glacial geologist and climate science educator.

by |March 23, 2022

Tackling a 40 Million-Year-Old Conundrum

A new study bolsters the idea that the uplifts of the Himalayas and Andes that began tens of millions years ago helped trigger the many ice ages that followed.

by Shilei Li, Steven L. Goldstein and Maureen E. Raymo |October 24, 2021

Chasing Gold, Geysers and Geothermal Power With Carolina Muñoz-Saez

The postdoctoral researcher studies hydrothermal systems and will soon go to the Chilean Andes to explore how geyser activity there may be related to glacier growth and retreat over thousands of years.

by |March 11, 2021

Geologists Identify Deep-Earth Structures That May Signal Hidden Metal Lodes

Previously unrecognized structural lines deep in the earth appear to signal the locations of giant deposits of copper, lead, zinc and other vital metals near the surface.

by |June 30, 2020

Drill Cores From Pre-Ancient Greece Open Insights to Climate

Newly analyzed drill cores taken from the bottom of Greece’s Gulf of Corinth show that sediment flow into the basin has varied dramatically over the past 500,000-plus years, as the earth passed in and out of ice ages, and humans later dominated the surrounding landscape.

by |March 1, 2019

Photo Essay: On an Island, a Lost Part of the World Is Found

On the volcanic Indian Ocean island of Anjouan, scientists are investigating a rock that apparently formed on a far-off continent.

by |February 12, 2019

On a Remote Island, a Lost Part of the World Is Found

On a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean lies a geologic enigma—a mass of pure white quartzite sandstone apparently formed on a faraway continent long ago. How did it get there?

by |February 12, 2019
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Congratulations! You’ve Been Chosen To Colonize A New World.

Posing as an interplanetary flight attendant in an upcoming show, researcher Christine McCarthy will lead a geological journey through the solar system.

by |June 14, 2018
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New Round of Funding Supports Earth Institute Research Around the Globe

The President’s Global Innovation Fund will provide grants to four Earth Institute research projects.

by |May 18, 2018