Earth Science

For over two decades, scientists have tried to pin down the timing and duration of the end-Permian mass extinction to gain insights into its possible causes.

End-Permian extinction, which wiped out most of Earth’s species, was instantaneous in geological time

Research has shown that the chemical profile of Cornwall and Devon have more in common with Brittany and Normandy than mainland Britain This image shows Porthcurno beach in Penwith, Cornwall.

Mainland was created from the collision of not two but three ancient continental land masses with Devon and Cornwall originally attached to France.

British scientists have claimed that the first life on Earth evolved after a small planet called Theia collided with Earth - it 'sterilised' our planet and formed the moon when it rebounded. (artist impression)

Life on earth formed 100 MILLION years earlier than previously thought: It was kickstarted by an enormous collision with another planet that formed the moon.

Explosive volcanoes like Mt. St. Helens in 1980, blow materials including platinum up and into the atmosphere.

Platinum provides evidence for ancient volcanic-related climate change, says study

A massive subterranean heat source has been discovered under the West Antarctic Ice Shelf.

NASA finds huge heat-source in Antarctic behind ice shelf crumbling.

Within ancient rocks in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, scientists have identified signs of a regular variation in Earth's orbit that influences climate. Here, one of the authors near the research site.

Earth’s orbital changes have influenced climate, life forms for at least 215 million years.

Plate tectonics shape our planet, creating structures from canyons to mountain ranges.

Why parts of Earth have barely changed in 3 billion years.

Vast reserves of rare earth elements have been found hidden in deep-sea mud. Enough has been found to feed global demand on a 'semi-infinite basis,' and provide a much needed boost to the tech industry.

‘Semi-infinite’ trove of rare-Earth metals that can be used to create everything from phones to electric cars is found in Japanese waters.

Google Maps has revealed the location of the lost city of Atlantis, according to claims.

400-mile ‘undersea land mass’ found on Google Earth in the Azores.

America’s most famous volcano, Mount St. Helens, could be primed for another deadly eruption.

Thank you to guest writer Britta Jensen of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, University of Alberta, for this interesting post about the impact volcanoes have had on our province.