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Superdeep diamonds reveal the limits of carbon-based life

For the first time, analyses of diamonds have demonstrated how deeply life leaves its mark inside the Earth. All life on Earth is part of the carbon cycle. Plants and animals are made…


Our ancestors hunted a Siberian unicorn

A prehistoric rhinoceros nicknamed the Siberian unicorn roamed the tundra when modern man arrived in the region, according to new research. The rhino with the Latin name of Elasmotherium sibiricum weighed more than…

What stalagmites tell us about climate change

Cave formations can act as prehistoric weather stations.

Volcanic growth spurt

A submarine volcano has undergone the fastest rate of growth and collapse ever recorded.

Has Venice stopped sinking?

New research suggests it hasn’t.

Amasia, the new supercontinent

All of Earth’s current continents will form Amasia, a single landmass, in 50 to 200 million years time.

Lunar mineral discovered in Western Australia

A mineral thought to be unique to the Moon has been discovered in the Pilbara region.

Early life on Earth had sulphur-based metabolisms

Microfossils from the Pilbara in Western Australia have extended the fossil record of sulphur-loving bacteria by 500 million years or more.

New technique reveals how glaciers sculpt valleys

  What did the alpine landscapes of New Zealand look like before glaciation began?

Discovering Wassonite

On December 1969, the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition found several meteorites in the Yamato Mountains in Antarctica.

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