ents: the Meltwater pulse 1a (MWP1a) around 14,600 years ago and the '8,200 year' event. The research was published in Nature this week.
A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalizing clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from North Carolina's Roanoke Island in the late 16th century.
A new study clarifies that impact: Hydrocarbons from the Macondo well trickled into the ocean food chain via its tiniest members, zooplankton.
The biggest lions I’ve ever seen. They looked markedly bigger than any I’d seen in a zoo. Especially this one male we saw. And there was a young male that was also just huge; big-boned, bulky... stocky. And they’re very well fed there. They looked
The Gulf is a semi-enclosed sea, opened to the Atlantic Ocean through the Cabot Strait and the Strait of Belle Isle. The Laurentian Channel is a long, continuous trough over 300 metres deep that runs 1,500 kilometres from the continental shelf in the
Filmmaker James Cameron set the record this week for the world's deepest solo submarine dive and says he next plans to dive even deeper in a matter of weeks. National Geographic reports that Cameron set the 5.1-mile record on Tuesday, during testi
It is exhilarating to stand on top of the world admiring the natural beauty of our planet spread beneath us. Bone-chilling ravines, steep cliffs, thundering waterfalls, snow-clad peaks or serene rivers, nature has been very kind to us. You need not b
An underwater volcanic eruption about 40 miles off the coast of Yemen has formed a new island in the Red Sea, reports NASA
Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China's Gobi Desert. The media — from mainstream to fringe — has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, s
to question the traditional explanation: that a stream of hot rock directly from around Earth's core formed the 3,100-mile-long (5,000-kilometer-long) chain of islands and undersea mountains in the Pacific Ocean.
When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home. Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping pe
Since his 1967 paper, additional studies have confirmed that large-scale deformation of continents repeatedly occurs in some regions but not others, though the reasons why remain poorly understood.
A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Fre
The magnetic north pole is currently shifting at a faster rate than at any time in human history — almost 40 miles a year — and some experts believe that it may be the beginning of a complete pole reversal, according to the Independent. The change
Yes, it's the oil. But not just any oil. A quick look at Wikipedia shows why Libya's oil is worth more than oil anywhere else, and how much they got.
The who's who of the Middle East Because we are ethnocentric Americans we can be excused for knowing that there is violence in the Middle East, but for not really knowing anything about the players involved. We know all about Snooki and the ot
China is planning to create the world's biggest mega city by merging nine cities to create a metropolis twice the size of Wales with a population of 42 million.
By contrast, explorers walked 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) into Son Doong, in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, before being blocked by seasonal floodwaters—and they think that the passage is even longer.
Both human population and water resources are distributed unevenly across the globe. In many areas, densely populated regions do not overlap with those that are water rich. Due to the rapidly increasing population and water use per capita in many are
These old floating pieces of the lithosphere, called cratons, apparently stopped growing about 2 billion years ago as the Earth cooled, though within the last 500 million years, and perhaps for as long as 1 billion years, the modern era of plate tect
Briton completes epic, 2 1/2-year expedition to become 1st man to walk entire Amazon river After 859 days, thousands of miles and "50,000 mosquito bites," Ed Stafford became the first man known to have walked the entire length of the Amazon river
What lies below the Bahamas in the Caribbean? A veiled world of fossils, blind creatures and scientific riddles. In next month's issue of National Geographic magazine, an international team of cave divers led by anthropologist Kenny Broad of the Un
The Earth's oceans are among the most mysterious places on the planet, but scientists now have at least figured out how deep the oceans are and just how much water they hold. A group of scientists used satellite measurements to get new estimates o
It’s very clear that the industrial decline as it’s still unfolding is almost exactly parallel to the earlier rural decline in the United States. In rural areas, agriculture reached a high point in the late 19th century, and then it started going thr
An Antarctic expedition has found what it believes to be remains of the first airplane brought to the frozen continent, on an icy shore near where it was abandoned a century ago. Australia has searched for many years for the old single-propeller Vick
The most detailed seismic images yet of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano shows a plume of hot and molten rock rising at an angle from the northwest at a depth of at least 410 miles, contradicting claims there is no deep plume, onl
Seventy miles NE of Las Vegas is Nevada’s “hottest” spot: a 1,375-sq-mile area of volcanic peaks, dry lake beds, and pinyon pine forests. It's home to the site of 921 nuclear warheads detonated underground by the Federal govt in the 50’s.
Gardiner pulls up a graph profiling the river’s bed. It looks like a U—as smooth as a mountain valley. The current just beneath the surface is traveling at 30 miles per hour, and the channel is 640 feet deep. "That’s the deepest point measured on a r
A rare uplift of the Earth’s crust in the Sesia Valley reveals for the first time the actual “plumbing” of a supervolcano from the surface to the source of the magma deep within the Earth, according to a new research article reporting the discovery.
A joint American-Canadian cruise exploring the frigid Arctic Ocean has
mapped broad swaths of the extended continental shelf for the first
time, scientists reported.