Joys and perils of Siberia's diamond mines
By: Jillian Jacobs
The De Beers have long been known as the heirs to the incredibly lucrative diamond cartel, but what is less known is how the De Beers now have a rival for those riches: Russia. With the discovery of diamond pipes in Siberia by a young...
Monstrous sized volcano found under Pacific Ocean
By: Leigh Goessl
In a recent study, scientists have found a massive volcano located underneath the Pacific Ocean. Four miles deep, the 120,000-square mile volcano has been designated the largest volcano on Earth, and as one of the largest in our solar system.According to media reports...
Igneous rocks: Rhyolite
By: Hai Shunxi
Rhyolite is the name applied to a subset of the igneous rocks, those rocks formed by cooling from molten magma. Earth scientists separate igneous rocks based on the minerals that are present and the size of the mineral crystals. Rhyolite (rhymes with "WHY-oh-light") is an...
The heat of a volcano
By: Tom Sherman
Volcanoes are one of the most fascinating phenomena that grace Earth's surface; they are the windows into the nether region, a brief glimpse into the underlying processes governing our world. A glimpse offered into the fiery subterranean processes that has inspired awe and fear throughout...
By: Hai Shunxi
If you were to plot the locations of the world’s active volcanoes on a world map, you'd soon realize that these smoking mountains aren’t randomly scattered about the globe. You can see such a map here, in fact.The patterns paint a striking...
The geology of the Ozarks
By: Ramon Davis
The Ozarks or Ozark Mountains (as they are commonly referred to) are among the oldest mountainous ranges in the world, dating back to prehistoric times. The ranges are located in northern and north central Arkansas as well as southeastern Missouri and southwestern Oklahoma. This tri-state...
What is Tanzanite?
By: Merryl Lentz
Tanzanite is a gorgeous gemstone that's a relatively new kid on the block - but it's just as prized as veteran gems. There's only one source for it in the entire world - making it eagerly coveted for its impending rarity. It's a gem that...
Coastal sea caves
By: Janet Grischy
Coastal sea caves form where the ocean hollows out the land. Waves have incalculable force, and fling themselves ashore in a tireless pounding rhythm. They carry grit and pebbles that slowly scour away solid rock. The ocean finds entry along bands of soft sandstone or...
The Bakken formation
By: Ashe Thurman
The Bakken formation is a rock unit that is a part of the Williston Basin. It is roughly 8,000 feet beneath the surface and covers a 200,000 square mile area encompassing parts of Northeastern Montana, Western North Dakota, Southeastern Saskatchewan, and a small...
What causes frost quakes?
By: Barbara Writes
Frost quake is rare in the United States. This year the U.S found itself in a winter icy grip. Frost quake occurs when warm air allows water to seep deep into fissures and cracks then down and around the rock and limestone. According to...

 

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