Earth Sciences

  • Magazine

    Time travel and tipping points

    Truly coming to grips with the vastness of geologic timescales isn’t easy, but it could be key to...

    by Lauren Fuge I’m hiking down a tributary of Arkaroola Creek, right in the middle of Cryogenian Period. Above me ...

    Earth June 3, 2021
  • Does nature have rights?

    Ahead of World Environment Day this Saturday, we explore the legal  ‘rights of nature’.

    In April this year, the Blue Mountains City Council, west of Sydney, became the first council in Australia to enshrin...

    Earth June 3, 2021
  • Event

    Cosmos Briefing: Accessing Antarctica

    Experts discuss who should be allowed access to Antarctica.

    Join our Cosmos Briefing Accessing Antartica, on Thursday 10 June. Remote and wild, Antarctica was once solely the...

    Cosmos Briefing May 26, 2021
  • 22 scientists honoured by the AAS

    The 2021 Australian Academy of Science Fellows have been announced.

    The Australian Academy of Science has just announced their 2021 Fellows, recognising the outstanding contributions of...

    Earth May 25, 2021
  • Mercury found in Greenland’s glacial meltwaters

    Over six years, scientists repeatedly found high concentrations of mercury in glacial rivers.

    Some of Greenland’s glacial meltwaters are unusually high in mercury, according to a study published in Nature Geosci...

    Earth May 25, 2021
  • Earthquake early warning? There’s an app for that…

    Forget going high-tech to give citizens warning of an earthquake: mobile phones and a decent inte...

    An app that converts smartphones into makeshift seismometers and could save lives by providing early warning of earth...

    Earth May 7, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: What is a rock?

    The definition is caught between a rock and a hard place.

    Everyone is familiar with rocks. It’s hard not to be. They’re everywhere – we walk on them, skip them across ponds, d...

    Earth April 27, 2021
  • Rewilding isn’t just about the animals

    It’s vital to consider the landscape, or “geodiversity”, scientists say.

    As this year kicks off the “Decade on Ecosystem Restoration” to try and repair some of the damage caused by humans, s...

    Earth April 26, 2021
  • Explainer

    What is radiometric dating?

    Dive headfirst into the weird world of dating by radioactive decay.

    You’ll hear it often in stories about palaeontology and archaeology: “the wood was dated using radiocarbon dating”, “...

    Earth April 14, 2021
  • Research

    Living fossil discovered below Earth’s surface

    Microbe may have been in evolutionary stasis for millions of years.

    A microbe that feeds on radioactivity has been at an evolutionary standstill for up to 175 million years, researchers...

    Earth April 12, 2021
  • Forecasting volcano eruption style

    Magma viscosity could help scientists identify the hazards of future eruptions.

    Scientists studying the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea volcano in Hawai'i have discovered a way to predict the violence of ...

    Earth April 8, 2021
  • Conversation

    First continents formed with a dash of mantle water

    New research cracks the mystery of how the first continents formed.

    By Chris Kirkland, Curtin University; Hugh Smithies, Curtin University, and Tim Johnson, Curtin University Earth i...

    Earth April 5, 2021
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