This is the Larsen C ice rift aerial view. Credit: John Sonntag/NASA The rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica now has a second branch, which is moving in the direction of the ice front, Swansea University researchers revealed after studying the latest satellite data. The main rift in Larsen C, which is

Illustration based on computer model shows how the hanging wall (right) of a thrust fault can twist away from the foot wall (left) during an earthquake. Credit: Harsha Bhat/ENS It is a common trope in disaster movies: an earthquake strikes, causing the ground to rip open and swallow people and cars whole. The gaping earth

Panoramic view of an ice cliff inside the Sc?ri?oara Ice Cave, where the research was done. Credit: Gigi Fratila & Claudiu Szabo Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe’s winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period.

Panoramic view of an ice cliff inside the Sc?ri?oara Ice Cave, where the research was done. Credit: Gigi Fratila & Claudiu Szabo Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe’s winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period.

The study examined a rock fulgurite — a thin layer of glass that forms when lightning strikes a rock’s surface. The sample was collected from northern Italy’s Mount Mottarone. Credit: Reto Gieré Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, is believed to have experimented with lightning’s powerful properties using a kite and key, likely

A concentration of fossil bone and rock. The unusual positions of the femur heads, one up and one down, broken in the same manner next to each other is unusual. Mastodon molars are located in the lower right hand corner next to a large rock comprised of andesite which is in contact with a broken

Blood Falls is a famous iron-rich outflow of water that scientists suspected was connected to a water source that may have been trapped under an Antarctic glacier for more than a million years. Credit: Erin Pettit A research team led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado College has solved a century-old mystery involving

In the past, scientists typically avoided linking individual weather events to climate change, citing the challenges of teasing apart human influence from the natural variability of the weather. But that is changing. Credit: © Andrey Kuzmin / Fotolia After an unusually intense heat wave, downpour or drought, Noah Diffenbaugh and his research group inevitably receive

Scientists have discovered that seasonally flowing streams fringe much of Antarctica’s ice. Each red ‘X’ represents a separate drainage. Up to now, such features were thought to exist mainly on the far northerly Antarctic Peninsula (upper left). Their widespread presence signals that the ice may be more vulnerable to melting than previously thought. Credit: Adapted

Diatoms between 0.01 and 0.02 mm, consisting of a single cell surrounded by an artificially colored silica skeleton. The alga in green is present in clean environments, while the orange one lives in more polluted water. Credit: Laure Apothéloz-Perret-Gentil, UNIGE Diatoms are a group of unicellular algae particularly sensitive to changes that affect their aquatic

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