Boaty being deployed. Credit: Povl Abrahamsen, BAS Researchers at the University of Southampton have captured unprecedented data about some of the coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth — known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) — during first voyage of the yellow robotic submersible known as Boaty McBoatface, which arrived back in the UK last week.

Aerial view of Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland. Credit: © adammajor / Fotolia A spectacular six-month Icelandic lava field eruption could provide the crucial key for scientists to unlock the role aerosols play in climate change, through their interactions with clouds. An international team of climate scientists, led by the University of Exeter, have meticulously studied the

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in

This map shows wind resources across the contiguous United States at 80 meters above ground level. The team’s research says that this resource is variable, so a broad portfolio of other technologies is needed to move to a zero-emissions energy future. Credit: Map is provided courtesy of Christopher Clack and Vibrant Clean Energy LLC Can

This is a Louisiana subsidence map. Credit: GSA Today, Nienhuis et al. Researchers at Tulane University have developed a subsidence map of coastal Louisiana, putting the rate at which this region is sinking at just over one third of an inch per year. The map, published in GSA Today, has long been considered the “holy

Earth. Credit: NASA In a landmark study, Chinese scientists report the successful transmission of entangled photons between suborbital space and Earth. Furthermore, whereas the previous record for successful entanglement distribution was about 100 kilometers (km), here, transmission over a distance of more than 1,200 km was achieved. The distribution of quantum entanglement, especially across vast

Lyot Crater, rendered here with elevations exaggerated, is home to relatively recent water-carved valleys (denoted in white). New research suggests that water came from melting snow and ice present at the time of the crater-forming impact. Credit: David Weiss/Brown/NASA Present-day Mars is a frozen desert, colder and more arid than Antarctica, and scientists are fairly

The Hawaiian-Emperor Chain is an example of a hotspot track – a trail of volcanic islands and seamounts created on a lithospheric plate as the plate slowly shifts over a spot of localized melting sourced by a jet of hot material rising from the deep mantle (mantle plume). For more details see the release. Credit:

As slabs of Earth’s crust decend into the mantle, they encounter a zone about 1,100 kilometers down where the mantle rock abruptly becomes stiffer, flowing less easily. Similarly, rising plumes of molten rock encounter the same layer and have difficulty punching through from below. Credit: Dan Shim For decades, researchers have studied the interior of

This graphic demonstrates the intensity of the 2016 Atlantic storms. Credit: Daniel Gessman and Chris Mehta, graduate students in the School of Geosciences, University of South Florida The 2016 Hurricane Season is the longest hurricane season since 1951, making the 2016 season the 2nd longest on record. That’s the conclusion drawn in a paper just

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