The early solar system was hot and violent–not the kind of place you’d expect water to hang around. But new measurements of lava from Baffin Island, which may contain samples of deep mantle material, suggest that somehow it did. The findings contradict the conventional view that Earth formed dry and got its water later, from … More The origin of Earth’s water
Plate tectonics created our planet’s ocean basins and mountain ranges, yet scientists still puzzle over how it began. Now, a group of researchers have proposed that mantle plumes could have done the trick. Learn more in my story for Science.
Geologists have long studied porphyry copper deposits, which provide most of the world’s supply of the metal. However, two new studies suggest scientists may need to rethink how these deposits form. Learn more in my story for EARTH Magazine.
Granite is the most common rock in continental crust, but only on Earth. So far, scientists have not found significant amounts of granite on any other planets. What makes ours different? Water. Learn how our oceans have shaped the world we live on in my blog post for Nautilus.
What do the United States Geological Survey, the Moon, and the recent Siberian meteor have in common? A new Visionlearning blogpost on mapping the moon explains!