Geology, News

Galapagos islands’ Wolf volcano erupts, threatening unique pink iguanas

Ping iguala. Photo: Gabriele Gentile

This Monday morning, a volcano perched on one of Ecuador’s Galapagos islands erupted spewing lava on its side and dark plume overhead. The Wolf shiled volcano is the highest peak in the Galapagos Islands, reaching 1,707 m. Wolf is situated at the northern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos, which is barely populated. The authorities have indeed confirmed that the population isn’t at risk, however the local, richly diverse fauna is another thing. The tiny island is the only place in the world that the pink iguana calls home.

Geology, News

Earthquake swarm indicates lava build-up at Kilauea volcanoes

The lava lake within Halema'uma'u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea on February 1, 2014. Image via Kilauea Military Camp.

Geologists are expecting increased activity on the Kilauea volcano, warning that another eruption is likely possible. It seems that lava continues to build up, as manifested through a swarm of minor earthquakes.

Biology, Geology, News

Velociraptor’s cousin was an even better predator

Steven Jassinski and the skull fragment.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have discovered a new species of dinosaur, closely related to the famous velociraptor. This new species, Saurornitholestes sullivani was a bit bulkier, probably had a better sense of smell, an researchers believe it was an even better predator than its cousin.

Geology, News

Mysterious Oregon Lake Disappears into Lava Tunnel

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Every year, in Oregon, a mysterious lake fills up with snow melt, and then every year it disappears; it’s a natural wonder that had many scientists puzzled as to where the water is going, but now, the mystery is out: the water appears to go into a lava tube.   They call it the Lost Lake, and for good reason

Archaeology, Geology, News

Huge floods might have spelled doom for prevalent American civilization

A modeled map of Cahokia and present-day St. Louis after the historic 1844 flood of the Mississippi River.(Samuel Munoz)

Megafloods likely wiped out one of the most significant American civilizations, a new study has concluded. Until now, the reason of their demise remained a mystery.

Geology, Neurology, News, Videos

Crater wall collapse causes lava explosion in Hawaii [with video]

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A crater wall collapse in a Hawaiian volcano has triggered a powerful lava explosion. The Kilauea explosion spread lava and debris around it, in a spectacular display which was caught on camera by the USGS. Material was thrown 280 feet (85 meters) up into the air. Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS, compared the blast to popping a champagne

Climate, Geology, News

Fjords are good at fighting global warming, study finds

Fjords are effective at storing carbon, helping regulate global climate. Image via Wiki Commons.

While fjords are admired worldwide for their unique beauty, a new study has found that these natural ecosystems also act as carbon sinks, playing an important role in regulating our planet’s climate.

Geology, News

Underwater volcano erupts off the coast of Oregon

Instruments on the rim of the Axial Seamount measure the movement of the sea floor. NSF/OOI/University of Washington

An underwater volcano 300 miles off the coast of Oregon has awakened from its slumber and apears to spew out lava. There is no immediate danger, but geologists are excited to be able to study it in real time.

Biology, Geology, News

Predatory cockroach found in 100 million year old amber

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Geologists have found a praying-mantis-like cockroach that lived at the side by side with the dinosaurs, 100 million years ago, during the mid Cretaceous. The insect was preserved in amber. Peter Vršanský from the Geological Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Günter Bechly from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart found the insect at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar. The specimen

Biology, Geology, News

Turkey Sized Vegetarian T-Rex Discovered

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A seven year old has discovered the fossil of a turkey-sized dinosaur that roamed South America over 140 million years ago. The tiny dinosaur was related to T-Rex, but had few similarities to it; aside for its size, the dinosaur was a vegetarian, munching on plants instead of terrorizing other creatures.