Boiling water shapes Mars’ landscape, experiment reveals

It’s not heat, but low pressure that drives this boiling.

New evidence indicates that life on Earth emerged almost 4 billion years ago

It’s as old as we can possibly find.

Researchers will drill into one of Earth’s youngest islands to understand how land forms

It’s not even at retirement age yet.

Curiosity rover finds that its landing crater on Mars could have been habitable for 700 million years

We don’t know whether Mars held life… but there’s certainly a lot of potential.

The main types of mountains — Earth’s ups and downs

Let’s talk some mountains.

Geological deposits hint at ancient ocean on Mars’ surface

Can’t have a devastating water wave without water!

Bizarre life forms found living in Mexican crystals

Geologists have made a shocking discovery in a crystal-rich cave in Mexico.

Paleontologists find 6.2 million year old wolf-sized otter

It was adorable, but also terrifying.

New Zealand’s earthquake pushes the sea floor 2 meters above ground

Fast geology.

Watch all the volcanoes and earthquakes since 1960 hit around the world in one app

A stunning app put together by Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Project.

Newly-discovered fault in San Andreas may explain geologic mysteries

It might be a good thing… but we’re not sure yet.

What are tsunamis and how they form

Most waves form due to winds or tides, but tsunamis have a different cause altogether.

What is Gondwana

This is the story of the last in a breed of geological titans, a supercontinent we named Gondwana.

Scientists believe humans have started a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene

It’s a new time — geologically speaking, at least.

Beautiful Kinetic Artwork Sorts River Stones by Age

Fulfilling the job that scientists and unlucky undergrads have been doing for years, the kinetic machine Jller selects and sorts pebbles found on a 6 1/2 x 13 foot platform into a grid organized by geologic age. Without any assistance, the machine analyzes rocks based on their shape and sizes, understand their correct placement and transports them to the right place on

You can now travel in time and see how Earth’s geology changed

How did South America slot next to Africa? Where was my country a billion years ago?

GeoPicture of the Week: The Moon’s Geology

It’s absolutely baffling that we’ve reached a level where we can not only study the geology of the Earth, but also that of other bodies in the solar system – in this case, the Moon. This is a false color mosaic constructed from a series of 53 images taken through three spectral filters by Galileo’s imaging system as the spacecraft flew

If there’s anything that marks humanity’s brief time on Earth, it’s plastic

Before WWII, there weren’t that many plastics around. Today, we use so much that we could literally plaster the planet in one giant clingfilm. A paper published in the journal Anthropocene reviews the state of plastic production, use and pollution and concludes that no place on Earth has been spared.

Scientists reveal the first ever digital geologic map of Alaska

Scientists working at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have released the first ever digital geologic map of Alaska.

This is the biggest sapphire in the world

Gemologists working in Colombo, Sri Lanka, have confirmed the finding of the largest sapphire in the world.