The Fossilised Machines Humans Will Leave Behind

In the debut issue of a new journal called The Anthropocene Review, University of Leicester geologist Jan Zalasiewicz leads a team of five writers in discussing the gradual fossilisation of human artefacts, including industrial machines, everyday objects, and even whole cities. They refer to these as "technofossils," and they're destined to form a whole new layer of the earth's surface. Read More >>

How the Corvette Museum Rescued its Cars From a Giant Sinkhole

In a story that united geologists with rare car enthusiasts last month, a massive sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museums's Skydome, swallowing eight rare cars into its cavernous depths. Since then, the museum has worked tirelessly to recover the cars and fill in the sinkhole so that the Skydome can open anew. But how do you undo a giant sinkhole? Read More >>

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Marvel at These 10 Amazing Geological Formations

Chocolate hills, fairy chimneys, stone forests—this isn't a children's story, but a selection of the most impressive geological features in the world. Read More >>

Antarctic Ice is Hiding a Super-Trench Way Deeper Than the Grand Canyon

The ice sheet that covers Antarctica is ancient, hiding a whole landscape of mountains and valleys that once teemed with life (more than 80 million years ago, that is). Using radar and satellite footage, scientists are studying this hidden world—and they just found a two mile deep canyon down there. Read More >>

Supervolcanoes Are Even Scarier Than We Thought

Do you have a cute and cuddly stuffed animal near you? If not, you might want to find one because what you're about to read will scare you silly. And not the good kind of silly either. We're talking The-End-Is-Coming sort of silly. Read More >>

Scientists Unearth the Truth Behind Ultra-Creepy Earthquake Lights

Have you ever heard of "earthquake lights"? I've spent a good chunk of my life in shake-happy coastal California and this phenomenon is news to me—but, for centuries, people have reported seeing a wide variety of illuminations just slightly before and during major tremblers. The origin of these glows have consistently baffled scientists—and no doubt freaked the hell out of eyewitnesses—but a new study seems to have found an explanation (one that doesn't involve supernatural forces). Read More >>

These Rainbow Mountains are China's Secret Geological Wonder

At the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu, China, tourists flock to see China's own version of the Grand Canyon: A mountain range of densely packed layers of minerals and rock that are dramatically striated into a layer cake of magenta, maroon, and lemon-coloured stone. Read More >>

5 Crazy Places We Can Go Looking for Diamonds

Hold on to your engagement rings. Diamonds, according to an industry report, are falling off a supply cliff in 2018. As existing diamond mines are depleted even as worldwide demand increases—thanks, especially to a newly rich Asia—three months wages might soon buy you a much punier rock. Read More >>

Canada's Getting Ready to Claim the North Pole as its Own

Have you spent the past decade believing that Canada is nothing more than the US's friendly, innocuous neighbour to the north? Good—that's what they wanted you to think. In reality, Canada has given the past 10 years of its life and $200 million (£122 million) in taxpayer money to file the ultimate claim: over 1 million square miles of Arctic seafloor that, yes, includes the North Pole. Read More >>

Why This Magical Lake Changes Colour With the Weather

Japanese photographer Kent Shiraishi is the author of a photograph that's now known to millions as the background wallpaper to OSX Mountain Lion—the counterpart to Windows 95's rolling green grass fields. But while most of us know Shiraishi's photo, not as many know the fascinating story behind it. Read More >>

Laser-Scanning Hundreds of Artificial Caves Beneath Nottingham

There are more than 450 artificial caves excavated from sandstone beneath the streets and buildings of Nottingham, England—including, legendarily, the old dungeon that once held Robin Hood. Not all of these caves are known even today, let alone mapped or studied. Read More >>

These Images Show the Brutal Scars on Mars's Surface

These images show the incredibly striking, scarred surface of Mars. Formed by huge tectonic forces, its canyons are an enduring reminder of stress and strain the red planet has undergone. Read More >>

Scientists Found the World's Largest Volcano on Ocean Floor Near Japan

The biggest volcano ever found on Earth—one of the biggest we know of in the solar system—has been hidden for ages. But now scientists have found it, just chillin' beneath the sea. It's a monster. Read More >>

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This Eternal Flame Burns as a Result of Natural Fracking

This is a light that never goes out: An eternal flame, hidden behind a waterfall in Erie county, New York, which is a result of natural gas seeping out from underground rocks. Read More >>

Where the Hell Is the True North Pole?

The North Pole is just at the top of the Earth, right? Well, not really: there isn't really a 'top' of a sphere and, anyway, depending on how you measure things the pole can be in one of many different spots. So which one's right? Read More >>


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