Geology

Extracting a core from the seabed. Credit Russell Wynn.

Story - December 11, 2013

The risk posed by tsunami waves generated by Canary Island landslides may need to be re-evaluated, according to researchers at the National Oceanography Centre. Their findings suggest that these landslides result in smaller tsunami waves than...
Graphic denoting continental slope failure. From Bryn et al. (2005)

Story - November 26, 2013

Underwater landslides are potentially very damaging: they can generate tsunami waves and destroy expensive and crucial seabed infrastructure, such as pipelines and cables.  A study carried out by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre...
Multibeam data from the North Basin of Windermere (looking north).

Story - July 16, 2013

PhD student Helen Miller has been in the news in the Northeast with her research on Windermere. Working with the British Geological Survey, the Environment Agency and the University of Southampton, her PhD studies aim to investigate modern and...
Aurornis by Emiliano Troco

Story - June 5, 2013

The discovery of a new species of bird-like dinosaur is giving scientists new insight into the evolution of birds. The new species is ten million years older than Archaeopteryx, the creature previously considered the oldest bird known to science,...
An ocean bottom seismometer being deployed

Story - May 28, 2013

An international team of scientists has embarked on a shipboard expedition to study how the Earth’s crust was pulled apart in an area beneath the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain. The team includes geophysicists from University of...
Malawania, the Jurassic-style Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Iraq

Story - May 15, 2013

An international team of scientists have revealed a new species of ichthyosaur (a dolphin-like marine reptile from the age of dinosaurs) from Iraq, which revolutionises our understanding of the evolution and extinction of these ancient marine...
The primary tectonic plates and plate boundaries in the Arabian Sea region

Story - May 13, 2013

Earthquakes similar in magnitude to the 2004 Sumatra earthquake could occur in an area beneath the Arabian Sea at the Makran subduction zone, according to recent research published in Geophysical Research Letters. The research was carried out by...
Earth's interior structure. Courtesy of Planet Earth Online.

Story - February 11, 2013

Plumes of hot rock from deep within the Earth are lacing rock beneath the Atlantic Ocean with gold, scientists have discovered. The team, led by Alex Webber from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, looked at a region along...
Fossil and modern coccolithophore cells of species Toweius pertusus and Coccolithus pelagicus. Courtesy of Paul Bown,UCL

Story - February 1, 2013

Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago. The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how...

Story Carousel - January 23, 2013

Scientists based in the UK and New Zealand have described a “new” type of volcanic eruption. Volcanic eruptions are commonly categorised as either explosive or effusive. But now, in research published this month in Nature...

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