Geology

Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Scientists have spotted a massive wildfire raging across western Greenland, a region better known for thick ice and snow, NASA’s Earth Observatory confirmed.

Using satellite images, scientists spotted a “sizable fire” raging nearly 90 miles or 150 km northeast of the town of Sisimiut. It was first spotted on 31st of July.

Moon’s interior may contain water: Study

Moon’s interior may contain water: Study

A new study of ancient volcanic deposits on the Moon has suggested that earth’s only natural satellite might be containing substantial amounts of water deep under its surface.

A team of researchers from Brown University examined lunar pyroclastic deposits using satellite data. Pyroclastic deposits are layers of rock formed from massive volcanic eruptions. Magma associated with these explosive events came from very deep within the Moon’s interior.

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

After several months of widening of the rift, one of the largest ever recorded icebergs has finally broken away from Antarctica, scientists announced on Wednesday.

Scientists who have been monitoring the widening rift in the West Antarctic ice shelf for the last many years said that the calving of the 5,800 sq. km. iceberg has left the Larsen C Ice Shelf with 12 percent decline in area.

The iceberg in question is one of the largest recorded and its progress in the near future remains difficult to predict.

Volcanologists Reveal Interesting Information After Analyzing Crystals Deep Inside a Volcano

Volcanologists Reveal Interesting Information After Analyzing Crystals Deep Inside a Volcano

After checking crystals once deep inside a volcano, researchers are confident that they can better predict many factors that are linked to timing of eruption of a volcano. Volcanologists worked on an interesting project have published a research paper in journal Science after checking magma reservoir that lies below New Zealand's Mount Tarawera volcano. The research team added that before its eruption, a volcano offers many signals and it will be important to decipher those signals if we have to improve our prediction about volcanic eruptions.

Scientists discover new energy source in New Zealand

Scientists discover new energy source in New Zealand

A team of scientists drilled deep into an earthquake fault in New Zealand, and stumbled upon something that could provide a new source of energy for the South Pacific nation.

Led by Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Rupert Sutherland, the scientists were surprised to find that water in the Alpine Fault was much hotter than their expectation. They concluded that it could be harnessed to generate electricity or to provide industries like dairy farming with direct heating.

Remote Island found littered with plastic debris

Remote Island found littered with plastic debris

A new study by a team of Australian and British researchers has revealed that a remote, uninhabited island in the South Pacific has the world’s worst plastic rubbish density.

The researchers found an estimated 37.7 million pieces of rubbish on the beaches of Henderson Island, which is part of the United Kingdom’s Pitcairn Islands group.

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

After recently spotting a new crack in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists have warned that it is only a matter of time before an enormous chunk containing up to two thousand square miles of ice breaks away.

Scientists involved in the Project Midas, an Antarctic research project based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University, spotted the new crack in satellite images on 1st of May.
The new spotted crack is the second branch in the already large rift, which is advancing in the direction of the ice front.

U.S. Postal Service to release special stamp to commemorate rare total solar eclipse

U.S. Postal Service to release special stamp to commemorate rare total solar eclipse

The U.S. Postal Service will reportedly soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp in commemoration of the rare total solar eclipse that is going to take place on 21st of August this year.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp will transform into an image of the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, from the heat of a finger when a person will touch it.

Members of the public are being urged to share the news of the upcoming release of the Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp on social media with the help of the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

Colorado River Could Witness 50% Decline in Water Resource by year 2100: Research

Colorado River Could Witness 50% Decline in Water Resource by year 2100: Research

Colorado river is facing a rapid decline in its water sources and this could lead to 50 million acre-feet decline in its water level by year 2050. The research conducted by a team from Colorado State University and University of Arizona has predicted over 50 percent decline in water level by the end of this century. This decline in water would cause water scarcity in seven states in the American Southwest. The research team informed that it could impact nearly 41 million Americans.

Lost Continent Zealandia Discovered by Scientists Under Pacific Ocean

Lost Continent Discovered by Scientists Under Pacific Ocean

Scientist have claimed to discover eighth continent with much of its region under the Pacific Ocean, near New Zealand. The continent named as Zealandia by research team has majority of its region under the ocean while some of its parts are in modern day New Zealand, New Caledonia and some regions above the water in the Pacific Ocean. The research team added that nearly 94 percent of the continent is currently under water and it stretches nearly 1.9 million square miles.

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