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= February 24 2018 =

Conch Pearl: The Only Natural Pink Pearl
geologyin.com
Pretty and pastel-hued, a conch pearl is a calcareous concretion produced by the Queen conch (pronounced “conk”) mollusc, which is a large, edible sea snail. Most often pink in colour and normally oval shaped, the finest…
  Rumbling MAGMA in SUPER volcano could hold KEY to SAVING millions of lives, study reveals
Express.co.uk-15 hours ago
The news has come after researchers from Stanford and Boise State University monitored rumbling sounds produced by moving magma.Experts believe these sounds could assist them in developing…
  Life may have started in Africa, but the study of African fossils is still undervalued
Quartz-30 minutes ago
Paleontology, like much else in the cultural landscape, has a strong western influence and bias. Students are more likely than not to be given textbooks and external readings from Europe and North America no…

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= February 22 2018 =

Swarm of 200 Earthquakes Hits Yellowstone Supervolcano
geologyin.com
Regular earthquakes are bad enough. Volcanoes too. But an earthquake swarm at a supervolcano? That really sounds like it could be scary, and scientists say they’ve just detected such a phenomenon at the site of Yellowstone caldera.According to…
  New fossils are redefining what makes a dinosaur
Science News-17 hours ago
“There’s a very faint dimple here,” Sterling Nesbitt says, holding up a palm-sized fossil to the light. The fossil, a pelvic bone, belonged to a creature called Teleocrater rhadinus. The slender, 2-meter-long reptile ran on all …
  A mineral blueprint for finding Burgess Shale-type fossils
news.yale.edu
Scientists have identified a mineral signature for sites that are more likely to contain rare fossils that preserve evidence of soft tissue — essential information to understanding ancient life.Much of what we know about the…
  Ozone Pollution Maps Show Spikes Amid Broad Declines
eos.org
Exceptionally comprehensive new maps detail current global concentrations and 15-year trends.Surface-level ozone—a pollutant and a respiratory health hazard—is declining across most of the globe, but…

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= February 20 2018 =

Earth’s Crust Absorbs Lots of Carbon Dioxide, But Not Enough to Save Humanity
geologyin.com
The seafloor is absorbing carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most associated with climate change, according to researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia. But while the ocean bottom might someday help reverse…
  Indonesia issues volcanic ash flight warnings after Mount Sinabung erupts
The Guardian-15 hours ago
Largest eruption this year sends ash more than 7km into the sky, turning day into night across five nearby districts.Indonesia has raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano to their highest level after…
  Continental interiors may not be as tectonically stable as geologists think
Phys.Org-2 hours ago
A University of Illinois-led team has identified unexpected geophysical signals underneath tectonically stable interiors of South America and Africa. The data suggest that geologic activity within stable portions of…

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= February 18 2018 =

New Arctic Diamond Deposits Discovered
geologyin.com
Arctic Star Exploration Corp is pleased to announce the discovery of a new kimberlite on its 100% owned Timantti Diamond Project in Finland.Finnish kimberlite expert Dr Hugh O’Brien of the GTK has undertaken petrographic and…
  Newly dinosaur fossils may be found soon in Red Sea city
Egypttoday-1 hour ago
A city on the Red Sea is rich in Calcium phosphate, which is formed mainly from bones, hence new dinosaur fossils may be discovered shortly, the Head of the Nature Protection Sector in the Ministry of…
  The big asteroid believed to have fallen to Earth about 66 million years ago, resulted the…
Weekly Observer-1 hour ago
The large asteroid believed to have fallen to Earth about 66 million years ago, resulting in the disappearance of dinosaurs, has probably caused a series of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and…

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= February 16 2018 =

How to Differentiate Between Natural And Synthetic Gemstones?
geologyin.com
According to the FTC, any gemstone whether created in nature or in a lab can be classified as “real” if it contains identical mineral makeup. This means that synthetic gemstones are classified and sold as “real”, although not as…
  Stanford scientists eavesdrop on volcanic rumblings to forecast eruptions
Stanford University News-58 minutes ago
Sound waves generated by burbling lakes of lava atop some volcanoes point to greater odds of magmatic outbursts. This finding could provide advance warning to people who live near active volcanoes.A new study has shown that…
  Tracking technique could help keep captured CO2 stay underground
The Engineer-3 hours ago
Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage confirms that chemical tracers added to sequestered CO2 can give an early warning of leakage.Geological storage is a popular potential option for storing carbon dioxide captured from…
  Three earthquakes of magnitude of 3 in the space of half an hour
Iceland Monitor-2 hours ago
There are still numerous earthquakes at Grímsey island in North Iceland and this morning three were measured at 3.5 to 3.6 on the Richter scale in the space of thirty minutes.From midnight, five earthquakes were…

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= February 14 2018 =

The Biggest Landslides on Earth Caused by Very Tiny Organisms
geologyin.com
The biggest landslides on Earth aren’t on land, but on the seafloor. These mega-slides can move thousands of cubic kilometers of material, and sometimes trigger tsunamis. Yet, remarkably, they occur on nearly flat slopes of less than…
  Lucapa recovers first diamonds from Lesotho mine
mining.com
Australia’s Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) announced that, for the first time, workers at its 70% owned Mothae mine in Lesotho have recovered diamonds sourced from residual material and kimberlite stockpiles.In a press release, the…
  Consumer Confidence, Jewelry Sales, On the Rise
gia.edu
The improving economy and continued employment growth in the U.S. have Americans looking past the news of the day to go out and spend money. In Asia, the revival in the Chinese consumer market seems to be…
  Fresh Insights into What Protects Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf
eos.org
Scientists bored 755 meters through Antarctic ice and found that a layer of extremely cold, fresh water insulates part of the Ross Ice Shelf against melting.Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf is a Spain-sized sheet of ice fed by the…

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= February 12 2018 =

Crystallized Coyote Skull
geologyin.com
Created by Kansas City-based artist Shelby Burchett, originally a weaver, dye-chemist and quilter, Shelby has expanded her art practice to encompass explorations in unusual and curious materials.Such experimentation has…
  8 Trillion ‘Gallons’! Huge Blob of Magma Found Atop Undersea Volcano
livescience.com
A giant undersea caldera near Japan hosts a lava dome made from 8 trillion gallons of molten rock.The dome, which is 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) wide and 1,968 feet (600 meters) tall, is solid rock now, and it doesn’t…
  Gulf Stream Slowed as Hurricanes Struck
eos.org
Hurricanes Jose and Maria temporarily decelerated this powerful ocean current’s flow last year, according to data from an ocean glider that rode the stream between Florida and Massachusetts.Just days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in…

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= February 10 2018 =

Insects Remarkably Preserved in New Zealand Amber
geologyin.com
The discovery of fossil insects, nematodes and fungi preserved in amber from sites in Otago is shedding new light on New Zealand’s geological and biological history.University of Otago paleontologists Associate Professor…
  At Site of Japanese Volcano’s Supereruption, an Immense Lava Dome Lurks
New York Times-18 hours ago
Some 7,300 years ago, a supereruption devastated the southern islands of what is now Japan, burying most of the archipelago in thick ash. Known as the Akahoya eruption, the blast was so powerful it caused the…
  Cycles of Mountain Building Formed 2018 Winter Olympics Terrain
eos.org
The Korean Peninsula’s rich geologic history can be traced on the slopes of the alpine ski course.Over the next few weeks, wind-battered, Lycra-clad Olympic skiers will perch atop South Korea’s Yongpyong Alpine Center awaiting their…

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= February 8 2018 =

Giant Viruses May Play an Intriguing Role in Evolution of Life on Earth
geologyin.com
We all know viruses cause colds and flu this time of year, but you might be surprised to learn that a virus may have played a key role in the evolution of nearly all life forms on Earth.In a new study, a University of Iowa biologist identified…
  Check Out These Weird-Ass Ancient Proto-Spiders Trapped in Amber
Motherboard-3 minutes ago
A list of things creepier than spiders: parasitic worms, ticks, ancient proto-spiders.What, you may ask, is a proto-spider? It’s the thing that preceded spiders in evolution—the first attempt, the dry run. Thanks to two…
  A Method for Studying Dinosaurs Can Also Help Fight the Spread of the Flu
seeker.com
Dinosaurs and influenza would seem to have nothing in common, but a powerful new method of analyzing biogeographical data can be applied to both — helping to solve mysteries about long-extinct animals, while…
  Tyler Prize Honors Two Leaders in Marine and Climate Science
eos.org
The 2018 Tyler Prize—known as the “Nobel Prize for the environment”—has been awarded to Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and James McCarthy of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The…

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= February 6 2018 =

Dinosaur and Ancient Mammal Stomping Ground Found in NASA Space Flight Center
geologyin.com
A slab of sandstone discovered at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center contains at least 70 mammal and dinosaur tracks from more than 100 million years ago, according to a new paper published in the…
  A Ticking Time Bomb of Mercury Is Hidden Beneath Earth’s Permafrost
Live Science-1 minute ago
When the mercury’s rising in your thermometer, it may also be rising in the ocean.According to a new study published Feb. 5 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, theremay be more than…
  Damage Assessment by Laser Could Focus Postearthquake Response
eos.org
Airborne lidar surveys taken before and after a powerful 2016 earthquake in Japan revealed the potential for such surveys to identify hard-hit buildings quickly.Timeliness in recognizing damaged buildings after…
  THE JURASSIC COAST (OR IS IT?) WITH THE GEOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION
depositsmag.com
Since 2012, the Geologists’ Association (GA) has put on annual field trips to the Dorset coast led by Prof John CW Cope (of the National Museum Wales), who is author of the definitive Field Guide No 22. The…

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= February 4 2018 =

Natural Colored Red Diamonds the Rarest of Gemstones
geologyin.com
Natural colored red diamonds are rare, but experts say the natural red is the rarest. It is so rare such that the per carat price is about 400 percent higher than the per carat price of other natural colored diamond.But what…
  Tucson Gem and Mineral Show brings local vendors with competitive spirit
Arizona Daily Wildcat
The Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase kicked off Jan. 27, and individuals from both near and far have attended shows at over 40 locations around the city of Tucson promising “a world of international gem and mineral training, collecting and…
  Massive comet set Earth on fire and extended the Ice Age 12,000 years ago, Experts say
Science Examiner-16 hours ago
The study of this extended ice age has been jotted down in the “Journal of Geology” that states that a deep study of the ice and sediments backs up the fact that the comet impacted the temperature of the…
  Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Taiwan: USGS
Geo News, Pakistan-18 minutes ago
A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Taiwan late Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.The quake’s epicentre was around 15 kilometres (nine miles) north of the port…

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= February 1 2018 =

Giant Earthquakes Not as Random as Thought
geologyin.com
By analyzing sediment cores from Chilean lakes, an international team of scientists discovered that giant earthquakes reoccur with relatively regular intervals. When also taking into account smaller earthquakes, the…
  Earth’s mid-life crisis – new research backs ‘lull’ in the geologic record
phys.org
New research backing claims that the Earth experienced a ‘geological lull’ in its development around 2.3 to 2.2 billion years ago has just been released by Curtin University.Published today in Nature Geoscience, the research is…
Is space the next frontier for archaeology?
Ars Technica-2 hours ago
In the past 60 years, humans have left a lot of stuff on other worlds or floating in space. We’ve landed (or crashed) spacecraft on Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and Titan. Along with the…
  Lava spreads more than 2 miles from Philippine volcano
WJLA-3 hours ago
Lava flowing out a Philippine volcano has spread up to 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) since it began intense eruptions more than two weeks ago.Streaks of red glowed atop the summit of Mount Mayon during…

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= January 30 2018 =

‘Holy Grail’ of dinosaur fossils discovered in Egyptian desert
USA TODAY-14 hours ago
A new species of dinosaur has been uncovered in the Egyptian desert, a rare discovery in a part of the world not known for dino fossils.The huge animal, which was roughly the size of a school bus, is an “incredible…
  INFOGRAPHIC: The world’s most famous diamonds
mining.com
Diamonds always have – and undoubtedly always will – captivate our attention.Since the beginning of time, people have been drawn to beautiful, exquisite gems, and diamonds – regardless of the…
What You Can Look Forward to at the 2018 Tucson Gem Shows
JCK-14 hours ago
Every year, without fail, the first week of February finds me in Tucson, Ariz., attending the city’s annual confluence of gem shows. The tradition started in 1955 when the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society staged its first…
  THE ARMBOTH DYKE, LAKE DISTRICT
depositsmag.com
The Armboth Dyke makes a good half day geology excursion in a scenic but quiet part of the UK Lake District. Parking is on the west shore of Thirlmere, in a pay-and-display car park accessed by the narrow road that…

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= January 28 2018 =

The Ring of Fire
geologyin.com
The Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. The Ring of Fire is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt.In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is…
  Earth and Mars Experience Mysterious Mega-avalanches
science.howstuffworks.com
In July 2016, a massive avalanche ripped through the Aru Mountains in western Tibet. The circumstances surrounding the event were highly mysterious. There was no obvious trigger, and the…
Earthquake fault runs through Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills’ shopping district, California
phys.org
New data from state geologists show that an earthquake fault runs below Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills’ shopping district, heightening the known seismic risk in an area famous for Cartier, Gucci, Prada and other luxury brands.The…

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= January 26 2018 =

Incredibly Frozen ‘Slurpee’ Waves Spotted On The Coast Of Nantucket
geologyin.com
The cold that’s gripping the U.S. East Coast has created a magical phenomenon in Nantucket, Massachusetts: Slurpee waves.When the temperature gets below 30°F, the last thing you want to do is go outside. However, some people aren’t…
  California hit by quake SPIKE in 3 days – Ring of Fire experts on ALERT
Express.co.uk-20 hours ago
CALIFORNIA has been rocked by an earthquake measure 5.8 magnitude, with a 5.0 shock following just minutes later in a day of seismic activity along the Ring of Fire which has put Californians on alert for the…
2017 US Holiday Jewelry Sales Rise, Reports Indicate Continued Economic Growth
gia.edu
Holiday jewelry sales in the U.S. increased 5.9% in 2017, according to a Mastercard-SpendingPulse survey, and outpaced spending in general, which increased 4.9%. The survey found that jewelry buying was…
  Report Recommends Priorities for Earth Observations from Space
eos.org
The new strategic plan, which builds on earlier road maps for observing the planet, identifies top targets for satellite scrutiny for the next decade.Nearly 60 years after the launch of the United States’ first satellite, Explorer 1, a new decadal strategy for…

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= January 24 2018 =

Scientists Find Oxidized Iron Deep Within the Earth’s Interior
geologyin.com
Scientists studying the Earth’s mantle recently made an unexpected discovery. Five hundred and fifty kilometres below the Earth’s surface, they found highly oxidized iron, similar to the rust we see on our planet’s surface, within…
  Small Volcanic Crystals Could Help Predict Eruptions
Sci-News.com
Tiny crystals of clinopyroxenes that form deep in volcanoes may be the key for advance warnings before volcanic eruptions, according to a team of vulcanologists from the University of…
Irish diamond miner to expand in Finland
mining.com
Finland’s mining authority has granted Ireland’s Karelian Diamond Resources (AIM: KDR) a four-year exploration claim in the Kaavi region, located in the eastern part of the country. This license provides the holder with an…

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= January 22 2018 =

Study Sheds Light on How Fracking Increases Earthquake Risk
geologyin.com
The volume of hydraulic fracturing fluid and the location of well pads control the frequency and occurrence of measurable earthquakes, new Alberta Geological Survey and UAlberta research has found.Ryan Schultz has been…
  Global Average Temperatures in 2017 Continued Upward Trend
eos.org
Even when the warming from El Niño is removed, 2017 ranks among the hottest years on record.Earth’s average surface temperature in 2017 placed as the second or third highest on record, according to new…
A Tiny Town In Australia Is Actually Sitting On A Part Of Ancient North America
IFLScience-1 hour ago
In what looks like a case of a jigsaw mishap on a tectonic scale, a team of researchers from Curtin University (CU) has found a piece of North America – specifically, Canada – in northern Australia. This means that…

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= January 20 2018 =

Meteorite Hunters Find First Fragments of Michigan Meteor
geologyin.com
Meteorite hunters have found the first pieces of the fireball that streaked across the sky in Michigan this week.The first fragments were located Thursday by professional hunters Larry Atkins and Robert Ward of Arizona, according to the…
  Mexico shaken by 6.3 magnitude earthquake
Citizen-1 hour ago
Tourist hotspots in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula were shaken Friday by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake — but no injuries or damage were reported, authorities said.
The epicenter was located in the Gulf of California, 76 kilometers northeast of…
Geology Makes the Mayon Volcano Visually Spectacular—And Dangerously Explosive
Smithsonian-20 hours ago
Last weekend, the Philippines’ most active—and attractive—volcano, Mount Mayon, roared back to life. The 8,070-foot volcano began releasing spurts of incandescent molten rock and spewing clouds of smoke and…

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= January 18 2018 =

World’s Oldest Crocodile Eggs Discovered in Dinosaur Nest
geologyin.com
The world’s oldest crocodilian eggs laid 152 million years ago have been discovered in cliffs in Portugal.The prehistoric crocodile ancestor would have spanned two metres, based on the size of the larger…
  The Hole in the Ozone Layer Is at It’s Smallest in Nearly Three Decades
seeker.com
Higher temperatures over Antarctica this year shrank the hole in the ozone layer to the smallest it’s been since 1988.The ozone hole is a depletion of ozone gas (O3) in the stratosphere above…
Iron Readings Hint That Ocean Depth Influences Seabed Volcanism
eos.org
Scientists long doubted that changes in sea level could affect volcanoes erupting deep in the sea along mid-ocean ridges. Recently, however, measurements of iron that bubbled up as magma, released long ago…

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= January 16 2018 =

Unexpected Environmental Source of Methane Discovered
geologyin.com
An unexpected source of methane in the environment has been inadvertently discovered.Nitrogen-fixing bacteria are the chief means by which nitrogen gas in the air is changed into a form that plants and…
  Gem Diamonds shares on fire as miner finds 910-carat rock
mining.com
Shares in Africa-focused Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD) skyrocketed Monday morning after the miner announced the recovery of what it qualified as the fifth biggest gem-quality diamond ever found.The 910-carat, D colour, Type…
Stunning Fossil Discovery Reveals a New Dinosaur With Iridescent Feathers
ScienceAlert-13 hours ago
The discovery that dinosaurs were feathery, not leathery, means we’ve had to rethink how they might have looked – and now there’s evidence that at least one dinosaur could have been as brilliantly coloured as some of the…
  Scientists Identify Potential Anthropocene ‘Golden Spike’
Laboratory Equipment-3 minutes ago
The international working group, which includes geologists Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams and Colin Waters, from the University of Leicester’s School of Geography, Geology and the Environment and archaeologist Matt Edgeworth has, since…

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= January 14 2018 =

Discovering, crafting Alaska’s true gems in Fairbanks
newsminer.com
FAIRBANKS — Brothers Glenn and Joe Taylor, along with their father, decided to take a summer vacation in 1979. Inspired by Alaska Magazine, they decided to fish and prospect for gold on the Fortymile River. Six ounces of…
  Can Lightning Strikes Produce Shocked Quartz?
geologyin.com
Time and time again, Earth has been pummeled by asteroids, but that ancient record is often faded and dubious. Lightning can beat up rocks like an asteroid strike, casting doubt on past impacts.To bolster the…
Second island volcano erupting off Wewak
POST-COURIER-35 minutes ago
Biem Island, east of the erupting Kavodar Island, became active at the weekend, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird said yesterday.“At 1am (on Saturday), I was informed that Biem island volcano, as we feared, is now…

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= January 12 2018 =

Scientists Have Discovered Massive Ice Sheets on Mars
geologyin.com
Scientists Discover Massive Ice Sheets On Mars, Opens New Possibilities For Exploration Of The Planet,Mars likely held flowing water during its ancient past, possibly even vast oceans of it. Most of this precious liquid escaped into…
  Giant extinct bat burrowing bat fossil discovered in New Zealand
Fox News-4 hours ago
An artist’s impression of a New Zealand burrowing bat, Mystacina robusta, that went extinct last century. The new fossil find, Vulcanops jennyworthyae, that lived millions of years ago in New Zealand, is an ancient relative of…
NASA FINDS LAVA TUBES NEAR MOON’S NORTH POLE THAT MAY BE PASSAGEWAYS TO HIDDEN WATER
Newsweek-23 minutes ago
Small holes in a large crater near the North Pole of the moon may offer sky-lit entrances to an underground network of lava tubes, according to a new discovery. The holes could offer passageways into the…
  Finding the Oldest Fossils of Butterflies Using a Human Nose Hair
nytimes.com
Any curious kids who have caught a butterfly by hand, only to find their fingers coated in messy powder, have unknowingly brushed off the fluttering insect’s scales. These microscopic plates cover almost every part of…

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= January 10 2018 =

This Gemstone Switches Colours in an Instant
geologyin.com
Hackmanite is an important variety of sodalite.Photochromism is a process that can be described as a change of color upon exposure to light. A mineral that possesses this property is said to be photochromic.The…
  USGS: Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit Caribbean Sea north of Honduras
fox6now.com-11 hours ago
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to warn people around the region to be alert to the…
FOLKLORE OF FOSSIL FISH
depositsmag.com
Fish are the most diverse animals with backbones – that is, vertebrates – living today. Bone and teeth of fishes abound in the fossil record, from the armour-plated, primitive fishes of the Devonian, through the cartilaginous sharks with…

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= January 8 2018 =

Calcite Fossilized Clams Collecting in Florida
geologyin.com
Calcite Fossilized Clams Collecting in The Fort Drum Mine, also known as the Rucks Pit or Fort Drum Crystal Mine,Calcite crystals represent the most commonly-collected mineral from Florida. As most of Florida is…
  India Rough Gemstone Show opens doors to visitors
Diamond World Magazine-2 hours ago
There could not have been more apt venue for the India Rough Gemstone Show (IRGS) which commenced in Jaipur today. The Pink city being the hub of colour gemstone business, the inaugural edition of…
1000 year old mysterious Aztec stone shrine unearthed in Mexico depicts ancient map of Universe
The TeCake-48 minutes ago
A group of Archaeologists has discovered an ancient stone shrine that is believed to be designed by the Aztec civilization. The Aztec stone shrine has a pictorial representation of the vast universe on…

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= January 6 2018 =

The 5 largest gold nuggets that still exist
mining.com
Throughout gold rush and gold mining history, the discovery of a large gold nugget is a phenomenon which always causes excitement throughout a mining community as well as capturing the wider public’s imagination. It has probably…
  GEMFIELDS and FABERGÉ unveil laser-inscribed emerald
diamondworld.net
Gemfields and Fabergé are delighted to unveil what is believed to be the world’s first emerald, laser-inscribed with traceability information and a personalised message.The 4.11 carat, lively green emerald-cut gemstone was mined at…
Geologist warns Yakima-area landslide could be worse than officials expect
Seattle Times-52 minutes ago
An expert in the geology of Central Washington warned Friday that a landslide from Rattlesnake Ridge near Yakima could be much more destructive than government officials project, slamming into Interstate 82 and the…
  THE MUSÉE-PARC DES DINOSAURES (DINOSAUR MUSEUM-PARK) IN MÈZE, FRANCE
depositsmag.com
Just a few kilometres inland from the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France, and not too far from Montpellier, is an extraordinary theme park. Driving along the D613 from Mèze towards Pezenas, a life size model of a Spinosaurus comes into…

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= January 4 2018 =

An In-Depth Gemological Study of Blue Sapphires from Pailin, Cambodia
gia.edu
The Cambodian province of Pailin is an important historical locality that has produced many fine but often small stones for over a century. Currently, just a few mechanized mining operations remain active around Pailin; artisanal miners…
  Are you more suited for gemstones instead of diamonds?
praguepost.com
I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance; you can only admire it.” ~ Elizabeth TaylorLet’s be honest; beautiful gemstones always attract the eye, and when…
  Researchers measure the interior of two stars, find our models weren’t quite right
ZME Science-14 hours ago
For the first time, an international team of astronomers used stellar oscillations to determine the inner structure of two stars. Their work reveals that not everything is as we believed in the core of these hot bodies.As different as stars and planets may…

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= January 2 2018 =

Diamond sorter to jail for $500K theft
mining.com
Four employees at the state-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company were found guilty of conniving to steal diamonds worth half a million dollars while replacing them with fake gems.According to…
  Scientists construct new theory of Yellowstone’s supervolcano hotspot
Inhabitat-1 hour ago
Scientists at the University of Illinois have constructed a new theory on how the hotspot beneath Yellowstone National Park‘s supervolcano gets its heat. “A robust result from these models is that the heat source behind the…
  China Wants To Send Seeds And Insects To The Moon
ValueWalk-1 hour ago
China seems to want to prevail over other countries when it comes to space missions. The country wants to conduct several missions in 2018, and some of them include a pair of lunar missions which include landing on the…

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= December 31 2017 =

Scientists Identified 6 Volcanoes We Should Be Watching for Eruptions in 2018
geologyin.com
The eruption of Mount Agung on the island of Bali has sparked worldwide media interest, yet volcanic eruptions in Indonesia are nothing new.Of the country’s 139 “active” volcanoes, 18 currently have raised alert levels, signifying higher than…
  History in the ground: The earth under your feet tells a story from the past
Las Vegas Sun-5 hours ago
Archaeology is the study of human artifacts and remains.Paleontology is the study of fossils (all kinds, not just dinosaurs).Both archaeologists and paleontologists unearth interesting information about the past, and their work can…
  Giant Pacific Octopus Is Actually Two Separate Species
I4U News-6 hours ago
Researchers have determined that giant Pacific octopus – the largest known octopus on Earth – is actually two distinct species. The discovery was made possible by several years of research.Giant Pacific octopus is…

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= December 29 2017 =

How Does a Trapiche Emerald Form?
geologyin.com
Trapiche minerals are characterized by crystallographically equivalent growth sectors that are separated by more or less sharp boundaries of inclusions.A rare type of emerald known as a Trapiche Emerald is occasionally found in the…
  Why are bluestone rings so popular?
Best in Australia-4 hours ago
With the rising variety of gemstones available in today’s market, colour has been found to take top priority over everything else. Many statistical studies conducted by esteemed media outlets have shown that most…
  Mars’ effect on water spurs study on life in outer space
The Straits Times-18 hours ago
The Martian surface – barren, frozen and inhospitable – once had water and with it, the potential to sustain life.Scientists had thought that the water on Mars had evaporated into the atmosphere. A recent discovery…

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= December 27 2017 =

Scientists Found a Massive Volume of Water 1,000km Inside Earth
geologyin.com
Scientists have found a massive volume of water 1,000km inside of our planet, around a third way to Earth’s core: “This water is much deeper than ever found before, at a third of the way to the edge of Earth’s core.”A research published by…
  Scientists Discover Stromboli-Like Eruption on Volcanic Moon
eos.org
Twenty years ago, “something huge, powerful, and energetic happened at the surface of Io,” said Ashley Davies, a volcanologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Davies and his colleagues think they’ve discovered…
  The Second Life of Mongolian Fossils
The Atlantic-2 hours ago
In downtown Ulaanbaatar, on a pedestal in the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, stands a 70-million-year-old Tarbosaurus bataar dinosaur from the southern Gobi Desert. In 2012, the Tarbosaurus was very nearly…

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= December 25 2017 =

Graff buys another giant diamond from Sierra Leone
mining.com
The chairman of Graff Diamonds, Laurence Graff, bought a 476-carat stone from Sierra Leone, called the Meya Prosperity Diamond.The rock was unearthed back in November by Meya Mining, a company jointly owned by…
  Mammoth Fossils Discovered Under Los Angeles Subway by Construction Workers
geologyin.com
Construction workers who are extending a subway line in Los Angeles’s west side have uncovered fossils from 10,000 years ago. When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into…
The first photosynthesis happened 1.25 billion years ago, reveals study
Zee News-10 hours ago
New Delhi: Identifying and analysing an algae fossil, believed to be the world’s oldest known direct ancestor of modern plants and animals, scientists have revealed that the process of photosynthesis in plants first…
  Students Get Help from Weather Radar to Find Space Rock Remains
eos.org
Teens helped by scientists and educators seek meteorites that plunged into Lake Michigan early this year. Weather radar guided the search for the projectiles.Some people travel the world in search of meteorites, prizing these…

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= December 23 2017 =

Geologists Think They Finally Know Why Earthquakes Happen in The ‘Wrong’ Places
geologyin.com
Somewhere in Eastern Tennessee the ground seems to quiver ever so gently, only to swiftly pass and leave those who felt it to question if it even happened. Seismologists record it, noting once again – far from the boundary of any…
  Sleeping Volcanoes in Iceland Could Awaken From The Kiss of Melting Glaciers
Infosurhoy-4 hours ago
Iceland’s volcanoes coated in glaciers could start erupting more often in the distant future—thanks to climate change, according to a study published last month.The study, published in Geology, investigated a historical period of…
World’s oldest algae fossils date back 1 billion years, study finds
Daily Sabah-5 hours ago
Scientists at Canada’s McGill University finally managed to resolve a long-standing mystery over the age of world’s oldest algae fossils, which were first discovered in rocks in 1990.According to the…

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= December 21 2017 =

Gems in a bottle: For scientists, precious stones hold messages from Earth’s molten heart
The Independent-14 hours ago
Stones like emeralds, sapphires and rubies are more than just financially valuable or aesthetically valued. Each one is a glittering clue to the extreme physical, chemical and tectonic forces at…
  What Is Turgite?
geologyin.com
Originally described from Turjinskii Mine (Turginsk Mine) in Russia, turgite is generally considered a variety of two more common minerals – goethite and hematite. Often referred to as a “variety” of either…
OnlyinCanada: Homeless man helps recover lost diamond ring
mining.com
A homeless youth who got a 14-carat gold ring with square-cut diamonds by mistake has returned the jewel to its owner.Trinda Gajek, a nurse working in Nanaimo, British Columbia, had put the ring inside her wallet and…
  Get Ready for More Volcanic Eruptions as the Planet Warms
Scientific American-3 hours ago
Tens of thousands of people have evacuated their land in Bali as the nearby volcano Mount Agung angrily spits ash and its magma rises. Many Balinese hold the mountain sacred and accept its…

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= December 19 2017 =

Scientists Solve Mystery of Dinosaur Mass Grave
geologyin.com
The abundance of allosaur fossils in the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has puzzled palaeontologists for decades, over 15,000 bones have been discovered and it believed thousands more still lay in the ground, and now a new study may have…
  Preliminary Observations on Facet-Grade Ruby from Longido, Tanzania
gia.edu
With rubies discovered about 100 years ago, the Longido district of Tanzania is one of the longest-known occurrences in Africa. The deposit is famous for its “ruby-in-zoisite,” consisting of large red corundum crystals in…
  Heat from Below Pacific Ocean Fuels Yellowstone
Laboratory Equipment-30 minutes ago
Recent stories in the national media are magnifying fears of a catastrophic eruption of the Yellowstone volcanic area, but scientists remain uncertain about the likelihood of such an event. To better understand the region’s subsurface geology, University of…
  Pastor who found giant diamond in Sierra Leone to get less cash than promised
mining.com
Media reports from Sierra Leone say that Pastor Emmanuel Momoh will not receive the entire proceeds from the sale of the giant ‘Peace Diamond,’ which he found in the Kono district, located in the Eastern Province of…
  Advanced Satellite Tracks Air Pollution in Extraordinary Detail
eos.org
A new Earth-observing satellite called Sentinel-5P carries an advanced atmosphere-monitoring instrument that can scan Earth at a higher resolution than any other such instrument in orbit. The novel multispectral imaging spectrometer aboard the…

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= December 17 2017 =

Dinosaur Parasites Found Filled With Blood and Trapped in Amber
geologyin.com
Fossil Discovery Shows Ticks Sucked the Blood of Feathered Dinosaurs Almost 100 Million Years Ago.Fossilised ticks discovered trapped and preserved in amber show that these parasites sucked the blood of…
  Alrosa recovers huge yellow diamond from Yakutia mine
mining.com
The world’s largest diamond producer by output, Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), announced today the recovery of a large gem-quality diamond of 98.63 carats from its historic Jubilee (Yubileynaya) pipe, located in the…
  New Horizon’s next target may have a mysterious moon
The Space Reporter-5 hours ago
NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft’s next target may be two objects, instead of one as previously believed.The New Horizon probe is known for its flyby of Pluto in 2015. That mission helped astronomers get a better idea of the…
  GIANT VOLCANO ERUPTING IN BALI COULD HELP PREDICT FUTURE DEADLY LAVA FLOWS
Newsweek-2 hours ago
Understanding what a volcano might do requires having great data about what’s happening under Earth’s surface, and that data is really hard to get. But there’s a whole fleet of satellites run by partnerships between governments and…
 

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= December 15 2017 =

Rare Mineral Found Only in Ancient Meteorite Impact Crater
geologyin.com
Reidite is a rare mineral that has been found only in four crater impacts: the Chesapeake Bay Crater in Virginia, Ries Crater in Germany, Xiuyan Crater in China, and Rock Elm Crater in Wisconsin in the United States.Researchers…
  Pre-Holiday Gem Orders ‘Encouraging,’ Mixed Results for Auctions
gia.edu
Diamond and gemstone dealers report that pre-holiday orders from U.S. and Chinese retailers are “encouraging,” with good demand for affordable qualities and higher-end stones. Requests for so-called “bread and butter” middle-quality goods are also improving after sagging for the…
  Skye high impact: Geologists in Scotland discover a 60-million-year-old meteorite strike
Science Daily-21 hours ago
Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland’s Isle of Skye found something out-of-this-world instead: ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact. The discovery, the first…
  Boiled or Raw, Snail Shells Keep an Environmental Archive
eos.org
Snail shells discovered at archaeological sites might still accurately record past weather and vegetation despite being the leftovers of a past meal.New research shows that snail shells retain their carbon and…
 

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= December 13 2017 =

Nuclear Technology Unlocks 50-Million-Year-Old Time Capsules
geologyin.com
A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia’s prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved palaeobiological artefacts from the time of…
  A way to predict sinkholes under spas near the Dead Sea
The Economist-14 minutes ago
THE Dead Sea is, as its name implies, far too salty to be of use to fishermen or farmers. But its mineral-rich waters are valued by the owners of the spas that thrive along its shores in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territory of the West Bank. The…
  Climate Change May Take Some of the Air Out of Wind Power
seeker.com
Rising temperatures are projected to calm winds across the Northern Hemisphere’s middle latitudes, including the American Midwest, where wind energy accounts for a double-digit share of electricity generation in…
  Hurricanes Expose Vulnerabilities in Puerto Rico Seismic Network
eos.org
Could overreliance on cell networks to transmit data leave instruments in the dark after the next storm hits?In the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, much of Puerto Rico still suffers from lack of electricity and cell phone signals, not to…
 

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= December 11 2017 =

How Does Opal Get Its Color?
geologyin.com
What causes the colours in opal? How does opal get its colour? Where do opals get their colours? What is the structure of opals? Why does opal have colour?Opal hues can range across the…
  CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE (CCS) – USING GEOLOGY TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
depositsmag.com
Practically everyone has an opinion on climate change by now, although for the vast majority of scientists, the weight of evidence is overwhelming – emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are…
  How NASA plans to bring back samples from Mars
Times Now-1 hour ago
NASA has revealed how it plans to bring back Martian samples to Earth for the first time with the help of its next rover mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.
After landing on Mars, a drill will capture…

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= December 8 2017 =

This New, Duck-like Dinosaur Is So Wacky Scientists Thought It Was Fake
geologyin.com
Halszkaraptor escuilliei is thought to have lived around 71-75m years ago and had a swan-like neck, razor-sharp “killer claws” and a duck-billed snout.The last few years have yielded some truly bizarre dinosaur…
  Geologists disprove theory about what stopped the formation of the Midcontinent Rift
Phys.Org-1 hour ago
Geologists have corrected a mix-up that made an ancient geological structure in the central U.S. seem hundreds of miles shorter than it really is. The biggest failed rift known to geologists is even bigger than…
  This 530-Million-Year-Old Fossil Could Be The Oldest Eye Ever Discovered
ScienceAlert-9 hours ago
Palaeontologists have found what could well be the oldest example of a fossilised eye the world has ever seen, preserved for over half a billion years.It belongs to a trilobite – a class of once-abundant early arthropods that peaked in the…

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= December 6 2017 =

Future Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Dry Out California
geologyin.com
Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California’s rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists.The…
  Huge Bubble of Hot Rock May Be Rising Under New England
National Geographic-22 hours ago
At first glance, New England doesn’t seem like a hotbed of geologic activity. The region doesn’t have any rumbling volcanoes. Earthquakes are almost unheard of. And its mountains are…
  DNA Analysis Reveals the True Identity of Himalayan Yetis
seeker.com
Researchers evaluated supposed Yeti excrement, hairs, and other remains and concluded that the myth is likely rooted in scary encounters with bears.Yeti, aka the Abominable Snowman, has…
  AUSTRALIA’S POLAR CRETACEOUS MAMMALS
depositsmag.com
The Cenozoic Era is commonly referred to as the ‘Age of Mammals’. That is certainly the time in the history of life when their fossils are most abundant and diverse. However, two-thirds of mammalian history was…
 

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= December 4 2017 =

6 Places Where Can You Go to Dig for Gemstones in California
geologyin.com
Similar to the therapeutic relaxation of tossing a fishing line or hand-pressing fresh dough, a methodic hunt of natural resources—that is, finding gems—is worth a vacation, too. Consider taking a vacation to one of…
  The way we were—climate and human evolution
Phys.Org-2 hours ago
It has been an extraordinary year of explorations and discoveries at the Earth Institute. During the month of December, as 2017 draws to a close, we will be sharing stories that highlight some of the…
  Scientists stunned by massive discovery about dinosaurs
BABW News-15 hours ago
Scientists have figured out a way to transform alligator scales into feathers in a laboratory, which could provide vital clues in how dinsoaurs evolved into birds. It’s one of the biggest developments in the…

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= December 2 2017 =

Hundreds of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found in China
geologyin.com
The largest clutch of pterosaurs eggs ever discovered suggests that the extinct flying reptiles may have gathered together in vast colonies to lay their eggs.An invaluable collection of more than 200 eggs is…
  Alrosa’s 51-carat Dynasty diamond fails to sell at auction
mining.com
Russia’s most expensive diamond ever polished in the country, a giant 51.4-carat gem part of the iconic Dynasty collection, has failed to sell in an online auction held this week.Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the…
  ALL CHANGE AT SELSEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK
depositsmag.com
Issue 26 of Deposits magazine in the Spring of 2011 included my article on fossil collecting at Bracklesham Bay in West Sussex, following in the footsteps of my guide book on Fossil hunting at…

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= November 30 2017 =

Geophysicists Uncover New Evidence for an Alternative Style of Plate Tectonics
geologyin.com
Scientists have determined that a volcano and mountain plateau across Turkey formed not by the collision of tectonic plates, but by a massive detachment of plate material beneath Earth’s surface. They propose that uplift of the…
  Ice Caves atop a Volcano Give Taste of Otherworldly Science
eos.org
Researchers brave perils and tumbling trash, probing glacial caves on Mount Rainier to understand its extraordinary environment and help advance space exploration.A labyrinth of icy caves snakes for…
  Archaeologists find connection between metalwork and Iron Age feasting rituals
mining.com
Archaeologists with the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom unearthed a unique collection of Iron Age metal artifacts, which sheds new light on feasting rituals among prehistoric communities.Found during an excavation at…
  Bali’s Agung – using ‘volcano forensics’ to map the past, and predict the future
Phys.Org-1 hour ago
Mount Agung, known locally as Gunung Agung, is a 3,142 metre high volcano located at the eastern end of the island of Bali, Indonesia.It’s erupting ash and steam right now, and has been since…
 

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= November 28 2017 =

Antarctic Zircons Tell Story of Early Volcanism
geologyin.com
Geoscientists from Michigan Technological University, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and ETH Zurich have traced the age and chemical signatures stored in tiny zircon minerals to examine the recycling of…
  Acid mine drainage: water still an issue
Mining Review-3 hours ago
Water quality has become topical in the aftermath of the contamination in the Olifants River catchment as well the surfacing of acid mine drainage.The issue of water quality has become topical in the…
  Exact Moonlight Measurements Could Aid Earth-Observing Missions
eos.org
A new telescope’s unprecedented study of subtle variations in lunar light could finally give Earth-facing satellites a common reference point for their observations.As our nearest neighbor in space, the Moon is one of the most…

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= November 26 2017 =

Bali Volcano Erupts for the Second Time in a Week, Disrupting Flights
geologyin.com
Volcano rumbled into life with a series of eruptions that temporarily disrupted international flights to the tourist destination.A second eruption in less than a week of the Mount Agung volcano in Bali has intensified the…
  Mystery Of The Ancient Glacial Lake
PembinaValleyOnline.com-17 hours ago
An element which carved much of the land Manitoba is today was shrouded in mystery due to scientific jargon.Bill Redekop, Writer-Reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, wanted to unravel the mystery of the…
  Geologist discovers 2 billion-year-old microfossils of the ‘earliest forms of life’ on Earth
Brinkwire (press release)-2 hours ago
A geologist in India has found evidence of what is being called the “earliest forms of life” — two billion-year-old prokaryotic microfossils. The discovery was made in the central part of India by Naresh Ghose in the Gwalior basin of…

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= November 24 2017 =

Scientists Discovered Mineral in Earth’s Mantle Could Make Internet 1,000-times Faster
geologyin.com
A “miracle material” found deep within the Earth’s mantle could hold the key to ultra-high-speed communications and computing, researchers say.Scientists from the University of Utah discovered that a type of…
  Climate change could increase volcano eruptions
Gears Of Biz-2 hours ago
A new study, led by the University of Leeds, has found that there was less volcanic activity in Iceland when glacier cover was more extensive and as the glaciers melted volcanic eruptions increased due to…
  Gem Diamonds finds seventh largest rock this year at Lesotho mine
mining.com
Africa-focused Gem Diamonds’ (LON:GEMD) has found a 202-carat rough diamond at its flagship Letšeng mine in Lesotho, bringing the number of 100-carat-plus stones the company has found this year to…
  Going underground: Cambridge digs into the history of geology with landmark exhibition
Atlas Obscura-21 hours ago
A box full of diamonds, volcanic rock from Mount Vesuvius, and the geology guide that Darwin packed for his epic voyage on the Beagle will go on display in Cambridge this week as part of the first major exhibition to…
 

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= November 22 2017 =

Clay Mineral Waters Earth’s Mantle From the Inside
geologyin.com
The first observation of a super-hydrated phase of the clay mineral kaolinite could improve our understanding of processes that lead to volcanism and affect earthquakes. In high-pressure and high-temperature X-ray measurements that were…
  Life from Earth may already exist on alien planets after being carried there by tiny specks of space dust
dailymail.co.uk
Space dust may have transported alien bugs to Earth and terrestrial microbes to other planets, research suggests.The theory comes from scientists in Edinburgh who have studied powerful flows of interplanetary dust that can…
  Plans underway for world’s biggest offshore diamond mining vessel
mining.com
Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 joint venture between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers Group, today announced it is planning for the construction of the world’s largest custom-built diamond mining…
  These Beautiful, Swirling Images Are Maps of Washington’s Geology
Atlas Obscura-21 hours ago
In Washington State, the land sweeps and swirls, rises and buckles. It’s a dramatic enough landscape when seen with the human eye, but the green vegetation that covers the land is also hiding its…
 

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= November 20 2017 =

World’s Largest Pink Diamond Fails to Sell
geologyin.com
The 37.3-carat cushion-shaped stone, known as the “Raj Pink” and mounted on a ring, was billed as the star lot at Sotheby’s semi-annual jewelry sale in the Swiss city.The pre-sale estimate for the diamond, found in…
  Massive earthquake strikes Pacific Ocean triggering tsunami warning near Australia
express.co.uk
AN earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude struck off the coast of Australia sparking a tsunami warning.The powerful force emerged in the Pacific east of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.The Pacific Tsunami Warning…
  Zsa Zsa Gabor’s diamond necklace could fetch up to $1.5 million
mining.com
A diamond necklace owned by the late actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is expected to sell for between $1.2 and $1.5 million at auction.Forbes reported on Friday that the stunning necklace, made by Harry Winston in 1964, features…
  Deadly earthquakes could hit a BILLION people next year because of Earth’s slowing rotation
Daily Mail-4 hours ago
Swarms of devastating earthquakes are set to arrive next year due to the slowing of Earth’s rotation, scientists claim.Experts warn we ‘had it easy this year’ with just six severe earthquakes.Next year we could…
 

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= November 18 2017 =

Mysteries Huge Hole Opens Up in Minas Gerais, Brazil
geologyin.com
Residents of a farm in Coromandel in Alto Paranaíba were surprised by a geological phenomenon last week. A giant hole, which would have been about 20 meters in diameter, appeared on a soybean plantation. Scientists from the…
  Hawai‘i Volcano Watch: Saddle Road Drive Reveals Outstanding Volcanic Geology
Big Island Now-15 hours ago
Route 200, the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, crosses Humu‘ula Saddle, which separates Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the two largest volcanoes on the Island of Hawaiʻi. This Saddle showcases outstanding volcanic geology and…
  THE ERZBERG MINE IN AUSTRIA – AN IRON ORE RESERVE WITH A LONG TRADITION
depositsmag.com
The Erzberg Mine is situated in the Austrian county of Styria. From a geological point of view, it belongs to the so-called greywacke zone, which represents a band of Palaeozoic metamorphosed sedimentary rocks intercalated between the…

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= November 16 2017 =

35-metre Sauropod Created World’s Longest Dinosaur Trackway
geologyin.com
Giant Jurassic-era Dinosaur Made the World’s Longest Tracks Around 150 Million Years Ago.In 2009, the world’s largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains.Since…
  Meteorite’s origins point to possible undiscovered asteroid
Phys.Org-1 hour ago
A new analysis of a meteorite called Bunburra Rockhole has revealed that the rock originated from a previously unknown parent asteroid, allowing scientists to understand the geology of the…
  Mystery Quakes May Be Among World’s Longest-Lived Aftershocks
eos.org
New evidence about where a major earthquake struck central Washington State 145 years ago raises the possibility that today’s unusually frequent quakes in the area still echo that 1872 event.Central Washington State isn’t known for…

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= November 14 2017 =

Scientists Have Finally Solved the Mystery of How Volcanic Lightning Forms
geologyin.com
The secret of what causes volcanic lightning – a strange and violent form of lightning that only happens inside the ash clouds of erupting volcanoes – has finally been cracked.Not only have researchers in Germany figured out where…
  Second large diamond in a year unearthed in Sierra Leone
mining.com
Another huge diamond has been released from the Earth’s clutches following an astounding discovery in the West African country earlier this year.Sierra Leone’s Minerals Agency announced on Saturday that a 476-carat diamond was…
  Chiba could get geologic age named after it, a first from Japan
Asahi Shimbun-6 hours ago
Strata of rock discovered in Chiba Prefecture could be recognized as a boundary on the international geologic time scale, which would be a first for Japan.Japanese scientists have suggested calling the…
  Retail Group Sees Good Holiday; Fancy Color Diamonds Cap Auction Season
gia.edu
The U.S. National Retail Federation predicts that overall holiday spending will increase 3.6% to 4% over last year, citing a strong economy and rising confidence in employment and wages.The trade group noted that retailers have been…
 

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= November 12 2017 =

Researchers Catch Mysterious “Living Fossil” Off The Coast Of Portugal
geologyin.com
The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of…
  Scientists: Mars within 1 million years of “Wake up” the volcano
The Quebec Times-15 hours ago
Astrophysics, specializing in Geology, suggest that over the next 1 million years on Mars may be volcanic eruption. Scientists have recorded small tectonic movements of the plates that speak of “life” in the bowels of the…
  FOSSIL CRUSTACEANS AS PARASITES AND HOSTS
depositsmag.com
Who would like to carry a parasite? I bet not many people would like to have one or more. They are nevertheless very common in humans and in other organisms, and can affect entire food webs including keystone species. They…
 

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= November 10 2017 =

Why Did the Earth’s Ancient Oceans Disappear?
geologyin.com
We think of oceans as being stable and permanent. However, they move at about the same speed as your fingernails grow. Geoscientists at CEED, University of Oslo have found a novel way of mapping the Earth’s ancient oceans.The…
  How do you stop the next mass extinction? Look to the past
Phys.Org-3 hours ago
Black rhinos, red wolves, whooping cranes: the global list of endangered species grows every year to the point where some researchers say we’re witnessing the start of Earth’s next mass extinction.University of…
  Chemists May Have Found the ‘Missing Link’ to the First Life on Earth
seeker.com
The search for the ancient chemical origins of life has a new candidate — a multitasking enzyme that may have set the evolutionary ball rolling.Four billion years ago, Earth was covered in a watery sludge swarming with…
 

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= November 8 2017 =

T. Rex Used Its Tiny Arms to ‘Viciously Slash’ Prey With Huge, Deadly Gashes
geologyin.com
The T Rex’s tiny baby arms might have been way more devastating than you can possibly imagine.One of the largest and most terrifying predators to ever hunt upon the planet’s surface had funny-looking, pipsqueak…
  Alumni Marry – and Create Award-Winning Fluorescent, Phosphorescent Diamond Necklace
gia.edu
Maggie Nelson, who moved from her rural Minnesota hometown as a young girl in 1971 to study gemology at GIA in the Los Angeles beach community of Santa Monica, couldn’t have known that her cross-country adventure would begin…
  HUTTON’S UNCONFORMITY AND THE BIRTH OF ‘DEEP TIME’
depositsmag.com
I sometimes ask a question to students in an introductory class about geology: “What is the most famous geological site in the world?” For students from the western hemisphere, the Grand Canyon in the…
 

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= November 6 2017 =

Another Large Yellow Diamond Unearthed
geologyin.com
Alrosa has recovered a 34.17-carat fancy vivid yellow rough diamond in northeastern Russia, the miner’s largest fancy-colored stone this year. The diamond, found by Alrosa affiliate Almazy Anabara at its…
  How some dinosaur discoveries might be wishful scientific thinking
Phys.Org-11 hours ago
According to Catholic doctrine, transubstantiation is the process whereby the bread and wine of the Holy Mass are transformed into the body and blood of Christ. I am unaware of any rigorous chemical investigations into…
  Mammals Remained in the Shadows Until Dinosaurs Went Extinct
seeker.com
When dinosaurs died out, many mammals evolved from being nocturnal to diurnal, and the primate ancestors of humans were among the first to do so.Not all was doom and gloom after dinosaurs went extinct around 65 million years ago. Before that…
 

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= November 4 2017 =

How the Color or Clarity of Gemstones Is Altered?
geologyin.com
Treatment refers to any process other than cutting and polishing that improves the appearance of the color or clarity, or that are used to alter the appearance (color, clarity or phenomena), durability, value, or supply of a gemstone.Today, most…
  Newly discovered volcanic rock minerals may offer new insights into earth’s evolution
Gears Of Biz-9 hours ago
The first 1.5 billion years of Earth’s evolution is subject to considerable uncertainty due to the lack of any significant rock record prior to four billion years ago and a very limited record until about three billion years ago. Rocks of…
  HUMBLE FLINT SEA URCHINS AND THE STORIES THEY TELL
depositsmag.com
Flint is a very hard-wearing rock from the chalk of the Upper Cretaceous. Whole beaches made of flint pebbles can be found many miles away from the chalk strata that the nodules originated in, owing to the…
 

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= November 2 2017 =

Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is ‘Ready To Erupt’
geologyin.com
Is another ash cloud about to cause travel chaos? Iceland’s biggest volcano is ‘preparing to erupt’ after being rocked by four earthquakes, warns expert.Geologists are closely monitoring Iceland’s biggest volcano after…
  Mongolian Microfossils Could Be Earth’s First Animals
seeker.com
Tiny fossils no larger than the thickness of a human fingernail could represent the base of the animal kingdom’s tree of life.Transitional moments are often hard to pinpoint in evolutionary history. Because changes to…
  Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
Space Daily-8 hours ago
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms — slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed.But new research suggests alien life forms wouldn’t necessarily be exotic or especially strange. Aliens might, in…
 

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= October 31 2017 =

Signatures of Dinosaur Poop Found in Cretaceous Coal Seams
eos.org
Coal analysis suggests that plant-eating dinosaurs, by walking kilometers between their picnic areas and their toilets, distributed important nutrients widely and boosted ecosystem health.Carnivorous dinosaurs may get all the…
  Solid demand for large stones boosts Gem Diamonds sales
mining.com
Sales from Africa-focused Gem Diamonds’ (LON:GEMD) iconic Letšeng mine increased sharply in the third quarter as improved demand for high-value rough precious rocks boosted prices, the…
  Climate Scientists Are Obsessed With Two Mysterious Boulders In The Bahamas
NDTV-13 hours ago
Atop a jagged, 50 foot high cliff on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera sit two enormous boulders, known as “The Cow and the Bull.” Each is several times taller than a person; the squatter and wider of the…
  Geospatial Analysis of California Wildfires Shows What Actually Burned
seeker.com
Geospatial analysis processes vast amounts of data in order to gain fresh insights on large-scale events, like crop failures or natural disasters.This month’s wildfires in northern California were the worst in the…
 

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= October 29 2017 =

A Layer of Industrial Chemicals Could Mark the Beginning of a New Geological Age
seeker.com
Researchers propose that the flood of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products produced after World War II provides a maker for the onset of a new geological epoch, the…
  Cracks in ridge near Union Gap lead to investigation
Yakima Herald-Republic-1 hour ago
Recently discovered cracks on a ridge that divides the Upper and Lower Valleys has prompted an investigation and caused a quarry to move its operations south, away from the area.Experts say it’s too…
FOSSIL FOLKLORE: SOME MYTHS, MONSTERS, SWALLOWS AND BUTTERFLIES
depositsmag.com
Myths are traditional stories embodying ancient yet false ideas. At the root of many myths lie unusual events, for example, extreme floods, or mysterious objects such as fossils. Numerous myths about different kinds of…

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= October 27 2017 =

Ancient Footprints Reveal New Megatheropod Dinosaur Species From Southern Africa
geologyin.com
Jurassic Park timing was correct. Huge dinosaurs DID exist before the Cretaceous period. An international team of scientists has discovered the first evidence that a huge carnivorous dinosaur roamed…
  Yellowstone supervolcano erupted twice 630000 years ago
ZME Science-1 hour ago
As the name implies, a supervolcano is just like a volcano, only on a far grander scale (ejecta volume greater than 1,000 km3). One of the hallmarks of a supervolcano is that it forms a wide depression called…
  Geologists Return from Expedition to Chicxulub Impact Crater
sci-news.com
The Chicxulub crater is the only well-preserved peak-ring crater on Earth and linked to the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction, an event 65 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs as well as nearly…
  Vedanta, Adani may bid for exploration of around 32 million carats of diamonds in Madhya Pradesh
Business Today-10 hours ago
Indian resources conglomerates Adani and Vedanta are considering bidding for a $9 billion diamond project in the country that was abandoned by global miner Rio Tinto this year, according to multiple sources with…
 

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= October 25 2017 =

Fossils from the world’s oldest trees reveal complex anatomy never seen before
HeritageDaily-2 hours ago
Fossils from a 374-million-year-old tree found in north-west China have revealed an interconnected web of woody strands within the trunk of the tree that is much more intricate than that of the…
  Corals Eat Plastic Because They Like the Taste
geologyin.com
Scientists: Corals Eat Plastic for the Taste, Not by Accident,Corals eat plastic because they are drawn to its taste, new research indicates.Scientists have long known that marine animals mistakenly eat plastic debris because the…
  Map Provides High-Resolution Look at Nearly Entire Arctic Region
eos.org
Researchers highlight the value of the time element incorporated into imagery and having a baseline for revisiting and comparing topography.“The Arctic, before we started, was one of the…
  Analysis: How could the Agung volcano in Bali affect global temperatures?
Carbon Brief-24 minutes ago
While human activity has been the dominant driver of climate change over the past century, natural factors can influence short-term variations in global temperature.Major volcanic eruptions, in…
 

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= October 23 2017 =

9.7 million-year-old ape teeth found in Germany open debate about human history
The Local Germany-1 hour ago
A team of archaeologists in southwestern Germany uncovered teeth millions of years old likely belonging to an ancient Euroasian primate in September last year. But after the find was made official on Friday, discussion over the…
  Zircon as Earth’s Timekeeper: Are We Reading the Clock Right?
geologyin.com
The researchers’ findings have been published in Earth-Science Reviews. The paper, Use and abuse of zircon-based thermometers: A critical review and a recommended approach to identify antecrystic zircons, also…
  The Underwater Continent of Zealandia Could Predict Earth’s Future
Inverse-55 minutes ago
When you’re six hundred miles away from land, hunting for a lost continent aboard a ship in the Tasman Sea in the between Australia and New Zealand, the blue-black waves won’t offer any clues. Days on the…
  Hong Kong Show 2017: Demand Improved, But Still Spotty
gia.edu
Demand for loose diamonds was stronger than expected at the September 2017 Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. Most was centered in very specific sizes and qualities, with the market favoring larger companies that…
 

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= October 21 2017 =

Alrosa has just unearthed another large yellow diamond, hits annual record of massive findings
mining.com
The world’s top diamond producer by output, said its affiliate Almazy Anabara has unearthed a 34.17-carat yellow rock at the Ebelyakh alluvial deposit in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).The diamond is the…
  A Case of Mistaken Identity?
gia.edu
Identifying a gemstone by color alone can lead to a case of mistaken identity, as numerous examples have shown over the course of history.Take the most famous pretender, the Black…
  Earth’s Underworld is Real and Scientists Just Mapped It
geologyin.com
Scientists have created an ‘Atlas of the Underworld,’ compiling of oceans and mountains lost to Earth’s history.At intersections of tectonic plates worldwide, slabs of ocean crust dive into the mantle, part of the…
  First Known Incidents of Alligators Eating Sharks Reported in American Southeast
seeker.com
James Nifong is a biologist in the same way that Indiana Jones is an archeologist. The Kansas State University postdoctoral researcher estimates that he’s captured well over 1,000 alligators from the…
 

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= October 19 2017 =

Proceeds from massive diamond found by pastor to go to Sierra Leone’s poorest
mining.com
Proceeds from the auction of a 709.41-carat diamond found by a local pastor early this year in Sierra Leone will go to fund development projects in the community where it was found, the group managing the sale said on…
  Storms May Have Produced Most Mediterranean “Tsunami” Deposits
eos.org
A new analysis reveals that nearly all of the region’s sedimentary evidence ascribed to tsunamis, which dates back 4,500 years, corresponds to periods of heightened storminess.Records of tsunamis and coastal storms abound along the…
  Researchers discover astonishingly intact, 48-million-year-old bird fats in fossilized gland
ZME Science-1 hour ago
A new discovery at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Messel Pit in Germany is making waves through the paleontological community. An international team of researchers has unearthed a 48-million-year bird preening gland, complete with the…

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= October 17 2017 =

Harlequin Opal: The Rarest and Most Expensive Pattern of Opal
geologyin.com
Harlequin Opal. A variety of Precious Opal in which the play of color is arranged in a vivid harlequin, diamond-shaped, or rectangular-shaped pattern.This is an extremely rare pattern. Some stones may contain just…
  The Important Role Of Dust For Planet Earth
Forbes-1 hour ago
Loess is a very fine-grained sediment with just some traces of larger sand grains. Loess forms many hundreds of feet thick, very homogenous, deposits, covering almost ten percent of Earth’s surface. On loess, we find the…
  Study shows how water could have flowed on ‘cold and icy’ ancient Mars
EurekAlert (press release)-34 minutes ago
For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and lakebeds leave little doubt that water once flowed on the surface. But…
  Sotheby’s to Sell World’s largest Pink Diamond in Geneva
Superyachts.com-4 hours ago
The famous auction house has been charged with the responsibility of selling the ‘Raj Pink’, as it is called, which is named after its anonymous current owner and weighs in at a huge 37.3 carats.It is also certified as…
 

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= October 15 2017 =

World’s Largest Volcanic Range May Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice
geologyin.com
West Antarctica’s vast ice sheet conceals what may be the largest volcanic region on earth, research has revealed.The continent’s ice covers almost 100 newly discovered volcanoes, the largest of which is as tall as the Eiger in…
  Diamonds – the buried treasures of Azad Kashmir
ARY NEWS (blog)-11 hours ago
Chitta Katha, AJK: The people of Azad and Jammu Kashmir are sitting on a treasure chest: Millions of rubies, estimated to be worth up to half a billion dollars, are lying beneath them. But archaic tools and a lack of…
  Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near El Centro, Calif.
Los Angeles Times-2 hours ago
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Sunday morning five miles from El Centro, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:20 a.m. PDT at a depth of 9.3 miles.According to the…

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= October 13 2017 =

A Massive Hole Just Opened Up in Antarctica’s Ice and Scientists Can’t Explain It
geologyin.com
A mysterious, massive hole, as large as Lake Superior or the State of Maine, has recently been spotted in the winter sea ice cover around Antarctica. This opening, known as a polynya, is the largest observed in the…
  NASA Reports Recent Surge in C02 Emissions From Natural Sources
seeker.com
The recent Pacific Ocean hot streak known as El Niño led to a surge in carbon dioxide emissions from natural sources across the tropics, contributing to record global temperatures before fading.The US space…
  Geologic Evidence Forerunner Of Ominous Prospects For Warming Earth
Eurasia Review-11 hours ago
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in…

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= October 11 2017 =

Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption Occurred in Pacific Northwest 16.5 Million Years Ago, Geologists Say
Sci-News.com-2 hours ago
The Pacific Northwest, a geographic region in western North America, was home to one of the planet’s most powerful known volcanic eruptions, according to a team of scientists from Washington State University (WSU) and the…
  The Formation of Today’s Planet-Warming Coal Nearly Froze Earth Long Ago
seeker.com
The planet was nearly a snowball during the Carboniferous Period about 300 million years ago, when forests died and slowly transformed into coal.Burning coal and other carbon-heavy fossil fuels is warming the…
  HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MUSEUM AM LÖWENTOR IN GERMANY
depositsmag.com
The Museum am Löwentor in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, is one of the world’s greatest depositories of fossils. The museum was founded in 1985 and, since then, it has built up a vast collection of over 4.1 million fossils and has…
 

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= October 9 2017 =

Scientists use gold to improve microlaser technology
mining.com
By attaching gold nanoparticles to the surface of a microlaser, scientists at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering demonstrated that it is possible to create frequency combs that take up less space and…
  Old Faithful’s geological heart revealed
sciencedaily.com
Old Faithful is Yellowstone National Park’s most famous landmark. Millions of visitors come to the park every year to see the geyser erupt every 44-125 minutes. But despite Old Faithful’s fame, relatively little was known about the…
  Satellite Quantifies Carbon Dioxide from Coal-Fired Power Plants
eos.org
Using data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 satellite, researchers measured emissions of the greenhouse gas from individual coal plants in the United States, India, and South Africa.Despite the increasing popularity of…
  Image: Geology of the Victoria Quadrangle on Mercury
Phys.Org-4 hours ago
Mercury, the innermost planet of our solar system is a grey, barren world to our human eyes. In stark contrast, this map shows a portion of the surface in a patchwork of colour, each shade corresponding to a different type of…
 

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= October 7 2017 =

Earth’s Formation Robbed Planet Of Much Gold – Study
geologyin.com
There should be a lot more gold and silver on Earth, according to a recent paper published in the journal Nature.Earth should have a lot more gold and silver than it does. These elements are strewn throughout the…
  500 Years of Volcano Deaths Could Help Save the 800M People at Risk Today
seeker.com
As volcanoes in Bali and Vanuatu force over 150,000 people to evacuate, a new study aims to raise awareness of the hazards within eruption-prone areas.Volcanoes pose many threats to human life, both during eruptions and…
  SUB-FOSSILS IN COPAL: AN UNDER-VALUED RESOURCE
depositsmag.com
Copal (derived from the Spanish copalli meaning incense), the precursor of amber, is subfossilised tree resin not old or polymerised enough to be classed as amber. Given that the transformation of resin into copal and then into…

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= October 5 2017 =

Massive diamond found by Sierra Leone pastor in Antwerp for sale
mining.com
The 709.41-carat rock is the second-largest ever found in the West African nation.The government of Sierra Leone confirmed Wednesday that a 709.41-carat diamond found by a local pastor early this year is currently in…
  Life on Earth May Have Started With a Cosmic Splash
seeker.com
Could the building blocks for life on Earth have been delivered by meteorites crashing into ponds of water 4 billion years ago.A new study bolsters the theory that the chemical origins of life on Earth were midwifed by…
  Solar Probe Will Approach Sun Closer Than Any Prior Spacecraft
eos.org
Technological improvements, including an advanced thermal protection system and innovative solar arrays, have helped to get this mission off the drawing board.A mission to the Sun first recommended in 1958 is set to…
  Here’s Why Ancient Humans Left Africa For Eurasia 60000 Years Ago
Criticism News-1 hour ago
Why did early humans migrate out of Africa? In the latest study by researchers Jessica Tierney from the University of Arizona and Peter deMenocal from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, it is confirmed that Dry climate was the…
 

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= October 3 2017 =

Last meal of a newborn ichthyosaur revealed: 200 million-year-old fossil shows the baby ‘fish lizard’ ate squid
Daily Mail-3 hours ago
A prehistoric squid was the last meal of a newborn ichthyosaur 200 million years ago, scientists have found.The surprise discovery was made in the stomach of the smallest and youngest specimen of Ichthyosaurus communis or…
  The Science of Lab-grown Diamonds
geologyin.com
The Science of Growing 100,000 Carats of Real Diamonds in a Lab.In Silicon Valley, where seemingly anything can be produced in a lab, so can diamonds.Diamond Foundry recently opened a new diamond lab in South San Francisco that will produce…
  Meteorites splashing into warm ponds sparked life on Earth — study
GMA News-4 hours ago
How did life on Earth begin? A study out Monday backs the theory that meteorites splashing into warm ponds leached essential elements that gave rise to the building blocks of life billions of years ago.The report is…

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= October 1 2017 =

Oldest Signs Of Life On Earth May Be In 3.95 Billion-Year-Old Rocks
geologyin.com
Researchers working at a sedimentary rock formation in northern Labrador, Canada, say they have uncovered evidence of primordial life in 3.95 billion-year-old rocks.Rudimentary life may have existed on Earth 3.95 billion years ago, a time when…
  Geologists determine the breadth and depth of erosion from an ancient tsunami in…
phys.org
When you’re investigating complex questions, you’ve often got to dig deep to find answers. A group of UC Santa Barbara geologists and their colleagues studying tsunamis did exactly that.The team used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to search for physical evidence of…
  INVERTEBRATE FOSSILS FROM THE LOWER MUSCHELKALK (TRIASSIC, ANISIAN)…
depositsmag.com
During the Muschelkalk part of the Ansian (240mya), the Central European area (Germany, Poland, Denmark, The Netherlands and north-eastern France) was covered by a shallow sea, referred to as the…

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= September 29 2017 =

World’s ‘most beautiful diamond’ to go under Christie’s hammer
mining.com
An impressive flawless 163-carat diamond that has been hailed the “world’s most beautiful” will go under Christie’s hammer in Geneva in November, the auction house said Thursday.Discovered in February last year in…
  Researcher Unearths Hottest Rock on Record
geologyin.com
Rock found at Mistastin Lake crater in Labrador heated to 2,370 C during impact.It was a stroke of serendipity that led to Michael Zanetti’s discovery of the hottest rock on Earth.In 2011, Zanetti, now a postdoctoral researcher in…
  Climate Change 5 Million Years Ago Coincided With More Mediterranean Volcanoes
seeker.com
Research that makes a convincing case for the disappearance of water from the primordial Mediterranean Sea also holds a potentially explosive lesson about climate change.An international team of scientists found that…
  More Discoveries in the Cards from Defunct Comet Mission
eos.org
A year after the end of the Rosetta mission, the real scientific fun begins.One year ago tomorrow, a spacecraft called Rosetta crashed into a comet.The crash was purposeful—the dramatic end to humanity’s first mission to…
 

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= September 27 2017 =

Large Meteorite Impacts Drove Plate-tectonic Processes on the Early Earth
geologyin.com
An international study led by researchers at Macquarie University has uncovered the ways in which giant meteorite impacts may have helped to kick-start our planet’s global tectonic processes and magnetic field. The study, being published in…
  A glimpse of when Canada’s badlands were a lush dinosaur forest by the sea
The Guardian-2 hours ago
The fossils of Alberta capture a remarkable snapshot of a warmer, wetter North America,Cradling the shattered limb bone of a dinosaur in her hand, the technician was lit from underneath by a desk lamp. Around her, members of the…
  Lucara sells world’s second-largest diamond for $53 million
mining.com
The tennis ball-sized Lesedi La Rona rough diamond that Lucara Diamond (TSX:LUC) unearthed two years ago at its Karowe mine in Botswana was sold this week for $53 million.The buyer, London-based Graff Diamonds, paid…
  THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY: PART 1
depositsmag.com
This is the first of two articles on the volcanicity of the Giant’s Causeway and the surrounding area. The Causeway itself is an area of basalt columns, about 100m or so across, jutting into the Irish Sea. A remnant of a vast ancient lava flow, it is located in…

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= September 25 2017 =

Volcano eruption fears force 50000 to flee
Fox News-6 hours ago
Authorities said nearly 50,000 people have fled the Indonesian tourist Island of Bali Sunday, fearing a looming volcano.The authorities said Mount Agung has seen signs of magma rising in the recent days, forcing to create…
  Trilobite Tummies Revealed in New Fossils
Live Science-3 hours ago
Trilobite tummies were more complex than previously believed, new fossils reveal.The fossils, which hail from China, preserve the guts of trilobites in long, iron-rich strips. Trilobite fossils are a dime a dozen — sort of like…
  3.4 earthquake shakes south-central Utah
St George News-16 hours ago
ST. GEORGE — Tremors from a 3.4 magnitude earthquake Saturday night near the Sevier Plateau were reportedly felt by residents of a few towns in south-central Utah.The earthquake struck at approximately 10:38 p.m. about 4 miles southeast of…

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= September 23 2017 =

Scientists Just Discovered ‘Young Diamonds’
geologyin.com
After analyzing a number of diamonds, geologists have discovered “young diamonds” which will undoubtedly shake up the diamond industry.Diamonds may be ‘forever,’ but some may have formed more recently than geologists thought. A study of…
  Seismologist Weighs In After Recent Earthquake Activity
yourcentralvalley.com-8 hours ago
Another earthquake off the coast of California is raising new concerns on Friday.The magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit about 120 miles West of Eureka in Northern California. One earthquake after another from the devastating ones in Mexico to the…
  GEOSCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
depositsmag.com
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is among the world’s leading academic institutions and natural science is one of its most celebrated programs. Since its founding in the seventeenth century, the…
  Montana geologist finds new Bitterroot fault line
Bryan-College Station Eagle-9 hours ago
A mapping method used to look at floodplains in the Bitterroot Valley turned up something unexpected: a new fault line that just might cross under the Lake Como Dam.Jeff Lonn, a geologist with the Montana Bureau of…

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= September 21 2017 =

Alrosa finds gigantic pink diamond, likely its most expensive one
mining.com
Russia’s Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the world’s top diamond producer by output in carats, has unearthed 27.85-carat pink precious rock the company believes it could be the most expensive it has ever found.The miner, majority-owned by the…
  This Gigantic, Extinct Devil Frog Was Capable of Eating Dinosaurs
geologyin.com
Scientists say that a large, now extinct, frog called Beelzebufo that lived about 68 million years ago in Madagascar would have been capable of eating small dinosaurs.
The conclusion comes from a study of the…
  Mexico volcano eruption after killer 7.1 earthquake ‘MORE dangerous than estimated’
Daily Star-5 hours ago
THE VOLCANO eruption that coincided with the deadly earthquake that flattened Mexico City may be more “dangerous” than first thought, it has been alarmingly warned.Large swathes of Mexico City were…
  THE OTHER MASS EXTINCTIONS
depositsmag.com
The extinctions at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) boundary make up what is probably the most famous geological event in popular culture. This is the point when the great reptiles that characterise the Mesozoic went extinct. Alongside the…

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= September 19 2017 =

Study Discovers Why Fossilized Hairs Are So Rare
geologyin.com
When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal dies even delicate body coverings like skin, hair and feathers can be preserved.New research led by The…
  3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles Area
Heavy.com-25 minutes ago
Amagnitude 3.6 earthquake was felt in the Los Angeles area late Monday evening.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake could be felt at 11:20 p.m. four miles from Westwood, California. Th…
  Diamond Producers Aim for Lower Qualities in Today’s Market
gia.edu
The average value of rough diamonds mined last year took a sharp drop according to the latest Kimberley Process (KP) data.The KP reports that world diamond production was 134 million carats, which was valued at…
  Dinosaurs Laid Blue Eggs—And That’s A Big Deal
National Geographic Australia-10 hours ago
Robins may be famous for their beautiful blue eggs, but ancient feathered dinosaurs beat them to the punch.Looking at fossil eggshells from China, researchers have found evidence that an omnivorous, ostrich-like dinosaur laid clutches of…

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= September 17 2017 =

Experts identify new “top predator” prehistoric crocodile
Canada News-4 hours ago
Researchers have identified a new species of crocodile that lived around 95 million years ago and preyed on everything from turtles to dinosaurs.Dubbed the Deltasuchus motherali, the ancient beast was discovered by…
  Eruption Begins at Zhupanovsky Volcano in Russia’s Far East – Volcano Service
Sputnik International-7 hours ago
According to the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team, Zhupanovsky Volcano could yield ash explosions reaching heights of six to eight kilometers above sea level.Zhupanovsky volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is…
  Diamond miners encouraged by new sources of high-end stones
South China Morning Post-1 hour ago
Drought of large diamonds ends in Lesotho, as Canadian firms ponders developing fancy yellow mines, and Namibia’s offshore searches now paying off.For years Letseng was the only mine in the tiny southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where…
  Sneaky Animal Sex—Are They or Aren’t They?
nationalgeographic.com
Animal sex is dizzyingly varied, and some mating methods make us wonder if we’d be able to tell whether we’re looking at a love scene, a fight, or just a friendly “Hello!”
Check out these animals. Would you be able to…
  Six-member NASA crew to exit qurantined Mars-like habitat on Sunday
Zee News-5 hours ago
In January this year, a NASA crew comprising four men and two women were sent into quarantine on a Mars-like habitat on a vast plain below the summit of the giant volcano Mauna Loa – one of Hawaii’s five volcanoes and…

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= September 15 2017 =

Ancient, long-fingered lizard trapped in amber
Fox News-5 hours ago
In a case worthy of Sherlock Holmes, researchers are trying to figure out exactly when and where in the world a long-fingered lizard got trapped in the sticky sap of a tree.Over time, that sap, or tree resin turned into…
  GIANT TRILOBITES AND BIOTITE NODULES IN PORTUGAL
depositsmag.com
The generally accepted reason for the fame of Arouca is Princess Mafalda, born 1195, who was responsible for the convent becoming Cistercian. Here is an interesting story – she was beatified in 1793. However, I won’t go into…
  Colombian Emerald Industry: Winds of Change
gia.edu
Andy Lucas, GIA’s education manager of field gemology, researches and documents the mine to market journey of gemstones. Lucas shares the changes he observed in Colombia’s major emerald mining and…
 

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= September 13 2017 =

Explorers Probe Hidden Continent of Zealandia
geologyin.com
Zealandia made global headlines earlier this year when scientists announced that it counts as a new continent.Now it is coming under closer scientific scrutiny. We are currently halfway through an expedition to drill into this…
  Ancient volcanic eruptions disrupted Earth’s thermostat, creating a ‘Snowball’ planet
he Conversation AU-14 hours ago
One of the most extreme climate episodes the Earth has experienced was during the so-called Snowball Earth, 720 million years ago. During this period glaciers spanned from the poles to the tropics, resulting in…
  Zimbabwe diamonds backing country’s secret police — report
mining.com
Zimbabwe’s ruling elite is using funds coming from diamond exports to finance its Central Intelligence Organization (CIO), accused of several human-rights abuses while helping President Robert Mugabe to remain in…

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= September 11 2017 =

Mysterious light during Mexico earthquake has scientific explanation
The American Bazaar-6 hours ago
When Mexico City was jolted by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake on Friday, it was the strongest tremor to hit since the devastating 1985 quake that caused the deaths of at least 5,000 people.Even though the quake on Friday is itself a phenomenon that…
Secret Life May Thrive Under Warm Antarctic Caves
geologyin.com
Antarctica’s Hidden Caves Could Be Home to ‘New World’ of Plants and Animals,The cave systems underneath the Antarctic ice could be home to an “exciting new world” of plants and animals. After analyzing…
  Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth
Phys.Org-39 minutes ago
Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on earth.The international team, including palaeontologist from The University of Manchester, found a new…
  Hurricanes Like Irma Also Create Destructive Chaos Underwater
seeker.com
A hurricane the size of Irma can cause extensive damage on land with massive storm surges, excessive rainfall and raging winds. But what exactly happens below the ocean’s surface, in the deep sea, when…

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= September 9 2017 =

The Deadliest Earthquake Ever Recorded
History-17 hours ago
Humans have been recording earthquakes for nearly 4,000 years. From the ones we know about, the deadliest by far happened in China in 1556 A.D. On January 23 of that year, a powerful quake rocked the province of…
  Geophysicist: Weight of Harvey Rains Caused Houston to Sink
geologyin.com
A California geophysicist says the sheer weight of the torrential rains brought by Harvey has caused Houston to sink by 2 cm.Chris Milliner, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the…
  The Unexpected Origins of Big Diamonds
gia.edu
Dr. Evan Smith, Ph.D., GIA research scientist, has dedicated his work to methodically characterizing the inclusions found in rare diamonds. In this video presentation recorded at the 2017 JCK Las Vegas show, Smith shares his…
  Largest Flare of Past 9 Years Erupts from Sun
eos.org
A massive flare and blast of charged particles toward Earth may disrupt satellites and communications and push auroras toward lower latitudes through tomorrow, according to space weather experts.A flare erupting from the…

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= September 7 2017 =

Geologist Unearths 340 Million-Year-Old Floor of ‘Lost Ocean’
geologyin.com
Earth’s oldest oceanic crust: Geologist finds floor of ‘lost ocean’ that formed 340 million years ago, long before the Atlantic was created.The crust is formed under the Tethys Ocean 340 million years ago.At the bottom of…
  Clues Found That Earth May Have a Thermostat Set to “Habitable”
eos.org
Weathering of rocks can control Earth’s temperature over geologic timescales, new geochemical data suggest.In 1981 geologists proposed that the chemical weathering of rocks like granite can draw the…
  Saltwater Pearls from the Pre- to Early Columbian Era: A Gemological and Radiocarbon Dating Study
gia.edu
Pearls were treasured by the indigenous peoples of the Americas for millennia (Donkin, 1998). These beautiful gems were commonly associated with spiritual power, social rank, and feminine fertility (Saunders, 1999). Pearls were found in the…
  A NEW LOOK FOR UTAHRAPTOR
depositsmag.com
One hundred and twenty eight million years ago, a killer stalked eastern Utah. Known as Utahraptor, this distant relative of Velociraptor of Jurassic Park fame was also equipped with a sickle-claw on its…
  Alrosa to auction rough and polished diamonds at the Eastern Economic Forum
mining.com
Russia’s Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the world’s top diamond producer by output in carats, announced Tuesday that it will be holding two auctions of rough and polished diamonds within the Eastern Economic Forum, which will…
  Scientists find fossilised cosmic dust in white cliffs of Dover
Phys.Org-2 hours ago
Researchers from Imperial College London report that the white cliffs of Dover contain the fossilised remains of cosmic dust.The significance of this discovery, published in the journal Earth and…

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= September 4 2017 =

Newly Found 5.7 Million-year-old Human Footprints Fossil May Challenge History of Human Evolution
geologyin.com
Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in…
  An Antarctic volcano caused rapid climate change at the end of the last ice age
Cosmos-6 hours ago
Two centuries of massive volcanic eruptions in Antarctica blasted a hole in the ozone layer and set deglaciation in train across the southern hemisphere. Michael Lucy reports.About 17,700 years ago, as cycles in Earth’s orbit were increasing the amount of sunlight the planet received and…
  New York City Might Be Overdue A Devastating Earthquake
IFLScience-19 minutes ago
It might not seem like an obvious location, but New York may be overdue an earthquake that could cause substantial damage.The claim was made by journalist Kathryn Miles in her new book, Quakeland: On the…

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= September 2 2017 =

New Material Reportedly Changes Shape When Light Hits It
geologyin.com
A team of KAUST scientists has recently unveiled a new material, a type of perovskites which can reportedly change its shape as it comes into contact with light. This revolutionary “crystalline material” is based on perovskite crystals which are…
  Olana Rocks! A Weekend of Geology
hudsonvalley360.com
Visit Olana State Historic Site on Saturday, September 9 for two exciting programs about the rocks and stones that surround the scenic Hudson Valley and quelled the 19th century artist Frederic Church to build a Persian mansion out of stone. Join Robert Titus, Ph.D. for Traveling Talks: Geology and…
  ‘Unbelievably beautiful’: Smoke from largest active volcano in the Northern Hemisphere…
dailymail.co.uk
The volcano’s tip is seen breaching through the white cloud cover as it spews rust-coloured smoke in the impressive pictures.The images were released by Roskosmos, the Russian government space programme body responsible for…
Massive supervolcano ‘that could spark nuclear winter if it erupts’ must NOT be messed around with…
The Sun-54 minutes ago
NASA has been urged to row back on its plan to drill into the Yellowstone super volcano in a bid to stop it erupting.A geologist at the national park claimed the idea could have dire consequences, possibly resulting in mass animal casaulties.Dr Jefferson Hungerford, who…

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= August 31 2017 =

Construction Workers Unearth Rare Fossil in Thornton, Colorado
geologyin.com
A construction crew unearthed a triceratops skeleton and skull at a construction site in Thornton on Friday. Paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science came to the construction site on Monday to…
  Diamond with Concentric Inclusions
gia.edu
As a diamond grows, layer by layer, it may incorporate small pieces of the surrounding mantle rocks as mineral inclusions. The three-dimensional arrangement of inclusions in most diamonds has the…
  Big Space Rock to Pass near Earth on Friday
eos.org
An asteroid named for Florence Nightingale will make its closest approach to our planet since 1890 but will remain a safe distance away.In the roughly 2 decades that scientists have systematically tracked asteroids speeding past Earth, never before…
Large Iceberg Spotted Off The Coast of Látrabjarg
IcelandReview-9 minutes ago
A large iceberg was spotted approximately 93 km (57 miles) to the west of Látrabjarg, which is located in the north-west of Iceland. MBL reports.Fisherman Haraldur Hjálmarsson spotted the iceberg last night, believing it to be about…

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= August 29 2017 =

New Mineral Discovered in Hekla Volcano in Iceland
geologyin.com
During expeditions into the boiling warm openings of Iceland’s volcanoes,researchers have discovered seven new minerals.In January 1991, the Icelandic volcano Hekla erupted in a dramatic geological event that would last for…
  India launches world’s first diamond futures exchange
mining.com
The world’s first diamond futures exchange began trading in India on Monday, with the goal of providing producers a tool to better hedge price risks.The Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX), which is…
  As oceans alkalized, life developed bones and shells
DeathRattleSports.com-3 hours ago
Tiny fossils recently discovered in Canada have pushed back the oldest known evidence of “bio-mineralization” to 810 million years ago. The finding could yield insights into locating fossils on…
4.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Guam
Pacific Daily News-2 hours ago
Guam was shaken by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake Tuesday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered around 21 miles south-southeast of Inarajan at ta depth of about 6.2 miles.The quake struck at…

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= August 27 2017 =

Earthquakes Can Happen in More Places Than You Think
nationalgeographic.com
Half a million earthquakes occur worldwide each year, according to an estimate by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Most are too small to rattle your teacup. But some, like the 2011 quake off the coast of…
  Fossils reveal how bizarre mammal beat extinction
sciencedaily.com
Animals that live on islands are among the most at risk from extinction. A remarkable eighty percent of extinctions occurring since 1500AD have been on islands, with inhabitants facing dangers from climate change, sea level rise, invasive species, and human interactions. However, new research…
  Shops under a volcano? The dangerous lure of Mount Etna
The Guardian-10 hours ago
The best view of Mount Etna is from the gods of the ancient Greek amphitheatre in Taormina. From here it looms over this coastal town, famous for its pistachios and hosting the G7 summit, swallowing up the landscape. The snow stripes the…

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= August 25 2017 =

Scientists figure out how to make it rain diamonds
mining.com
Scientists have just achieved what it seemed impossible — they have successfully recreated conditions present in Neptune and Uranus to make it rain diamonds.The team, formed by American, British and German researchers, were able to…
  Climate Change Will Likely Trigger More Deadly Landslides In The Alps
Forbes-14 hours ago
Yesterday morning, a large rock avalanche with an estimated volume of 4 million cubic meters was filmed happening at Piz Cengalo, on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and…
  Extremely Rare Fancy Red Diamond Could Sell for Millions
geologyin.com
In the select world of coloured diamonds, red stones are the rarest of them all. An inestimably small proportion of the world’s diamonds are graded as Fancy Red – and those that are tend to be…
JOHN HESKETH AND THE FINDING OF THE ‘AVELEY ELEPHANTS’
depositsmag.com
These days, there is little doubt that amateurs can influence science. This is commonly encountered in astronomy, with the regular discovery of comets and asteroids by amateurs. On the…

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= August 23 2017 =

‘Pink Star’ Diamond: the World’s Most Expensive Gem
geologyin.com
A giant diamond named the “Pink Star” broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million in Hong Kong.The 59.60-carat “Pink Star”, the largest in its class ever graded by the…
  The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Caused Catastrophic Climate Change
seeker.com
Most schoolchildren learn the dinosaurs died out when an asteroid hit the earth.
Fortunately, schoolchildren are spared the gory details.Scientists now believe that the asteroid that slammed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago was…
  Earthquake in Italy’s Ischia kills two, as strife over illegally built houses rages
Business Day (registration)-1 hour ago
Rome — A small but deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia exposed a deep political fault line on Tuesday over the country’s proliferation of unsafe, illegal housing.The…
Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides
Nature.com-35 minutes ago
The explosive volcano Sabancaya looms large over the hamlet of Maca in southern Peru. Smoky plumes frequently spew from the mountain and sometimes rain ash down on the town. But the geological threat that keeps…

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= August 21 2017 =

Earth’s Major ‘Mass Extinction’ Events
geologyin.com
Most scientists agree that a “mass extinction” event is underway with the Earth’s wildlife disappearing at an alarming rate, mainly due to human activity. Scientists warn overpopulation, overconsumption by…
  Study re-traces the geology and environment of ice-age Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii Observer-2 hours ago
Biologist Rolf Mathewes got a heavy-duty surprise when he tested some fossils collected years ago from the sea cliffs at Cape Ball and Mary Point.Among the tiny bits of pollen, spores, twigs, beetles, mosses and…
  World’s top 10 silver mines
mining.com
Often silver is outshone by gold, with most market participants paying attention to the yellow metal. At the same time, silver has many characteristics that makes the precious metal an attractive…
Hawaii’s magma ‘hot spots’ are super slow
Futurity: Research News-8 hours ago
Hot spots like those that formed the Hawaiian Islands aren’t moving as fast as recently thought, a new analysis of volcanic tracks suggests.Hot spots are areas where magma pushes up from…

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= August 19 2017 =

California Woman Went Looking for Gold, She Found Diamond Instead
geologyin.com
A California woman says she found a 1½ carat diamond while mining gold near the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Foresthill.“I was like ‘Oh, my god, I found a diamond,’ ” said Jillian Kelly.Kelly, 49, left her…
  New radar map reveals the Moon’s hidden geology
pocahontastimes.com
As the public prepares for the August 21 eclipse, astronomers have released a striking new radar view of the Moon.Researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum are…
  World’s Second Largest Uncut Diamond Is Officially Too Big To Sell
forbes.com
It appears some diamonds are too big to sell. At least, this is the case for the world’s largest currently uncut diamond (2nd in history), which didn’t meet the minimum bid price during a recent…
THE GEOLOGY AND FAUNA OF THE SOUTH FERRIBY FORESHORE
depositsmag.com
The large working quarry at South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire (SE991204) is a well known and productive source of Late Jurassic and Cretaceous fossils, exposing beds from the Upper Oxfordian stage, Upper…

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= August 17 2017 =

California Rainbow Obsidian Is a Natural Wonder (PHOTOS)
geologyin.com
Obsidian is dense volcanic glass, usually rhyolite in composition and typically black in color. Obsidian with multicolored iridescence caused by inclusions of magnetite nanoparticles. Obsidian is often…
  US researchers find unexpected new source of much-needed lithium
mining.com
US scientists say they have discovered a new source of lithium, a key element in the manufacturing of battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes.In a study…
  Algae Blooms May Explain the Rise of Complex Life on Earth
seeker.com
For nearly three billion years, the evolution of life on Earth remained mostly stalled at the single-cell stage, yielding a watery world teeming with bacteria. But then the melting some…
THE WEST COAST FOSSIL PARK, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
depositsmag.com
While planning a touring holiday, which encompassed part of the west coast of South Africa, I spotted the words “fossil park” on the map, about 150km north of Cape Town, some distance from a village called…

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= August 15 2017 =

Where Can You Find Emerald Crystals in The USA?
geologyin.com
Emerald is a gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl. Beryl is a rare mineral with a chemical composition of Be3Al2(SiO3)6. It is rare because beryllium is an element that occurs in very small…
  GIA’s Gems & Gemology opens with Geology and Development of the Lomonosov Diamond Deposit
Diamond World Magazine-4 hours ago
The Summer 2017 issue of GIA’s Gems & Gemology offers seven diverse articles on topics including Russia’s Lomonosov diamond mine, carbonado diamond, photoluminescence (PL) mapping, Vietnamese…
  High-grade rare earths confirmed at Burundi prospect
mining.com
Stories about rare earths mining are few and far between with rare earth oxide prices having slumped for the past few years, but one project in East Africa is piquing the market’s attention.Rainbow Rare Earths has…
Even a Limited Nuclear Strike Could Have Disastrous Environmental Costs
seeker.com
As tensions escalate between the United States and North Korea, and leaders of both nations threaten fire and fury, it’s time to update our notions of nuclear warfare. Gone are the Cold War days when a nuclear…

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= August 13 2017 =

This Could Be the Most Expensive Tourmaline Ever
geologyin.com
IS THIS RARE Mineral WORTH $1.2 MILLION?Long ago, below the surface of what we now call Brazil, a slender blade of pink tourmaline, a semi-precious gemstone, pierced the top of a pink-and-blue tourmaline to…
  Scientists uncover Earth’s largest volcanic region two kilometres below Antarctic ice sheet
Daily Mail-1 hour ago
A team of scientists unearthed a volcanic region previously hidden under ice sheets, with the geologist who led the team warning of destabilising consequences.Edinburgh University researchers uncovered almost…
  Seabed mining approved in New Zealand despite environmentalists’ concerns
mining.com
New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority approved Trans-Tasman Resources’ application to mine iron sands from the seabed of South Taranaki Bight, located 22 kilometres to 36 kilometres offshore from…
Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 jolts Indonesia’s Sumatra
Yahoo India News-3 hours ago
An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Sumatra in western Indonesia on Sunday with tremors being felt as far away as Singapore and Malaysia.Indonesia’s seismological agency BMKG said the preliminary…

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= August 11 2017 =

Scientists harvest fresh findings from roots of Santorini volcano
Kathimerini-2 hours ago
A team of Greek, American and British scientists are involved in a project to better understand the deep roots of Santorini’s volcanic system. Analyzing the data obtained two years ago during a…
  World’s largest hedge fund says buy gold as price rally nears $1,300
mining.com
On Thursday, safe haven buyers continued to boost the gold price, lifting the metal to its highest level in more than two months.Gold futures in New York for delivery in December, the most…
  Origin of Human Genus May Have Occurred by Chance
geologyin.com
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at…
Strong earthquake hits north Philippines
en.vietnamplus.vn/ (press release)-2 hours ago
A quake of 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook the Luzon island, north of the Philippines on August 11, reported the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs).The quake took…

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= August 9 2017 =

Emerald Weighing More Than 600 Pounds Found in Brazil
geologyin.com
An enormous £238million emerald rock discovered in a gem mining field in Brazil is being kept under heavy security in a secret location as the owner exclusively revealed he is living in fear of kidnapping, extortion and…
  World’s Largest Known Dinosaur Discovered
seeker.com
It started off as a typical day in 2012 for Aurelio Hernandez, a worker at La Flecha ranch in Chubut Province, Argentina. Hernandez mounted his horse and rode it through a field, looking for stray sheep and…
  Not All Of Antarctica’s Glaciers Have Been Affected By Climate Change
Eurasia Review-5 hours ago
A new study by scientists at Portland State University and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that the effects of climate change, which are apparent in…
ON FOSSIL BEAKED WHALES, PHOSPHORITES AND OCEAN FLOORS
depositsmag.com
In 2007, the vessel Anita was fishing with bottom gillnets in about 400m-deep waters northwest of the island of Mykines in the Faroe Islands (about 62˚05’N-09˚28’W). One day, fisherman Bjarni Jacobsen from the…

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= August 7 2017 =

Desert Fossils Reveal 540-Million-Year-Old Jellyfish ‘Graveyard’
Live Science-1 hour ago
Walk across a beach’s wet sand, and you’ll leave behind imprints that briefly hold the shape of your feet before blurring and falling apart.But 540 million years ago, seaside sand contained densely packed…
  Oklahoma Shakes After Being Hit With 7 Earthquakes In Just 28 Hours
Forbes-1 hour ago
In just 28 hours central Oklahoma was shaken by seven sequential earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 2 to 5. The earthquakes began this past Tuesday night when five earthquakes repeatedly struck Oklahoma, followed by…
  Indonesian Cave Reveals Nearly 5,000 Years of Tsunamis
eos.org
Researchers explore a coastal cave containing layers of sand deposited by 11 prehistoric tsunamis and demonstrate that the time period between massive waves is highly variable.The cave didn’t…

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= August 5 2017 =

Biggest earthquake in 30 years hits western Scottish Highlands
The Guardian-20 hours ago
The largest earthquake to be felt in the west Highlands of Scotland in more than 30 years was recorded on Friday.The British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded the magnitude…
  That Incredibly Well-preserved Armored Dinosaur Is Actually a New Species
geologyin.com
A new study of the fossil also makes the controversial claim that the armored dinosaur had anti-predator camouflage.On a fateful day in the Early Cretaceous, a large, four-legged armored dinosaur dropped dead on…
  Artificial Snow Could Make Alpine Glacier Grow Again
eos.org
A retired professor devises a plan and evaluates the cost of saving one town’s signature glacier from climate change.Glaciers all over the world are shrinking under the onslaught of global warming. But in…
Scientists search for everything from oil and gas to copper and gold are adopting techniques used by…
If you are to tell the most successful companies of today, you mightn’t forget to name Amazon and Netflix. True! On Tuesday a study revealed that tactics these tech corporations adopt are surprisingly effective. Consequently, scientists search for everything from oil and gas to copper and gold are…
  MIOCENE, MUD AND MORE: MISTE 2013
depositsmag.com
‘Miste’… This word has an almost magical meaning for many fossil collectors in The Netherlands and neighbouring countries. That is because the extremely fossiliferous Miste Bed lies close to the surface around the municipality of Winterswijk-Miste, which, in turn, lies close to the…

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= August 3 2017 =

Cretaceous snails conceal themselves in monuments in Madrid
Science Daily-2 hours ago
The fountains standing next to the Museo del Prado are built using a sedimentary rock full of gastropod shells from the time of the dinosaurs. These fossils have revealed the origin of…
  Extremely rare red diamond worth millions is unveiled in New York
standard.co.uk
The ‘Argyle Everglow’ is one of the largest of its kind to have ever been found.At any given moment, there aren’t more than a handful available in the market for sale, and finding examples that are…
  Volcanic ash cloud sparks ‘doomsday’ scenes on Indonesian island (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Newsline-44 minutes ago
The Indonesian island of Sumatra is reeling after being struck by one of Mount Sinabung’s biggest eruptions of the year. Villagers were pictured running for cover, as volcanic ash as high as…
Valued At $10 Million, Diamond Is Largest Ever Polished In Russia
Vocativ-2 hours ago
Russian mining company Alrosa announced that it will sell a 51.38-carat diamond at an online auction in November. The shiny clod is being billed as the most expensive diamond ever polished in Russia, with budding estimated to…

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= August 1 2017 =

What Caused the World’s Greatest Extinction?
geologyin.com
A study by a researcher in the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences offers new clues to what may have triggered the world’s most catastrophic extinction, nearly 252 million years ago.James Muirhead, a research associate in the…
  Scientists find evidence for the formation of thinnest possible diamond
mining.com
Scientists from the Brazilian Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais found new evidence that shows that diamonds can be forged in thin films called diamondene.
In a paper published in…
  USGS reports 2nd earthquake this week in Kansas
ays Post-51 minutes ago
A second earthquake this week shook south-central Kansas Monday morning.The quake just before 1:30 a.m. measured 3.4 and was centered ten miles northwest of Caldwell, according to the…

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= July 30 2017 =

Scientists Set Sail to Unlock Secrets of ‘lost Continent’ Zealandia
geologyin.com
Scientists are attempting to unlock the secrets of the “lost continent” of Zealandia, setting sail Friday to investigate the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied.Zealandia, which is…
  New research could make it easier to find high-quality Canadian sapphires
mining.com
Researchers from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences discovered that it takes a fairly specific sequence of pressure and temperature events to create…
  FOSSIL OF HAIRY, SQUIRREL-SIZED CREATURE SHEDS LIGHT ON EVOLUTION OF EARLIEST MAMMALS
depositsmag.com
It appears that a 165myr-old omnivore may have had an armadillo-like gait. A newly discovered fossil has revealed the evolutionary adaptations of a 165myr-old proto-mammal, providing evidence that traits such as…
Moderate earthquake in Kasese felt in Kampala
Independent-3 hours ago
A moderate earthquake felt in Kampala, had its epicentre in Kasese and Lake Edward, reports Earthquake-Report.com.According to Earthquake-Report.com, the tremor measured 5.2 on the Richter scale. It was…

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= July 28 2017 =

The Mysterious Penitentes Transform the Desert Into an Alien Landscape
geologyin.com
The penitentes (Spanish for penitents) are a curious natural phenomenon found in high altitude regions, typically more than 4000 metres above sea level where it’s very cold and very dry.The formation evokes the tall, pointed habits and hoods worn by…
  Earliest Known Evidence of Life Found in 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Jewel-Studded Rock
seeker.com
New research strengthens claims that the Isua Greenstone Belt in southwestern Greenland contains the first known remnants of life.Greenland’s freezing temperatures make it an…
  VOLCANO WATCH: Recent 5.3 Quake Was Hawaii’s Largest In Decade
Big Island Video News-9 hours ago
The magnitude 5.3 earthquake that struck the South Flank of Kilauea volcano just after 7 a.m. on June 8 was the strongest quake in ten years and reminder to island residents, geologists say.The earthquake is the…
A DINOSAUR TRACK INVESTIGATION
depositsmag.com
My “Fossil Grandpa” took me to visit this neat site when I was in Texas last summer (2013). We drove to a small rural community, where it seemed there wasn’t anything to find. However, my Grandpa pointed out…

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= July 26 2017 =

The Feathery Gemstone Seraphinite
geologyin.com
Seraphinite is a trade name for a particular form of clinochlore, a member of the chlorite group. The dark green color of seraphinite is enhanced by a silvery and feathery shimmer caused by mica inclusions.The…
  ‘Strong’ 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan coast
Daily Star-51 minutes ago
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Japan, this morning.The shaker – which is classed as “strong” – was near the island of Okinawa, which has a population of…
  A Universal ‘Language’ of Arousal Connects Humans and the Animal Kingdom
seeker.com
New research suggests that the ability to intuit emotional states from vocalization is hardwired in humans and land animals.Over a century ago, naturalist Charles Darwin observed that all…
Storm Model Foresaw Tornado Precursor Hours Before Twister Hit
eos.org
The experimental Warn-on-Forecast project calculates probabilities of severe weather within at-risk areas smaller than those targeted by current forecasting models.A rain-wrapped tornado struck the…

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= July 24 2017 =

Scientists Believe They Finally Found The 8th Wonder Of The World
geologyin.com
Scientists believe they have finally discovered the “Eighth Wonder Of The World” in New Zealand, buried by a massive volcanic eruption. Now, 131 years since the natural wonder of the world disappeared, scientists have…
  Giant asteroid crashed into Mars billions of years ago, study suggests
SpaceFlight Insider-1 hour ago
The complex geology of Mars and the origin of its two small irregular moons has mystified planetary scientists for some time. A new study, published in June in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, reveals that the…
  Forest fires force temporary closure of two BC mines
mining.com
A hot and dry summer in British Columbia has set forests aflame, and last week the effects of Mother Nature were felt by two prominent BC mines.The warnings from Imperial Metals (TSX:III), which…
Scientists look to Alaska to answer question: Could melting glaciers trigger earthquakes?
Alaska Dispatch News-16 hours ago
On February 28, 1979, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake rumbled the Chugach and St. Elias mountains in Southcentral Alaska. The event — stronger than the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that…

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= July 22 2017 =

Mysterious, Gross Yellow Fluff Balls Wash Up on French Shores
geologyin.com
Hundreds of yellow, fluffy blobs of mystery material have washed up on the shores of northern France in the past week.The balls of goo have been found along many miles of the English Channel coastline, according to the…
  Seafloor Data from Lost Airliner Search Are Publicly Released
eos.org
A vanished airliner rather than scientific curiosity prompted a recent extensive campaign to map a large swath of the seafloor, one of the last unexplored frontiers of our planet.Now…
  Greece and Turkey struggle in aftermath of quake that killed two
The Guardian-1 hour ago
Kos is dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake that killed two people and injured hundreds on the Greek holiday island.The 6.7-magnitude quake left hundreds more injured in the…
ENCOUNTERING DESERT DEPOSITS IN OMAN
depositsmag.com
Oman is a geologically fascinating country, where the bedrock beautifully exposes a one-billion-year history. I had the opportunity to explore this country in a group expedition, during which…

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= July 20 2017 =

Did Life Begin on Land Rather Than in the Sea?
geologyin.com
For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the…
  Volcano’s Toxic Plume Returns as Stealth Hazard
eos.org
During a closely watched eruption, plumes of harmful sulfur dioxide gas morphed into “plumerangs” of sulfuric-acid-rich aerosols that descended on populated parts of Iceland.Toxic airborne emissions from…
  The Enormous Larsen C Iceberg Is Beginning to Break Apart
seeker.com
As the Delaware-sized chunk of ice drifts out to sea, scientists are monitoring the edges of the Larsen C shelf for further signs of collapse.The trillion-ton iceberg that broke off Antarctica last week will not…
Swarm of earthquakes hit Yellowstone National Park
fox13now.com-11 hours ago
The Northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park has been hit by a swarm of more than 1,200 earthquakes since June 12.Researchers at the University of Utah are watching the swarm with interest, but…

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= July 18 2017 =

World’s second-largest diamond ‘too big’ to sell
mining.com
The world’s second-largest diamond ever found, unearthed by Canada’s Lucara Diamond (TSX:LUC) in Botswana two years ago, will have to be cut after it failed to sell at a Sotheby’s auction last summer.Bidding for the…
  NASA Releases Spectacular Flyover Videos, Global Maps of Pluto and Charon
Sci-News.com-50 minutes ago
The global mosaics of Pluto and Charon were created from the highest-resolution images taken by New Horizons’ Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC).“The complexity of…
  Russia earthquake: Magnitude 7.8 quake off far east coastline triggers US tsunami warning
The Independent-3 hours ago
A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula triggered a tsunami warning for parts of the Pacific.The quake struck some 125 miles (200 km) from the city of Nikolskoye on…
Underwater Photos That Show the Growing Gap Between Two Tectonic Plates
geologyin.com
Swimming through an area of extreme natural beauty, this diver surveys the underwater canyons on his either side.But this British scuba diver is actually between two tectonic plates.Alex Mustard, 36, dived 80ft into the…

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= July 16 2017 =

Glass Could Be a Mysterious New State of Matter
geologyin.com
New research solves a long-standing mystery about glass—and a mysterious new state of matter.Zoom in on a crystal and you will find an ordered array of atoms, evenly spaced like the…
  New Research Uses Satellites to Predict End of Volcanic Eruptions
Maui Now-13 hours ago
Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology recently discovered that infrared satellite data could be used to predict when lava flow-forming eruptions will end.Using NASA…
  Botswana Diamonds soars on lucky find at South Africa’s Ontevreden
mining.com
Shares in London-listed Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) climbed as much as 24% after it announced that prospecting work at the Ontevreden licence, in South Africa, had identified…
Earthquake of 5.3 magnitude rattles Greek island of Crete
MTNV-4 hours ago
Greece’s Institute of Geodynamics says that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rattled the island of Crete. The earthquake occurred on Saturday at 11:30 pm local time off the southern coast of Crete, at a depth of…

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= July 14 2017 =

Luxembourg becomes first European country to pass space mining law
mining.com
The government of Luxembourg is moving forward with an ambitious plan to profit from asteroid mining by passing Thursday a law that defines the conditions companies must fulfill to obtain…
  Microscopic Tardigrade ‘Water Bears’ Will Be the Last Survivors on Earth
seeker.com
After a massive asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, an estimated three-quarters of all plant and animal species went extinct. While scientists continue to study the K-T extinction event, as the…
  SAND
depositsmag.com
As long as I can remember, I have collected interesting bits of rock, looking at their shapes and colours, and wondering what they were. This was fine as long as I had a garden shed of my own to keep…
Ice Age Fossils Unearthed in Los Angeles Subway Construction
weather.com
A partial skull of a young mammoth was discovered with its tusks still attached shortly after Thanksgiving last year at what is to be the Wilshire/La Brea subway station, according to the MTA. Shortly before…

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= July 12 2017 =

‘Biological annihilation:’ Earth’s 6th mass extinction is underway
USA TODAY
During the past 500 million years, there were five “mass extinctions” during which many species rapidly died. Now scientists say we’ve entered a sixth mass extinction, and humans are the primary…
  Crystals Help Volcanoes Cope With Pressure
geologyin.com
Crystal networks in magma can act like guard rails to funnel gas out,University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have discovered that volcanoes have a unique way of dealing with pressure — through…
  EMERALDS FROM THE HOHE TAUERN (AUSTRIA): A PRECIOUS STONE WITH A LONG HISTORY
depositsmag.com
The mineral, emerald, represents the green variety of the hexagonal silicate mineral beryl, which has the chemical formula Be3Al2Si6O18. Its colour may be interpreted as the result of the addition of…
Climate Change Could Make Siberia an Attractive Place to Live
eos.org
Climate change has introduced the specter of rising seas, flooded coastal communities, and people uprooted from their homes on an unprecedented scale. In 2016, 23.5 million people were…

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= July 10 2017 =

Alaskan Volcano Erupts Again, Leading to Aviation Warning
geologyin.com
An Alaskan volcano that has erupted several times since last year spewed an ash cloud up to 30,000 feet, leading to an aviation warning.The Bogoslof volcano erupted Saturday, sending ash over the…
  Stephen Hawking Says Earth Could Become a Hothouse Planet Like Venus
seeker.com
Experts say the British physicist’s suggestion is implausible, although runaway climate change could make Earth largely uninhabitable for human civilization.Earth could turn into a hothouse planet like…
  Explosion at Norilsk Nickel mine kills four
mining.com
Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel.The accident happened during drifting activities carried out by Polar Construction…
2 earthquakes hit Alaska; no damage reported
USA TODAY-3 hours ago
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Two small earthquakes have hit Alaska, one on the state’s northern end and another in the south.The Alaska Earthquake Center says a magnitude 3.2 earthquake struck…

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= July 8 2017 =

Falling Sea Level Caused Volcanoes to Overflow
geologyin.com
New connections between the solid earth and the climate system,Climate evolution shows some regularities, which can be traced throughout long periods of earth’s history. One of them is that the…
  How are we related to Neanderthals?
The Hindu-2 hours ago
Scientists reach the consensus that Homo sapiens might have evolved at least 300,000 years ago in Africa.With fossils and DNA, scientists are piecing together a picture of…
  THE GEOLOGY OF ISLANDS
depositsmag.com
Islands are attractive places to visit, not just for geologists. Nonetheless, for us, they provide three advantages that favour collecting and research in the Earth Sciences. One of the attractions of an…
Earthquake Measuring 5.2 Hits India-Pakistan Border Area in Jammu and Kashmir
India.com-2 hours ago
Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 on Saturday struck India-Pakistan border region in Jammu on Kashmir. According to reports, tremors were felt in different cities of Jammu and Kashmir including some…

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= July 6 2017 =

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rouses Montana
USA TODAY-2 hours ago
An earthquake strong enough to rouse sleeping residents more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its epicenter struck western Montana early Thursday.A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit just after…
  Mammoth Task: Billionaire-Funded Effort to Resurrect Woolly Beast
geologyin.com
Billionaire Paypal founder Peter Thiel ‘bankrolls woolly mammoth resurrection project’ Like “Jurassic Park,” what if you could use the science of DNA to resurrect long-extinct creatures that once roamed the earth?PayPal billionaire and…
  Letšeng Yields 126ct. Rough Diamond
Rapaport-1 hour ago
Gem Diamonds has recovered a “high-quality” rough diamond weighing 126 carats at its Letšeng mine, following a switch to a more lucrative section of the project in Lesotho, the company…
Earth’s mantle deep beneath the North Island volcano zone is melting
Stuff.co.nz-19 hours ago
Scientists have a new understanding of what’s going on under the Taupo zone – one of the most volcanically active regions in the world.Researchers from the Victoria University of Wellington used GPS data to…

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= July 4 2017 =

Mount Everest is NOT The Tallest Mountain in The World
geologyin.com
The world’s tallest mountain technically is not Mount Everest.Mount Everest is the tallest mountain above sea level, but if we’re talking sheer height here, base to summit, then the tallest mountain is…
  An Enormous Crocodile with T. rex Teeth Was a Top Jurassic Predator
seeker.com
The Jurassic period is often called the Age of the Ruling Reptiles, and for good reason. In the seas, aquatic reptiles such as the dolphin-like Stenopterygius were plentiful. In the air, flying reptiles known as pterosaurs searched for…
  University of Melbourne researchers have used ‘flawed’ diamonds to ‘magnify’ molecules
NEWS.com.au
DIAMONDS just got much more valuable. Thanks to Australian research, they will soon become ‘lenses’ offering a powerful view of individual molecules and atoms.
The ability to do this is at the heart of…
Earthquake hits northwest Georgia
Atlanta Journal Constitution-16 hours ago
A small earthquake jolted a portion of northwest Georgia on Sunday night.The quake struck an area just north of LaFayette at 9:51 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude was measured at 2.2.The epicenter, near…

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= July 2 2017 =

Strong deep earthquake below the Chile / Bolivia high desert
Earthquake Report-2 hours ago
A deep earthquake in one of the most beautiful areas in the world which i was able to visit. A lot of dormant and active volcanoes in the area but a subduction earthquake at this depth will not be a volcanic one. The earthquake is…
  China taps ‘combustible ice’ for energy
Taipei Times-2 hours ago
China is drilling deep into the ocean floor in the hope of tapping vast deposits of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice,” but it would be years before it is part of the global energy mix.Gas hydrates are…
  3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Area in Northern Oklahoma
Public Radio Tulsa-5 hours ago
An earthquake has shaken part of northwestern Oklahoma.The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6:50 a.m. Saturday more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of…

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= June 30 2017 =

Study examines geology of Oklahoma’s largest earthquake
Phys.Org-21 minutes ago
Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature’s whims. From tornadoes and floods to wildfires and winter storms, the state sees more than its share of natural hazards. But prior to 2009, “terra firma” in Oklahoma meant just that…
  2017 Las Vegas Trade Spotty, Designers and Diamonds Lead
gia.edu
The bling look continued to retreat at the annual Las Vegas shows earlier this month as retail buyers favored smaller pieces, especially those that could be layered or paired to create a personalized look.Designers at the…
  NEBRASKA, USA: WONDERFUL FOSSILS, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC ART DEPICTING FOSSILS
depositsmag.com
Nebraska is known by vertebrate palaeontologists as the place in North America where there is a very complete Cenozoic geologic record of mammalian evolution over the last…
Discovery of China’s Giant ‘Fossil Wall’ –“Can Shed New Light On the Dinosaur Epoch”
The Daily Galaxy (blog)-21 hours ago
A startling find may conceal specimens that could reveal much about evolutionary history of Jurassic era. Palaeontologists in southwest China who unearthed possibly the world’s largest fossil wall of…

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= June 28 2017 =

Pleochroism in Tanzanite
geologyin.com
Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminium hydroxyl sorosilicate) belonging to the epidot group.Tanzanite is a trade name that was first used by Tiffany and Company for gem-quality specimens of the…
  Scientists Confirm Yellowstone Supervolcano Was Hit By 450 Earthquakes In One Week
forbes.com
Yellowstone supervolcano was recently hit with over 450 earthquakes, prompting scientists to closely monitor the area. The first of the swarm of earthquakes began on June 12 and continued in the following days, including…
  ERRATIC ROCKS IN FIELDS AND ON BEACHES OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT
depositsmag.com
The Isle of Wight is a marvellous place for the geologist on holiday, but there must be a suspicion that it has all been done before. When I first visited the island in 1999, my late wife Trina said that, of course, I would want to geologise at…
Scientists Use Ancient DNA To Identify Bizarre Species That Baffled Darwin
Gizmodo Australia-3 hours ago
What has a body like a humpless camel, legs like a skinny rhino, and a face like the short-trunked saiga antelope? Until only recently, the accepted answer was Charles Darwin’s, and I paraphrase: “I have no idea what the hell this is.”A team of…

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= June 26 2017 =

The World’s Largest Aquamarine Gem
geologyin.com
The Dom Pedro aquamarine is the world’s largest cut aquamarine gem. It was cut from a crystal originally weighing approximately 100 pounds (45 kg) and measuring more than 3 feet (0.91 m) in length.The stone was…
  Volcano Power Could Be ‘the Most Exciting Thing Since the Moon Landing,’ Says Researcher
Greentech Media33 minutes ago
Recent reports about tapping Icelandic volcanoes for power exports to the U.K. may have missed the point, say experts connected to the project.Stories in mainstream media outlets such as The…
  Colombia coal mine explosion kills 13
mining.com
Thirteen coal miners have died in Colombia after an explosion at an illegal coal mine on Friday.Eleven miners were originally said to have died and two were missing following a methane gas explosion underground, according to…
5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan
Gulf Today-2 hours ago
Afghanistan has been hit by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake, according to an alert from the US Geological Survey.The epicentre of the quake, which hit around 4 am local time, was 204 kilometres deep, in a…

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= June 24 2017 =

Flirtatious 100-Million-Year-Old Damselflies Found Frozen in Amber
geologyin.com
It was all going so well. 100-million-years ago a male damselfly spotted a potential mate and set about attempting to woo her with an intricate courtship dance.Waving his impressive pod-like lower limbs in the…
  Dramatic Video Shows Deadly Tsunami Hitting Greenland
news.nationalgeographic
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded as the storm surged, but geologists believe a landslide could be to blame for the deadly tsunami.Video from Greenland shows a powerful tsunami striking an inhabited part of the…
  Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive
sciencedaily.com
The fossils of an extinct species from the Triassic Period are the long-missing link that connects Kermit the Frog’s amphibian brethren to wormlike creatures with a backbone and two rows of sharp teeth, new research shows. Named…
Australia’s Atlas defers new iron ore mine over price falls
mining.com
Australia’s Atlas Iron, which narrowly escaped collapse when iron or prices crashed in 2015, has deferred construction of a new mine, citing weak prices for the steelmaking commodity.Development of the…
  Handling diamonds every day in Namibia a ‘no-mistake job’
The Philadelphia Tribune-8 hours ago
WINDHOEK, Namibia — Dina Muhimba handles hundreds of diamonds every day in what she describes as a “no-mistake job.”Muhimba, who sorts gemstones at the Namibia Diamond Trading Company, sits at a long table with colleagues, studying the cut, color and clarity of diamonds mined mostly…

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= June 22 2017 =

Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Dawn of the Dinosaurs
geologyin.com
Huge pulses of volcanic activity are likely to have played a key role in triggering the end Triassic mass extinction, which set the scene for the rise and age of the dinosaurs, new Oxford University research has found.The…
  THE HISTOLOGY OF A SAUROPOD RIB BONE FOUND IN THE WESSEX FORMATION, HANOVER…
depositsmag.com
In September 2015, I went to Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight to hunt for dinosaur bones. It was equinox tides all week, so an ideal time to get out on the furthest rocks of the Wessex formation, dating from the…
  A massive earthquake was reported in California Wednesday — by mistake
Washington Post1 hour ago
Scores of people around the world received reports on their email accounts and Twitter feeds Wednesday, alerting them to a powerful earthquake with a magnitude potentially capable of causing buildings to crumble.A 6.8-magnitude earthquake reportedly hit the…
World’s top coal producer to close 37 mines
mining.com
Coal India, the world’s largest producer of the fossil fuel, is closing 37 mines before March next year as it said they are no longer economically viable due to increasing competition from renewable energy sources.The…
  The Lure of American Freshwater Pearls: Revisiting the Latendresse Family
gia.edu
In 1987 Dr. E. J. Gübelin visited John Latendresse and his pearl farm in Camden, Tennessee. The following year GIA Education sent a team to visit the Latendresse family to witness and record the development of the American freshwater pearl industry. The…

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= June 19 2017 =

How Is Aura Rainbow Quartz Made?
geologyin.com
Aura quartz is quartz that has been enhanced with a combination of titanium and niobium.Metal-coated crystals are natural crystals, such as quartz, whose surface has been coated with metal to give them an…
  Volcano ‘black box’ unveiled – and it will predict WHEN eruptions will happen
Daily Star-3 hours ago
BOFFINS have created a “black box” similar to that of a flight recorder that could predict volcanic eruptions years in advance.The device could prevent a repeat of the chaos caused by Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajökull which…
  Earthquake in Greenland – 39 people evacuated
The Copenhagen Post – Danish news in english-4 hours ago
A tidal wave struck a settlement on the northwest coast of Greenland late on Saturday.As a result of an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale, a tsunami-like wave and flooding struck a remote hamlet about 30 km from the…
Synthetic Diamond Market Revenue, Emerging Key Players, Supply-Demand and Forecast 2021
Green Mountain Outlook3 hours ago
Global Synthetic Diamond Market New Research Report 2017-2021, is structured with comprehensive market analysis and industry expert’s recommendations. Analysts Forecast Global Synthetic Diamond Market to…
  200 million-year-old dragonfly fossil found in China
ecns-6 hours ago
Chinese researchers have been studying a 200 million-year-old dragonfly fossil.The dragonfly fossil, which lived in the Late Triassic period, was discovered in Junggar Basin in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in…

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= June 17 2017 =

Rare Huge Green-blue Opal Found in Nevada
geologyin.com
The Roebling Opal is an extraordinary 2,585-carat piece of opal rough and is also the largest unpolished black Opal. It came out of the tunneled portion of the Rainbow Ridge Mine in 1917 from Virgin Valley, Nevada. The opal was…
  3.6-magnitude earthquake in Washington State felt on Vancouver Island
CTV Vancouver Island-18 hours ago
An earthquake in Washington State rattled parts of the Capital Region Thursday night.The 3.6-magnitude quake struck at 8:55 p.m. near Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula at a depth of 54 kilometres, according to…
  Paleomagnetic Data Hint at Link from Earth’s Core to Continents
eos.org
Earth’s magnetic field waxes and wanes as supercontinents form and break up, suggests a new study postulating a direct connection between our planet’s crust and its core.The last time Earth had a supercontinent was about 200 million years ago. All the landmasses that form the…
TWILIGHT OF THE MAMMOTHS
depositsmag.com
Blaring trumpets shatter the air,Terrified voices echo despair,Hurtling towards their own demise,A chance at life, their fate denies.The blood of giants spills upon the grass,Brought forth by…
  Book Review: Gem Testing Techniques
gia.edu
Although several books on gem testing have been previously published, this particularly comprehensive volume by renowned gemologist Alan Hodgkinson will certainly be a welcome addition to members of the field. This…

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= June 15 2017 =

Radioactive Elements in New Mexican Rock Reveal Longest Earthquake Record
geologyin.com
Using radioactive elements trapped in crystallized, cream-colored “veins” in New Mexican rock, geologists have peered back in time more than 400,000 years to illuminate a record of earthquakes along the Loma Blanca fault in the Rio Grande rift.
It is the…
De Beers launches £122m diamond-hunting ship off the coast of Namibia
Telegraph.co.uk-25 minutes ago
Mining giant De Beers has launched a state-of-art £122m exploration ship that will scan for diamonds on the seabed off the coast of Namibia. The mv SS Nujoma is equipped with sonar technology and…
  China’s Fosun spices up battle for Gemfields with 10% bid premium
mining.com
Emeralds and rubies miner Gemfields (LON:GEM) may become the centre of a bidding war as China’s Fosun International has approached the company with an attractive offer, which comes only a month after the gems producer rejected a bid from its largest shareholder.The…
THE GEOLOGY AND LANDSCAPE OF LEVISHAM AND NEWTONDALE, YORKSHIRE: AN OVERVIEW
depositsmag.com
This article is about the geology and geomorphology of the Levisham Bottoms and Newtondale area of Yorkshire. This is an interesting strip of virtually level land, which forms a shelf at about 150m above sea level, between Levisham Moor and the bottom of Newtondale. It is…

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= June 13 2017 =

Why Are the Vermilion Cliffs So Red?
geologyin.com
The Vermilion Cliffs are the second “step” up in the five-step Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau, in northern Arizona and southern Utah. The Vermilion Cliffs are made up of deposited silt and desert dunes, cemented by infiltrated carbonates and intensely colored by red iron oxide and…
One dead as 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Greek islands
Manila Bulletin-7 hours ago
A woman died and 10 people were hurt on Monday when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios and the Aegean coast of western Turkey, officials said.The middle-aged victim had…
  Gem Diamonds finds two large rocks at flagship mine in Lesotho
mining.com
Africa-focused Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD) has discovered two diamonds bigger than 100 carats at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, which should help the company boost revenue and investors confidence.The two massive diamonds are…
Seismic shift – JSIF to help earthquake unit become better prepared
Jamaica Gleaner-6 hours ago
The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus will today sign a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), which will see the university’s Earthquake…

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= June 11 2017 =

New Form of Carbon That’s Hard as a Rock, Yet Elastic, Like Rubber
geologyin.com
A team including several Carnegie scientists has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic and electrically conductive. A material with such a unique combination of properties could serve a wide variety of…
Comet Strikes May Have Helped Spur Life on Earth
seeker.com
New research provides for the first time a genetic link between comets and the atmosphere of Earth.Life on Earth may not have been possible without comet strikes.
A new study suggests that about 20 percent of the noble gas xenon in Earth’s atmosphere was delivered by…
Fossil From 100 Million Years Ago Tells Us Extinct Baby Bird Could Hunt When It Hatched
Forbes-17 hours ago
Jurassic Park, here we come! A fossil of a baby bird that lived alongside the dinosaurs was recently discovered embedded inside a three-inch-long piece of 100-million-year-old Burmese amber.Some very exciting news just…
Alaska Volcano Erupts, Aviation Alert Raised to Red
U.S. News & World Report-15 hours ago
The Alaska Volcano Observatory has raised its flight-warning system to the highest level after Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted on Saturday morning.An eruption cloud…

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= June 9 2017 =

Extremely Wonderful New Find of Skeletal Halites in Poland (Photos)
geologyin.com
In late 2016 geologists working in Sieroszowice copper-halite mine, while visit one of the old tunnels, discovered very rich and colorful halite mineralization. The tunnel was located quite far from the active areas of…
FEATURES IN THE FIELD: IGNIMBRITES OF THE YR ARDDU SYNCLINE (CARADOC, UPPER ORDOVICIAN)
depositsmag.com
In July 1979, I was one of more than 20 undergraduate students at the Department of Geology, University of Manchester, to undertake their final year mapping project in the Snowdonia National Park in…
Rio Tinto diamond encrusted coins worth $1.8 million for sale in Australia
mining.com
A $1.8 million coin trilogy boasting coloured diamonds found at Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine has been unveiled at the Perth Mint with international buyers already showing interest in the unique collection.The…
Magnitude-5.3 earthquake strikes Hawaii’s Big Island
Humboldt Beacon-4 hours ago
A magnitude-5.3 earthquake shook Hawaii’s Big Island early Thursday, but no damage was reported.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of…

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= June 7 2017 =

World’s Only Fossils of T. Rex Skin Suggest It Was Covered in Scales—not Feathers
geologyin.com
In a surprise win for Jurassic World fans, fossil skin samples suggest that several tyrannosaurs were scaly rather than feathered.Tyrannosaurus rex was an odd animal, a predator with teeth the size…
Study of Ancient Ocean Temperatures Shows Sudden Cooling That Let Life Evolve
seeker.com
We know little about Earth’s surface temperatures for the first 4 billion years or so of its history. This presents a limitation into research of life’s origins on Earth and how it might arise on distant worlds.Now researchers suggest that…
EXPLODING STAR MISSING FROM FORMATION OF SOLAR SYSTEM
depositsmag.com
A new study, published by University of Chicago researchers challenges, the notion that the force of an exploding star forced the formation of the solar system.In this study, published online in…
Earthquake: 3.9 quake strikes near Gardnerville Ranchos, Nev.
Los Angeles Times-13 hours ago
A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon 10 miles from Gardnerville Ranchos, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:45 p.m. Pacific time at…

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= June 5 2017 =

Spectacular Outcrop of Submarine Landslide Deposits
geologyin.com
A submarine landslide expert, showed an image at a recent conference that is a spectacular example of a mass transport deposit (MTD), or more simply, a submarine landslide deposit.Landslides occur on…
San Diego faces heightened risk of major earthquakes, studies say
latimes.com
New research released this week found that a fault under the heart of San Diego can produce stronger and more frequent earthquakes than previously thought.It’s the second study in recent months pointing to…
  An Iceberg the Size of Delaware Is About to Break Off of Antarctica
seeker.com
The saga of the Larsen C crack is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica’s ice shelves for years. Now it’s in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will…
The island that forever changed science
BBC News-2 hours ago
The Indonesian island of Ternate, like its neighbour Tidore, is almost all volcano. It sprouts from the sea, an almost-perfect, yet truncated cone, wreathed in steamy clouds and fringed with a narrow strip of…

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= June 3 2017 =

The Meteorite Largest Ever Found in the United States
geologyin.com
The Willamette Meteorite weighs 15.5 tons. This iron meteorite, which was found in Oregon. It is the largest meteorite found in North America.The Willamette Meteorite is an iron-nickel meteorite discovered in…
Moderate earthquake rattles Alaska’s west Aleutian Islands
rdnewsnow.com-2 hours ago
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake rumbled north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands but did not cause a tsunami or damage structures.The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake occurred at…
  2017 Vegas Outlook: Decent, But Cautious, Buying
gia.edu
First quarter U.S. retail jewelry sales showed a slight increase, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce figures, though most gains appeared to be at the higher and lower ends. Larger U.S. jewelry…
AN UNUSUAL ASSOCIATION OF A RECENT OYSTER AND A SLIPPER LIMPET
depositsmag.com
My young son and I both have a taste for oysters, and have a favourite restaurant in which we like to eat them. It is in the Spui district of Amsterdam, which is also an area with a high density of bookshops. Therefore, there is…

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= June 1 2017 =

Gypsum Rock Revealed as New Water Source for Life
geologyin.com
The crystallization water of gypsum rocks is a relevant water source for plants.A team of scientists led by plant physiologists Sara Palacio from the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología and Juan Pedro Ferrio of the…
A UTE ARROW STRAIGHTENER MADE OF JURASSIC DINOSAUR BONE
depositsmag.com
I am currently studying an arrow straightening tool left behind by the Ute Indians of the Northern Colorado Plateau long ago. The artefact is made of an unusual material – a Jurassic dinosaur bone. As I work with…
  Deep in a South African gold mine, scientists drill for the heart of an earthquake
Science Magazine-21 hours ago
It’s no easy feat to drill into the faults that cause earthquakes. Intercepting such active ruptures, which are buried kilometers beneath the surface, requires specialized equipment, skilled crews, and a lot of money and time. There are no shortcuts. Well, maybe there’s one: an express elevator in…
Gemfields steps up fight against takeover by largest investor
mining.com
Emeralds and rubies miner Gemfields (LON:GEM) said Wednesday a group of independent directors recommended shareholders to reject a takeover bid by largest investor Pallinghurst Resources Limited.The Johannesburg-listed private…

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= May 30 2017 =

Why is Red Beryl So Rare?
geologyin.com
An extremely rare gemstone that receives its red color from trace amounts of manganese. It is estimated that one crystal of red beryl is found for every 150,000 gem-quality diamonds.Red beryl is a rare mineral because its…
Low platinum prices push jewellery demand
mining.com
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but for budget-conscious ring-bearers, the preferred material might be platinum.According to Platinum Guild International, the low platinum price…
  Alaska volcano erupts, triggers highest aviation warning
USA TODAY-22 hours ago
Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupted Sunday, sending a plume of ash at least 35,000 feet into the air and temporarily triggering the highest aviation alert, scientists say.The Bogoslof Volcano in the…
Very strong earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia generates damages and injuries
Earthquake Report-4 hours ago
We can now already concluded that this earthquake was a lucky escape of worse. The initial Magnitude and depth was awaiting bad news but after looking into the earthquake characteristics it became…

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= May 28 2017 =

The Different Beryl Varieties with Photos
geologyin.com
Beryl is a mineral composed of beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate with the chemical formula Be3Al2(SiO3)6  Beryl is a single mineral with many varieties that are distinguished by their color.  Well-known varieties of beryl include…
Scientists Predict Active Hurricane Season
eos.org
A combination of warm sea surface temperatures and a weak or absent El Niño may create conditions conducive to tropical storm formation.It’s time to get prepared. Scientists at the National Oceanic and…
  World’s top 20 silver mining companies
mining.com
Silver futures prices moved higher again on Friday with July delivery contracts exchanging hands for $17.38 an ounce as the metal continues to claw back territory lost earlier this month. Silver is now up 8% since hitting its…
Himalayan sediments made 2004 tsunami more severe: study
Doordarshan-1 minute ago
Sediments from the Himalayas may have aggravated the severity of the catastrophic 2004 Sumatra earthquake that caused a massive tsunami to claim over 250,000 lives in the Indian coastal regions and other countries, a new study has found.Researchers found that the…

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= May 26 2017 =

The birth and death of a tectonic plate
geologyin.com
Several hundred miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, a small tectonic plate called the Juan de Fuca is slowly sliding under the North American continent. This subduction has created a collision zone with the potential to…
A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO TRILOBITES
depositsmag.com
Many people interested in palaeontology and collecting fossils have either found fragments of trilobites in the field or marvelled at fossil examples of these animals displayed in museums around the…
  New Seafloor Map Reveals How Strange the Gulf of Mexico Is
National Geographic-8 hours ago
Data gathered by oil exploration companies was combined to create the highest resolution map ever made of the area.The floor of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most geologically interesting stretches of the…
De Beers’ Forevermark brand inscribes its 2 millionth diamond
mining.com
Diamond jewellery retailer Forevermark, which sells selected De Beers gems, has marked a milestone by inscribing its two millionth diamond — a 3.48 carat round brilliant that now bears a ‘2,000,000’ imprinting.The diamond — mined, cut and polished in Namibia — will be set in…

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= May 24 2017 =

What Is the Difference Between Moonstone and Opalite?
geologyin.com
It’s really pretty easy to tell if something is Opalite—which is just glass, and not a gemstone—or if it’s Moonstone.  Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate, with the chemical…
A FLORISSANT FOSSIL SPIDER DISCOVERY
depositsmag.com
The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is known worldwide for its late Eocene (34mya) fossil plants and insects. Recently, a fossil spider was discovered at the commercial quarry, which is…
  Diamond ring bought for £10 now worth thousands
mining.com
Jessica Wyndham, head of Sotheby’s London jewelry department, revealed to the BBC that a 26.27-carat cushion-shaped white diamond from the 19th Century is expected to be auctioned by the house for over…
Man-made earthquakes are rattling Texas
KEYE TV-14 hours ago
Nature usually gets the blame for causing earthquakes. But now human activity is literally shaking things up in Texas and several surrounding states.The U.S. Geological Survey is now mapping the…

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= May 22 2017 =

Heart-shaped diamond breaks record
mining.com
The largest D flawless heart-shaped diamond was sold on Wednesday in Geneva for $14.9 million.The gem, which is called La Légende and was created by Boehmer et Bassenge, broke a world record in its category.According to…
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Survey Confirms that Pituffik Sits Within a Significant New Ilmenite Province
Press Release Rocket-4 hours ago
Bluejay Mining plc, the AIM (JAY.L) and FSE (S5WA) listed company with projects in Greenland and Finland, is pleased to announce that a recent study undertaken by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (‘GEUS’) has confirmed that the…
  Sea Level As A Metronome Of Earth’s History
Eurasia Review-9 hours ago
Sedimentary layers record the history of the Earth. They contain stratigraphic cycles and patterns that precisely reveal the succession of climatic and tectonic conditions that have occurred over millennia, thereby enhancing our ability to…
Victoria launches second round of mineral exploration grants
Australian Mining-10 hours ago
The second round of grants under the Victorian Government’s TARGET program have been given to boost gold exploration in the state.The TARGET program was launched to encourage explorers to find new deposits of…

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= May 20 2017 =

DINOSAURS FOOTPRINTS ON THE ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
depositsmag.com
If you think of dinosaur hunting, you probably imagine trekking through a parched landscape, reaching the crest of a low hill and catching the first glimpse of a complete skeleton lying half exposed in the…
Gulf of California earthquakes highlight zone of rapid rupture
temblor-18 hours ago
Yesterday, in the southern Gulf of California, there were 11 M=3.4+ earthquakes in the span of a little more than eight hours. The largest of these were two M=4.6 quakes approximately 100 km offshore of…
  China successfully mines flammable ice from the South Sea
mining.com
After nearly two decades of research and exploration, China has successfully mined so-called “flammable ice” in what authorities qualify as a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution.The…
Man sues Grand Canyon for not letting him study its rocks
AOL-14 hours ago
A geologist is suing the Grand Canyon because park authorities wouldn’t allow him to remove a bunch of rocks from the historic site to aid in his research.”Young-earth creationist” Andrew Snelling, who…

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= May 18 2017 =

Pacific island the most plastic-polluted place on Earth
geologyin.com
Pacific island has 38 million pieces of trash, but no people.The beaches of one of the world’s most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, in…
Here’s why Colombia’s mining sector is losing its shine
mining.com
Foreign investors are likely to flee Colombia’s mining sector in the coming months as the country is failing to protect the interest of global companies operating and exploring in the country, the local…
  Ordovician Mass Extinction May Have Been Triggered by Volcanic Eruptions
Sci-News.com-16 minutes ago
Geologists from Tohoku University, Japan, Amherst College and Washington University in Saint Louis, the United States, say they may have found the cause of the end-Ordovician mass extinction, the first of…
New Zealand quake scientists discover surprise: Hot water
Himalayan Times-4 hours ago
When researchers in New Zealand drilled deep into an earthquake fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for the South Pacific nation.The scientists…

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= May 16 2017 =

Hard Rocks from Himalaya Raise Flood Risk for Millions
geologyin.com
Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth’s most densely populated areas.Large volumes of hard rock dumped into rivers by…
‘Shake Alert’ warning system could give you early heads up ahead of earthquake
KATU-5 hours ago
New research has scientists closer to pinpointing when and where the next earthquake will happen.When the Cascadia Subduction Zone breaks, scientists think it could cause a 4-story high tsunami and…
  Strategic Petroleum Reserve Taps Sandia Expertise In salt
Oil and Gas Online-1 hour ago
In this way, we know there are two large regions at the top of the core where seismic waves travel more slowly than in surrounding areas. Each region is so large that it would be 100 times taller than Mount Everest if it were on the surface of…
‘Sleeping’ supervolcano in Italy could be ‘reaching a critical stage’, researchers warn
Yahoo News UK-2 hours ago
A ‘sleeping’ supervolcano near the city of Naples in Italy is closer to eruption than researchers believed – and may be ‘approaching a critical stage’, researchers have warned.Researchers from University College London say that the…

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= May 14 2017 =

New Dinosaur Fossil So Well-Preserved it Looks Like a Statue
geologyin.com
Rare as winning the lottery: ‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Emerges From the Oil Sands of Alberta.The animal probably died as it lived — defying predators with its heavy armor and size — and after 110 million years, its…
Lucara gets almost $18M for fragment of its massive ‘Ledesi La Roma’ diamond
mining.com
Canada’s Lucara Diamond (TSX:LUC), the company that hit the jackpot in 2015 after finding the world’s second-largest diamond, just got $17.5 million for a piece that broke from that rock, the now…
  Earthquake of 5.7 magnitude kills two, injures hundreds in Iran: State media
The Indian Express-2 hours ago
It left more than 370 people injured and damaged as many as 40 per cent of houses in the area, local media said.A 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan killed two people, injured hundreds and caused…
Watching two waves of hot lava in the Solar System’s largest volcano
Ars Technica UK-22 hours ago
Volcanic activity appears to be a common feature in our Solar System; we have evidence of it on three planets and two moons and hints of it elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean all volcanic activity is the same. Venus’ activity is driven by…

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= May 12 2017 =

Australian Lake Turned Pink in Incredible Natural Phenomenon
geologyin.com
This is very much a real, natural phenomenon that occurs all over the planet. It’s what happens when the only thing living in a supersalty lake is a single-celled, salt-loving microbe that makes pigments called…
A New Theory May Explain “Impossible” TRAPPIST-1 Planets
eos.org
The proposed formation scenario relies on unconventional processes to account for a bevy of seven Earth-sized exoplanets recently found orbiting an unlikely star.An extraordinary planetary system made…
  AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW ON CLIMATE CHANGE
depositsmag.com
Before you start shouting at your magazine, don’t worry, you’re not going to read that I think climate change isn’t happening or that human beings aren’t contributing to it. However, I am going to try to…
Global silver output falls for first time in 14 years
mining.com
Global silver production dropped last year for the first time since 2002 driven by lower by-product output from the lead/zinc and gold sectors, as well as a sharp decline of scrap supply to the market, which hit its…

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= May 10 2017 =

Powerful Earthquakes Can Make Faults Violently Snap Open And Shut
geologyin.com
It is a common trope in disaster movies: an earthquake strikes, causing the ground to rip open and swallow people and cars whole. The gaping earth might make for cinematic drama, but earthquake scientists have…
A PHENOMENAL FOSSIL FERN – FORGOTTEN FOR 40 YEARS
depositsmag.com
On some occasions, it is the hard sweat and toil of palaeontologists labouring in the field at carefully planned excavation sites that yields the prize specimen on which careers are built. On other occasions, it is the…
  Spring 2017 G&G: Brazil’s Diamond Production, Cuprian Liddicoatite, Silicon in Corundum, and Tucson Coverage
gia.edu
From Brazilian diamonds and Japanese jadeite to Indian iridescent quartz and Polish by-product zincite, a world of wide-ranging topics is covered in the Spring 2017 issue of Gems & Gemology. The issue looks at historical and unexpected sources of…
‘Baby Louie’ Solves Dinosaur Development Mysteries
seeker.com
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, farmers from Henan, China, excavated and collected thousands of Cretaceous Era dinosaur eggs, many of which were sold overseas in rock and gem shows, stores, and…
  These were the top producing diamond mines in 2016
mining.com
While diamond industry experts warn that demand is expected to outstrip supply as early as 2019, the largest mines keep producing the coveted rocks at full steam.Here are last year’s top 10 diamond mines in…

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= May 8 2017 =

This Giant Gold Nugget Was Found in California
geologyin.com
The “Butte Nugget” was recovered sometime in the summer of 2014 by an unnamed prospector in California using a metal detector. He was expecting to dig up a piece of iron rubbish, but unearthed the find of a lifetime when he…
  Here’s why the iron ore price is tanking
mining.com
The destruction of iron ore and coking coal prices in the past week has been brutal.
Northern China 62% Fe import prices are down more than 12% since last Friday after losing another $4 on Friday to …
  A New Idea on How Earth Became a Giant Snowball
Scientific American-57 minutes ago
Eons ago Earth experienced a wild transformation: it turned into a giant snowball. These massive glaciation events, where ice encased the planet from pole-to-pole, are fittingly named “snowball Earth.” There were at least two…
Alaska hit by three earthquakes in a weekend
Sky News-36 minutes ago
Central Alaska has been hit by a 3.8 magnitude earthquake – the fourth quake to hit the state this weekend.The earthquake – which had an epicentre of 27 miles (43km) and a depth of 6.8 miles (11km) – struck north of…

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= May 6 2017 =

Ancient Methane Seeps Tell Tale of Sudden Warming
eos.org
Krista Williscroft and her colleagues trudged for days through mud, often up to their knees, cataloging large mounds of rock across a desolate landscape. Constant sunlight, a light breeze, and…
  Earthquake of 4,4 magnitude hits South Iceland
Iceland Monitor-55 minutes ago
An earthquake of 4,4 magnitude hit South Iceland shortly after 12 noon today.  Smaller quakes were also felt. The epicenter was about 30 kilometers west of the Mt. Hekla volcano and 4-7 kilometer under the …
  Huge 100-mile crack appears on one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves
geologyin.com
The impending separation of what’s expected to be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded just got a dramatic step closer, after an epic 180-km-long (111.8-mile) rift in Antarctica suddenly split in two.Scientists have…
THE GRAPTOLITES OF ABEREIDDY BAY
depositsmag.com
Graptolites are curious fossils that are common in Lower Palaeozoic rocks where other types of fossils are lacking. The word ‘graptolite’ comes from Greek words that mean ‘writing’ (graptos) and ‘stone’ (lithos), and…

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= May 4 2017 =

What is Sea Glass, and Where Can I Find It?
geologyin.com
Sea glass and Beach glass are similar but come from two different types of water. Sea glass is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. These weathering processes produce…
  Gem Diamonds found this high-quality 80-carat rock in Lesotho
mining.com
Shares in Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD) spiked Thursday after the miner announced it had unearthed one of the highest-quality stones to come out of its Letšeng mine in Lesotho.The discovery of …
  INTERPRETING AMMONITE FOSSILS
depositsmag.com
Ammonites are such popular and well-known fossils that suggesting they need interpreting may seem ridiculous. But for all their familiarity, there is still a good deal of debate over how they lived and…
Scientists decipher the secrets on the formation of Hawaii’s largest and most active volcanoes
ASZ News-47 minutes ago
Scientists have unveiled as to how Hawaii’s largest and most active volcanoes are constructed. They discovered that these volcanoes developed together with twin tracks because of a shift in the direction of the Pacific Plated dated…

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= May 2 2017 =

What Pangea would look like with our current international borders
geologyin.com
About 300 million years ago, Earth did not have seven continents (or eight if you count Zealandia), but one supercontinent called Pangea, which was surrounded by one ocean called Panthalassa. About…
  A Synthetic Diamond Overgrowth on a Natural Diamond
gia.edu
Nitrogen is the most abundant defect in natural diamonds. It can be observed as single substitutional atoms or in aggregated forms. Boron, on the other hand, is a rare impurity in natural diamonds. It is…
  Record outflows from gold ETFs as price plumbs 3-week low
mining.com
Gold continued to slide today, falling to a three-week low on a stronger U.S. dollar as U.S. stocks gained, with Apple shares hitting a record high.At the end of trading in New York, the spot…
New Technique Reveals Iceberg Calving Process
eos.org
Researchers used unmanned aerial vehicle data to model the growth of a fracture that broke a 1-kilometer-long iceberg off a Greenland glacier.Walking near the end of a massive tongue of…

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= April 30 2017 =

Geologist discovers Whirlwinds of crystals called gravel devils in Andes mountains
geologyin.com
Large hunks of gypsum swept between two volcanoes,Geologist Kathleen Benison was working in the Atacama desert in Chile where the harsh environment creates large bladed-habit gypsum crystals due to…
  The Fossil of a Half-Billion-Year-Old, 50-Legged Arthropod Was Found in Canada
seeker.com
The 4-inch-long creature, named Tokummia katalepsis, was discovered in sedimentary rock in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia.A 508-million-year-old critter — one that looks like a weird lobster with…
  Magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks southeast Taiwan
Taiwan News-7 hours ago
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of southeast Taiwan at 9:57 a.m. on Sunday, which was centered about 17.7 kilometers northeast of Taitung County. It struck at a depth of 96 kilometers, according to…
What’s Really In Antarctica’s Mysterious Blood Falls
news.nationalgeographic.com
The eerily gory waterfall is not in fact made of blood, and a new study shows just what gives it its unique color.Blood Falls, named for its ruddy color, is not in fact a gush of blood from some…

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= April 28 2017 =

Scientists Solve Mystery Behind Antarctica’s Blood Falls
geologyin.com
When Antarctic explorers first discovered a cliff stained with blood-red water in 1911, they assumed that red-hued algae were responsible for the colour. The place quickly became known as Blood Falls, although it…
  The role of microorganisms in industrial gold processing
Phys.Org-1 hour ago
Special ‘nugget-producing’ bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics, as well as aid in exploration for new deposits, University…
  THE GEOLOGY OF EAST GREENLAND
depositsmag.com
Eighty percent of Greenland is covered by ice and, in places, this is up to 3.4km thick. So, Greenland might not immediately spring to mind as a place to go to observe rocks. However, it is a…
Pinctada maculata (Pipi) Bead-Cultured Blister Pearls Attached to Their Shells
gia.edu
Pinctada maculata is the smallest mollusk of the Pinctada genus, averaging 40 mm at its widest point. The mollusk is found in the Pacific Ocean, including the waters off Penrhyn Island in the…

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= April 26 2017 =

What Causes the Color Phenomena of Blue Amber?
geologyin.com
The greenish blue color observed in some amber from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia is actually fluorescence stimulated by ultraviolet (UV) light. Amber is fossilized tree resin used for…
  THE FOSSIL BEETLES OF BOGNOR REGIS, WEST SUSSEX
depositsmag.com
Bognor Regis in West Sussex was wheret I spent my teenage years (a long time ago) and it is still a locality that I regularly visit and to where I also lead fossil hunting expeditions. Having said that, like many…
  Iowa geologist studying volcano that’s been erupting for centuries
kwwl.com-1 hour ago
An up close look at a volcano that’s been erupting for hundreds of years.That’s what an Iowa researcher is doing.Ingrid Ukstins is a geologist at the University of Iowa. She’s trying to better understand how…
Book Review: Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design
gia.edu
Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design by Stellene Volandes is a large-format visual feast of jewelry design. Jeweler showcases the work of 17 jewelry designers from around the…
  Firestone Diamonds Ramps Up Liqhobong Output As Grades Improve
London South East (registration) (blog)-24 minutes ago
LONDON (Alliance News) – Firestone Diamonds PLC on Wednesday said its 75%-owned Liqhobong mine in Lesotho has been “largely” commissioned and produced almost double the amount of carats in the third quarter of…

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= April 24 2017 =

5 dinosaur eggs were just discovered at a construction site in China
geologyin.com
Fossilised dinosaur eggs from 70 million years ago have been unearthed on a building site in China.The shells, discovered near Foshan in the southeast of the country, were found at a depth of about 26ft (8m), preserved in…
  Siberian gold mine collapse kills two
mining.com
Two gold miners are dead and one is in critical condition after an underground gold mine near the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk partially collapsed.Citing an industry watchdog and…
  Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits off Chile coast
worldbulletin.net-1 hour ago
Satellites are a very interesting piece of technology that still feels somewhat underutilized at this stage. British scientists are looking to change all of that with their new satellite-oriented venture. To be more…
Scientists use drones to collect data from volcanic plume
The Indian Express-2 hours ago
Drones can do more than just capture high-flying footage, say scientists who have successfully used the unmanned aerial vehicles to collect measurements from an inaccessible volcano as…
  Ghana should start exploring other minerals, not just gold
Inside Mining-2 hours ago
As the debate for the government to ban all forms of small scale mining rages on, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Joyce Aryee has suggested that the government considers developing…

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= April 22 2017 =

7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day
Vox-4 hours ago
This year’s Earth Day, April 22, will be dominated by the March for Science rallies taking place in Washington, DC, and dozens of other cities around the world.But I also like to mark…
  The Formation of Gold deposits in South Africa
geologyin.com
At a first glance, the Witwatersrand basin, the largest known gold resource on our planet, is not automatically related to ocean research. However, in its 3 billion years old geological history, the Witwatersrand basin in South Africa has been covered by…
  UK Scientists Use Satellites to Monitor all 1,500 Land Volcanoes on Earth
The Merkle-39 minutes ago
Satellites are a very interesting piece of technology that still feels somewhat underutilized at this stage. British scientists are looking to change all of that with their new satellite-oriented venture. To be more…
A Study of Sapphire from Chanthaburi, Thailand and its Gemological Characteristics
gia.edu
Thailand has been a leader in the global corundum trade since the 1950s. Bangkok and Chanthaburi remain important treatment and trading centers even though many—though not all—of the country’s corundum deposits are…
  DINOSAUR QUARRIES OF HASTINGS
depositsmag.com
For over two hundred years, dinosaur bones and other fossils have been found along the beach to the east of Hastings, between Rock-a-Nore and Pett, but by far the most spectacular specimens were collected from local quarries in…

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= April 20 2017 =

The Eight Most Incredible Fossils Preserved In Amber
geologyin.com
Even if fossils in amber are not useful for extracting dinosaur blood from for cloning purposes, despite what Jurassic Park may have you believe, they still preserve amazing snapshots of life millions of…
  Luxury Firms Adjust to the Era of Diminished Opulence
gia.edu
Business at the March 23-30 Baselworld Fair was challenging for many exhibitors, even though luxury jewelry designers have been doing some serious rethinking and following the lead of the watch brands away from…
  INCLUSIONS IN PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS GEMSTONES
depositsmag.com
Gemstones are commonly regarded as natural wonders, and their infatuating beauty and rareness has fascinated us from time immemorial. Besides the obvious macroscopic appearance, many…
Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA
jpl.nasa.gov
New NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California’s Sierra Nevada — a major source of water for San Francisco and California’s Central Valley — is currently larger than the…
  Earthquake hits Forster in NSW, the state’s second rumbling in a week
ABC Online-10 hours ago
New South Wales has been hit by a second earthquake in a week, with a tremor rumbling the tiny town of Forster on the mid-north coast.Residents took to social media to describe what they felt after the…

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= April 18 2017 =

$10 Million blue diamond arrives in Canada
mining.com
Flawless Management’s CEO, Kashif Khan, wants Canadian investors to get acquainted with some unusual diamonds, including a $10 million flawless 7.5 carat blue diamond and other…
  Scientists discover a giant black worm monster in the Philippines
Mashable-1 hour ago
Hidden beneath its tusk-like shell is a jet-black, slippery and slimy sea creature that looks like it came off the set of Alien.Scientists said on Monday that they’ve discovered the first…
  Melting of icy masses causes Canadian river to vanish in 4 days
The TeCake-2 hours ago
A gigantic waterway that spilled out of one of the Canada’s biggest icy masses that vanished through the span of four days a year ago, researchers have announced, in an…
Book Review: Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems
gia.edu
This exquisite collaboration memorializes the bespoke mid-2016 exhibition of more than 400 pieces of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, a collaboration with the…

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= April 16 2017 =

Where does Watermelon tourmaline come from? How Does It Grow?
geologyin.com
Watermelon tourmaline (primarily elbaite and/or liddicoatlite) is a variety of concentrically color-zoned tourmaline with red interiors and green exteriors and is distinct from longitudinal bi-color or…
  Carbon Dioxide Extracts On Trial At Oman Hills
sciencetimes.com
Scientists are drilling the red mountains of Oman, in order to attempt reversing climate change. The effort is to find a way to reduce carbon dioxide in the air as well as the oceans.Samples were…
  British scientists find sub-sea minerals treasure trove
mining.com
A British team of scientists has discovered an underwater deposit of diverse minerals in the Atlantic, about 500km off the Canary Islands, which contains vast amounts of tellurium, used in the making of…
Earthquake Strikes off North East Coast
Consett Magazine-3 hours ago
An earthquake has occurred under the North Sea, off the coast of north east England. The epicentre of the tremor, which measured 3.9 on the Richter Scale, happened about 100 miles out to…

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= April 14 2017 =

Stalagmites store paleoclimate data
geologyin.com
The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is the dominant atmospheric pressure mode over the North Atlantic that plays a significant role in determining the winter climate in Europe. Depending on the prevailing state of…
  Jade Report: Increased Mining Creates Large Stockpiles
gia.edu
The Chinese retail market has been cooling off, but jade mining in the Kachin province of Myanmar has been on the increase, causing a massive inventory buildup, according to a report by the…
  Former NOAA Chief Scientist Warns of Threats to Science
eos.org
Rick Spinrad frets about threats to science from the current administration’s attitudes and budget priorities but remains hopeful that things can be turned around.Walking stick in hand, Rick Spinrad, the former chief scientist for the…
THE NAUTILUS AND THE AMMONITE
depositsmag.com
This article was inspired by a poem in which an ammonite and a nautilus travel the world’s oceans for millions of years, until they are finally separated by extinction, and is based on a talk I gave on HDGS Members…
  NSW earthquake: Gold mine evacuated, residents in Orange woken up by shaking
ABC Online-9 hours ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake caused a gold mine to be evacuated overnight in central western New South Wales.A precautionary evacuation was carried out at the Cadia East Gold mine after the earthquake struck about…

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= April 12 2017 =

Volcanic arcs form by deep melting of rock mixtures
geologyin.com
Beneath the ocean, massive tectonic plates collide and grind against one another, which drives one below the other. This powerful collision, called subduction, is responsible for forming volcanic arcs that…
  SALTHILL QUARRY, CLITHEROE: A RESOURCE BEING REVITALISED
depositsmag.com
A while ago, SKD published a critique of the poor geoconservation practices on one of England’s most productive Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) of Mississippian age – the so-called scraped surface at…
  Barrick Gold is the fourth major to head to the Yukon in the past 12 months
mining.com
Yukon gold junior ATAC Resources will receive an $8.3 million investment from Barrick Gold as well as other investments.Announced yesterday, Barrick is…
Strong early morning earthquake jolts Mindanao
Rappler-9 hours ago
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Mindanao early Wednesday morning, April 12, with the tremor being felt across the island.The quake…

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= April 10 2017 =

‘Nesting doll’ minerals offer clues to Earth’s mantle
geologyin.com
Rare sample discovered of the mineral majorite that originated at least 235 miles below Earth’s surface.Recovered minerals that originated in the deep mantle can give scientists a rare glimpse into the dynamic processes occurring deep inside of…
  Potash junior teams up with Indian conglomerate to build new mine in Saskatchewan
mining.com
It’s no secret that building a potash mine to compete with the big companies is no small feat in Saskatchewan, where nine potash mines have been operating in the western Canadian province for the…
  Volcanic Activity on Ancient Mars May Have Produced Organic Life
seeker.com
Even a cursory look at a global map of Mars reveals how huge its volcanoes are. The famous Olympus Mons rises three times higher than Mt. Everest, and is just one of…
Magnitude 4.5 earthquake west of Reykjanes peninsula
IceNews-3 hours ago
An earthquake magnitude 4.5 rocked the south west of Iceland this morning at 3.40 am. The origin of the earthquake was 119 kilometres west southwest of the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, called Reyjanestá, approximately…

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= April 8 2017 =

Study finds ancient Earth’s fingerprints in young volcanic rocks
geologyin.com
Geochemical clues suggest that some rocks from Hawaii, Samoa may contain material formed during the planet’s birth.Earth’s mantle is made of solid rock that nonetheless circulates slowly over millions of years. Some geologists…
  UTAH: A GEOLOGIST’S WONDERLAND
depositsmag.com
Often referred to as the Red Rock Country, the state of Utah boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes formed from years of erosional artistry. Dominating this impressive landscape is…
  Earthquake strikes Philippines near Manila
The Independent-7 hours ago
A magnitude-5.9 earthquake has struck the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said. This was the strongest quake in a series of three earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 to 5.9 to hit  Batangas in the…
World War I trenches in Alps reveal 450m year old fossils
dailymail.co.uk
Researchers have discovered fossilized remnants of one of earth’s oldest creatures – in a World War I trench.The unique 425-million-year-old fossil find is giving scientists new ideas about how some of the earliest animals…

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= April 6 2017 =

Balloons of Lava Bubble into the Ocean from Seafloor Blisters
eos.org
These peculiar features of submarine volcanic eruptions could be the result of undersea lava lakes.Imagine that you’re a fisherman at sea and suddenly your boat is surrounded by dozens of floating pieces of…
  FOLKLORE OF FOSSIL ECHINODERMS
depositsmag.com
The distinct five-fold – or pentameral – symmetry of echinoderms makes them particularly striking fossils. Some even have a vaguely mystical appearance. Modern echinoderms – starfish (asteroids), sea…
  Evidence of ancient ‘geological Brexit’ revealed
geologyin.com
Ancient ‘Geological Brexit’: How Britain Got Separated From Europe Thousands Of Years Ago.The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of…
Firestone soars after finding massive diamond at new Lesotho mine
mining.com
Shares in Africa-focused Firestone Diamonds (LON:FDI) shot up in London Wednesday after it announced it had unearthed an 110-carat yellow diamond, it’s biggest find so far, at its newly developed mine in Lesotho.The company…
  Earthquake strikes New Zealand
Stuff.co.nz-35 minutes ago
A strong aftershock following last year’s destructive Kaikoura earthquake struck near Seddon on Thursday night, with thousands reportedly feeling the shake.The quake, which hit at 9.43pm, was centred 10km east of…

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= April 4 2017 =

New diamond ‘find’ in Mutare
DailyNews-19 hours ago
Thousands of families could be relocated from Penhalonga, just outside Mutare, amid claims that rich diamond deposits have been…
  This firm may make coal’s future a lot brighter
mining.com
Australia’s Dotz Nano (ASX:DTZ), a nanotechnology firm focus on creating quantum dots — an innovation that can make TVs brighter and counterfeiting harder — has just found a hot new use for coal.The…
  Botswana rocked by strongest EVER earthquake – hours after South Africa struck
Express.co.uk-17 hours ago
This afternoon’s earthquake has measured 6.8 on the Richter scale – a rare strong quake for Africa.It is unknown whether much damage has been caused by the quake, which occurred at around 5.40pm local time (6.40pm GMT) at a depth of…
Rare Preserved Blood in Amber Fossils
Science Daily-14 hours ago
Two monkeys grooming each other about 20-30 million years ago may have helped produce a remarkable new find — the first fossilized red blood cells from a mammal, preserved so perfectly in amber that they appear to…

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= April 2 2017 =

Why the Dead Sea is getting saltier – and shallower
geologyin.com
The lake’s water, which is increasingly extracted for use in cosmetic and ‘therapeutic’ minerals, simply isn’t being replaced.The world’s most historic salt lake has been shrinking by about three feet every year, according to…
  Texas Shacking With Many Eartquakes: Government To Use TexNet Seismic Monitoring Network
Science Times-7 hours ago
Texas with increasing number of earthquakes is becoming one of the vast problems arising in recent times. For the state of Texas, coping and preparing for the seismic activity is one of the top priority tasks now.According to the…
  Dominion Sees More Life in Diavik Mine
Rapaport-3 hours ago
Dominion Diamond Corporation has extended the life span of its jointly owned Diavik mine by two years and hiked its estimate of the project’s future production. The deposit in Canada’s Northwest Territories will…
Tyrannosaurs face was covered in scaly protective layer: Study
NewsX-13 hours ago
The face of tyrannosaurs was covered in a scaly protective layer with a high degree of tactile sensitivity, similar to crocodiles, suggests new research.The findings are based on an analysis of fossils of a new…

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= March 31 2017 =

See the World’s Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rocks
geologyin.com
In a New Jersey mine spanning 2,670 vertical feet—more than twice as deep as the Empire State Building is tall—visitors might notice a little glow. Well, a lot of glow, actually. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is known to have the…
  The Anthropocene: Scientists respond to criticisms of a new geological epoch
sciencedaily.com
A team of academics led by the University of Leicester has responded to criticisms of the proposal to formalise a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene.Geological critics of a formalised Anthropocene have alleged that the…
  FOSSILS PROTECTING THE COASTLINE AT BARTON-ON-SEA
depositsmag.com
Many people regard fossils, quite rightly, as rare and exotic objects. Yet how often do people come into contact with palaeontological remains without appreciating it? Probably the easiest example to cite is that…
Exhibition Review: Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings
gia.edu
Hardstone carving is one of China’s oldest artistic traditions, dating back 8,000 years. As the most highly revered stone in Chinese culture, jade was preferred but other hardstones were carved as well. Access to raw materials rose and fell as dynasties changed, and the carving…

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= March 29 2017 =

World’s biggest dinosaur footprint found in ‘Australia’s Jurassic Park’
geologyin.com
A team of palaeontologists from The University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences and James Cook University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences braved sharks, crocodiles, massive tides and the threat of…
  CHRISSIE AND THE FOSSIL TREE
depositsmag.com
There’s a saying on the Isle of Mull – “If you come to Mull the once you return again for sure” – and it’s not an idle boast, as those who have visited and subsequently revisited this ‘geological Mecca’ will agree. Second largest of…
  Sprott’s Reik tackles biggest misconception about gold price
mining.com
A couple of weeks ago it looked as if gold’s 2017 rally was fizzling out. Then the Federal Reserve acted on a telegraphed interest rate hike and accompanied the upward adjustment, only the third such move in…
6.7 magnitude quake rocks Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula
Oneindia-1 hour ago
Moscow, March 29: An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Russias Kamchatka peninsula on Wednesday, the local seismological station said. A tsunami alert was also issued.The quake occurred at…

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= March 27 2017 =

How do opalised fossils form?
geologyin.com
Opals are highly sought-after rainbow precious stones that are showcased in jewellery or decorative art.These are no ordinary fossils (if there is such a thing): these incredible relics are made of solid opal, sometimes with…
  11 Chinese miners die in neighbouring gold mine accidents
mining.com
Accidents at two neighbouring gold mines claimed the lives of 11 miners working the pits in Henan province on Friday.According to the official Xinhua news agency, via Reuters, local…
  Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hits Sikkim
Oneindia-11 hours ago
An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 has hit the Sikkim region. The earthquake occurred at 3.12 am on Monday at the East Sikkim region. The earthquake was reported 11 kilometres away from Gangtok.The incident comes a day after…
Lucapa Diamond Company grows resources at Lulo Diamond Project
Proactive Investors Australia-8 hours ago
Lucapa and its Lulo partners will continue to conduct alluvial exploration activities.Lucapa Diamond Company (ASX:LOM) continues to build resources at the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, despite production which provided US$55 million in gross diamond sales.An updated…

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= March 25 2017 =

Big L.A. Earthquake Could Cause Beach Areas to Sink Up to 3 Feet in Seconds
geologyin.com
NThe Newport-Inglewood fault has long been considered one of Southern California’s top seismic danger zones because it runs under some of the region’s most densely populated areas, from the Westside of Los Angeles to…
  World’s First Deep-Sea Mining Venture Set to Launch in 2019
seeker.com
The world’s first deep-sea mining operation will kick off in early 2019 when a Canadian firm, Nautilus Minerals Inc., lowers a trio of massive remote-controlled mining robots to the floor of the Bismarck Sea off the coast of Papua New…
  Lunar Lava Tubes Could Offer Future Moon Explorers a Safe Haven
eos.org
Scientists find evidence that a 50-meter-deep pit on the Moon’s surface could be a skylight opening to an intact lava tube tens of kilometers long.Lunar colonization isn’t mere science fiction anymore. Billionaires plan to…
EXPLORING THE JURASSIC AT ZALAS QUARRY, SOUTHERN POLAND
depositsmag.com
The area of southern Poland is well known for its widespread Jurassic deposits, in particular, Middle and Upper Jurassic sedimentary rocks that outcrop in a belt running from south-east to north-west in the…
  ‘Perfect’ 59.6-carat pink diamond set to break records in new auction
mining.com
The largest, most perfect pink diamond to have ever been offered at auction is once again going under Sotheby’s hammer on April 4, with experts predicting the plum-size rock could fetch over $60 million.Described as one of…

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= March 23 2017 =

Mars’ volcanoes, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct at same time
geologyin.com
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian shield volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago—around the time of Earth’s Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when…
  Dinosaur Family Tree Upended by ‘Revolutionary’ Study
Seeker-16 hours ago
A dinosaur’s evolutionary history was long thought to be determined by the shape of its pelvis, but scientists behind a new study say that it “overturns 130 years of dogma.
For 130 years, dinosaurs have been classified as either bird- or reptile-hipped — the first and all-important split in…
  Earthquake, 2 smaller temblors rattle Oklahoma
KSPR-19 hours ago
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and two smaller temblors have struck Oklahoma.The larger quake was recorded Wednesday near Stroud, located about 60 miles…
COLLECTING ROCKS AND MINERALS: A RECOLLECTION
depositsmag.com
Collecting is natural. We all do it to a greater or lesser degree and what we collect is motivated by many factors including value and the appeal to the eye. Rarity is often a factor, as is cost, and interest can be awoken by someone you…
  Earth Science Budget Woes Cast a Shadow on Planetary Scientists
eos.org
NASA’s record-high proposed planetary science budget didn’t quell the fears scientists have about cuts to Earth sciences.When President Trump’s budget proposal went live on 16 March, scientists across the…

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= March 21 2017 =

Gemstone Guide: Classification of Gemstones
geologyin.com
A gemstone is a mineral or rock, which can be used in jewelry after cutting or faceting and polishing. Gemstones are an important commodity in today’s marketplace.They have been sought after for thousands of years for their beauty, metaphysical properties, and…
  Frozen Splendor: Gems and Minerals Near the Arctic Region
gia.edu
The glaciated peaks of the Arctic region set the stage for our gemstone quest − in an area that occupies less than 8 percent of Earth’s surface (from Greenland to Northern Europe, Russia and Canada) − to find these rarefied gems.We start…
  Geologists develop app to print 3-D terrain models of any place on Earth
sciencedaily.com
A new web application that makes it quick and easy for people to use 3-D printers to make terrain models of any place on Earth has now been developed by researchers. Their idea — they call it TouchTerrain — could be a powerful teaching tool in geology classrooms.Students can read all…
Earthquake expert wins award for research on severity of quake damage based on location
Stuff.co.nz-4 hours ago
An earthquake expert has created a 3D model of the land beneath New Zealand to better understand why earthquakes are more damaging in different places.Earthquake engineering…
 

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= March 19 2017 =

Geologists Find Remnants of Early Earth’s Crust in Canada
geologyin.com
There is much about Earth’s ancient crust that scientists don’t understand. This is because most of the planet’s original crust simply isn’t around any longer to be studied directly — it has either sunk back into the planet’s interior due to the action of plate tectonics or been transformed by…
  Fiji region registers 5.0 magnitude earthquake
Fiji Times-5 hours ago
The earthquake occurred a little after 3pm at a depth of 517km.Described as a moderate size earthquake with deep depth, it was located 388km South-southwest from Ono-i-Lau, 542km Southwest from Nuku’alofa in…
  Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast
Concord Register-3 hours ago
A team and a number of tourists have suffered minor injuries after being caught up in an incident on the erupting volcano Mount Etna in Sicily.“Many injured – some head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises,” tweeted science reporter Rebecca Morelle.Lava flow mixed with…
At 1.6 Billion Years Old, These Fossils Could Be the Oldest Complex Life
The Marshalltown-20 hours ago
World’s oldest plant fossil discovered.The amazing 400 million year old fossil was found by a student in Sweden.In Stockholm, Sweden student Therese Sallstedt made an amazing discovery as she was looking through samples of single-celled life. The rocks that she was…
 

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= March 17 2017 =

Large hidden lakes found draining below Antarctic glacier
geologyin.com
Thwaites Glacier on the edge of West Antarctica is one of the planet’s fastest-moving glaciers. Research shows that it is sliding unstoppably into the ocean, mainly due to warmer seawater lapping at its underside.But the details of…
  Pastor unearths 706-carat giant diamond in Sierra Leone
The Guardian-20 hours ago
A pastor working in the mines of eastern Sierra Leone has unearthed a 706-carat diamond.The large stone was discovered by Emmanuel Momoh, one of thousands who work in the informal mining sector dominating the diamond-rich Kono region, the…
  Ark. teen finds 7.44-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds
Firstcoastnews.com-1 hour ago
MURFREESBORO, Ark. (March 16, 2017) – While in southern Arkansas for a baseball tournament, 14-year-old Kalel Langford, of Centerton, Arkansas, fulfilled a longtime dream of visiting Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park.Kalel and his…
UNDERSTANDING HETEROMORPH AMMONITES
depositsmag.com
Heteromorph ammonites were a group of externally shelled cephalopods that were particularly diverse during the Cretaceous period. Many species were abundant and geographically widespread and, for this reason, they have…
  Magnitude 3.6 earthquake strikes near Avenal, California
SFGate-20 hours ago
The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck near Avenal, California on Thursday.The quake hit at 7:50 AM local time at a depth of 8 kilometers.There was no…

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= March 15 2017 =

A 180 million year old dinosaur dinner
geologyin.com
A dinosaur’s last meal revealed: Fossilized poop found in 180-million-year-old ‘ghost-gut’ reveals they ‘gobbled up’ seeds without chewing.Fossils of newly described species found in Argentina date back to Early Jurassic.While…
  ANTARCTIC AMPHIBIAN: A FOSSIL FROM 245 MILLION YEARS IN THE PAST
depositsmag.com
The beautiful thing about the Antarctic is that it is one of Earth’s last unexplored frontiers. New climatoligical, geological and palaeontological advances are regularly made on this continent and, recently, the Journal of…
  3.6-Earthquake Near Salton Sea Prompts Evacuation of Elementary School
KTLA-14 hours ago
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled communities near the Salton Sea on Tuesday, triggering the evacuation of an elementary school.The quake occurred at 10:14 a.m. about 11 miles southwest of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
After the…
Cape Verde in pictures: Living with volcanoes
BBC News-11 hours ago
The rugged volcanic islands of Cape Verde, off the West African coast, are much more than the glorious beaches enjoyed by tourists. Each island has its own unique character, as Martin Plaut recently…
  Recovery of high-value green diamonds has the potential to rerate MED
Finfeed-12 hours ago
Merlin Diamonds (ASX:MED) announced on Tuesday that it had recovered five green diamonds from the Kaye pit, amongst them ‘intense greens’. The largest green diamond recovered as seen below was 1.4 carats.Pure green diamonds are extremely rare and…

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= March 13 2017 =

The Great Barrier Reef Is Suffering Yet Another Mass Bleaching
geologyin.com
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef suffered its most…
  Earthquake hotspots identified in regional Queensland as seismic activity heats up
ABC Online-4 hours ago
Three earthquake hotspots have been identified in regional Queensland, with a higher than usual number of quakes felt over the past two years.A report released by the Central Queensland Seismology Research Group (CQSRG) has detailed the…
  Analyst: Demand for Rough Diamonds Up in Q1 2017
Israel Diamond Portal-4 hours ago
According to the latest report by independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky, quoted by Mining Weekly, the demand for rough diamonds has increased in the first quarter of the year compared to…
“Super-Deep” Diamonds Are Possible, Scientists Say
asianscientist.com
A team of Japanese researchers has confirmed that it is possible for diamonds to form at the base of the Earth’s mantle.Researchers at Tohoku University believe that it is possible for natural diamonds to form at the base of…
  Australia okays Mulga Rock uranium mine
mining.com
Deposit is the continent’s third largest.Western Australia may soon have a new uranium mine, after the last environmental hurdle was cleared by Vimy Resources (ASX:VMY) to build its Mulga Rock uranium mine.Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s minister of environment and…

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= March 11 2017 =

Scientists Solve Puzzle of Turning Graphite into Diamond
geologyin.com
Diamonds typically come in two ‘flavours’: a cubic structure valued in jewellery; and a tough, ‘hexagonal’ form of crystal called lonsdaleite.Scientists have discovered that it takes more energy to make the cubic form than…
  Scientists Discover a Strange New Phase of Matter Called ‘Time Crystals’
seeker.com
Two papers published simultaneously prove the existence of time crystals, in which atoms are aligned in time in a way that’s analogous to the physical structure of diamonds or ice.New research has confirmed the existence of…
  MINERAL COLLECTING DOWN UNDER
depositsmag.com
I got the collecting bug at about eight years of age, collecting (or ‘fossicking’ as it is called in Australia!) fossilised sharks’ teeth and ancient whalebones eroding out of beach cliffs in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Some…
Cassini images show strange shape of Saturn’s moon Pan
RedOrbit-11 hours ago
The jury appears to be out as to whether Pan looks more like a ravioli, a walnut, a flying saucer, President Donald Trump’s face or something else entirely, but new images of Saturn’s tiny moon obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft make it…
  Exhibition of Diavik-mined giant, uncut Foxfire diamond extended
mining.com
The now legendary Foxfire diamond, a 187.6-carat rare stone found in 2015 at Canada’s Diavik mine buried in an area where big gem-quality diamonds aren’t supposed to exist, will remain on display at one of the US’ the most popular museum until April 2.The stone — the largest…

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= March 9 2017 =

‘It’s Like Nothing Else on Earth’: A Gemstone with a Spectacular Flash of Iridescent Colors!
geologyin.com
The Rare Ammolite with a spectacular flash of iridescent colors!.Ammolite is an opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of North America. It is made of the…
  ARTHROPLEURA – A PREHISTORIC BUG HUNT
depositsmag.com
Picture yourself strolling through lush, green woodland, on an Earth unspoiled by man and yet to witness the rise of the dinosaurs. You’d be forgiven for feeling at peace with the world, even slightly euphoric…
  Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades
National Geographic-7 hours ago
Geologists couldn’t account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than…
Jurassic-era fossils discovered in Pakur
Hindustan Times-4 hours ago
A treasure trove of Jurassic-era fossils has been discovered in Sonajori Matiya Hills of Jharkhand’s Pakur district.Geologist Ranjit Singh and Pakur forest officer Rajnish Kumar have claimed to be the first to discover the…
  After terrible 2016, Indian gold demand will recover: WGC
mining.com
Following disastrous demonetization scheme, gold purchases estimated between 650t and 750t in 2017.The intentions of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s government were noble: crack down on tax evasion/ the black…

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= March 7 2017 =

New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future
geologyin.com
A new materials discovery approach puts solar fuels on the fast track to commercial viability.Researchers at Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have — in just two years — nearly doubled the…
  NASA Wants to Create the Coolest Spot in the Universe
jpl.nasa.gov
This summer, an ice chest-sized box will fly to the International Space Station, where it will create the coolest spot in the universe.Inside that box, lasers, a vacuum chamber and an electromagnetic “knife” will be used to…
  Arctic Sea Ice May Melt Away Even If We Meet Paris Climate Goals
seeker.com
The fate of Arctic ice would be decided by little more than a coin toss if world governments don’t restrict the rate of global warming to below 1.5 degress Celsius sooner rather than later.There’s good and bad news for…
Diamonds discovered for 1st time in Manitoba
CBC.ca-17 hours ago
Very small diamonds have been discovered in Manitoba, a first for the province, says a Winnipeg geologist.Ruth Bezys, president of the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association based in Winnipeg, says an informal…
  Gold price at 1-month low brings more pain for mining stocks
mining.com
After its worst week since November, gold was drifting lower again on Monday with the metal coming under pressure from a stronger dollar and a looming interest rate hike in the US which would only the third time since June 2006.Gold for delivery in…

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= March 5 2017 =

Alexandrite Effect: Not All White Light is Created Equal
geologyin.com
Alexandrite is the variety of chrysoberyl  BeAl2O4 which changes color from green or blue-green in daylight to red, purple/red, or raspberry red under incandescent light. Chemically, alexandrite can be differentiated from normal chrysoberyl by the…
  ‘Super-deep’ diamonds may hold new information about Earth’s interior
sciencedaily.com
Researchers at Tohoku University believe that it is possible for natural diamonds to form at the base of Earth’s mantle. The formation of such “super-deep” diamonds was simulated using high-pressure and high-temperature experiments by the…
  Discovery of Earth’s Oldest Fossils Could Spur the Search for Life on Other Planets
seeker.com
Evidence of iron-eating microbes that existed earlier in Earth’s infancy than previously known offers clues about where and what to look for in seeking signs of life elsewhere in space.Researchers this week announced the discovery of…
Magnitude 5.9 quake hits Surigao City; 1 dead, 45 injured
Sun.Star-1 hour ago
SURIGAO CITY (Updated) — A 65-year-old woman died while 45 persons were injured in a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Surigao City, Sunday morning, March 5. The victim was identified as Socorro Celis, a resident of Narciso corner Lopez Jaena Street, the City…
  World’s top 10 gold mining companies – 2016
mining.com
The price of gold broke a three-year losing streak in 2016, but the focus of the world’s top gold mining companies in terms of output continued to be on cost-cutting and divestment (with varying degrees of success) which led to a decline in production for…

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= March 3 2017 =

Scientists Identify 208 Natural Minerals That Formed From Human Activity
geologyin.com
Scientists have identified a sudden explosion of mineral diversity on the surface of our planet that would not exist if it weren’t for humans, adding weight to the argument that we’re living in a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene.A new study has…
  Worst places to be during an earthquake
Daily Californian-13 hours ago
Unless seismologists are just pulling a big scam to make us think their jobs are important, experts say California is overdue for a sizable earthquake. Where we’ll be during that earthquake is ultimately left to chance. If you’re…
  Auckland’s next big eruption likely to come from a volcano that doesn’t yet exist, scientists say
Stuff.co.nz-5 hours ago
Geoscientists from GNS Science, the University of Canterbury and Massey University looked at the immediate hazards of an eruption and the ongoing impact an eruption could have on Auckland’s critical infrastructure.Lead author of the…
AN EXCEPTIONAL MAMMOTH DISCOVERY FROM THE NORTH SEA
depositsmag.com
If we consider the huge number of fossil remains of ice age mammals dredged up from the floor of the North Sea, we can only conclude that the Pleistocene era must have resembled a paradise between what is now the UK and the Netherlands. The majority of the remains date from the late…
  World’s largest new diamond mine begins commercial production
mining.com
Canada’s Gahcho Kué mine, the world’s largest new diamond mine in the last 13 years, reached commercial production Tuesday, its owners De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds announced.Located 280 kilometers northeast of …

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= March 1 2017 =

The World’s Deepest Cave Known As ‘Everest Of The Caves’
geologyin.com
Have A Glimpse Of Krubera Cave, The Deepest Cave In The World.The cave, known as Krubera-Voronya, is considered the “Everest of the caves”. The total length of cave passages reaches 13,232 m, the depth is -2,197 m. It’s located in Abkhazia in the south of Russia near the Black Sea.The difference in…
  An In-Depth Gemological Study of Blue Sapphires from the Baw Mar Mine (Mogok, Myanmar)
gia.edu
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is one of the world’s oldest sources of fine corundum. Over the last decade, the Baw Mar mine increased its production providing the market with a large number of fine blue sapphires. These sapphires have slightly different properties from the classic Mogok sapphires, but have…
  AMBER – FROZEN MOMENTS IN TIME
depositsmag.com
Amber has a deep fascination for people, both as a gem and as a chance to look back into the past with a remarkable clarity. Its warm, lustrous touch beguiles us and the remarkable inclusions sometimes found within it capture our imagination.Amber is found all over the world including, nearer to home, the…
  Japan hit by earthquake, Fukushima said to be unaffected
euronews-8 hours ago
An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 has struck near the Japanese city of Fukushima, in the north east of the country. The nearby nuclear plant is not said to have been affected.The ‘quake’s epicentre was some 50 kilometres below the…
  Sapphires from the Gem Rush Bemainty area, Ambatondrazaka (Madagascar)
gia.edu
New discoveries of fine quality blue sapphire sizes suitable for large fashioned gems are always welcomed by the gem trade. In the last decade and half, the island of Madagascar has emerged as a globally important source of gem quality corundum. However, the latest find of attractive large stones at…

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= February 27 2017 =

Global Warming is Shrinking Colorado River which could Affect 41 Million Americans
geologyin.com
Warm temperatures, not just drought, are shrinking the Colorado River.A shortage of rain and snow can account for only about two-thirds of the river’s decline, according to a new study.Warming in the 21st century has…
  Geology of Ceres illuminates origin of organics
sciencedaily.com
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the…
  Cupric Canyon gets $50 million to develop Botswana mine
mining.com
Cupric Canyon Capital, a private equity firm backed by the ex-Natural Resource Investments unit of Barclays and managed by former executives of Freeport McMoran, said Monday it now has $50 million to bring its Botswana copper-silver project into production.Khoemacau is…
  These Fearsome Robots Will Bring Mining to the Deep Ocean
NBCNews.com-1 hour ago
In 1974, an enormous ship sailed into the waters northeast of Hawaii. The vessel, built by billionaire Howard Hughes, was set to begin mining mineral deposits in the deep sea — or so the world believed. The deep-sea mining venture was…
  New Zealand: Underwater life in Kaikoura Canyon entirely wiped out after earthquake
International Business Times UK-2 hours ago
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in November at Kaikōura, on New Zealand’s South Island, has destroyed all creatures living on the seabed in the Kaikōura Canyon marine nature reserve.On land the earthquake killed two people and caused…

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= February 25 2017 =

Diamond’s 2-billion-year growth charts tectonic shift in early Earth’s carbon cycle
geologyin.com
A study of tiny mineral ‘inclusions’ within diamonds from Botswana has shown that diamond crystals can take billions of years to grow. One diamond was found to contain silicate material that formed 2.3 billion years ago in its…
  DINOSAUR MINES OF THE KEM KEM
depositsmag.com
The great transgressions that occurred in the mid part of the Cretaceous have had a profound influence on the geology of many parts of the world. In North America, the seas flooded the central part of the…
  Ancient giant penguin lived alongside dinosaurs: Study
The Indian Express-1 hour ago
The penguin lived about 61 million years ago and reached a body length of about 150 centimetres – making it almost as big as Anthropornis nordenskjoeldi, the largest known fossil penguin.Scientists have discovered fossil of a giant penguin with…
  Scientists find new way to extract uranium from seawater
mining.com
A group of scientists form Stanford University is working on a new method to extract uranium from the ocean, which could be particularly useful in areas with no uranium mines but that need the material to power nuclear plants.The team’s main goal is…

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= February 23 2017 =

Scientists Found a Way to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Minerals
geologyin.com
Moissanite is the name given to naturally occurring silicon carbide and to its various crystalline polymorphs. It has the chemical formula SiC and is a rare mineral, discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. Silicon carbide is…
  Scientists’ Crazy Plan To Refreeze The Arctic
Seeker-16 hours ago
Climate change is very real, and one of its biggest victims is Arctic sea ice. Since the 1980s, the amount of ice has, on average, dropped by more than 13 percent each decade.But we may not need to worry, because according to…
  Seven Earth-Sized Planets Seen Whizzing Around One Cool Star
eos.org
Although all the exoplanets orbit closer than Mercury does to our Sun, liquid water may persist on some of them because their star radiates so little heat.Forty light years away, seven Earth-sized planets circle a small, dim, “ultracool” dwarf star, some completing their orbits as…
  De Beers Optimistic as Sales Revive; Luxury Houses Remain Cautious
gia.edu
De Beers issued a dose of optimism recently with its largest cycle (sight) in more than two years. Additionally, luxury sales have begun to rise again, albeit hesitantly, after a negative year.The company’s January cycle totaled about $720 million and the…
  THE SECRET LIFE OF STARFISH
depositsmag.com
Dinner is served. On a plate before you, there is a delicious roast chicken. However, the bird is larger than your head and you have no hands or teeth you can break it up with, let alone a knife and fork to use. How are you going to eat it? Are you going to push one half of your stomach out through your mouth, smothering the…

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= February 21 2017 =

How to Identify Common Minerals?
geologyin.com
Since minerals are the building blocks of rocks, it is important that you learn to identify the most common varieties. Minerals can be distinguished using various physical and/or chemical characteristics, but, since chemistry cannot be…
  Overlooked Data Source Improves Quake Intensity Maps
eos.org
A new approach may fine-tune estimates of the range of shaking from earthquakes and help define areas of potential damage.For the popular, crowdsourced earthquake monitoring website Did You Feel It?, even not contacting the website can…
  De Beers Profit Jumps as Diamond Market Stabilizes
Rapaport-2 hours ago
RAPAPORT…  Profit more than doubled for De Beers last year as trading conditions in the diamond-manufacturing sector improved and inventory levels stabilized.Underlying earnings jumped to $667 million in 2016 from $258 million a year earlier, parent…
  Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes Panama’s capital
Washington Post-15 hours ago
PANAMA CITY — An earthquake caused skyscrapers in Panama’s capital to sway Monday and led to the evacuation of some buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries.The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 for…
Areas of oil and gas around Scotland’s coast ‘may have been missed’
Edition Time-6 hours ago
Geologists predict that there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas around Scotland’s coast which were previously dismissed.A team from the University of Aberdeen has been determining rock formations around Rockall which is…

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= February 19 2017 =

‘Firefall’ phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite National Park
geologyin.com
It’s the time of year for the mesmerizing phenomenon “firefall” to illuminate Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park.The natural effect gives the illusion that bright orange lava is flowing off the cliff at the park in California. This magic trick is…
  6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Argentina
independent.co.uk
An earthquake has struck the north of Argentina near the border with Chile. The quake struck 50 miles north west of the town of San Antonio de los Cobres with a depth of 200.6km. The United States Geological Survery (USGS) said the…
  India’s only volcano active again
Times of India-6 hours ago
PANAJI: India’s only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has started spewing smoke and lava again.After lying dormant for 150 years, Barren Island volcano erupted in 1991 and has been showing sporadic activity since then, scientists…
  Critical court showdown on mining and environment
News24-3 hours ago
Cape Town – A controversial Australian mining company’s allegedly illegal activities at its West Coast mine that resulted in massive environmental destruction is the subject of a legal battle starting in the Western Cape High Court in…
Dearth of customs facilities in Surat affecting diamond trade
ETRetail.com-6 hours ago
SURAT: Despite being the world’s largest diamond cutting and polishing centre, Surat is being ignored by the customs department of Government of India when it comes to providing Precious Cargo Customs Clearance Centre (PCCCC) at Surat Hira Bourse, the lone Inland Container Depot (IDC) of diamonds, gemstones and…

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= February 17 2017 =

Zealandia: Geologists discover hidden lost continent under New Zealand?
geologyin.com
Geologists have proposed that a region east of Australia is a continent. It would be the world’s youngest, thinnest, and most submerged continent. Scientists discover hidden lost continent named ‘Zealandia’ which is…
  This Unsettling Experiment Shows How Liquefaction Occurs During an Earthquake
ScienceAlert-9 hours ago
Earthquakes are devastating enough on their own, but when you combine saturated, loose, or sandy soils with all that pressure, the ground transforms, and liquifies beneath your feet.When the earth below starts behaving like…
  Scientists Spot Organic Molecules on Ceres
eos.org
The presence of organic material on Ceres raises new questions about its internal evolution and potential for hosting past or present life.Only a handful of objects outside Earth host organic molecules, and they’re mostly the…
  World’s largest gold project bulked up again
mining.com
Shares in Seabridge Gold (TSX:SEA) (NYSE:SA) were off to the races on Thursday after the Toronto-based company bulked up its already massive KSM gold-copper-silver project in northern British Columbia.During morning trade…
BITE MARKS IN JURASSIC AND CRETACEOUS AMMONITES: WHAT DID IT?
depositsmag.com
Ammonites are among some of the best fossils to collect. They are relatively easy to find, for example, in the Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shale in Germany and the Jurassic sediments of Dorset in the south of England. The larger…

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= February 15 2017 =

This Australian man just found a massive 4kg gold nugget
geologyin.com
A lucky Aussie prospector has found a 4.1kg gold nugget at the far southern edge of Central Victoria’s Golden Triangle, in South Australia, which he has named “Friday’s Joy.”In Victoria’s so-called Golden Triangle, a lucky prospector has discovered…
  Steady Activity Lifts Mood at Israel Diamond Week
Rapaport-2 hours ago
Sentiment improved at the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) on Wednesday as dealers started the third day of trading during the bourse’s International Diamond Week. “The show has been surprisingly good for us,” said Eran Keler, a partner…
  Atypical “Beading” in the Production of Cultured Pearls from Australian Pinctada maxima
gia.edu
In 2011, the authors began to see cases of low-quality natural pearls being used as unconventional “beads” for cultured nacre growth. These natural pearls had been inserted into the gonads of Pinctada maxima along with a piece of…
  Botswana chamber adopts Canada’s sustainable mining programme
Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly-6 hours ago
The Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) has announced that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility programme developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in…
THE BRADSHAW FOUNDATION: ROCK ART
depositsmag.com
For one of the oldest forms of human expression, there is still much uncertainty regarding rock art. What is it? Where is it? How old is it? And what purpose did it serve? The last question is phrased in the past tense, because, with a very few exceptions, as a form of…

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= February 13 2017 =

The Coolest Things I Saw at the 2017 Tucson Gem Shows
jckonline.com
Ethiopian emeralds? Check. A flawless, 60 ct. paraiba tourmaline? Check. Tons of fresh designer talent? Check, check, check.In mid-January, I interviewed designer David Yurman—a gem lover of the highest order—at his headquarters in…
  Why Fluorite Comes in Different Colors? With Examples
geologyin.com
Forget rubies, garnets and sapphires. Fluorite may be the world’s most colourful mineral, because of the enormous range of brilliant and even iridescent colours it displays.The funny thing is, pure fluorite crystals are transparent.Fluorite is the…
  Huge Sinkhole Opens at Highest Dam in the U.S.
news.nationalgeographic.com
As heavy rains fill Lake Oroville in California, the overflow damages a spillway and forces an emergency diversion of water.After a year of heavy rains, California’s Lake Oroville—home to the country’s tallest dam—has almost reached its maximum…
  Forget the ring: Lab-grown diamonds are a scientist’s best friend
Washington Post-30 minutes ago
At a drab office park in a Washington suburb, in an unmarked building’s windowless lab, Yarden Tsach is growing diamonds.Not rhinestones or cubic zirconia. Diamonds. Real ones. In a matter of eight weeks, inside a gas-filled chamber, he replicates a process that usually takes billions of…
  McEwen Mining keeps growing, buys exploration junior Lexam VG
mining.com
Canadian precious metals producer McEwen Mining  (TSX, NYSE:MUX) said Monday it has entered into an agreement to acquire junior Lexam VG, which has mineral properties in advanced exploration stage in the…

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= February 11 2017 =

Oldest Neanderthal DNA Found in Italian Skeleton
geologyin.com
The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.These molecules, which could be up to 170,000 years old, could one day…
  Gem dandy: What you need to know about diamonds
Vancouver Sun-20 hours ago
There may be a shift toward coloured diamonds and gemstones for engagement rings, but that doesn’t mean colourless diamonds are out of style.In fact, Charles Stanley, president of Forevermark, says the classic stones are…
  SANDS OF GOBI DESERT YIELD NEW SPECIES OF NUT-CRACKING DINOSAUR
depositsmag.com
Plants or meat – that’s about all that fossils ever tell palaeontologists about a dinosaur’s diet. However, the skull characteristics of a new species of parrot-beaked dinosaur and its associated gizzard stones indicate that the animal fed on nuts and/or seeds. These characteristics present the first…
  Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocks southern Taiwan
Taiwan News-8 hours ago
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck 12.2 kilometers southwest of Tainan City on Taiwan’s southwestern coast at 01:12 a.m. on Saturday. The nighttime quake occurred at a depth of 18.4 kilometers, making it a very shallow one, according to…
  Iron ore price hits 2.5-year high
mining.com
The Northern China import price of 62% Fe content ore jumped 4.6% on Friday, reaching $87 per dry metric tonne level after data showed imports by China, top consumer of the steelmaking raw material, continued to…

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= February 9 2017 =

Moissanite: The Second Hardest Mineral in Natural after Diamond
geologyin.com
Moissanite is the name given to naturally occurring silicon carbide and to its various crystalline polymorphs. It has the chemical formula SiC and is a rare mineral, discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. Silicon carbide is…
  Southwestern Pakistan rattled by magnitude 6.4 earthquake
New Jersey Herald-1 hour ago
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says a strong, magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck the country’s remote southwest and that there are reports of damages to houses but no casualties.Nasir Mahmood of…
  Mars Was Recently Hit by a Meteorite ‘Shotgun’ Blast
Space.com-8 hours ago
On Earth, we are blessed with a thick protective atmosphere that prevents all but the biggest space rocks from wreaking havoc on the surface. Mars, however, doesn’t have that luxury, highlighting yet another deadly hazard that will…
  Lulo Diamonds first sale of 2017 reaches nearly $5 million
Australian Mining-12 hours ago
Lucapa Diamonds has recorded almost $5 million worth of sales from its Lulo operation in Angola to kick off 2017.The company, along with partners Empresa Nacional de Diamantes and Rosas & Petalas completed the…
  Locals ask Brazil to suspend Belo Sun’s gold mine licence
mining.com
A group of locals is asking the Brazilian State of Pará to suspend a recently issued construction licence for Belo Sun Mining’s (TSX:BSX) Volta Grande project, expected to become the South American country’s largest gold mine.Opponents to…
  Scientists discovered Three new uranium minerals In Utah
geologyin.com
Three new minerals discovered by a Michigan Tech alumnus are secondary crusts found in old uranium mines. They’re bright, yellow and hard to find.The mines closed four decades ago, but that doesn’t stop air and water from…

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= February 7 2017 =

14 Facts You Should Know About Minerals
geologyin.com
1- A mineral is a naturally occurring substance, representable by a chemical formula, that is usually solid and inorganic, and has a crystal structure.2- The exact definition of a mineral is under debate, especially with respect to the requirement a valid species be abiogenic, and to…
  5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Colombia South of Bogota
teleSUR English-21 hours ago
Like neighboring Ecuador, earthquakes are relatively common in various parts of Colombia.A 5.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Colombia Monday south of the capital city without leaving any victims or major damages.The National Geophysical Institute…
  Diamond price survey finds huge differences for virtually the same size and quality stones
KOMO News-12 hours ago
Thanks to brilliant marketing, diamonds are the go-to gemstone of the masses.But, consumer advocates at Checkbook.org, discovered you can buy a lot of bling for a lot less if you’re not hung up on store brand.Executive Editor Kevin Brasler says he and his team did a Puget Sound area price survey by…
  Massive Mars volcano erupted for 2 billion straight years
USA TODAY-16 hours ago
Talk about hot stuff: A massive volcano on Mars erupted continuously for 2 billion years, a new scientific study reports.”For 2 billion years, there’s been sort of a steady plume of magma in one location on the surface of Mars,” study co-author Mark Caffee of Purdue University confirms in…
  Ontario diamond mine expansion shelved, casting uncertainty over Victor
mining.com
Weeks after making the difficult decision to flood Snap Lake, De Beers could be sharpening the axe for more job cuts at a Canadian diamond operation.That’s because a planned expansion at the Victor mine in a remote part of…

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= February 5 2017 =

Part II: Top Spots For Gem Hunting In The US
geologyin.com
Similar to the therapeutic relaxation of tossing a fishing line or hand-pressing fresh dough, a methodic hunt of natural resources—that is, finding gems—is worth a vacation, too. Consider taking a vacation to one of these geologically rich destinations and you might…
  Coking coal price finally breaks fall
mining.com
On Friday, Chinese traders returned to financial markets after the lunar new year break welcomed by a surprise interest rate announcement from the People’s Bank. It’s the latest sign that Beijing’s  stimulus efforts are…
  Scientists just discovered chunks of a ‘lost continent’ in a volcano
bgr.com
The idea of a “lost continent” is a romantic notion that has long since passed from the realm of possibility, but while the chances of actually discovering inhabitable land masses we don’t yet know about is essentially zero, researchers …
  VIDEO: Mexico’s Colima Volcano Erupting and Spewing A Column Of Gas, Ash
OzarksFirst.com-12 hours ago
(CBS) — Mexico’s Colima volcano roared back to life on Friday, February 3, during an afternoon eruption which sent a column of ash and smoke 13,123 feet above its crater.The explosion could be seen from…
  Scientists strike gold, solve mystery about precious metals properties
geologyin.com
Predicted, actual energy needed for ionization now match.Gold’s glimmer is not the only reason the element is so captivating. For decades, scientists have puzzled over why theoretical predictions of gold’s properties don’t match up with…

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= February 3 2017 =

‘Rare and significant’ diamond discovery in Finland
geologyin.com
Karelian Diamond Resources has said the results of a recent sampling study undertaken in the Kuhmo region in Eastern Finland show a diamond was discovered in one of seven samples.The company…
  Central Italy shakes in new 4.4 magnitude earthquake
The Local Italy-5 hours ago
The Central Italian region which was rocked by major, deadly quakes in 2016 and January of this year on Friday morning experienced a series of 25 earthquakes, two over 4.0 magnitude.In the early hours of the morning, two…
  Ceres’ vanishing ice volcanoes: Dwarf planet may have had ‘cryovolcanoes’ millions ..
Daily Mail-13 hours ago
Researchers recently discovered a solitary ice volcano – a cryovolcano – on the dwarf planet Ceres, but new research suggests there may have been others that slowly disappeared over millions of years.NASA’s Dawn spacecraft discovered…
  Gold price jumps to 11-week high – more gains ahead
mining.com
Gold advanced to an 11-week high on Thursday as the metal finds support from safe haven buyers amid increasing global economic and geopolitical uncertainty and a weaker dollar.In brisk trade of more than 21m ounces…
  Fossil Fuel Leaders Look to New Playing Field Under Trump
eos.org
The election made a difference, say oil and coal mining industry heads, who expressed hope that the new administration will reduce regulations to improve development opportunities.“For the last 8 years, I’ve…

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= February 1 2017 =

Scientists found ‘lost continent’ under Mauritius
geologyin.com
Newly discovered crystals expelled from volcanic eruptions on the island of Mauritius are billions of years older than the island itself, and are thought to be the remnants of an ancient microcontinent known as Mauritia.The proposed…
  New Zealand hit by 5.1-magnitude earthquake Kaikoura
Daily Mail-1 hour ago
New Zealand has been struck by a ‘strong’ 5.1-magnitude earthquake.The quake hit north east of Kaikoura on South Island – not far from the site of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that toppled buildings and claimed…
  Weird Wednesdays: Diamonds on fire
UConn Daily Campus-2 hours ago
The “Weird Wednesday” column is brought to you by a staff writer who is obsessed with factoids, history bits and freaky information to get you over the weekday hump.With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, so…
  A New Discovery of Emeralds from Ethiopia
gia.edu
In recent years Ethiopia has gained considerable attention in the gem trade for large amounts of high-quality opal from an area near Wegel Tena (B. Rondeau et al., 2010, “Play-of-color opal from Wegel Tena, Wollo Province, Ethiopia,” Summer 2010 G&G, pp. 90–105). A new deposit…
  PICO PARTIDO: VOLCANIC PERFECTION IN THE CANARIES
depositsmag.com
Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canaries, less than 100 miles (about 150km) off the coast of Morocco. It is part of Spain, but not officially in the European Union and Pico Partido is a sharp, prominent peak near the…

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= January 30 2017 =

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals
geologyin.com
Researchers discovered time crystals, which are repetitive patterns that can move without a source of energy.Physicists repeatedly tweaked a group of ions to create first example of a non-equilibrium material.To most…
  Yellow diamond hope
mining-journal.com
Western Australia’s mining minister will reportedly call for tenders to take on a closed diamond mine and its rehabilitation costs, saving the state up to A$40 (US$30.2) million.The Department of Mines and…
  Prediction of large earthquake probability improved
Phys.Org-1 hour ago
Researchers of the Mathematics Research Centre (CRM) and the UAB have developed a mathematical law to explain the size distribution of earthquakes, even in the cases of large-scale earthquakes such as those which…
  Déjà Vu? Ocean Warmth Melted Ancient West Antarctic Ice Shelf
eos.org
Clues in seafloor sediments reveal that relatively warm water beneath western Antarctic ice shelves, a major factor in today’s massive ice sheet retreat, also fueled some past ice loss.Scientists sailing on a research…
  Dominion Diamond CEO to step down due to family reasons
mining.com
Dominion Diamond (TSX, NYSE:DDC), Canada’s largest publicly traded miner of the precious gems, said Monday its chief executive officer Brendan Bell has decided to step down due to personal reasons related to the company’s planned move of …

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= January 28 2017 =

Scientists Have Finally Created Metallic Hydrogen
geologyin.com
Lab-Made ‘Metallic Hydrogen’ Could Revolutionize Rocket Fuel.Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating the rarest – and potentially one of the most valuable – materials on the planet.The material…
  Yukon geologist receives lifetime achievement award for mineral exploration
CBC.ca-31 minutes ago
Yukon’s Susan Craig was awarded the Gold Pan Award for “exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community” from the Association for Mineral Exploration in B.C — a group that represents and…
  WORLD EARTHQUAKES
depositsmag.com
For millions of people in the western part of Sichuan province in China, the morning of 12 May 2008 started out as a day like any other. People left their homes for work as usual, saying goodbye to family members without any…
  Lucapa Diamond in trading halt ahead of acquisition of new project
mining.com
Trading of Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) shares was halted Friday in Sydney after the company said it has acquired a new project, whose details expects to disclose soon.
The Africa-focused diamond miner said it…
  Alaska volcano erupts for 2nd day in a row; planes warned
SFGate-20 hours ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Volcano Observatory has raised the aviation warning level after a volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again.Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano erupted Friday morning, and the observatory says…

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= January 26 2017 =

The Largest Rough Ruby Crystal in the World
geologyin.com
This unique specimen is one of the world’s largest known rough ruby gemstones. This unique single natural ruby crystal weighs 8.2 lbs. or 18,696 carats. The ruby is semi-translucent to opaque and contains rutile, which may…
  THRIHNUKAGIGUR
depositsmag.com
In 2012, my wife Chris and I booked a volcano tour around the north of Iceland. At the time, it was our third visit to the country, so we knew of extra things we wanted to do. Before joining the group with Volcanic Experiences of…
  Queensland Opal Fields: Home of the Unique Australian Boulder Opal
gia.edu
As Lighting Ridge is the home of fine black opal, Queensland’s opal fields are the home of boulder opal, which has become more widely known by both the industry and consumers. Boulder opal has exceptional play-of-color, but it also…
  The world’s 10 largest copper mining projects
mining.com
The world’s 10 largest copper mining projects.Together reserves at the global top 10 copper mining projects are worth more than $300 billion…
  Earthquake near Greek island felt in Israel
The Times of Israel-9 hours ago
An earthquake that jolted the Greek island of Crete was felt in Israel on Wednesday, with no reports of injuries or damage.The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake, 5.4 on the Richter scale, occurred…
  De Beers Has Biggest Diamond Sale in a Year as Buyers Return
bloomberg.com
De Beers had its biggest diamond sale in at least a year as the gem industry restocked after the key holiday period.The company, owned by Anglo American Plc, sold $720 million of diamonds in its first sale of the year, compared with…
  LA Museum Hosts Rare Fancy Colored Diamond Exhibit
gia.edu
The rarest fancy colored diamonds make world headlines selling for tens of millions of dollars at auction. Like celebrities, they are well known in photographs − but rarely seen in person.Until March 19, 2017, visitors to…

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= January 24 2017 =

Pink diamond mystery solved: What makes pink diamonds pink?
geologyin.com
They’re one of the world’s rarest jewels – but nobody knows for certain why pink diamonds are pink.The research suggests that a pink diamond’s colour is dependent on both wavelength and intensity of light, suggesting its due to…
  Trump jitters send gold price to two-month high
mining.com
Gold advanced to a two-month high on Monday as the metal finds support from safe haven buyers amid increasing global economic and geopolitical uncertainty.In brisk trade of more than 23m ounces gold for…
  Magnitude 2.4 earthquake hits Perryville on New Madrid anniversary
fox2now.com-11 hours ago
PERRYVILLE, MO (KTVI) – Did you feel it? A magnitude 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook the area 17 miles south of Perryville Monday afternoon. The earthquake happened at around 4pm.The St. Louis County Office of…
  Anglo American diamond sales rise
MarketWatch-4 hours ago
LONDON–Anglo American PLC (AAL.LN) said Tuesday its majority-owned De Beers Group reported much higher diamond sales during the industry’s traditionally strongest first sales cycle of the year, which was…
  Mexico prepares for shale push in 2017
Interfax Global Energy-28 minutes ago
Mexico is gearing up for another attempt at shale gas production, a Mexico City source has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily. The government could launch a shale-focused bid round as early as Q4 2017, although any…

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= January 22 2017 =

Cherry Blossom Stones is a Natural Wonder (Photos)
geologyin.com
One of the most famous & visually intriguing geologic materials collected in Japan is the cherry blossom stone. These interesting structures have a complex geologic history.Mica Pseudomorphs of…
  Coking coal price still falling
mining.com
We’re only three weeks into the new year, but the year to date fall in the price of coking coal has already topped 23%.At $172.60 on Friday the steelmaking raw material is now $136 below its multi-year high of…
  Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
jpl.nasa.gov
Scientists used NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.
“Mud cracks are the most likely scenario here,” said…
  Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tsunami threat passes after magnitude-7.9 tremor near Bougainville
ABC Online-4 hours ago
A magnitude-7.9 earthquake has struck off the coast of Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea, causing damage and blackouts but no tsunami.The quake struck at 3:30pm (AEDT) at a depth of 136 kilometres, the United States…
  Amsterdam diamond theft: Seven arrested
bbc.com
Five men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a €75m ($80m, £64m) diamond heist in 2005 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, police in the Netherlands say.The seven Dutch nationals were arrested in Amsterdam and…

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= January 20 2017 =

Do diamonds really come from coal?
geologyin.com
Many people believe that diamonds are formed from the metamorphism of coal. That idea continues to be the “how diamonds form” story in many science classrooms.It’s easy to see where the idea came from…
  Watch Mexico’s ‘fire’ volcano blast its top again
CBC.ca-18 hours ago
Mexico’s ‘fire’ volcano has blasted its top again. Dramatic video showed Colima spewing incandescent material early Wednesday morning.The explosion was accompanied by a large plume of ash and smoke that…
  URBAN GEOLOGY: NEW RED SANDSTONE AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT
depositsmag.com
In a country with a limited resource of pre-Quaternary geology in outcrop, the Netherlands nevertheless has a wealth of rock types in building stones (Donovan, 2015a; Donovan and Madern, in press), street furniture…
  US coal industry to decline even further in 2017 — IEEFA
mining.com
Despite a spike in coal prices last year and promises of better times ahead for the sector by President-elect Donald Trump, the US coal industry will continue to decline this year, though at a slower pace than in 2016, a new…
  Study of microbes reveals new insight about Earth’s geology, carbon cycles
Science Daily
Tiny microbes play a big role in cycling carbon and other key elements through our air, water, soil and sediment. Researchers who study these processes have discovered that these microbial communities are significantly…

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= January 18 2017 =

Scientists have made a diamond that’s harder than diamond
geologyin.com
Nature’s toughest material just got upgraded.When most people think about the hardest naturally occurring material on Earth, they think of diamonds – those pretty stones in our engagement rings that…
  Exhibition Review: Illuminations, from Earth to Jewel
gia.edu
For more than 33 years, American jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay has been known her ability to mix unusual and rare gemstones into impressive and colorful jewels as brooches, earrings and cocktail rings. She is known in the jewelry industry as…
  THE REGALE OF FRANCE: HENRY VIII’S LOST RUBY
depositsmag.com
Glittering jewels, precious metals and religious relics – ranging from a spine from the Crown of Thorns to a twig from the Burning Bush, and sundry relics of saints – were important to all medieval monarchs as physical symbols of…
  Copper price is getting crushed
mining.com
The surge in the copper price to near 18-month highs following Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election came as a surprise to an industry under pressure since 2011 over growing supply.The bullishness about…
  Malabar Gold & Diamonds announces Rs 620 crore expansion plan
Times of India-20 hours ago
Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one of the world’s largest gold and diamond jewellery retailers, announced an investment of Rs 620 crore to expand its retail network. The plan will see an addition of 24 stores in…

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= January 16 2017 =

Extremely Rare Mineral found for only the Second time on Earth
geologyin.com
A report was prepared by professor of geology William Griffin of Australia’s Macquarie University following his examination of the mineral samples of corundum stones sent to him by Shefa Yamim, which found the stones in several sites in the Kishon River. The corundum stones contain…
  Can man-made diamonds compete with the real deal?
CNN-8 hours ago
(CNN)”That,” says Clive Hill of a white, carat-sized diamond, “is a milestone. This stone is unknockable, unignorable.”.Indeed, the stone, and those that have followed, are making waves in an industry whose product appeal has been built on carefully controlled supply and…
  EPA won’t pay mine spill claims
mining.com
One week after releasing its final report on a 2015 toxic wastewater spill accidentally triggered by its own staff at a defunct Colorado mine, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced it won’t pay the $1.2 billion in…
  De Beers CEO talks diamonds, millennials
Japan Today-13 hours ago
Instead of romantic proposals and engagement rings, the commercials trying to sell a new generation on diamonds show young couples rolling around on a bed, arguing in a car and even questioning whether they’ll ever marry.The…
  Modeling magma to find copper
geologyin.com
A new study led by researchers from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE, Switzerland) and the Saint-Etienne (France), to be published in Scientific Reports, suggests that the answer may come from the volume of magma emplaced in the crust and proposes an …

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= January 14 2017 =

Types of Mineral Inclusions with Photos
geologyin.com
An inclusion is any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation. In gemology, an inclusion is a characteristic enclosed within a gemstone, or reaching its surface from the interior.Inclusions are…
  5 ways to spot a fake diamond
businessinsider.com
One of the most common questions that gemologists are asked is how to tell the difference between a real diamond and a fake stone.We spoke with Reyne Hirsch, a 20th-century decorative arts expert and consultant for the…
  Gold price: Top ETF breaks record losing streak
mining.com
Gold for delivery in February, the most active contract on the Comex market, briefly scaled $1,200 an ounce on Friday, but ended the day just below that psychologically important level.Gold is up more than $80 an…
  There was an earthquake?’: 2.3 quake recorded in Florence
AL.com-9 hours ago
A small earthquake was detected near Florence on Friday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The earthquake hit around 4 p.m. The magnitude was a 2.3, which is described as …
  A FOSSIL HUNTER’S GUIDE TO THE SOUTHEAST YORKSHIRE COAST
depositsmag.com
The stretch of coast from Speeton to Holderness is often forgotten by tourists and fossil collectors alike; certainly compared with places such as Whitby or destinations along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. However, the shore of the…

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= January 12 2017 =

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life
geologyin.com
One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today. A team of scientists led by 20-year-old University of Toronto (U of T) undergraduate student Joseph Moysiuk has finally determined what a bizarre group of extinct cone-shaped…
  ON THE TRAIL OF SHETLAND’S VOLCANO
depositsmag.com
For a land area of just 1,468km2, yet within a staggering 2,731km of coastline, Shetland has probably the most complex and diverse geology and geomorphology to be found anywhere in the World. Part of…
  Private capital rotating into mining and metals
mining.com
After four-plus years of declines, 2016 was a comeback year for natural resources and the oil and mining industries – with only a couple of exceptions, energy, metal and mineral prices rallied last year.According to…
  Alrosa’s Sales Up 26% to $4.5 Billion in 2016
Israel Diamond Portal-4 hours ago
Alrosa has announced its rough and polished diamond sale results for both December 2016 and interim results for 2016. According to Diamond World, while total sales in December were weakened by the…

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= January 10 2017 =

It’s official: This 2.27 kg opal is the Largest black opal in the world
geologyin.com
Found over 10 years ago in Grawin Field, the present specimen of seam opal was left as close as possible to the natural state in which it was found. Polished by the artist who was then Australia’s foremost opal carver, the late Christine Rousel. Her main intention was to only to…
  Book Review: Cartier Dazzling: High Jewelry and Precious Objects
gia.edu
Another in a near-annual series of beautiful hardbound volumes featuring new collections in the Cartier oeuvre, Cartier Dazzling: High Jewelry and Precious Objects highlights the famed jewelry atelier and its…
  Hedge funds aren’t buying into gold price rally
mining.com
Gold jumped to a five-week high on Monday as bullion bulls made the most of sputtering stock markets and a weaker US dollar.Gold for delivery in February, the most active contract on the…
  Huge 7.3 earthquake strikes the Philippines
independent.co.uk
A major undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck southeast of the Philippines on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.The quake was measured at a depth of 617 km (380 miles), the …
  Scientists found a way to make invisible gold visible
geologyin.com
Scientists are using the new Geoscience Atom Probe Facility at Curtin University to study mineral deposits containing locked resources of gold in refractory ores.Curtin WA School of Mines Research Associate in…

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= January 8 2017 =

Merlin Diamonds unearths Australia’s fifth largest diamond
geologyin.com
Merlin Diamonds has unearthed Australia’s fifth largest diamond from its namesake mine in Australia’s Northern Territory, currently in the ramp up phase.The company said the 35.26 carat brown diamond was among a number of rough gems found at its Merlin mine, including a 14.6 carat brown rock as…
  US jobs data hobbles gold price but bulls unwavered
mining.com
Gold’s new year comeback faced some headwinds on Friday after strong US employment figures saw the US dollar regain strength, but gold traders still see substantial upside for the metal  in 2017.Gold for…
  Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa jolted by earthquake
Daily Pakistan-47 minut
LAHORE – An earthquake hit the central Punjab region in northern Pakistan on Saturday evening.The epicentre of the 4.2 magnitude quake was located at Noorpur Thal district of Khusab, about 320km…
  INDIA TO BECOME FIRST COUNTRY TO TRADE POLISHED DIAMONDS ON A COMMODITY EXCHANGE
Israel Diamond Portal-5 hours ago
The Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) will soon begin  to trade in polished diamond futures, becoming the first country to allow anyone to trade in diamonds on a commodity exchange, according to IDEX Online.The plan awaits…

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= January 6 2017 =

Synthetic Red Diamonds to Replace GPS
geologyin.com
Diamonds that ‘know where they are’ could make GPS satellites redundant.Lab-grown red diamonds with an atomic defect could one day replace GPS systems thanks to their remarkable sensitivity to magnetic waves…
  Frequency of flight-disrupting volcanic eruptions estimated
sciencedaily.com
Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their frequency.While…
  More Frequent Glacial Quakes on Greenland Signal Ice Retreat
eos.org
Between 1993 and 2011, the annual number of earthquakes caused by gigantic blocks of ice breaking away from Greenland’s glaciers has increased, further evidence of accelerating ice loss …
  Exhibition Review: Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection
gia.edu
As materials available to jewelry artists become more eclectic, so does their output. Such is the case with the 300-plus exquisite contemporary pieces from around the world (figure 1) donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by Lois Boardman of Pasadena. Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection…
  Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Hawthorne, Nev.
Los Angeles Times-8 hours ago
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Thursday evening 16 miles from Hawthorne, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:14 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles.According to the USGS, the…

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= January 4 2017 =

Mysterious massive stone ball discovered by Bosnian
geologyin.com
A 10-foot-wide, stone ball recently discovered in a Bosnia forest is touching off a hot debate in academic circles: Was it created by Mother Nature … or a lost civilization?An archaeologist is looking at a rock with great interest, a sphere…
  Curiosity Has Found Weird Purple Rocks on Mars
seeker.com
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, those really are purple rocks on Mars. And no, it has nothing to do with aliens.Chromatically-speaking, Mars is a one-trick pony. Known as the “Red Planet,” the ruddy world is, unsurprisingly…
  Pinpointing the Trigger Behind Yellowstone’s Last Supereruption
eos.org
Geologists suggest that mixing of magma melt pockets could have caused the explosion a little more than 600,000 years ago.Yellowstone National Park is renowned for more than just its hot springs and Old …
  INVERTEBRATE FOSSILS FROM THE LOWER MUSCHELKALK OF WINTERSWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS
depositsmag.com
During the Muschelkalk part of the Ansian (240mya), the Central European area (Germany, Poland, Denmark, The Netherlands and north-eastern France) was covered by a shallow sea, referred to as the Muschelkalk Sea. While…
  Gold price: ETF investors start 2017 with massive offload
mining.com
Gold made the most of the first full trading day of the year, jumping to a three-week high, but investors in gold exchange traded funds continued to dump the metal in huge numbers.Gold for delivery in February, the most…

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= January 2 2017 =

What is Adularescence?
geologyin.com
Adularescence is an optical phenomenon that is produced in gemstones such as moonstones.  Adularescence is the metallic iridescence originating from below the surface of a stone, that occurs when light is reflected between layers of…
  De Beers quits search for diamonds in Saskatchewan
mining.com
The Athabasca Basin of northern Saskatchewan is best known for its substantial uranium deposits, but De Beers hoped to discover diamonds there too.On Dec. 23 however the world’s largest diamond miner put paid to that…
  Quake swarm near the California-Mexico border gets scientists’ attention
Los Angeles Times-2 hours ago
A  swarm of more than 250 small earthquakes have struck since New Year’s Eve near the California-Mexico border, causing unease among residents and attention from scientists. The strongest earthquake in…
  Fossil Fuel Formation May Have Ignited The Cambrian Explosion
Yahoo News-5 minutes ago
Roughly 545 million years ago, Earth witnessed a massive burst in diversity of life in an event now known as the Cambrian explosion. It was during this period that — over a relatively short span of time — a dramatic explosion of life in the sea took place…

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= December 30 2016 =

How Do Asterism Minerals Form?
geologyin.com
Asterism is a name applied to the phenomenon of gemstones exhibiting a luminous star-like shape when cut en cabochon (shaped and polished rather than faceted).An asterism is an optical phenomenon displayed by some…
  THE GEOLOGY OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
depositsmag.com
Plate tectonics have produced some surprising juxtapositions, as the earth’s continental fragments have drifted and jostled over the eons. Microplates seem to have enjoyed most freedom of movement and none more so than…
  Kumtor good to mine through 2017
mining.com
Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) has been given the okay by Kyrgyzstan to operate its Kumtor gold mine throughout 2017.The Toronto-based company said on Thursday it has been granted the necessary permits…
  Tourist hotspot Bali rocked by powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake, sending holidaymakers running into the streets
The Sun-41 minutes ago
TOURISTS described the moment they were left shaken by a terrifying earthquake that struck near Bali this morning.The 6.2 magnitude tremor hit off the coast of Indonesia’s paradise island early this morning…

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= December 28 2016 =

Series of earthquakes hits near California-Nevada state line
Los Angeles Times-1 hour ago
Aeries of moderate earthquakes rocked the Nevada-California state line, shaking residents in both states but producing no reports of major damage or injury.The first temblor, with a magnitude of 5.7, occurred at…
  US shale oil industry gets a major boost after largest deposit found in Permian Basin
ibtimes.co.in
The deposit, estimated to be worth $900 billion, brings good news for the oil mining industries in the area, but can have ecological implications.The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has discovered the largest deposit of shale oil…
  UK firm to guide survey on minerals in Kenya
the-star.co.ke
British consultancy, International GeoScience Services Ltd, has won a multi-million-shilling deal lead the search for a firm that will undertake an aerial geophysical survey on the country’s mineral deposits.IGS, which specialises in…
  10 Interesting Facts about The geological time scale
geologyin.com
The geological time scale (GTS) is a system of chronological measurement that relates stratigraphy to time, and is used by geologists, paleontologists, and other Earth scientists to describe the timing and relationships between events that…
  The Smallest Electrical Wire Made From Diamonds Measures 3 Atoms Wide
Telegiz News-30 minutes ago
Scientists have created the smallest electrical wire ever, only measuring three atoms wide, with the help of the smallest units of diamonds called diamondoids.A team from Stanford University and…

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= December 26 2016 =

World’s Deepest Underwater Cave Discovered
Geologyin.com
A team of explorers say they’ve discovered that a cave in the eastern Czech Republic is the world’s deepest flooded fissure, going at least 404 meters (1,325 feet) deep.Polish explorer Krzysztof Starnawski, who led the team, told The Associated…
  Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits off Chilean coast
CNN
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake occurred off the coast of southern Chile Sunday, 40 km (about 25 miles) southwest of Puerto Quellon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center…
  The most valuable diamonds of 2016
The Jewellery Editor (blog)-14 hours ago
It’s been a record-breaking year for diamonds, with pinks, blues and a green making our top 10 most valuable alongside some out-of-this-world whites.We have been spoilt in 2016 with an incredible array of diamonds in all shapes …

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= December 24 2016 =

Did these baby dinosaurs munch on meat while their parents pecked at plants?
Geologyin.com
Why do birds have beaks and not teeth? This dino may have the answer, A modest little dinosaur that scampered across northwestern China 160 million years ago boasted a unique trait not seen in any…
  Britain’s Most Famous Diamond Has a Mysterious and Bloody Past
Seeker.com
Almost anyone who has touched the Koh-i-Noor diamond has come to a horrible end, says a British historian.Many precious stones have a blood-soaked history, but a new book reveals the world’s most famous diamond the…
  Gem Fossicking: Recreational Mining in Australia
gia.edu
Amateur prospecting and mining by nonprofessionals, primarily for enjoyment, is known as fossicking. The target material can be anything, but precious metals and minerals are the most popular. Fossicking originated in …
  Tiny Australian junior gets permit for Greenland’s first large new mine
Mining.com
The potential for mining in Greenland is enormous, but since 2013, when the Nalunaq gold mine closed, the sprawling Arctic island with ties to Denmark has not built any new mines. That could change though, thanks to a mining permit issued this week…
  GIA Education Attracts Diverse Students to Hub of Israel Diamond Industry
gia.edu
Israel, one of the world’s leading rough and polished diamond trading centers, topped $5 billion in polished diamond exports in 2015. The four diamond towers of the Israel Diamond Exchange in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan have served as the hub of…

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= December 22 2016 =

A supervolcano caused the largest eruption in European history. Now it’s stirring again
Geologyin.com
Set to blow? Supervolcano Campi Flegrei reawakening near Naples, could hit 500000 people.A 12-km wide cauldron that forms a vast supervolcano on the coast of Italy is showing signs of reawakening after almost…
  The ultimate luxury? Why 2016 was the year of the colored diamond
CNN
(CNN)-Relatively small, but slowly and perfectly formed over billions of years, the Argyle Violet diamond is so rare in color that it has its own unique diamond classification: “Fancy Deep Grayish Blueish Violet…
  160 mln-year-old petrified ginkgo wood discovered
China.org.cn-12 hours ago
Petrified gingko wood that is at least 160 million years old has been discovered in the Beipiao area of Liaoning province in northeastern China.The discovery was made by a group led by Wang Yongdong, a researcher from the Nanjing …
  Gold price: The great year-end ETF liquidation sale
Mining.com
Gold was hovering near 11-month lows on Wednesday as ETF investors continued to dump the metal. Gold for delivery in February 2017 was exchanging hands for $1,132 an ounce, the lowest since the beginning of February in…
  What it is like spending Christmas at an Antarctic research station
ABC Online-9 hours ago
Ms Le Mar is the station leader at Davis Research Station, the most southerly Australian Antarctic station situated 4,160 kilometres south-west of Perth.There people carry out in-depth investigations into geology…

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= December 20 2016 =

The case of the missing diamonds
Geologyin.com
A Washington University physicist practiced at finding tiny diamonds in stardust from the pre-solar universe has repeatedly failed to find them in Younger Dryas sedimentary layers, effectively discrediting the…
  Mexico’s Colima volcano spews ash, vapor a mile into the air
Fox 35 Orlando-7 hours ago
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s Colima Volcano has sent three eruptions in the space of a few hours, spewing ash and vapor more than a mile into the air.The civil defense…
  Tracking Global Change with a Cloud-Based Living Atlas
eos.org
The Earth sciences are moving to the cloud—and, no, that is not a reference to the weather last week in San Francisco, Calif., at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting.With both poster and oral sessions…
  Applying soft-rock mining concepts in hard-rock mining
Mining.com
Caterpillar wants to replace conventional drill-and-blast operations in low heights. That’s why it introduced its Rock Straight System, which is defined as “a fully mechanized longwall system designed for continuous mining of flat and…
  As Glaciers Melt, Greenland Eyes Mining and a Thawing Nuclear Base
seeker.com
The country’s independence bid requires money from mines and fossil fuels, as climate change leads to hazards and opportunities for revenue.When Americans think of Greenland, they might think of melting glaciers…

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= December 18 2016 =

Study of olivine provides new data for measuring earth’s surface
Geologyin.com
One well-known example of this is the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 25,000-mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean known for its string of underwater volcanoes (nearly 450 of them) and earthquake sites, according to the National…
  7.9 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea; tsunami warning issued
APA-18 hours ago
2-billion-year old fluid shows traces of life form Scientists probing the deepest reaches of the Earth to find clues about the origins of life have found something unique: the world’s oldest water…
  Large, Rare Diamonds Reveal the Inner Workings of Earth’s Mantle
gia.edu
This is an extended abstract of the article ‘Large Gem Diamonds From Metallic Liquid in Earth’s Deep Mantle,’ published on December 16, 2016 in Science magazine. GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith is the lead author of the article…
  Failing to find a buyer, De Beers will flood Snap Lake Mine
Mining.com
One year after deciding to place it on care and maintenance, De Beers is putting its Snap Lake Mine in the Canadian subarctic on extended care and maintenance – a euphemism for flooding.Work on flooding the…
  NASA Finds First Detection of Boron on the Surface of Mars
Jewish Business News-4 hours ago
Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient past. This finding and others from NASA’s Curiosity rover science team will be discussed in…

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= December 16 2016 =

Huge, rare precious Diamonds formed in pockets of liquid metal
Geologyin.com
Huge diamonds reveal what Earth looks like 750 kilometers below the surface Breakthrough research led by GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith examines diamonds of exceptional size and quality to…
  World’s oldest water found in Ontario base metal mine
Mining.com
2-billion-year old fluid shows traces of life form Scientists probing the deepest reaches of the Earth to find clues about the origins of life have found something unique: the world’s oldest water…
  FOSSIL INSECTS FROM THE LOWER CRETACEOUS OF SOUTHERN ENGLAND
depositsmag.com
It was over 150 years ago that the first major work began on the fossil insects of the Lower Cretaceous of England. The pioneers were Victorian naturalists, including the Rev Osmond Fisher, John O Westwood and…
  Where is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings
jpl.nasa.gov
At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy. Images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft have revealed a dark, heavily cratered world whose brightest area is made of highly reflective salts — not ice. But newly…
  Finding Light in Earth’s Darkest Places
Nationalgeographic.com
Antonio De Vivo has spent most of his life exploring hidden caves around the world Caves are cold, dark, claustrophobic, and often dangerous to navigate. But there are few places Italian explorer and speleologist Antonio De Vivo would rather be…

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= December 14 2016 =

Over 120 Small Quakes Near Mount St. Helens Signal Future Volcanic Eruption
Geologyin.com
Scientists are taking a closer look in the recent swarms of over 120 small quakes that occurred near Mount St. Helens in late November, watching out for any indicators of future explosions.According to reports, there…
  Is Another 1,000 (or 3,000) Carat Diamond Around the Corner?
gia.edu
In the fall of 2015, Lucara’s Kerowe mine in Botswana announced the discovery of the first gem-quality diamond larger than 1,000 carats in more than 110 years. Now, Lucara and others have been doubling down on the search for more mega-stones and believe it’s only a matter of months or…
  How Do Trees Respond to Climate Change? Clues from an Arboretum
eos.org
The rich diversity of trees at arboreta may allow scientists to home in on the specific traits that allow trees to grow faster or slower in response to warming temperatures.Arboreta, places where trees and shrubs are cultivated, may be able to…
  Rare gem mine expands in Alberta
Mining.com
Alberta isn’t the first place one thinks of when contemplating the world’s best sources of gems. But if you thought the Canadian province is only known for oil sands, rodeos and hockey, you’d be wrong. It also keeps a well-hidden geological secret: ammolite…
  SHEDDING LIGHT ON AN ISOLATED SKULL: A NEWLY DESCRIBED… 
depositsmag.com
In 2011, a plesiosaur specimen, consisting of an isolated and crushed skull, was described. The collected skull sadly lacked any postcranial remains, but was identified as an elasmosaurid plesiosaur and considered to be something new. Therefore, it…

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= December 12 2016 =

World’s Most Amazing Gemstone Found in Volcano
Geologyin.com
Helenite is a man-made glass made from the fused volcanic rock dust from Mount St. Helens and marketed as a gemstone. Helenite was first created accidentally after the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. It is sold as facet rough…
  Diving Beetle, First Found in Bathtub, Rediscovered 30 Years Later
Nationalgeographic.com
In 1984, an Oregon family found a new species in their bathroom. No one saw the pale, blind creature again—until now.When it comes to objects floating in the bathtub, most of us expect to see, at most, a rubber ducky…
  very Rare Discovery: tumor found in 255-million-year-old beast
latinpost.com
One of a very rare discovery! The discovery is considered to be one of the oldest-known tumors ever found in a fossil. The said beast is among with the many species that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago as dated by scientists.The tumor was…
  China bans North Korean coal- but only till January
Mining.com
Fresh UN sanctions against North Korea aimed at punishment for a nuclear test in September will be honoured by China, the reclusive regime’s most important trading and diplomatic partner.In a statement on…
  The Oldest Known Seabird Lays an Egg at Age 66
Seeker.com
The world’s oldest known seabird is expecting, officials at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge said.The Laysan albatross known as Wisdom — a bird thought to be at least 66 years old — is incubating an egg…

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= December 10 2016 =

Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Geologyin.com
A diamond battery made from nuclear waste could last more than 5,000 YEARS.A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond…
  First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber
Nationalgeographic.com
The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur, including bones, soft tissue, and even feathers, has been found preserved in amber, according to a report published today in the journal Current Biology…
  Exhibition Review: Lustre: Pearling and Australia
gia.edu
Australia’s pearling history reaches back more than 20,000 years, far longer perhaps than many would expect. The exhibition Lustre: Pearling and Australia (figure 1) at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne details how the…
  PROJECT EMERGING: ZOOPHYCOS
Depositsmag.com
And yet we cannot hope to describe all of the natural happenings of our world; and thus impossible it seems to be to explain all of these unexplainable things.JL Alléon-Dulac, 1765, French naturalist (Opening Image). An ‘ammon horn’ sketch by Alleon-Dulac from 1765. Most probably an ammonite, Lytoceras sp, deriving from…
  Brazil grants operating license to Vale’s massive S11D iron ore mine
Mining.com
Iron ore giant Vale (NYSE:VALE) scored Friday a key win after the Brazilian government granted the company a 10-year operating license for its flagship project in the Amazonian state of Para, known as S11D…
  7.8 Earthquake Strikes Solomon Islands; Tsunami Watch Canceled for Hawaii
Geologyin.com
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit close to the Solomon Islands early Friday, forecasters said.The earthquake hit less than 30 kilometers (19 miles) off the island of Makira — and 70 kilometers (43 miles) southwest of the…

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= December 8 2016 =

Why is the new mineral discovered in Kalgoorlie significant?
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The discovery of a new mineral in an ore sample obtained from the Kalgoorlie Super Pit made international news. But while this might be important to geologists, why should anyone else take notice?For Curtin’s Dr Kirsten Rempel, Christmas came early after the International…
Anglo American about to make key decision on South African assets sale
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Anglo American (LON:AAL) is facing increasing pressure to make a decision on its plans to sell or spin-off its iron ore, coal and manganese operations in South Africa next year.The world’s number five diversified miner has already held…
  How This Poo Problem Could Destroy The Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii has some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world. The clear, blue water is striking to look at, but the water surrounding Hawaii also has a big problem: cesspools.A cesspool is essentially a capped hole in the ground used for residential wastewater…
  Honoring Earth and Space Scientists
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2016 GSA Medals and Awards.The Geological Society of America (GSA) presented the following medals and awards at its Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, which ran from 25 to 28 September.Sarah Andrews, geologist and author, received the President’s Medal of the Geological Society of America…

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= December 6 2016 =

Why Gemstones can’t be found everywhere? 
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The mineral composition of a rock reflects the physical environment and geologic history where a rock formed. Rock form in a variety of geologic setting ranging from locations on or near the earth surface, deep underground, or even in outer space. Most of the rocks we see on the …
De Beers facing legal action over mercury monitoring at Victor mine
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De Beers, the world’s top diamond producer by value, will have to defend in court claims of alleged failure to fully report on the mercury levels detected near its Canadian Victor mine, located close to Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario.The legal action, filed by environmental group Canadian Parks and…
  This Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Is 70 Miles Long

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A dramatic NASA photograph has revealed a huge scar in an Antarctic ice shelf, a fissure that is threatening to split the shelf in two and calve off an iceberg the size of Delaware. The photograph, taken last month by scientists on NASA’s IceBridge Mission, shows a crack in the Larsen C ice shelf …

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= December 4 2016 =

The Giant Nephrite Jade Road In Canada
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Jade is a commercial term encompassing green, white, black or yellow-brown material that consists either of Na-rich pyroxene (jadeite) or prismatic to acicular amphiboles of the tremolite-actinolite series that form bundles that are randomly oriented and interlocked (nephrite)…
Cameroon involved in Central African ‘conflict diamonds’ trade — report
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Illicit trafficking of diamonds from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighbouring Cameroon continues to partially finance an almost three-year conflict, a report published Friday shows.According to Partnership Africa Canada, Cameroon’s poor controls, smuggling and corruption, explain the country’s failure to…
  Cyclic change within magma reservoirs significantly affects the explosivity of volcanic eruptions

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A new study published in Geology uses pockets of melts trapped within crystals to understand the conditions occurring beneath volcanoes before explosive eruptions. Volcanologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany and Uppsala University in Sweden have …
  Earth’s Technosphere, comprising of human-made structures, now weighs 30 trillion tonnes
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The weight of Earth’s technosphere now stands at an enormous 30 trillion tonnes, according to a new study. The Earth’s technosphere includes all the structures constructed by humans to survive on the planet.Geologists at University of Leicester in the UK, that led an international team, have come up with the first ever estimate of the sheer size of the structure of Earth’s technosphere…

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= December 2 2016 =

Where do gems form and where are they found?
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Gems form in many different environments in the Earth.We will examine the most common and important environments and formation processes. It is important to distinguish where gems are formed from where they …
World’s largest cluster of massive sinkholes discovered in China
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Scientists just discovered the largest cluster of sinkholes on Earth—49 in all—in northwest China. The massive natural sinkholes, all of which had been previously undiscovered, have geologists concerned about what may have caused…
  A FOSSIL SWORD POMMEL FROM MALAYA

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