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A rocky relationship: A history of Earth’s continents breaking up and getting back together

A new study of rocks that formed billions of years ago lends fresh insight into how Earth's plate tectonics, or the movement of large pieces of Earth's outer shell, evolved over the planet's 4.56-billion-year history.

7 Aug 2019 Nature

Stronger earthquakes can be induced by wastewater injected deep underground

Scientists have found that in regions where oilfield wastewater disposal is widespread earthquakes are getting deeper at the same rate as the wastewater sinks.

16 Jul 2019 Nature Communications

New result in Nature advances knowledge of plate tectonics

An international team of scientists led by geochemists from Institute des Sciences de la Terre of University Grenoble Alpes and Vernadsky Institute, Russian Academy of science presented evidence for an unexpectedly early start of global recycling of crust into the deep mantle.

15 Jul 2019 Nature

Study reveals key factor in Himalayan earthquake rupture

The rupture highlights important scientific questions about Himalayan formation and seismic hazards.

26 Jun 2019 Science Advances

Stresses from past earthquakes explain location of seismic events

The cumulative stresses caused by historic earthquakes could provide some explanation as to why and where they occur, according to new research.

21 Jun 2019 Nature Communications

‘Lubricating’ sediments were critical in making the continents move

Surface erosion controlled the evolution of plate tectonics on Earth, researchers from GFZ and the University of Maryland find.

5 Jun 2019 Nature