Geology is the study of the composition and physical properties of rocks, minerals, gems and other related earth materials, including diamonds and crystals. Scientists gain an understanding of the Earth's history by studying its composition.
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Our World Is Rich With Places to See Real Dinosaur Tracks
The beautiful scenery in Washington state hides a darker history. It was formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption that cooled the planet.
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 16, 2017
Where on the planet can you visit to see with your own eyes the tracks left by dinosaurs? Fossilized dino footprints might be just outside your back door, but here are good places to start.
By Jesslyn Shields Nov 10, 2017
Researchers discovered that everyone's favorite prehistoric cat had some seriously big bones — even as a youngster.
By Robert Lamb Sep 29, 2017
Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be ruins of the Roman city of Neapolis — underwater near Tunisia.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Sep 11, 2017
Scientists have found that snow and rain trigger earthquakes. Could their study help predict the Big One?
By John Perritano Jun 22, 2017
Antarctica's Blood Falls looks like a geological horror scene. For decades, scientists weren't sure why. Until now.
By Kate Kershner May 3, 2017
Talk about a Brexit! Scientists have clues to catastrophic flooding that destroyed a land bridge that once connected England and France.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 7, 2017
You might be in trouble when the end of the world is near, but at least your data won't be.
By Jonathan Strickland Apr 4, 2017
Surprisingly, living in a city with a high level of natural radiation doesn't have any ill effects.
By Alia Hoyt Mar 27, 2017
The prehistoric penguin was the size of a small adult human, which says a lot about penguins' evolution.
By Shelley Danzy Mar 14, 2017
And archaeologists figured it out with just a little DNA.
By Kate Kershner Mar 6, 2017
Although the trenched enclosures were probably used to conduct rituals, they can tell us how the ancient indigenous people of the Amazon managed their forests.
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 27, 2017
The American West may seem rugged, but it's a fragile environment. 21st-century flow levels for the Colorado are down 19 percent from 20th-century averages.
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 22, 2017
The Cuvette Centrale peatlands hold astounding amounts of carbon scientists had never fully mapped. The new discovery emphasizes a need for protection.
By Jesslyn Shields Jan 23, 2017
Most mammals have a penis bone called a baculum, but humans don't. A new study sheds light on the history of the baculum, and why ours is missing.
By Jesslyn Shields Dec 19, 2016
Decades after the massive conflict, reminders of battles linger in pristine Pacific waters.
By Christopher Hassiotis Dec 7, 2016
Recent icebergs and unexpected glacial rifts are indicating that something troubling is going on beneath the ice.
By Jesslyn Shields Dec 2, 2016
Science has determined that disappearing completely into quicksand isn't possible — but that doesn't mean that getting stuck still won't kill you.
By Patrick J. Kiger Dec 1, 2016
Could this new underwater find shed light on the enigmatic ancient computing device known as the Antikythera Mechanism?
By Christopher Hassiotis Sep 21, 2016
A stone slab unearthed in northern Italy has revealed its first big discovery: the name of an Etruscan goddess in a lost language.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 7, 2016
Sea level change, plastic pollution and invasive species aren’t just political issues — they’re likely signs of a new epoch called the Anthropocene, geologists say.
By Jonathan Strickland Sep 1, 2016
The perfectly preserved remains of a 3,000-year-old settlement called Must Farm provide a window into the lives of the Bronze Age Britons.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 16, 2016
The uncut gem is 3 billion years old and may fetch $70 million.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Jun 28, 2016
Snorkelers found what looked to be the ancient ruins near the Greek island of Zakynthos, but not all that glitters is gold.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 13, 2016
Geologists have for the first time recreated the details of the enormous event that created the terrain in what became one of the West's most iconic national parks.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 26, 2016
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