We usually use words like “immensely powerful” and “destructive” to describe Earth’s tectonic forces. But to artist Ken Goldberg of the University of California, Berkeley, even the most violent agents on Earth have an inner beauty.
A recent geological survey of Europa revealed that a massive 20,000 square-kilometer portion of the surface was missing. To explain it, a research team is now proposing that Europa's ice shell has a brittle, mobile, plate-like system above convecting warmer ice.
Don't be fooled by the bright, jovial colors of this satellite image, because it's hiding a darker truth: the world is being wrenched apart at its seams.
For decades, scientists have believed that Earth was peculiar in having tectonic plates. Now, though, a UCLA geologist has found evidence that Mars, too, exhibits the same crustal plates beneath its surface.