At the end of the Cretaceous era, a large meteorite ploughed into what is now Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The collision set off a chain reaction of environmental calamities that likely contributed to the demise of the dinosaurs. New research is now adding to the list of ensuing catastrophes, suggesting the collision…
Fire bubbles! That’s what happens when burning hot liquid magma hits water. National Geographic writes that, “Scientists are trying to determine the potential dangerous effects of introducing water into a pressurized pocket of magma underground.”
You think U.S. and U.K. prog rock groups like Emerson Lake & Palmer or Yes were trippy and futuristic. But some groups in France and Italy, inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick, went even further.
You know about the potentially world-ending Supervolcano hiding under Yellowstone, right? Well, scientists just discovered a second magma chamber containing an additional 46,000 cubic kilometers of molten rock. Did we mention it’s “overdue” for eruption?
This is the Tolbachik volcano, laying down roads of magma over the Peninsula of Kamchatka for condemned Russians to drive on their way to hell in cars equipped with dashcams. At least, that's what it looks like in Lusika33's photographs. It's truly pretty—in a Mordor kind of way.
Introducing ICCP-1, the world's first magma-enhanced geothermal system. Located in Iceland, it's an important proof-of-concept that could lead to a revolution in the energy efficiency of high-temperature geothermal areas across the globe.
Good old geothermal plants generate power using water heated by hot rocks deep underground. But what if we could get energy directly from the seething magma down below? In Iceland, an accidental discovery let scientists actually stick a pipe into magma to test this idea—and the results of their experiment has just…
Scientists have learned that massive caldera volcanoes, like the one stewing beneath Yellowstone, are ruled by geological processes far different than the ones governing conventional volcanoes. These massive reservoirs of magma can explode spontaneously — an important piece of insight that can help us predict a future…
Scientists have unlocked the secrets of molten magma at a depth of 1400 kilometers using the most brilliant X-ray source in the planet. Their findings are crucial to understand the formation of Earth.
We're used to thinking of the moon as a cold and unassuming lump of rock—but new research suggests that it could have been made of a strange magma mush for hundreds of millions of years before it solidified into the object we now see every night.
Everyone knows that Yellowstone is home to a super-volcano—but it turns out that the magma reservoir it sits atop is at least 2.5 times larger than we previously thought.
A single volcanic eruption wiping out life on entire continents isn't exactly a cheery thought, but at least we had the mild comfort that it would take as much as 200,000 years for one to erupt. Yeah, about that...
The Moon is an almost completely still world, its eternal peace and quiet disrupted only by the occasional meteor or Apollo astronaut. But we now know there's plenty of magma inside the Moon. So why are there no volcanoes?
We've seen the core X-Men team receive new styles as of late (1, 2). Now their erstwhile farm team, the New Mutants, are boasting similarly sleek makeovers, courtesy of concept artist Daniel Govar and superhero costume design site Project Rooftop. Check out his takes on Warlock, Sunspot, and your other favorite mutant…
You may remember Kevin Wada and Max Wittert's haute couture remixes of the X-Men's superheroing outfits. The artists have now drafted a new batch of mutant apparel that ranges from Chamber's plasma frock to Cyclops' quartz slab sunglasses to Namor's winged anklets. Which, to be perfectly honest, I would wear the…
It wasn't just an asteroid come down from the heavens to destroy the former masters of the planet. No. Our Earth Mother knew their time had come, and unleashed oceans of lava to scorch the lands that dinosaurs once roamed.
Billions of years ago, a Mars-sized body smashed into the young Earth, causing a chain reaction that created the Moon. Earth's atmosphere became full of rock vapor and the sky rained down magma. Yes, it was literally Hell on Earth.
1800 miles underground lies a mysterious zone between the Earth's mantle and core. Nobody is quite sure what's down there, but new evidence suggests the area reaches temperatures of 7000 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it could be a vast magma ocean.
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