Understanding Deep Earthquakes
October 10, 2013 | Argonne National Laboratory
"Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan." Quoted from the Argonne National Laboratory press release.
When Did Plate Tectonics Begin?
May 27, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience
An interesting essay titled: "When did Plate Tectonics begin on Earth, and what came before?" by Robert J. Stern has been posted on the Speaking of Geoscience blog.
Microscopic Life in Oceanic Crust
October 10, 2013 | Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
"Although long thought to be devoid of life, the bottom of the deep ocean is now known to harbor entire ecosystems teeming with microbes. Scientists have recently documented that oxygen is disappearing from seawater circulating through deep oceanic crust, a significant first step in understanding the way life in the "deep biosphere" beneath the sea floor is able to survive and thrive." Quoted from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences press release.