plate tectonics

Did Earth’s Multicellular Life Depend on Plate Tectonics?

How did complex life emerge and evolve on the Earth and what does this mean for finding life beyond Earth?…

7 days ago

What Deadly Venus Can Tell Us About Life on Other Worlds

Even though Venus and Earth are so-called sister planets, they're as different as heaven and hell. Earth is a natural…

2 weeks ago

What Can Early Earth Teach Us About the Search for Life?

Earth is the only life-supporting planet we know of, so it's tempting to use it as a standard in the…

3 weeks ago

When did the First Continents Appear in the Universe?

On Earth, continents are likely necessary to support life. Continents 'float' on top of the Earth's viscous mantle, and heat…

8 months ago

Did Life Need Plate Tectonics to Emerge?

It's widely accepted that Earth's plate tectonics are a key factor in life's emergence. Plate tectonics allows heat to move…

11 months ago

The Pacific Ocean Will be Gone in 300 Million Years as the World's Continents Drift and Combine

A new study determined that the world's next supercontinent, "Amasia," will form between two and three hundred million years.

2 years ago

How did Earth go From Molten Hellscape to Habitable Planet?

Earth formed from the Sun's protoplanetary disk about 4.6 billion years ago. In the beginning, it was a molten spheroid…

2 years ago

Eggshell Planets Have a Thin Brittle Crust and No Mountains or Tectonics

Planets without plate tectonics are unlikely to be habitable. But currently, we've never seen the surface of an exoplanet to…

3 years ago

A Crater on Venus Indicates the Planet Hasn’t Been Volcanic for a Long Time

Venus may not have had Earth-like tectonic plates or volcanism for the last billion years, according to a new study.…

3 years ago

There Could Be Carbon-Rich Exoplanets Made Of Diamonds

Scientists are getting better at understanding exoplanets. We now know that they're plentiful, and that they can even orbit dead…

4 years ago