volcanoes

Although it’s Quiet Today, Mars Once had Thousands of Volcanic Eruptions on its Surface

New research has found more evidence that Mars once experienced super-volcanoes that filled the atmosphere with ash and dust.

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Satellite Images Can Help Predict When Underwater Volcanos are About to Erupt

Predicting volcanic eruptions is notoriously tricky. In large part this is because volcanos are unique, each with their own quirks…

4 months ago

If a Planet Has a Lot of Methane in its Atmosphere, Life is the Most Likely Cause

The ultra-powerful James Webb Space Telescope will launch soon. Once it's deployed, and in position at the Earth-Sun Lagrange Point…

10 months ago

You Can See the Spot Where Lava Broke Through the Wall of a Martian Crater and Began Filling it Up

At a fundamental level, Mars is a volcanic planet. Its surface is home to the Solar System's largest extinct volcano,…

10 months ago

Scientists Think They Know What Caused the Deadliest Mass Extinction in the History of the Earth

Humanity can have a love/hate relationship with itself, but there's no denying that we're the pinnacle of evolution on Earth…

1 year ago

Maybe Volcanoes Could Explain the Phosphine in Venus’ Atmosphere

The detection of phosphine in Venus' atmosphere was one of those quintessential moments in space science. It was an unexpected…

1 year ago

What Cracked the Earth’s Outer Shell and Started its Plate Tectonics?

Earth's lithosphere is made up of seven large tectonic plates and a number of smaller ones. The theory of plate…

1 year ago

It Looks Like There are Still Active Volcanoes on Venus

Venus' surface is no stranger to volcanoes. Radar images show more than 1,000 volcanic structures on the planet. But for…

1 year ago

It Was Almost Certainly an Asteroid Impact that Wiped Out the Dinosaurs. In Fact, Volcanoes Might Have Helped Life Recover

It seems almost certain that an asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs. But only almost. Another competing theory won't completely…

1 year ago

During Mass Extinction Events, Volcanoes Were Releasing About the Same Amount of CO2 as We Are Today

200 million years ago, a mass extinction event wiped out about 76% of all species on Earth—both terrestrial and marine.…

2 years ago