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Geology

The music of earthquakes

Guess what happens when you introduce a composer to a geologist.

Little valley – a giant battery?

A new explanation has been given for the eerie floating orbs of light observed in Hessdalen in Norway. An Italian engineer thinks the valley could be acting as a colossal battery. But a Norwegian physicist is not exactly electrified by the clarity of this answer.

Volcano opened the ocean

A volcanic eruption deep in the mantle forewarned the start of the formation of the Atlantic Ocean between Norway and Greenland.

Geoscience goes down better without the jargon

A stone stemming from magma can be designated as igneous, but it could also be called spotted. A child might find learning geology as hard as a rock – given even a fraction of its formal terminology – or easy as pie if a few ordinary concepts are applied.

Finding the roots of earthquakes

By using old records kept by the ancient Romans and medieval Italian monks, a team of geologists have brought to light the roots of earthquake-prone faults.

Research centre working on recipe for habitable planet

Danish scientists are trying to develop a ’recipe’ for habitable planets. They hope to be able to predict where in our galaxy we should look for potentially habitable planets. The odds of finding life on other planets are extremely high, they say.

Singing water reveals itself

With a rapidly growing world population, clean drinking water has become a scarce resource. Using new technology that traces sound signals, Danish scientists hope to find groundwater in densely populated areas.

Prosperous Vikings whitewashed their walls

Archaeologists have found Denmark’s oldest lime kiln near a large Viking hall at a Viking settlement on the Danish island of Zealand.

Helicopter technology to solve Indian water shortage

Danish scientists have developed a special technology which uses a helicopter to locate groundwater. The technique is currently being used to search for clean drinking water in India.

Oxygenated Earth much older than we thought

The discovery of the world’s oldest soil suggests that Earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen as early as three billion years ago. That’s 700 million years earlier than previously thought.

Circular economy offers new kind of consumerism

The world’s population is consuming more and more, as our numbers grow and people become more prosperous. But an increasing number of European countries want to change the way resources are consumed.