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Geology

Danish pollen reveals new interglacial period

New analysis of rare Danish soil layers reveals a hitherto unknown temperate period during the Ice Age.

Surprisingly few major Ice Ages in southwest Greenland

The waters off southwest Greenland have escaped extremely large and thick ice sheets during most of the Ice Ages, new research reveals.

Arctic research on the rise

With an increased interest in the natural resources of the Arctic, geologists are increasingly drawn to research on the archipelago of Svalbard.

Bacteria thrive at the bottom of the Mariana Trench

Scientists have found bacteria in one of the world’s most hostile and extreme environments 11 km below sea level.

Live bacteria found deep below the seabed

Scientists have found live microbial communities in the earth’s crust deep below the seabed. The discovery may affect our conception of Earth's orbit.

Enamoured with eclogite

This attractive rock was formed under extremely high pressure up to 100 kilometres down in the Earth’s crust, several hundred million years ago.

Soil bacteria can clean your drinking water

Bacteria that occur naturally in soil can effectively reduce the amounts of the pesticide residue BAM in drinking water.

When Norway was in the Tropics

Norway wouldn’t have become a wealthy oil and gas exporter if the land in the north had not once been far to the south. View the video for a few million years of plate tectonic action.

Underground detectives map secrets in stone

Scientists who map Norway from its very foundations, can tell us where to find the next source of commercial artesian water or where tunnels are likely to collapse.

Sun-kissed sulphur reveals volcanic effects on climate

Remains from the most powerful volcanic eruptions were branded by the sun before they ended up buried under the polar ice. This discovery enables scientists to find out when the volcanoes controlled the climate.