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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.

New hi-tech climate research station in Greenland

A new, state-of-the art research station is currently being built in the far north of Greenland. Here researchers will study how climate change affects the high-Arctic air, sea and wildlife.

Norwegian mountain plateau could be several hundred million years younger than presumed

A new Norwegian study overturns textbook wisdom about the formation of high mountain plateaus round the world. But not all geologists are convinced by the new findings.

The Greenland ice sheet will survive global warming

The inland ice will not disappear even though Earth’s climate is getting warmer. But the higher temperatures will lead to substantial melting of Antarctica, new study finds.

Warm seas around Greenland may indicate cold European winter

Past changes in ocean currents around Greenland coincided with climate change in Northern Europe. The researchers behind the discovery suggest a possible ice-cold winter in Northwestern Europe.