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Antarctic Lava Lake Huffs and Puffs Like a Sleeping Dragon
Erebus lava lake
April 22nd, 2014
The coldest place on Earth is also one of the rare spots where a roiling lava lake offers a window into the heart of a volcano.
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Missing Xenon Gas Found in Earth's Core
An illustration of Earth's layers, including the crust, mantle and core.
April 21st, 2014
Mysteriously, most of the expected levels of xenon are missing from Earth's atmosphere. Now, researchers might have the answer: The noble gas, which usually doesn't bond with other atoms, may chemically react with iron and nickel in Earth's core.
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Earthquake Swarm Shakes Central Idaho
Idaho earthquake swarm
April 17th, 2014
A magnitude-4.9 earthquake in central Idaho on Saturday (April 12) was the biggest of three weeks of small to moderate temblors that have unnerved residents in this remote region of the Northwest.
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Slow-Motion Disaster: Wyoming Landslide Rips Apart House
Jackson landslide
April 21st, 2014
A creeping landslide threatening homes and businesses since early April in Jackson, Wyo., suddenly lurched Friday, tearing apart a house.
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31-Day Underwater Mission Splashes Down This Summer
April 18th, 2014
A monthlong underwater research mission led by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau will begin on June 1. The so-called aquanauts will spend 30 days living and working in an underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida.
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Watch Live: Scientists Explore a Mysterious Deep-Sea World
Gulf of Mexico brine pool
April 15th, 2014
his month, you can fly along the Gulf of Mexico seafloor and explore an ecosystem fueled by chemicals instead of sunlight, all from the comfort of home.
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Volcanic Islands Prove Hottest Photo in NASA Contest
2014 Tournament Earth winner
April 8th, 2014
Wild winds stirring up choppy waves behind the Canary Islands grabbed the top spot in NASA's annual Tournament Earth photo competition.
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Superman's Krypton Aids Hunt for World's Oldest Ice
blue ice drill
April 21st, 2014
Radioactive krypton could help researchers track down ancient air bubbles trapped in the world's oldest ice, filling a crucial gap in Earth's climate history.
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Old as Dirt: 2.7-Million-Year-Old Soil Found Under Ice
Greenland glacier
April 17th, 2014
More than 10,000 feet below Summit, the highest point of Greenland's Ice Sheet, is a soil born before humanity's ancestors ever walked on Earth.
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Deep Dive to Explore Unknown Ocean Life Starts Today
Kermadec Trench fish
April 12th, 2014
An expedition to the Kermadec Trench, one of Earth's coldest, deepest ocean trenches, is scheduled to start today (April 12).
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