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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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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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From Drip to Glide: How Plate Tectonics Started
Plate tectonics
April 6th, 2014
A new model seeks to explain why Earth's plate tectonics is unique among the sun's rocky planets. It all comes down to tiny minerals in rocks.
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Facts About the 1964 Alaska Earthquake
1964 alaska earthquake damage
March 27th, 2014
Some of the interesting facts and figures about the historic 1964 Great Alaska earthquake.
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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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Barren Colorado Desert Set for Flooding (Photo)
An image of the Colorado delta
April 11th, 2014
Researchers have embarked on an effort to revitalize the Colorado River delta.
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Weird Magnetic Anomaly Reveals Ancient Tectonic Crash
Magnetic anomaly map of North America.
April 4th, 2014
A new look at magnetic signals in the southeastern United States reveals that Florida stuck to North America's heel like a piece of old tape about 300 million years ago, when the central and southern Appalachian mountains were built.
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