The oldest evidence of tectonic plates are sealed in ancient crystals
Plate tectonics is relatively new, put forth in the last 30 years or so — its forerunner was the now-discarded continental drift theory. The theory states that Earth's outer shell is made up of huge slabs of rock called plates that glide over the planet's inner layer, or mantle. As these plates shift, they sometimes collide with other plates, making for some interesting, and even deadly, results on Earth's surface, from erupting volcanoes, to earthquakes, to new mountain ranges. Here's a look at Live Science's news and features related to this constantly moving jigsaw puzzle.
Reference Here's how Panagea formed and what it was like from about 320 million to 195 million years ago.
Continental drift was Alfred Wegener's theory proposing continents move position on the Earth's surface.
Blame plate tectonics for Earth’s mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, and why its continents fit together like pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Scientists have discovered a new volcanic complex near southwestern Italy caused by an unusual type of fault.
A gaping hole in a dying tectonic plate beneath the ocean along the West Coast of the United States may be wreaking havoc at Earth's surface, but not in a way most people might expect.
An International team of scientists finds evidence that Earth began recycling itself more than 3 billion years ago.
When Australia got too hot and dry, which killed off forests, these woodland creatures decided to live underground.
The breathtaking fictional landscapes of "Game of Thrones" had a tumultuous past that involved volcanic eruptions, mountain-building and entire continents splitting apart, scientists say.
Geoscientists tracking down reports of curious, out-of-place rocks on Anjouan island have found a mountain-size mystery.
An ancient supercontinent turned inside out as the Earth swallowed its own ocean some 700 million years ago, new research suggests.
As the now-iconic Andes Mountains rose skyward along the western coast of South America dozens of millions of years ago, violent volcanic activity rocked the continent, a new study finds.