Dr David Heslop at the ANU Palaeomagnetic laboratory located on Black Mountain, ANU Research School of Earth Sciences

Research stories

Dr Ana Casas Ramos focuses on a furnace as she creates a mock volcanic reaction in the lab
Wednesday, 17 Jan 2024
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This ANU researcher isn’t afraid of shaking things up — making her own volcanic eruptions to better understand how they cause our climate to change.

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Thursday, 30 Mar 2023
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Off the coast of Antarctica, trillions of tonnes of cold salty water sink to great depths. As the water sinks, it drives the deepest flows of the “overturning” circulation – a network of strong currents spanning the world’s oceans.

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Tuesday, 21 Mar 2023
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Victoria’s largest earthquake since record-keeping began roughly 200 years ago was caused by the rupture of a previously unknown faultline, according to new research led by experts at The Australian National University (ANU).

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Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022
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They are in your smartphone, electric vehicles and used widely in renewable energy technology. But what exactly are ‘rare earth’ elements and just how rare are they?

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Friday, 02 Dec 2022
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The contents of the last meal consumed by the earliest animals known to inhabit Earth more than 550 million years ago has unearthed new clues about the physiology of our earliest animal ancestors, according to scientists from ANU.

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Looking at a diamond under a microscope
Tuesday, 29 Nov 2022
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Almost all volcanic rocks come from the Earth's upper mantle (or lava).
Volcanism, on the other hand, can have many different chemical and physical effects and can sometimes bring rare things to the surface, like diamonds and various strange rock fragments.

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Tuesday, 30 Aug 2022
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The timing and intensity of the seasons shapes life all around us, including tool use by birds, the evolutionary diversification of giraffes, and the behaviour of our close primate relatives.

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Monday, 22 Aug 2022
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There's nothing like the fresh eggs from your own hens, the more than 400,000 Australians who keep backyard chooks will tell you.

Unfortunately, it's often not just freshness and flavour that set their eggs apart from those in the shops.

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mediterranean-sea vista
Thursday, 11 Aug 2022
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A new Nature Geoscience study from The Australian National University (ANU) offers further clues about what happened to the Mediterranean during a tumultuous period that likely included the most catastrophic flooding event in Earth's recorded history.

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