10 geological discoveries that absolutely rocked by 2020

This year, scientists uncovered some of Earth’s best kept secrets. They found hidden rivers, fragments of lost continents and remnants of ancient rainforests, and depicted the planet’s ancient history using cutting-edge techniques. Who knows what they’ll find out next! While we wait to find out, here are 10 of the 10 geological discoveries that have rocked our world in 2020.

Historical Superception in Yellowstone

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The Yellowstone Hotspot lies beneath the geysers and hot springs of the National Park, and the volcano erupted about 9 million years ago. Two historical blasts, Scientists found. After analyzing ancient volcanic rock tracks and volcanic deposits in the area, the team uncovered evidence of two previously unknown eruptions, which they named the McMellen Creek Superreception and the Gray’s Landing Superreception. Gray’s landing explosion broke the Yellowstone hotspot’s record as the largest ever; About 8.72 million years ago, the eruption was about 8,900 square miles (23,000 square kilometers) now covered with volcanic debris in southern Idaho and northern Nevada.

The demonic drops near the Earth’s core are larger than we thought

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Continuous-sized drops of rock sit on the boundary of the Earth’s solid mantle and liquid outer core, and now, scientists must be Bigger than we ever thought. According to previous estimates, the two largest blobs are 100 times taller than Mount Everest if drawn on the planet’s surface. But after decades of seismic data of earthquakes, scientists now speculate that a large drop below the Pacific Ocean may actually be far more monstrous. For example, a new structure along the edge of the blob, measured over 620 miles (1,000 kilometers).

Lost islands in the North Sea cause widespread tsunamis

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About 8,000 years ago, a tsunami hit a ground between Great Britain and the Netherlands, submerging much of the region. But research suggests that some islands may contain Abandoned tsunamiProviding homes to Stone Age humans for thousands of years. Although they remained above the water for some time after the tsunami, rising sea levels submerged the islands nearly 1,000 years later. Scientists learned that the lost islands survived the tsunami only after collecting sediment from the seashore near the eastern English mouth of the Tsunami River.

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