“The Venus Zone” –It was Once Habitable and Radically Different from Today

Venus from the ISS

 

“Our models show that there is a real possibility that Venus could have been habitable and radically different from the Venus we see today,” said Michael Way of The Goddard Institute for Space Science about Earth’s ‘twisted sister’ planet. “This opens up all kinds of implications for exoplanets found in what is called the ‘Venus Zone’, which may in fact host liquid water and temperate climates.”

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Earth’s Hidden ‘Innermost-Inner’ Core –“May Reveal an Unknown, Dramatic Event in the Planet’s History”

Earth's Innermost Core

 

“We found evidence that may indicate a change in the structure of iron, which suggests perhaps two separate cooling events in Earth’s history,” said Joanne Stephenson, a researcher from The Australian National University (ANU),  about the confirmation of the existence of the Earth’s “innermost inner core” that may point to an unknown, dramatic event in the Earth’s history.

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“Early Mars was Habitable –But Was It Inhabited?” –An Ancient Global Megaflood Hints ‘Yes’

"Early Mars was Habitable --But Was it inhabited?" --An Ancient Global Megaflood Hints 'Yes'

 

“Early Mars was an extremely active planet from a geological point of view,” said Alberto G. Fairén, a visiting astrobiologist at Cornell University. “The planet had the conditions needed to support the presence of liquid water on the surface – and on Earth, where there’s water, there’s life. “So early Mars was a habitable planet,” he said. “Was it inhabited? That’s a question that the next rover Perseverance will help to answer.”

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“No Place to Hide” –A ‘Perfect Storm’ 14 Times Earth’s Greatest Biological Catastrophe

"No Place to Hide" --A 'Perfect Storm' 14 Times Earth's Greatest Biological Catastrophe

 

“So they’re kind of like dark matter,” said paleontologist David Jablonski of the University of Chicago about the sanctuaries, the “refugia” that have never been found in the fossil record, but sheltered the shell-shocked and decimated species of Earth’s past mass extinctions until they were able to repopulate the planet in ensuing eons.

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“A Planet on the Move” –Earth’s Plate Tectonics May Have Started 4 Billion Years Ago

Plate Tectonics

 

“Currently, Earth is the only known planetary body that has robustly established plate tectonics of any kind,” said Alec Brenner, a member Harvard’s Paleomagnetics Lab about the tectonic plates that began pushing and pulling in a process that helped the planet evolve and shaped its continents into the ones that exist today as early as four billion years ago.

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“Crucial for Life” –Ancient, Hidden Origin of Earth’s Plate Tectonics Unveiled

St Andrews Geology Team

 

Earth’s tectonic activity of some 15 moving plates may be crucial for life–and rare in our galaxy. The cycle of rigid tectonic plates in constant horizontal motion across the surface of the planet—makes Earth unique within the rocky planets of the solar system. Except, perhaps, for Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, regarded as perhaps one of the solar system’s best bets to host alien life, where massive slabs of ice are sliding over and under each other above a global ocean that reaches down 100 kilometers below the base of the ice –a depth 10 times greater than the Marianas Trench.

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