Research published in Science today found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change.
As soil warms from climate change, it releases additional carbon into the atmosphere – but that effect diminishes over the long term, say scientists.
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has successfully collected and sampled a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site on the Red Planet.
NASA scientists will next week test whether a heat shield made from the soil of the moon, Mars or an asteroid could stand up to a plunge through Earth's atmosphere.
The discovery of nanoparticles inside bubbles of glass in lunar soil could explain why the moon's surface topsoil has such unusual properties.
As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, the soil releases ever more of two other potent greenhouse gases, new research has found.
Queen’s University researchers have discovered that nanoparticles - now found in everything from socks to suntan lotion - may be causing irreparable harm to soil systems and the environment.