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Land bulge clue to aviation threat from volcanoes

Paris - Bulging in land that occurs before a volcano erupts points to how much ash will be spewed into the sky, providing a useful early warning for aviation, geologists in Iceland said on Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Ancient sharks may have survived the 'great extinction'

A new fossil find suggests that some ancient sharks may have survived a mass extinction event 350 million years ago (sometimes referred to as 'the Great Dying').
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

North America will collide with Europe in 220 million years

Geologists from Monash University have discovered a new subduction zone just off the coast of Portugal that will pull Europe and North America together into a single continent and spell the end of the Atlantic Ocean as we know it—in 220 million years.
In the Media by Jordan Howell - 7 comments

450-million-year-old fossil found in Tennessee woman's yard

Smyrna - A Tennessee woman discovered the 10 pound rock she has been using as a door stop for the past 15 years was much more unique than she first believed.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Why so many earthquakes in 2012?

Geophysical activities occur as a magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes northern Myanmar, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake killed about 39 in Guatemala, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near Vancouver Island, and a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in Indonesia.
In the Media by Eliot Elwar - 4 comments

Op-Ed: The Earth is getting younger

Today, many geologists theorize that radioisotope dating shows the Earth is 4.6 billion years old. New dating techniques could offer the scientific community more accurate dates for the Earth’s age.
In the Media by Eliot Elwar - 1 comment

Anthropocene epoch the era of man made geology

The journal Environmental Science & Technology has announced the dawning of a new era, the Anthropocene Epoch. A fundamental element of this new geological epoch, scientists predict, will be the sixth mass extinction in the history of the world.
In the Media by Betty Kowall - 8 comments

Earth time headed toward Anthropocene period

Scientists have released a new report suggesting the Earth is entering a “new age of geological time” that will trigger a mass extinction on the planet.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 3 comments

California protected from bigger quakes by talc deposits

Dermatology for tectonic plates, no less. Three kilometers under the central San Andreas Fault, talc deposits are reducing friction between the plates. Apparently the northern and southern tips are the culprits for the big quakes.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 1 comment

Geophysics' major achievement - proof of magma current under Tucson, Arizona.

Seismic data has shown that the inner Earth is layered, density altering markedly at three different depths. In 2003, Yale geophysicists proposed a layer of molten rock at the upper layer, 410 kilometers, (about 250 miles) extending around the Earth
In the Media by Paul Wallis
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