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How rain is dependent on soil moisture

It rains in summer most frequently when the ground holds a lot of moisture. However, precipitation is most likely to fall in regions where the soil is comparatively dry. This is the conclusion reached by ...

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ESA image: Hungarian mosaic

This image of Hungary, with the political border in white, is a mosaic of 11 scans by Sentinel-1A's radar from October to December 2014.

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New detector sniffs out origins of methane

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth's atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea ...

Mar 05, 2015
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The tides they are a changin'

Scientists from the University of Southampton have found that ocean tides have changed significantly over the last century at many coastal locations around the world.

Mar 05, 2015
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Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass

In their open-access paper for Geology, Kimberly Genareau and colleagues propose, for the first time, a mechanism for the generation of glass spherules in geologic deposits through the occurrence of volcan ...

Mar 03, 2015
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A new level of earthquake understanding

As everyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area knows, the Earth moves under our feet. But what about the stresses that cause earthquakes? How much is known about them? Until now, our understanding of ...

Mar 03, 2015
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