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Earthquakes: Water as a lubricant

Geophysicists from Potsdam (Germany) have established a mode of action that can explain the irregular distribution of strong earthquakes at the San Andreas Fault in California. As the science magazine Nature reports in its ...

dateNov 30, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Exploring water in the deep Earth

(PhysOrg.com) -- Research published today in Nature Geoscience provides new insight into the water cycle of the deep Earth, volcanic activity in the Pacific and the potential catastrophic effects when these ...

dateNov 21, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Cosmic voyager has a layover in St. Louis

Last January two amateur meteorite hunters dropped by Randy Korotev's office at Washington University in St. Louis to show him their latest purchase, a 17-kilogram pallasite meteorite found in 2006 near Conception ...

dateNov 10, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Reservoirs of ancient lava shaped Earth

Geological history has periodically featured giant lava eruptions that coat large swaths of land or ocean floor with basaltic lava, which hardens into rock formations called flood basalt. New research from Matthew Jackson ...

dateJul 27, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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What keeps the Earth cooking?

What spreads the sea floors and moves the continents? What melts iron in the outer core and enables the Earth's magnetic field? Heat. Geologists have used temperature measurements from more than 20,000 boreholes ...

dateJul 17, 2011 in General Physics
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