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Superior Super Earths

Super Earths are named for their size, but these planets - which range from about 2 to 10 Earth masses - could be superior to the Earth when it comes to sustaining life. They could also provide an answer to ...

dateNov 30, 2009 in Space Exploration
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New data: Mega-quake could strike near Seattle

Using sophisticated seismometers and GPS devices, scientists have been able to track minute movements along two massive tectonic plates colliding 25 miles or so underneath Washington state's Puget Sound basin. Their early ...

dateAug 16, 2009 in Earth Sciences
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Earth's inner core is melting... and freezing

The inner core of the Earth is simultaneously melting and freezing due to circulation of heat in the overlying rocky mantle, according to new research from the University of Leeds, UC San Diego and the Indian ...

dateMay 18, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Under California: An ancient tectonic plate

(Phys.org) —The Isabella anomaly—indications of a large mass of cool, dehydrated material about 100 kilometers beneath central California—is in fact a surviving slab of the Farallon oceanic plate. Most ...

dateMar 18, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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The Earth's hidden weakness

(PhysOrg.com) -- Three thousand kilometres beneath our feet, the Earth's solid rock gives way to the swirling liquid iron of the outer core.

dateMay 28, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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