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New explanation for Hawaiian hot spot

( -- Scientists in the US have suggested that volcanic activity in Hawaii could be fed by a giant hot rock pool 1,000 kilometers west of the islands and in the Earth’s mantle, rather than being fed by a hot ...

dateMay 27, 2011 in Earth Sciences report
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Earth's mantle flows fast

( -- The Earth's mantle flows far more rapidly around a sinking tectonic plate than previously thought, according to new computer modeling by UC Davis geologists. The findings could change the way that we think ...

dateMay 19, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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Earthquakes happen because the Earth is alive

It is well known that the surface of our planet is made up of a number of tectonic plates that are much like a massive global jigsaw puzzle. These plates move constantly and are always in contact with each other. When that ...

dateMar 17, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Scientists pinpoint great-earthquake hot spots

The world's largest earthquakes occur at subduction zones - locations where a tectonic plate slips under another. But where along these extended subduction areas are great earthquakes most likely to happen? Scientists have ...

dateDec 05, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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The impact of plate tectonics

Helping to settle a debate over plate tectonics that has divided geologists for decades, scientists at Harvard University have moved a step closer to understanding the complex physical deformation of one of the most densely ...

dateMar 09, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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