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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 ...

Mar 18, 2013
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Phenomenon of plate tectonics explained

Transform faults subdivide the mid-ocean ridge into segments. Up until now, it was thought that these faults were ruptures that formed in less stable crust areas. Taras Gerya has recorded a model of the dynamics ...

Aug 31, 2010
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After Haiti, Worries About Other Big Quakes

In the last several days, while the attention of the world has been focused on the human toll of Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti, scientists have begun to look at the quake's geological toll. What is the danger ...

Jan 18, 2010
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Beneath the surface

It was the geological collision between India and Asia millions of years ago that created one of the world's most distinctive places: The area around Lake Baikal in Siberia, which contains 20 per cent of the world's fresh ...

Feb 11, 2009
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