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New view of tectonic plates

(PhysOrg.com) -- Computational scientists and geophysicists at the University of Texas at Austin and the California Institute of Technology have developed new computer algorithms that for the first time allow ...

Aug 26, 2010
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Colliding plates form Kimberley 'Alps' 

A geological survey has confirmed that a section of the North Australia Craton was forced under its neighbouring tectonic plate and in the process created the hills that stretch from Halls Creek up to Kununurra ...

Jun 16, 2014
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Image: Messy peaks of Zucchius

Even to the naked eye, our Moon looks heavily cratered. The snippet of carved and pitted lunar surface shown in this image lies within a 66 km-wide crater known as Zucchius. From our perspective, Zucchius ...

Jul 21, 2014
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Diamonds pinpoint start of colliding continents

Jewelers abhor diamond impurities, but they are a bonanza for scientists. Safely encased in the super-hard diamond, impurities are unaltered, ancient minerals that can tell the story of Earth's distant past. ...

Jul 21, 2011
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Study warns of more great quakes in the Himalayas

A research team led by scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has discovered that massive earthquakes in the range of 8 to 8.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale have left clear ground scars in the central Himalayas.

Dec 28, 2012
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The Isthmus of Panama: Out of the Deep Earth

As dates in geologic history go, the formation of the slender land bridge that joins South America and North America is a red-letter one. More than once over the past 100 million years, the two great landmasses ...

Apr 01, 2014
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A global murmur, then unusual silence

In the global aftershock zone that followed the major April 2012 Indian Ocean earthquake, seismologists noticed an unusual pattern. The magnitude (M) 8.6 earthquake, a strike-slip event at intraoceanic tectonic plates, caused ...

Apr 19, 2013
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Haiti: Physics of Quakes Past, and Future

(PhysOrg.com) -- The earthquake that struck Haiti took place along what is called a strike-slip fault -- a place where tectonic plates on each side of a fault line are moving horizontally in opposite directions, ...

Feb 04, 2010
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