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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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Earth's mantle flows fast

(PhysOrg.com) -- 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 ...

dateMay 19, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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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, ...

dateFeb 04, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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New theory on the origin of primates

A new model for primate origins is presented in Zoologica Scripta, published by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The paper argues that the distributions of the major ...

dateJan 19, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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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 ...

dateJan 18, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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