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NASA-led mission studies storm intensification

A group of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, including scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are teaming up this month for an airborne mission focused ...

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Greenland ice flow likely to speed up

Flow of the Greenland Ice Sheet is likely to speed up in the future, despite a recent slowdown, because its outlet glaciers slide over wet sediment, not hard rock, new research based on seismic surveys has confirmed. This ...

dateAug 16, 2017 in Earth Sciences
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How friction evolves during an earthquake

By simulating earthquakes in a lab, engineers at Caltech have documented the evolution of friction during an earthquake—measuring what could once only be inferred, and shedding light on one of the biggest unknowns in earthquake ...

dateAug 15, 2017 in Earth Sciences
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NASA spots Typhoon Banyan's large eye

Typhoon Banyan's eye became visible again in satellite imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite. A visible image showed powerful storms tightly would around Typhoon Banyan's center as it moved through the Pacific Ocean.

dateAug 15, 2017 in Earth Sciences
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How did the Franklin expedition crew die?

A University of Michigan dentistry professor drew upon his expertise in oral health in developing a new theory to help explain the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew, a mystery that has captivated historians ...

dateAug 14, 2017 in Earth Sciences
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Experiments cast doubt on how the Earth was formed

New geochemical research indicates that existing theories of the formation of the Earth may be mistaken. Previously, researchers believed there was a lack of zinc in the Earth's core. However, researchers exploring how zinc ...

An improved thickness estimate for Earth's continents

(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of Southampton in the U.K. has used a new technique to gain a better perspective on the thickness of the Earth's continents. In their paper published in the journal Science, ...

Chile eyes quake fault that could strike capital

Earthquake-prone Chile may be one of the countries best prepared for seismic shocks, but officials are nervously watching a major fault line that could shift any time, threatening the capital.

Sea level is a surprisingly variable parameter

Every measurement starts at zero. This simple fact is anything but trivial when it comes to measuring geographic elevations, as opinions have long differed about how mean sea level should be defined. Sea level as a reference ...

Successful filming of fastest aurora flickering

Auroras are typically described as slowly shimmering curtains of light illuminating the sky. However, when an explosive aurora known as a breakup occurs, it sometimes leads to a flickering phenomenon. When an aurora flickers, ...

Post-glacial history of Lake of the Woods

The extent and depth of lakes in glaciated regions of North America are controlled by climate and the influence of differential isostatic rebound of the land's surface that began when Pleistocene ice melted from the continent. ...

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