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Talc may make Mexico's subduction zone more slippery

The Mexican state of Guerrero, located on the country's Pacific coast, is known for its rich cultural history and for iconic beach destinations like Acapulco. It is also home to a geologically curious subduction zone.

Sinking seamount offers clues to slow motion earthquakes

Scientists have long puzzled over what happens when seamounts—mountains and volcanoes on the seafloor—are pulled into subduction zones. Now, new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that when seamounts ...

How an earthquake becomes a tsunami

The movement between continental and oceanic plates at the bottom of the sea, so-called megathrust earthquakes, generates the strongest tremors and the most dangerous tsunamis. How and when they occur, however, has been poorly ...

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