Geology

Natural Gas Seeps- “Eternal Flames” Of Ancient Times Interest Modern Geologists

New natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been the biggest reason American CO2 emissions have dropped but it is not without controversy. Environmentalists have taken to videos showing 'flaming tapwater' and seek to blam ...

Article - News Staff - May 18 2015 - 12:09pm

Satellites Catch Birth Of Two Volcanic Islands In Yemen

The birth of a volcanic island is a potent and beautiful reminder of our dynamic planet’s ability to make new land. Given the destruction we’ve seen following natural events like earthquakes and tsunamis in the past few years, stunning images of two islan ...

Article - The Conversation - May 26 2015 - 3:16pm

The Albian Gap And A Heated Debate

Salt rock behaves as a fluid and can play a pivotal role in the large-scale, long-term collapse of the world's continental margins. However, the precise way in which this occurs is laced in controversy; nowhere is this controversy more apparent than a ...

Article - News Staff - May 28 2015 - 9:00am

San Andreas, The Movie: 5 Geology Facts Versus Fictions

The new disaster movie   San Andreas draws on science fact- that earthquakes are a reality- and turns it into an action movie by creating a domino effect and pitting Duane "The Rock" Johnson against them. ...

Article - News Staff - May 29 2015 - 1:31pm

Floods As Weapons Of War

A new study shows that, from 1500 until 2000, about a third of floods in southwestern Netherlands were deliberately caused by humans during wartimes. Some of these inundations resulted in significant changes to the landscape, being as damaging as floods c ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 16 2015 - 9:00am

6 Facts On Human-Caused Earthquakes, From USGS

The central United States has undergone a dramatic increase in seismicity over the past 6 years. From 1973-2008, there was an average of 24 earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger per year. From 2009-2014, the rate steadily increased, averaging 193 per year ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2015 - 4:30pm

A Third Of The World's Biggest Groundwater Basins Are In Distress

Two new studies led by UC Irvine using data from NASA Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites show that civilization is rapidly draining some of its largest groundwater basins, yet there is little to no accurate data about how much water remain ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 22 2015 - 9:00am

Clues Point To Sulfur In Earth's Core

Researchers have found chemical evidence for the presence of sulfur in the Earth's core. They determined the composition of the core, which is inaccessible to direct sampling, by analyzing isotopes- atoms of the same element that have different masses ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 21 2015 - 11:00am

Understanding Subduction Zone Earthquakes, Like Sumatra In 2004

The December 26th 2004 Mw ~9.2 Indian Ocean earthquake, also known as the Sumatra-Andaman or Aceh-Andaman earthquake and generated massive, destructive tsunamis, clearly demonstrated the need for a better understanding of how frequently subduction zone ear ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 24 2015 - 10:00am

Residential Tourism Increases Earthquake Risk, Says Sociologist

Antonio Aledo, Professor of Sociology at the University of Alicante, warns that "because of real estate speculation and the management of public budgets based on income from the real estate business, seismic risk has been forgotten." As an examp ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 28 2015 - 9:30am