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An Iceberg off the west Antarctic

How thick is the crust beneath Antarctica?

A giant ice cap up to 3,800 meters (2,36 miles ) thick covers about 99 % of the Antarctic continent, and under the layer of frozen water lays continental crust. Researchers  analyzed seismic data from the South pole to create a new most detailed map showing the

January 29, 2013

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Strong and shallow earthquake M 6.0 struck eastern Kazahstan

Strong and shallow earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.0 (USGS) struck Eastern Kazakhastan on January 28, 2013 at 16:38 UTC. Epicenter was located 60 km (37 miles) SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan and 107 km (66 miles) E of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan at

January 28, 2013

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Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Oswald caused raging floodwaters in northern Australia

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Oswald impacted Australia. Two people were missing and the body of a third person was recovered from raging floodwaters as severe storms pounded northeastern Australia on January 27, 2013 , forcing more than 1,000 to flee their

January 28, 2013

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Oil showdown in the Amazon - Big threat to Ecuador's ecosystem

There's an indigenous community in Ecuador that lives in a part of the Amazon where there are jaguars and more animal life than the whole of North America! It's an incredibly pristine, remote area and the whole ecosystem has been preserved. But the government is

January 27, 2013

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New bubbles and ground cracks appeared near Louisiana sinkhole

It's been a while since we last reported about sinkhole development in Bayou Corne, in northern Assumption Parish in Louisiana, US. However, we were very well updated thanks to dedicated crew at The Louisiana Sinkhole Bugle. For daily updates and hard-to-find news go

January 26, 2013

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January 2013 arctic outbreak in North America

At the start of 2013, temperature change occurred high in the atmosphere over the Arctic Circle, which caused an arctic outbreak in North America during the middle of January. In some places the air just north of the Great Lakes was colder than that over the North

January 25, 2013

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Volcanic activity at Reventador peaks

Ecuadorian volcano Reventador is now erupting at full-scale, reports say. A westward 1.5 km high steam and ash plume is noticable above volcano. Summit is glowing and lava can be seen descending the flanks.Increased seismic activity since January 21 has now become

January 24, 2013

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 16 – January 22, 2013

New unrest has been noticed around 6 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 7 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from January 16 – January 22, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.New activity/unrest: | Copahue,

January 24, 2013

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Increased volcanic activity worldwide in late January 2013

Kamchatka's volcanoes continued with ongoing eruptions. KVERT reports that there are currently seven active volcanoes (orange alert) - Kizimen, Karymski, Shiveluch and Plosky Tolbachik at orange level and Bezymianny, Gorely and Klyuchevskoy at yellow level....

January 23, 2013

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New Zealand: Vigorous hydrothermal activity at White Island, Tongariro in heightened state of unrest

White Island - Vigorous hydrothermal activity reportedIn GeoNet's Volcanic Alert Bulletin issued on January 22, 2013 GNS Science Volcanologist Brad Scott writes his report after visiting White Island on January 21st to assess the increased level of volcanic

January 22, 2013

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PNG's Tavurvur volcano erupts again after 17 months of quiet time

Radio New Zealand is reporting new eruptions of Papua New Guinea's Tavurvur volcano (Rabaul caldera). The ash and vapour blowing from the volcano affected flights to Tokua Airport. Air Niugini says the flight suspension came into effect on Monday, January 21, 2013

January 22, 2013

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Volcanic activity at Chilean Villarrica resumed after 6 months

After six months of sleep, Chilean stratovolcano Villarrica has started a new active phase. Weak explosive activity deep within the summit crater has resumed during last 2 weeks as evident in terrestrial and satellite observations. Observations also indicate that magma

January 21, 2013

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West Africa veiled by dust and smoke

Dust from the Bodélé Depression, in the Sahara Desert, blows southwestward towards Lake Chad, and can also be seen south of the lake. The lower portion of the image is also covered by a hazy veil, although this is due to fires in Chad and the Central African Republic

January 20, 2013

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Watching Earth breathe: The seasonal vegetation cycle and carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas in our atmosphere. View the seasonal cycle of carbon dioxide and the increase of carbon dioxide every year due to human activity. Embedded video from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of

January 19, 2013

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Long-term effects of megadrought on Amazonian forests

The rainforests in southern and western Amazonia may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change as Amazon rainforest continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, attributed to the long-term

January 19, 2013

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Air pollution reached hazardous levels across Southwestern Asia and Middle East

Harsh winter conditions and large increase in natural gas prices have revived the use of coal which led to an enormous jump in pollution levels across the Northern Hemisphere, mainly in Asia and Middle East. When the weather is cold, people burn more fuel to keep

January 19, 2013

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 9 – January 15, 2013

New unrest has been noticed around 5 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from January 9 – January 15, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.New activity/unrest: | Copahue,

January 17, 2013