Earth changes - page 333

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Arctic sea ice at lowest level on record

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record. On August 27, Arctic sea ice was at 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles), or about 30 % of the Arctic Ocean’s surface according to the National Snow and Ice Data

August 28, 2012

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Scientists warn: Auckland, New Zealand is unprepared for volcanic eruption under the city

Scientists warned that Auckland is vulnerable to volcanic eruptions. During the last 250,000 years, Auckland's volcanoes have totally changed the Auckland landscape. The scientists used a variety of devices and models to explore in a new way the lava flows of

August 28, 2012

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California earthquake swarm precursors August 26, 2012

Strong earthquake swarm in Southern California may indicate a valid precursor relationship linking to past seismic activity in the area which are highlighted in this short video.Earthquake migration, kinetic energy transfer through tectonic plates, Newtons Cradle,

August 27, 2012

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Massive earthquake magnitude 7.3 struck offshore El Salvador

Massive M7.3 earthquake struck offshore El Salvador on August 27, 2012 at 04:37:23 UTC. The epicenter was located 118 km (74 miles) S from Usulután, 138 km (86 miles) SSW from San Miguel and 169 km (105 miles) SSE from capital San Salvador (12.279°N,

August 27, 2012

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Swarm of earthquakes rattled southern California

More than 210 earthquakes hit state of California on Sunday with the strongest measured 5.5. The earthquakes were felt as far away as San Diego, Temecula and San Clemente. The first quake occurred about three miles northwest of Brawley, registered as magnitude

August 27, 2012

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Sealife faces risk of large-scale extinctions

Global warming and acidification of the oceans are associated with three of five largest planetary extinction events of the past 500 million years. Loss of oxygen  in seawater, pollution, loss of animal's  habitat, overfishing and overhunting are to blame for ongoing

August 26, 2012

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Strong and deep M 6.4 earthquake hit Molucca Sea, Indonesia

Very strong and deep earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.4 struck Molucca Sea, Indonesia on August 26, 2012 at 15:05 UTC, 11:05 pm local time, according to USGS. Both USGS and EMSC recorded preliminary magnitude of 6.8. Epicenter was located 169 km (105 miles)

August 26, 2012

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Elevated levels of radioactive elements found at Louisiana sinkhole site

Louisiana massive sinkhole gets bigger every day and gas bubbles have been located now in thirteen sites on the bayous around Ground Bayou. After a section of pipeline in the slurry area became bent, officials asked natural gas companies operating near the sinkhole to

August 25, 2012

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Arctic sea ice set to reach its lowest extent ever recorded

Ice volume in the Arctic has declined dramatically over the past decade.  Unprecedented rate of Arctic sea ice melt is set to reach its lowest extent ever recorded by the end of this week.Current melt rate of more than 100,000 square kilometers per day is expected

August 25, 2012

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Ancient Egypt: Study augments the drought theories

Recent research testifies archeological records of droughts in Ancient Egypt during the demise of Egypt's old kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. A study of ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta provides

August 24, 2012

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Activity at Kizimen and Shiveluch volcanoes on Kamchatka peninsula, eastern Russia

The thermal detectors on the MODIS instrument have identified areas on tops of Kamchatkan Shiveluch and Kizimen volcanoes that are warmer than background. Actively erupting volcanoes typically show such warm areas. Between the two more active volcanoes lie

August 24, 2012

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Large wildfire burned half of Chios Island, Greece

Greek firefighters are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios. A plume of smoke from the blaze blow southwest, reaching as far south as the island of Crete (Kriti).The fire began about a week ago and has been fuelled by strong

August 23, 2012

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New study maps glacier mass change in the Himalayas

Glacial  reservoirs are among largest  freshwater deposits on Earth. About 1% of global sea level rise is caused by melting - that's about 3-4% of the total  global glaciers and ice caps. However, researchers don't have enough data considering regional behaviour

August 23, 2012

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 15 – August 21, 2012

New unrest has been noticed around 5 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from August 15 – August 21, 2012 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a

August 23, 2012

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Scientist proposed cloud engineering as response to global warming

A controversial idea about shooting salt water high into the sky over the oceans to create clouds that reflect sunlight, is now reconsidered again in order to battle global warming. Rob Wood, physicist at University of Washington, proposes an experiment to test the...

August 22, 2012

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Composition of mysterious white powder that covered Omsk district in Russia analyzed

On August 16, residents of few Omsk district cities, in Russia, saw streets covered with mysterious white and gray, odorless, fine powder. The white powder was reported in Barkhatova, Zaozernaya, Strelnikova, Glinka, Grounds, Pushkin tract and other cities in Omsk

August 21, 2012

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Virgen mudslide video - probably the best ever debris flow video

Heavy rainfall hit the village of Virgen in Tirol, Austria about two weeks ago causing powerful mudflow.This remarkable video catches the speed and power of these mudflows remarkably well. Note also the pulsing behaviour that they show, which is characteristic of these

August 20, 2012