Geology

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Large earth fissure opens in Northern Cape, South Africa

A large earth fissure has opened up between the cities of Daniëlskuil and Kuruman in Northern Cape, South Africa after heavy rains hit the region at the beginning of the month. The fissure is still growing and is nearing dangerously close to the R31 road...

January 16, 2017

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San Francisco Millennium Tower sinking 5 cm (2 inches) per year

According to new data gathered by the Sentinel-1 satellites, the Millennium Tower skyscraper, San Francisco, appears to be sinking at a rate of a few centimeters per year. This and similar studies are aiming at improving the quality of monitoring of the urban ground...

November 25, 2016

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Huge magmatic lake lurking under dormant Bolivian volcano

An international team of scientists discovered a massive magmatic lake, lying 15 km (9.32 miles) below the Cerro Uturuncu dormant volcano in Bolivia. According to Jon Blundy, a professor from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, despite no...

November 09, 2016

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Large and growing earth crack causes severe damage to Aponte, Colombia

A giant earth crack in the Aponte village in Nariño, Colombia has caused huge damage to local roads and houses and affected at least 210 families so far. The crack in the earth is an unexplained geological phenomenon which first occurred in the area in early...

January 26, 2016

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Severe erosion devastates the beach in Hallands overnight, UK

Series of damaging storms that battered the UK over the last few weeks triggered a rapid erosion of the beaches along Devonshire coast. The beach in Hallands disappeared overnight as thousands of tons of sand, and small pebbles were washed away, leaving behind only...

January 16, 2016

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New research suggest reevaluation of earthquake and tsunami hazards around Pacific Rim

A new research based on the fieldwork conducted in Alaska's Aleutian Islands indicates a section of the Aleutian Subduction Zone fault could generate a large earthquake, strong enough to produce a large tsunami across the Pacific to Hawaii. New data can aid the...

January 15, 2016

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Rapid decline in glacier coverage of the Cordillera Blanca contaminating surrounding waters, Peru

70% of the world's tropical glaciers are based in the Peruvian Andes and are responsible for providing local communities with drinking water and the water supplies for agriculture, energy production and tourism. According to new research, glacier coverage of the...

January 13, 2016

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Seismic maps of the Earth's mantle beneath Antarctica provide first glimpse into underlying geology

A series of robust seismometers have been deployed in Antarctica to map the geology hidden underneath the vast ice sheets. For the first time, they have been successful in recording reverberations of distant earthquakes in the period between January 2010 and 2012...

December 10, 2015

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Drilling into Earth's mantle, a holy grail of geology, set to begin once again

An old challenge - geology's holy grail of drilling into the Earth's mantle - is set to begin once again, as a group of experts heads out for the Atlantis Bank, Indian Ocean to drill through 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) of rock, collecting core samples on its...

December 05, 2015

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Vasquez Canyon Road, California suffers extensive distortion on a longer time frame

A large part of the road in Santa Clarita, California experienced rising off the grounds and extensive distortion for at least 3.5 hours on November 10, 2015. In the next couple of days, the road experienced further buckling, and up to date the road was closed over...

November 27, 2015

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Famous Egremni Beach in Greece completely wipped away by a series of large landslides

A series of large landslides, triggered by the strong earthquake that hit near the west coast of Greece on November 17, 2015, caused one of the world's most beautiful beaches, on the island of Lefkada, to perish. In bad geological news, Egremni beach basically...

November 23, 2015

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A new answer to a long standing question of how plate tectonics started on Earth

An international team of geologists have proposed a new answer to a long standing question how plate tectonics started on Earth in the first place. They were able to demonstrate how the first sinking of litospheric plates, which is a key process of plate tectonics,...

November 13, 2015

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3D imaging enables scientists to make more accurate forecasts of volcanic unrest

New, highly precise and high-resolution 3D imaging technique has been employed on the magma chambers and volcanic "plumbing" below the Mono Craters volcanic basin, Eastern California, US. Results have provided valuable information on the size of the...

October 31, 2015

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A new mud volcano island forms in the Sea of Azov, Russia

A new mud volcano island formed in the Sea of Azov, Russia, media reports. Amazing phenomenon appeared only a few meters off the shores of the Taman Peninsula on October 25, 2015, spewing out a mixture of water, sand, dirt and gases. A local resident witnessed its...

October 27, 2015

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Rapid land sinking threatens premises in California

The extensive groundwater pumping, in response to a historical drought that has dried out the grounds of California, has caused the the land to sink, the Department of Water Resources announced on August 19, 2015. The San Joaquin Valley is now sinking at an extremely fa

August 30, 2015

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New research finds rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's upper crust

University of Southampton researchers have found that rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's fractured upper crust. Fluids derived from rainwater were found at the ductile crust - where temperatures of more than 300 C and high pressures cause rocks to flex

July 17, 2014

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There may be a second massive ocean deep beneath the surface

Chemically bonded to minerals in the transition zone, Earth's mantle may be rather wet...  Deep within the Earth, staggering pressures mix with high temperatures to compact regular materials into exotic minerals. Under these extreme conditions,

March 15, 2014