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Creeping quakes show that New Zealand's earthquake-prone landscape is even more unstable than previously thought

Researchers recorded New Zealand's deep tremors lasting up to 30 minutes on its biggest fault line - the Alpine Fault, which runs the length of the South Island. The quakes, which caused no surface damage, occurred 20-45 kilometres (12-28 miles) beneath the Earth's

May 23, 2012

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A new massive fault line discovered beneath Mount Fuji

A recently finished three-year study from Japan has discovered a new fault line running beneath Mount Fuji, which towers 3 776-meter (12 385 feet) above sea level. Analysis done on the fault line by the University of Tokyo shows the potential for a magnitude 7.0...

May 13, 2012


70 percent of beaches eroding on Hawaiian islands Kauai, Oahu, and Maui

An assessment of coastal change over the past century has found 70 percent of beaches on the islands of Kaua'i, O'ahu, and Maui are undergoing long-term erosion, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Hawai'i (UH) report. Scientists from the

May 11, 2012

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Rare earth mine in Bayan Obo in the Nei Mongol Autonomous Region

The vast majority of the rare earths on the market—96 percent—come from China. About half come from Bayan Obo (41 ° 47'N, 109 ° 55'E), the mine shown above in the Nei Mongol Autonomous Region. Such an intensive mining operation has a definite impact on the

April 25, 2012


Drought and low stream flows suspends Pennsylvania fracking operations

Low stream flows have forced officials to suspend water usage for the natural gas development (fracking) in portions of Pennsylvania. According to officials, the restrictions are applied to various streams when flow rates reach a certain threshold and do not wait for

April 20, 2012


World’s oil and gas endowment - a new global estimate for conventional oil and gas resources

The U.S. Geological Survey released a new global estimate for conventional oil and gas resources.  The USGS estimates that the undiscovered, conventional resources in the world total 565 billion barrels of oil (bbo), 5,606 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas,

April 19, 2012

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UK will allow shale gas fracking despite earthquake connections?

UK ministers have been advised to allow the controversial practice of fracking for shale gas to be extended in Britain, despite it causing two earthquakes and the emergence of serious doubts over the safety of the wells that have already been drilled. Fuel

April 18, 2012


The startling increase in earthquakes across US is "almost certainly man-made"

USGS scientists have been investigating the recent increase in the number of magnitude 3 and greater earthquakes in the midcontinent of the United States. These earthquakes are fairly small – large enough to have been felt by many people, yet small enough to rarely

April 18, 2012


Underground water in eastern Shasta County in California (US) mysteriously disappears

Something strange is happening underground in eastern Shasta County and it is draining water wells and maybe even causing sinkholes and subsiding pavement. A retired marine geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Stephen Wolf reveals that after the 1989 Loma Prieta

April 17, 2012


Quake expert Gheorghe Marmureanu: Something is wrong! There are too many strong earthquakes

The Earth is shaking! Scientists find no explanation to the 39 earthquakes that rocked the planet in just two days. “Something is wrong! There are too many strong earthquakes” believes Romania’s top seismologist, Gheorghe Marmureanu, who finds the latest

April 16, 2012

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Fabian pit - giant sinkhole in Sweden keeps expanding

Giant sinkhole that opened on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Sweeden keeps expanding. The pit, called the "Fabiangropen" (Fabian pit) is more than 150×150 meters high. It is located at Gällivare, 75km from Kiruna, Sweden and was created when the ceiling of the

April 15, 2012


Scientists shaking up some long-standing hypotheses of our planet’s origins

Researchers from The Australian National University have challenged the concept that Earth formed from the same material as the Sun — and thus has a “chondritic” composition — an idea that has been assumed accurate by planetary scientists for quite some

April 01, 2012


Ancient meteorite impact crater in Manson, Iowa causing problems for town's water supply

Manson residents are struggling to locate a site for the town's well due to the geological impact of the meteorite. The remains of a 2.4 km-wide (1.5 mile), 10 billion-ton meteorite are causing problems for a Manson, small Iowa town in US, after it crashed onto the

February 19, 2012


New volcano observatory opens in California - Observing a dozens of potentially threating volcanoes

The U.S. Geological Service has opened a new volcano observatory, located outside San Francisco, within existing USGS facilities in Menlo Park. Main purpose of a fifth volcano observatory is to help volcanologists keep a better eye on the state's varied volcanic

February 12, 2012

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Understanding the Cebu/Negros earthquakes

A swarm of earthquakes hit Philippines last two days. An earthquake of magnitude 6.7  yesterday was the strongest and it occurred in the very highly populated region of Central Visayas in Philippines. Philvolcs, the Philippines seismological bureau has reported a

February 07, 2012

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Lake Vostok - Subglacial drill projects at Antarctica

Antarctica has nearly 90% of the ice and 70% of the fresh water on Earth. The third-largest continent, it is one and a half the size of the US.  More than 150 subglacial lakes have so far been discovered beneath Antarctica’s vast ice sheet. These lakes

February 05, 2012

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The uranium supply crunch is expected to begin by next year

The world produced 53,5 million kilograms of uranium in 2010 but consumed 86.1 million kilograms. Thomas Drolet, the president of Drolet & Associates Energy Services, predicted  that a uranium shortage will hit the world by 2016 according to

February 04, 2012