How the Grand Canyon was formed
By: Hai Shunxi
Of all the beauty of North America, there is one place that consistently turns up on lists of the "seven natural wonders of the world." That's the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, the enormous gorge that knifes across northern Arizona. This geographic feature...
Where oil comes from
By: Hai Shunxi
If you ask your third-grader, "Where does oil come from?" he'll probably gleefully shout, "From dinosaurs!" Ask the little guy again when he's a college senior, and there's a pretty good chance he'll give the same answer. He's on the right track: oil...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Magma contains all of the chemicals and minerals of the Earth in hot and liquid form. When magma escapes from the heat and engages in cooling, rock forms. When the magma escapes into the atmosphere, it forms into "igneous extrusive" rock. When the magma remains...
By: Elizabeth M Young
All rocks have their origins in the molten lava and are igneous in nature. Over time, the rocks are subjected to various rapid tumults or slow processes of nature and fall into other categories, such as sedimentary, metamorphic, and so on. Some magma escapes into...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Rare earth metals are actually not that rare. They are just more difficult to extract, or are found in problematic locations and concentrations in the earth's crust. These metals are in the Lathinide group on the periodic table of elements, with Scandium and Yttrium added...
By: Richard Serra
Who among us outside of those who run governments throughout the world, are in a position to present facts about petroleum reserves without actually being involved in the politics that create the questions we all have when it comes to understanding why we are...
By: Elizabeth M Young
"Lazy College Professors Never Produce Sufficiently Educated Graduates To Dramatically Help Executives Trim Yearly Losses." What?! Don't worry, this is just one of the mnemonics that are used to remember the rare earth metals, or the lanthanoids Lanthanum, Cerium, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Promethium, Samarium,Europium...
Causes of earthquakes
By: Hai Shunxi
If you’ve ever felt the earth moving under your feet or seen the light fixtures overhead swaying without any wind, you’ve experienced an earthquake. Earthquakes are actually shock waves transmitted through the ground, which we sense as movement or shaking. In that way...
By: Hai Shunxi
Did you say you want to be a geologist? Great choice! The earth sciences are rewarding and challenging, and offer a chance for life-long learning. Like all scientists, geologists strive to expand the field’s body of knowledge and to apply new technology to their...
Explaining earthquakes
By: Agnes Naswa
The Worlds Riskiest Places for Earthquakes An Earthquake is one of the most devastating and destructive natural phenomenon that anyone can ever encounter. Earthquakes have in the recent past caused destruction in countries like Japan, Turkey and Iran, but some of the worst Earthquakes have...

 

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