The deadliest earthquakes on record
By: Taylor Divico
Throughout history, earthquakes have caused vast destruction and innumerable deaths around the globe. They strike without warning, and leave after devastating an area with landslides, structural collapses, tsunamis, and worst of all- the loss of life. The ten deadliest earthquakes have proven tragic in their...
The deadliest earthquakes on record
By: Anne StClair
Earthquakes can strike terror into the mind of almost anyone, but especially those living in earthquake-prone areas. They are among the most common and most feared of all natural disasters partly because they cannot yet be predicted with any certainty, and because they can be...
Reasons why so many people died during the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake in Italy
By: Kimberly Bunch
Mother Nature on the War PathWhen bad things happen we always want to pin it on someone. Even if it was a natural disaster that would have happened regardless of the warnings. Lives could have been saved; but since the people weren't warned; or for...
The difference between the moment magnitude scale and the Richter scale
By: Anne StClair
The Moment Magnitude scale and the Richter scale are both measures of the magnitude of earthquakes, where magnitude is the seismic energy released by the earthquake. The Richter scale is the older of the two but is now being gradually superseded by the Moment Magnitude...
By: Chris Visco
Being a geologist is a lot like being a detective. Unlike most detectives however, being a geologist can get you a lot of strange looks. Rocks Remember. You see, I routinely talk to, and listen to, rocks. Yes, I am a geologist, and I warned...
By: Andrew Herrmann
The monolithic sandstone of Uluru. The lush rainforests of the Daintree. The high plains of the Australian Alps, the snowy mountains of Tasmania, and the barren wastes of the Outback. Australia is a land of extremes, and its geologic features are no exception this rule:...
A beginner's guide to rock collecting
By: Sandra Cole
Fun Right Under Your Feet- Rock CollectingCollecting rocks and minerals can be a wonderful way to appreciate the wonders of our earth.Rocks are available for free almost anywhere and can be transported without worrying about damage to them.They exist in a myriad of...
By: Anthony Khoo
There are many natural sources of cobalt compounds, and these are mined extensively for a wide range of uses in today's medical and industrial sectors. Cobalt, unlike gold, platinum and silver, is never found in its elemental metallic form since it is reasonably reactive. Cobalt...
By: Anthony Khoo
Modern industry makes extensive use of copper compounds, and it is a substance found most ubiquitously in electronics around the home and workplace. Copper is useful because of several characteristics, namely: its very high conductivity and ductility, its low manufacture cost and its abundance in...
By: Mac Pike
The Volcanic Explosivity Index or VEI was created in 1982 to describe the magnitude of explosive volcanic eruption in much the same way that the Richter scale describes the magnitude of earthquakes. 0 is the lowest rating and 8 is the highest. Mt. ST. Helens...

 

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