By: Jason Huschle
Even with the advanced technology of the 21st century there is still no way to predict when an earthquake will occur, only where they are most likely to occur. All is not lost however. A developing theory known in the scientific community as the stress-triggering...
By: Hai Shunxi
The shaky ground people call an earthquake is caused by the sudden release of energy, deep within the Earth’s crust, when titanic blocks of rock jostle against each other. This energy acts much like the sound of a gunshot or other loud noise: just...
By: David Jefferson
The increase in seismic activity caused by the filling and emptying of large reservoirs is called reservoir-induced seismicity (RIS). Early reports of RIS were associated with the Quedd Fodda Dam in Algeria where, in 1932, a magnitude 3 earthquake was reported at a very...
By: Heather O'Brien
Trees can be of great benefit to building a natural foundation that conserves water, and reduce soil erosion. If planting trees on your own land, consider planting varieties that root well in a variety of soil conditions, and perhaps those that bear edible fruit. Properties...
By: Terrence Aym
A team of brilliant geologists tossed out old theories about volcanic eruptions and discovered the root cause of catastrophic, violent volcanic eruptions. University of Southampton researchers in the UK carefully investigated crystal cumulate nodules and their relationship to pressure and old magma. Their discovery may...
By: Cameron Scott
Lakes affect climate in a lot of different ways. They're a heat sink, so it takes them a long time to heat up to air temperature or cool down enough to freeze. Lake breezes can warm the climate in winter or cool it in summer...
Controversial study says Grand Canyon was formed 70 million years ago
By: Sun Meilan
Few can fail to be impressed by the Grand Canyon, which is approximately one mile deep. Hiking from the North to the South Rim involves a distance of 21 miles, a vertical descent and spectacular scenery. However, the Grand Canyon is also of great interest...
Where sapphires are found
By: Christyl Rivers
Sapphires come from EBay. Duh. Or, they come from Princess Diana's engagement ring now worn by Kate Middleton. They come from skilled seduction Romeos, guilty husbands or sneaky chamber maids. Or, maybe the question means from where in nature do sapphires come? Generally, they are...
How stalagmites form
By: Tim Harry
Stalagmites, normally in partnership with stalactites, are a common feature of cave systems around the world. These speleothems, or cave formations, can take millions of years to form Most people will know that stalagmites form on the cave floor; helped by the old saying that...
The different uses of nickel
By: Tim Harry
Nickel is one of the world’s most heavily utilised metals, and is commonly found in domestic and commercial settings. Few people will perhaps realise just how widespread nickel usage is though as nickel is primarily used as an alloy, meaning it is often used...

 

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