What is Tanzanite?
By: Merryl Lentz
Tanzanite is a gorgeous gemstone that's a relatively new kid on the block - but it's just as prized as veteran gems. There's only one source for it in the entire world - making it eagerly coveted for its impending rarity. It's a gem that...
Coastal sea caves
By: Janet Grischy
Coastal sea caves form where the ocean hollows out the land. Waves have incalculable force, and fling themselves ashore in a tireless pounding rhythm. They carry grit and pebbles that slowly scour away solid rock. The ocean finds entry along bands of soft sandstone or...
The Bakken formation
By: Ashe Thurman
The Bakken formation is a rock unit that is a part of the Williston Basin. It is roughly 8,000 feet beneath the surface and covers a 200,000 square mile area encompassing parts of Northeastern Montana, Western North Dakota, Southeastern Saskatchewan, and a small...
What is a polar vortex?
By: Barbara Writes
A polar vortex is not like a hurricane or nor'easter that develops and goes away. A polar vortex is a normal feature that's part of the North Pole. Maue explained in The Times that cold air normally forms at night where clear skies allows heat...
Facts of interest about sandstorms
By: Kimberly Napier
Storms come in many shapes, including thunderstorms and snowstorms, and then one of a different type is the sandstorm. Sandstorms are made up of wind and either sand, dirt or dust. The particulates that are found in this type of storm originate in an arid...
What causes frost quakes?
By: Barbara Writes
Frost quake is rare in the United States. This year the U.S found itself in a winter icy grip. Frost quake occurs when warm air allows water to seep deep into fissures and cracks then down and around the rock and limestone. According to...
How shark finning endangers marine ecosystems
By: Lesley Hebert
Shark fin soup is a gourmet Chinese delicacy which is rapidly increasing in popularity as people in China and Chinese communities around the world become more affluent. The practice of shark finning, cutting off a shark’s fins and then throwing the live shark back...
What triggers 'supervolcanos'?
By: John Atchison
When one hears the term "supervolcanoes" there are a variety of mental pictures that might enter the brain. One could be straight out of the Sci-Fi channel, complete with a molten head and lava limbs. Maybe it's a scene from the 1997 classic movie, Volcano...
Arctic blasts create brutally cold and stormy conditions in United States
By: Sam Smart
It seemed like Mother Nature wanted 2014 to start with a bang. Many residents in the eastern two-thirds of the United States dealt with a variety of winter weather hazards, ranging from record-setting cold temperatures to snowstorms. They were considered deadly, too, resulting in about...
Arctic blasts create brutally cold and stormy conditions in United States
By: Christine Zibas
One Arctic blast after another has been hitting the United States, sweeping down from Canada to cause massive snowstorms and bitterly cold weather. From the Plains through the Midwestern hub of Chicago north to the coast of New England to the cities of Boston, New...

 

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