Archive for the ‘Geology’ Category

Recent Cluster of Earthquakes on the California – Mexico Border

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Over the past several weeks there have been over two hundred earthquakes along the California – Mexico border. Many of these have been over 4.0 magnitude. USGS believes this cluster of quakes to be related to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 4th, 2010.

Research Flights Take NASA Scientists Over Gulf Oil Spill

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The Gulf oil slick is visible as a bright diagonal swath in this image taken at 28,000 feet from a camera mounted on Langley's B200.A team from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, made research flights over the Gulf of Mexico this week to help investigate potential uses of satellites for monitoring the thickness and dispersal of oil spills and the oil¹s impact on marine life.

Drilling critics warn of spill in Arctic Ocean

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Inupiat Eskimo whale hunter George Kingik follows news accounts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He cringes when he imagines crude fouling his backyard, Alaska’s Chukchi Sea.

Volcanic ash prompts UK, Dutch, Irish airport closures

Monday, May 17th, 2010

London’s two major airports were closed Monday as a cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland moved east into England, British air authorities said.

Gulf Oil Leaks Could Gush for Years

Monday, May 17th, 2010

If efforts fail to cap the leaking Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico (map), oil could gush for years—poisoning coastal habitats for decades, experts say.

Alpacas to Help Fight Gulf Spill?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Four alpacas at an Alabama zoo are “donating” fleece to a group making hair-filled booms designed to keep spilled oil away from U.S. Gulf Coast shores.

Gravity Lows Mark Burial Sites of Ancient Tectonic Plates

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Scientists have unearthed a new explanation for several low-gravity spots detected around the world. They’re blaming the anomalies on vast “slab graveyards” that lie buried deep near the planet’s core.

A new science project on the historical and natural heritage of the Pyrenees

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Six Spanish and French institutions are working jointly to put into action “The Origins Route”, a scientific dissemination project to develop a quality sustainable model for tourism in the Pyrenees.

Eyjafjallajokull volcano calms down, but ash production rising

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The amount of explosive activity and ash production at the the Eyjafjallajökull volcano increased on Tuesday and was “strong,” says a daily report from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at University of Iceland.

As oil spill nears Gulf Coast, experts issue dire warnings

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Gulf coast residents braced Saturday for the arrival of a massive oil slick creeping toward shore as nearly a million feet of boom were deployed in an effort to protect precious estuaries and wildlife — even as thousands of barrels of crude continued gushing into the water.

White House Declares Halt on New Offshore Drilling

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The White House said today it is halting all new offshore drilling in U.S. waters until there’s an “adequate review” of a massive 600-mile-wide oil slick that has begun to drift into Louisiana’s wetlands.

Arctic Sea Ice Melting Season Posts Latest Start on Record

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The extent of sea ice over the Arctic Ocean grew until the last day of March, the latest the annual melting season has begun in 31 years of satellite records, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center said.

GREENLAND GLACIERS: WHAT LIES BENEATH

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Scientists who study the melting of Greenland’s glaciers are discovering that water flowing beneath the ice plays a much more complex role than they previously imagined.

Baja Earthquake Perspective View

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The topography surrounding the Laguna Salada Fault in the Mexican state of Baja, California, is well shown in this combined radar image and topographic view generated with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).

UK scientists to unearth Ice Age secrets from preserved tree rings

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Oxford University is involved in a research project to unearth 30,000 year old climate records, before they are lost forever. The rings of preserved kauri trees, hidden in New Zealand’s peat bogs, hold the secret to climate fluctuations spanning back to the end of the last Ice Age.

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes Baja California

Monday, April 5th, 2010

A strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday swayed high-rises in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego and was felt across Southern California and Arizona, knocking out power and breaking pipes in some areas but causing no major damage.

Iceland Volcano’s Fountain of Fire

Monday, April 5th, 2010

People stand silhouetted as lava spurts from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced AY-uh-full-ay-ho-kul) volcano on March 30, 2010—part of the ongoing eruption that started on March 21. (See more pictures of the Iceland volcano eruption.)

Iceland Volcano’s Fountain of Fire

Monday, April 5th, 2010

People stand silhouetted as lava spurts from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced AY-uh-full-ay-ho-kul) volcano on March 30, 2010—part of the ongoing eruption that started on March 21. (See more pictures of the Iceland volcano eruption.)

Ice plumbing is protecting Greenland from warm summers

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

IF SOME of the spectacular calving of ice shelves in Antarctica is down to global warming, then why did we not see break-ups on the same scale in Greenland, which is much warmer? It turns out that, counter-intuitively, it’s because Greenland is warmer.

When will a Mediterranean tsunami hit Italy?

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Lurking beneath waves of the Mediterranean, between Sicily and the Italian mainland, lies a submarine volcano, which is showing telltale signs of being unstable.