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Wilson Cycle To Impact The Atlantic Ocean
2013-10-10 05:06:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists believe they have uncovered evidence that a new subduction zone may one day close the Atlantic Ocean, according to an article in EARTH Magazine. Over a period of 300 million to 500 million years, supercontinents have formed and ocean basins have opened and closed. The latest high-resolution surveys of the seafloor is the first direct evidence of the in-between phase. “Every first-year geology student learns about the...

Embryonic Subduction Zone Could One Day Unite Continents
2013-06-18 05:03:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The activation of a passive plate boundary in the Atlantic Ocean could ultimately result in continental Europe moving closer to the US, according to new research appearing in the journal Geology. In the study, geologists at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia report they have uncovered the first direct evidence that a subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal will begin a cycle which results in the closing of the...

2009-08-05 14:13:34

Water deep underground helps subduction zones of tectonic plates mature, making the zone capable of generating powerful earthquakes, U.S. researchers said. The study expands geophysicists' understanding about earthquakes, the University of Utah said Wednesday in a news release. It hasn't been on people's minds that fluid-generating processes way out of sight reach up and cause damage right under our feet, said Phil Wannamaker, the study's chief author and a geophysicist at the university's...

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2009-08-05 14:24:51

New Zealand is the site of one of the world's youngest subduction zones, where the Pacific Plate of Earth's crust dives beneath the Australian Plate. Now, a University of Utah study shows how water deep underground helps the subduction zone mature and paves the way for it to generate powerful earthquakes.The study in the Aug. 6 issue of the journal Nature "expands our understanding of the sources of earthquake failure," says Phil Wannamaker, the study's main author and a geophysicist at the...

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2009-04-10 07:00:00

Geoscientists remain somewhat perplexed as they work to understand exactly what happened during an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked the Solomon Islands in 2007. The tsunami that followed the quake was considerably larger than scientists had anticipated, causing some 52 deaths and extensive property damage all across the Melanesian island chain.  They were particularly surprised by the amount of seismic activity in an area that had been previously relatively quake-free. The...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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