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2010-07-15 02:57:06

UH geologist says future searchers should focus on particular areas While prospectors and geologists have been successful in finding diamonds through diligent searching, one University of Houston professor and his team's work could help improve the odds by focusing future searches in particular areas. Kevin Burke, professor of geology and tectonics at UH, and his fellow researchers describe these findings in a paper titled "Diamonds Sampled by Plumes from the Core-Mantle Boundary," appearing...

2009-05-27 15:56:08

Arizona State University researchers say they have discovered a large cylindrical blob of cold material far below the surface of central Nevada. Led by geologist John West, the scientists determined the blob was formed when portions of the lithosphere -- the Earth's crust and uppermost mantle -- had sunk into the more fluid upper mantle beneath the U.S. Western Great Basin. West said it was an extremely unexpected finding in a location that showed no corresponding changes in surface...

2009-04-09 08:00:00

Geothermal company relocating to Los Angeles area LOS ANGELES, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Craton Equity Partners (http://cratonep.com/) has commenced its second round of funding for EnLink Geoenergy Services (http://www.enlinkgeoenergy.com/). This round, when completed later in the year, will be approximately $10 million; it follows Craton's original investment of approximately $10 million in March 2008. Medley Partners also participated in the second round. The announcement comes as EnLink...

2009-03-23 10:26:17

U.S. geologists say they've determined that as rocks become hotter in the Earth's crust, they become better insulators but poorer conductors. The University of Missouri scientists said their findings from a study of how well rocks conduct heat at different temperatures provide insights into how magmas are formed and will possibly lead to better models of continental collision and the formation of mountain belts. These results shed important light on a geologic question: how large bodies of...


Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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