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2009-03-04 08:50:20

University of Colorado scientists detect microscopic life near 19,850 feet Gases rising from deep within the Earth are fueling the world's highest-known microbial ecosystems, which have been detected near the rim of the 19,850-foot-high Socompa volcano in the Andes by a University of Colorado at Boulder research team. The new study shows the emission of water, carbon dioxide and methane from small volcanic vents near the summit of Socompa sustains complex microbial ecosystems new to science...

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2009-02-01 12:45:00

In the latest sign that an eruption could be imminent, further seismic activity has been detected at Alaska's Mount Redoubt, scientists reported Saturday.  "Since late Friday afternoon, seismic activity has been relatively low at Redoubt; however, it is still above normal background levels," the Alaska Volcano Observatory said early Saturday. "The volcano is in a state of unrest," it said. Geologists monitoring the volcano for indications of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in...

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2008-05-24 00:00:00

Tempe, Ariz. -- Deposits of nearly pure silica discovered by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in Gusev Crater formed when volcanic steam or hot water (or maybe both) percolated through the ground. Such deposits are found around hydrothermal vents like those in Yellowstone National Park. That's the conclusion of planetary scientists working with data collected by the rover's Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES), developed at Arizona State University. The silica discovery,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.