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Russian Far East A Hotbed Of Seismic, Volcanic Activity: Potential Threat To Pacific Basin
2012-12-04 13:10:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Soviet government has long kept outsiders away from the Russian Far East, shrouding a source of powerful earthquakes and volcanic activity on the Pacific Rim in secrecy. In the last 20 years, however, research has shown that the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands are a seismic and volcanic hotbed. This area has the potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin. As an example, in...

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2011-04-27 08:57:53

By Steve Koppes, University of Chicago Geochemist Albert Colman follows trail from Kamchatka microbes into the history of Earth's atmosphere. Exotic bacteria that do not rely on oxygen may have played an important role in determining the composition of Earth's early atmosphere, according to a theory that UChicago researcher Albert Colman is testing in the scalding hot springs of a volcanic crater in Siberia. He has found that bacteria at the site produce as well as consume carbon monoxide, a...

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2010-10-29 06:03:26

Twin volcanoes on Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula erupted on Thursday, pumping massive ash clouds miles into the air, diverting flights and covering nearby towns in thick, heavy ash. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula and the highest active volcano in Eurasia, exploded along with the Shiveluch volcano 45 miles to the northeast, said officials with the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's Kamchatka branch. No injuries were reported, but flights...

2009-07-26 20:21:22

Volcanic ash reached 23,000 feet above Petropavlovsk in Russia's Far East as the country's northernmost active volcano continued erupting, a geophysicist said. The Shiveluch volcano began erupting in December 2006 and hasn't stopped since. The 10,771-foot volcano is on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The local geophysics service registered more than 170 tremors in the area of the volcano between Saturday and Sunday, a spokesman told RIA Novosti. Some of (the tremors) were followed by powerful ash...

2009-06-25 12:46:55

U.S. archaeologists are using obsidian flakes left from the carving of tools to answer many questions about early human beings. University of Washington and Smithsonian Institute archaeologists used X-ray fluorescence spectrometers to determine the origin of 131 flakes of obsidian, a volcanic glass, found at 18 sites on eight islands in the Kurils. The flakes were found with other artifacts and dated to 2,500 to 750 years ago. The Kuril Archipelago stretches nearly 800 miles between the...

2009-06-22 13:57:37

Archaeologists have used stone tools to answer many questions about human ancestors in both the distant and near past and now they are analyzing the origin of obsidian flakes to better understand how people settled and interacted in the inhospitable Kuril Islands.Using X-ray fluorescence spectrometers, archaeologists from the University of Washington and the Smithsonian Institution have found the origin of 131 flakes of obsidian, a volcanic glass. These small flakes were discarded after stone...

2008-09-26 15:00:33

The Russian Kamchatka Peninsula contains major gold and silver reserves, a Institute of Volcanology and Seismology scientist said Friday. "Simply comparing Kamchatka and Japan makes it clear that the region holds no less than 1,200 tons of gold and more than 8,000 tons of silver," Viktor Okrugin said. The comparison with Japan is not mild flattery. Japan has produced about 1,000 tons of gold and 5,000 tons of silver in the nation's history. To date, less than 20 tons of gold has been...

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2008-07-22 13:55:00

Emergency officials said on Tuesday that at least 30 hungry bears have trapped a group of geologists at their remote survey site in Russia's far east after killing two of their co-workers last week. A spokesman for the Kamchatka emergency services ministry said the team of geologists on Russia's seismically active Kamchatka peninsula refused to leave their camp after the bears showed up. "In the interests of safety they didn't come out to work "” the people are scared by the invasion of...

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2008-03-19 16:40:00

Is the Dust-Storm Theory Overblown? Most oceanographers have assumed that, in the areas of the world's oceans known as High Nutrient, Low Chlorophyll (HNLC) regions, the iron needed to fertilize infrequent plankton blooms comes almost entirely from wind-blown dust. Phoebe Lam and James Bishop of the Earth Sciences Division at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have now shown that in the North Pacific, at least, it just isn't so. In a forthcoming issue of...

2006-11-08 21:01:06

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. Nov 8 (Interfax) - A criminal case has been launched against the captain of the Tomi Maru-53, a Japanese fishing trawler that was stopped by Russian coastguards in the Bering Sea on allegations of illegal fishing on November 2. The criminal case was launched on charges of violating fishing rules in Russia's exclusive economic zone, environmental protection prosecutor for Kamchatka Region Alexander Teplyakov told Interfax on Wednesday. "After the catch was...


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Kamchatka Brown Bear, Ursus arctos beringianus
2012-05-03 12:35:12

The Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) is also called the far eastern brown bear. It can be found on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Anadyrsky District, on the Kuril Islands and Karaginskiy Island, and along the coastal area of the Sea of Okhotsk. Southward from there, it can be found on the Stanovoy Range and the Shantar Islands. The range of this bear that is not within the former Soviet Union includes Saint Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. This bear is a subspecies of the...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'