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Earth Is Lazy, Say Geoscientists
2013-04-04 09:22:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist Michele Cooke and her colleagues have taken an uncommon approach to modeling the development of fault lines in the Earth´s crust, and their so-called "Earth is lazy" approach is providing new insights into how these faults grow. The team studies irregularities along strike-slip faults, which are the active zones where plates slip past each other such as at the San Andreas Fault of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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