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Egyptian Tempest Stela Believed To Be World's Oldest Weather Report
2014-04-03 07:09:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Tempest Stela is a 6-foot-tall, 3,500 year old calcite block from ancient Egypt that may just be the world's oldest surviving weather report. A new study from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute suggests it might also hold the key to understanding the chronology of events in the ancient Middle East. The Stela has a 40 line inscription, which according to a new translation, describes rain, darkness and “the sky being...

Greek Island Volcano Ballooning With Magma, Eruptions Not Imminent Researchers Say
2012-09-10 11:42:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New scientific data from the Greek isle of Santorini has shown signs of unrest for the first time in more than 50 years, and could be evidence of an impending eruption similar to the one that last struck in 1950, but far less catastrophic than the one that wiped out Minoan settlements on the island of Crete some 3,600 years ago. The Santorini volcanic eruption circa-1650 BC formed a large crater, or caldera, which is now flooded...

Envisat Captures Nea Kameni Volcano Movement
2012-05-23 03:23:31

[ Watch the Video ] Archived data from the Envisat satellite show that the volcanic island of Santorini has recently displayed signs of unrest. Even after the end of its mission, Envisat information continues to be exploited for the long-term monitoring of volcanoes. Santorini is a picturesque Greek island in the south Aegean Sea and the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc. The island is the site of one of history´s largest volcanic eruptions, about 3600...

2012-03-13 17:00:08

Georgia Tech instruments measure unprecedented deformation Do a Google image search for “Greece.” Before you find pictures of the Parthenon or Acropolis, you´ll see several beautiful photos of Santorini, the picturesque island in the Aegean Sea. The British Broadcasting Company named it the world´s best island in 2011. Santorini is a tourist magnet, famous for its breathtaking, cliff side views and sunsets. It´s also a volcanic island that has been relatively...

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2008-08-30 10:20:24

Scientists have exploited crystals from lavas to unravel the records of volcanic eruptions. The team, from Durham University and the University of Leeds, studied crystal formation from a volcano, in Santorini, in Greece, to calculate the timescale between the trigger of volcanic activity and the volcano's eruption. They say the technique can be applied to other volcanoes "“ such as Vesuvius, near Naples, in Italy "“ and will help inform the decisions of civil defense agencies....

2008-02-25 16:11:08

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. The world map might look differently had the Greek volcano Thera not erupted 3,500 years ago in what geologists believe was the single-most powerful explosive event ever witnessed. Thera didn't just blow a massive hole into the island of Santorini - it set the entire ancient Mediterranean onto a different course, like a train...

2006-06-01 15:10:00

By Richard C. Lewis PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- An underwater explorer who found the Titanic and a team of international scientists will soon survey waters off the Greek island of Crete for clues to a once-powerful Bronze Age-era civilization. The expedition about 75 miles northwest of Crete aims to learn more about the Minoans, who flourished during the Bronze Age, and seeks to better understand seafaring four millennia ago, the scientists said. U.S. researchers say the Minoans were engaged...

2006-02-27 20:05:00

By Richard C. Lewis SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island (Reuters) - Scientists are unearthing an Indonesian village buried nearly two centuries ago by the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history to learn how fast volcanic eruptions can turn deadly. Two years ago, a team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island, the University of North Carolina and the Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology began digging up the village of Tambora, which was buried by a volcanic eruption in 1815. The...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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