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Mount Rainier plumbing
2014-07-19 05:07:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new, detailed image of the volcanic plumbing beneath Mt. Rainier has been created by a group of researchers from the University of Utah, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the College of New Jersey and the University of Bergen, Norway. The study, published in Nature, measured how fast the Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves. "This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal...

2014-07-15 23:01:44

House of Stone recently completed work of several high-end projects, including the installation of the countertops of the South-End addition of Lambeau Field. Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) July 15, 2014 A local Milwaukee granite installation company is getting more attention lately for work on several high-end projects. House of Stone, Inc. recently worked on the south-end renovation of Lambeau Field, which included granite, Cambria, and Silestone quartz countertop installation. House of Stone...

2014-05-23 13:27:42

Carnegie Institution Breaking research news from a team of scientists led by Carnegie's Ho-kwang "Dave" Mao reveals that the composition of the Earth's lower mantle may be significantly different than previously thought. These results are to be published by Science. The lower mantle comprises 55 percent of the planet by volume and extends from 670 and 2900 kilometers in depth, as defined by the so-called transition zone (top) and the core-mantle boundary (below). Pressures in the lower...

New Volcanic Revelations May Help Predict When Eruptions Will Occur
2014-05-05 09:10:30

[ Watch the Video: New Insight May Help Predict Volcanic Eruption Behavior ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Volcanologists from the University of Liverpool have discovered how lava dome volcanoes erupt. This could help develop methods on predicting how volcanoes will act. The process of frictional melting determines how the volcano will erupt. The speed of the lava rise and how much friction it creates is determined by this process. Within the lava dome the...

Mount St. Helens Magma Levels Rising, But No Eruption Imminent
2014-05-03 05:03:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While magma levels are rising at Mount St. Helens in Washington, there is now evidence that the active stratovolcano will not be erupting any time soon, researchers said during the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday. Lead researcher Seth Moran, a seismologist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO), explained that a small amount of magma began pooling approximately 2.5...

Origins On The Behavior Of Hawaiian Volcanoes
2014-05-01 03:05:10

University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST Kīlauea volcano, on the Big Island of Hawai'i, typically has effusive eruptions, wherein magma flows to create ropy pāhoehoe lava, for example. However, Kīlauea less frequently erupts more violently, showering scoria and blocks over much of the surface of the island. To explain the variability in Kīlauea's eruption styles, a team including Bruce Houghton, the Gordon Macdonald Professor of Volcanology in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawai'i...

2014-04-29 08:25:29

VANCOUVER, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX:SMT)(BVL:SMT) ("Sierra Metals" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that development is proceeding in the thick Azucarera stockwork breccia at the Promontorio Mine of the Cusi Property. Access to Azucarera on Level 8 from the ramp is complete and development on Level 10A is complete with cross cuts. Development ore from both levels is being shipped to the Company's Malpaso Mill. Drilling of the El Gallo vein...

Study Shows Most Of The Sand In Alberta's Oilsands Came From Eastern North America
2014-03-13 15:24:24

University of Calgary University of Calgary-led research is first of its kind, uncovering the origin of oilsands sediment They're called the Alberta oilsands but most of the sand actually came from the Appalachian region on the eastern side of the North American continent, a new University of Calgary-led study shows. The oilsands also include sand from the Canadian Shield in northern and east-central Canada and from the Canadian Rockies in western Canada, the study says. This...

Mount Hood Study Suggests Dormant Volcanoes Quickly Become Active
2014-02-17 07:22:37

[ Watch the Video: Dormant Volcanoes Can Quickly Become Active ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research by UC Davis and Oregon State University may soon lead to new forecasts into how soon volcanoes are ready to erupt. Geologists from both schools, publishing a paper online in the journal Nature, have found that in order for an eruption to occur, molten rock under the volcano must be sufficiently mobile. The evidence comes from a study of Oregon’s...

Volcanic Activity Led To Demise Of Chinese Dinosaurs: Study
2014-02-05 07:45:33

[ Watch the Video: Pyroclastic Eruptions Preserved Fossil Beds In China ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The exceptional preservation and diversity of dinosaur, bird and early mammal fossils present in the fossil beds of northern China are famous. How these creatures died, and why hundreds of creatures from different habitats were buried together on ancient lake floors, has yet to be understood. A new study, published in Nature Communications, claims that the...


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2005-05-26 12:03:39

Biotite is a common phyllosilicate mineral that contains potassium, magnesium, iron and aluminium. It is sometimes called "iron mica" and is found in granitic rocks, gneisses, and schists. Like other mica minerals, biotite has a highly perfect basal cleavage, its flexible sheets easily flaking off. It has a hardness of 2.5 - 3, a specific gravity of 2.7 - 3.1, is colored greenish to brown or black, and can be transparent to opaque. Biotite is occasionally found in large sheets, especially in...

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2005-05-26 11:30:45

Chert is a fine-grained silica-rich cryptocrystalline sedimentary rock that may contain small fossils. It varies greatly in color from white to black, but most often manifests as gray, brown, grayish brown and light green to rusty red; its color is an expression of trace elements present in the rock, and both red and green are most often related to traces of iron (in its oxidized and reduced forms respectively). It outcrops as nodules in limestone, chalk, and dolostone formations as a...

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2005-05-26 11:26:59

Chromite, iron magnesium chromium oxide: (Fe,Mg)Cr2O4, is an oxide mineral belonging to the spinel group. Magnesium is always present in variable amounts, also aluminium and iron substitute for chromium. Chromite is found in peridotite and other layered ultramafic intrusive rocks and also found in metamorphic rocks such as serpentinites. Ore deposites of chromite form as early magmatic differentiates. It is commonly associated with olivine, magnetite, serpentine, and corundum. Chromite is...

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2005-05-26 11:13:08

In geology, a conglomerate is a rock consisting of other stones that have been cemented together. Conglomerates are sedimentary rocks consisting of subangular clasts and are thus differentiated from breccias, which consist of angular clasts. Both conglomerates and breccias are characterized by clasts larger than sand (>2 mm). There are two varieties of conglomerate, defined by texture: paraconglomerates and orthoconglomerates. Paraconglomerates are one of two varieties of conglomerate...

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2005-05-26 11:01:52

Diorite is a grey to dark grey intermediate intrusive igneous rock composed principally of plagioclase feldspar (typically andesine), hornblende, and/or pyroxene. Varieties deficient in hornblende and other dark minerals are called leucodiorite. It is often described as "salt and pepper" when composed largely of light-colored minerals randomly interspersed with dark minerals. When olivine and more iron-rich augite are present, the rock grades into ferrodiorite, which is transitional to...

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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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