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2012-12-05 16:24:42

Technique provides insight into ancient formation of underwater plateau Scientists have long used the speed of seismic waves traveling through the Earth as a means of learning about the geologic structure beneath the Earth's surface, but the seismic waves they use have typically been generated by earthquakes or man-made explosions. A University of Rhode Island graduate student is using the tiny seismic waves created by ocean waves crashing on shorelines around the world to learn how an...

Scientists Warn Of Major Earthquakes In Himalayas And Pacific Northwest
2012-12-04 15:18:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this week reported that the Himalayas and Pacific Northwest could experience major earthquakes. Researchers have begun studying the complexity of the Himalayan range in greater detail, particularly the fault that separates the two plates known as the Main Himalayan Thrust (MHT). Previous observations indicated a fault that dipped a few degrees to the...

Other Solar Systems More Habitable Than Ours
2012-12-04 05:14:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study has found that many planets in other solar systems may be more habitable than our very own. Astronomers and geologists at Ohio State University teamed up to search for alien life in a whole new way; by studying eight "solar twins" of our sun in order to measure the amounts of radioactive elements they contain. Those stars came from a dataset recorded by the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS)...

Breaking Through The Crust: Unraveling The Magma Mystery
2012-11-30 13:54:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Even though two-thirds of the Earth's solid surface is covered with oceanic crust, scientists still do not entirely understood the process by which it is made. But a recent study from the Carnegie Institution for Science, which analyzed more than 600 samples of oceanic crust, reveals a systemic pattern that alters long-held beliefs about how the process works. Findings of this study, published in the journal Nature, explain a...

Scientists Use TNT To Predict Volcanic Explosions
2012-11-26 15:50:37

[WATCH VIDEO: Using TNT To Understand Volcanoes] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers chucked some TNT into the Earth in order to study maar craters and help predict the next big volcano. University at Buffalo scientists reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that they performed experiments to help examine maar carters, which resemble the bowl-like cavities formed by meteorites. By measuring meteorite impacts, scientists are able...

New Zealand Volcano From Lord Of The Rings Unexpectedly Erupts While Scientists Monitor Active Neighbor
2012-11-22 12:18:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After more than a century of dormancy, a New Zealand volcano has erupted a second time in four months, sending a column of ash more than a mile into the sky and forcing school children and tourists to flee from the area, according to local reports. The Mount Tongariro volcano erupted at 1:25 p.m. local time (00:25 GMT) on November 21, and spouted off for about five minutes before settling back down. While scientists said there...

Scientists Present Recent Findings On The Subsurface Biosphere
2012-11-19 14:27:31

National Science Foundation "Who in his wildest dreams could have imagined that, beneath the crust of our Earth, there could exist a real ocean...a sea that has given shelter to species unknown?" So wrote Jules Verne almost 150 years ago in A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Verne probably couldn't have imagined the diversity of life that researchers observe today under the ocean floor. Scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Dark Energy...

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2012-11-16 11:46:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to an international team of scientists, led by the University of Durham, UK, the recent storms that have battered the east coast of America may have been much more frequent in the region 450 million years ago. The findings of their study, published in the journal Geology, pinpoint the positions of the Equator and the landmasses of the USA, Canada and Greenland, during the Ordovician Period 450 million years ago,...

Volcanic Eruptions Predicted With Satellite Imagery
2012-11-05 14:28:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, two scientists showed they may now be able to detect signs of an impending volcanic eruption by analyzing satellite imagery. Using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) over the active volcanoes in Indonesia's west Sunda arc, the vulcanologists from University of Miami uncovered evidence that showed the ℠inflation´ of several volcanoes prior to...

Hawaiian Volcanoes Compete For The Same Magma Supply
2012-10-24 06:12:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online About 50 miles underground, there is a deep connection between two of Earth's most notable volcanoes, Hawaii's Mauna Loa and Kilauea, that could explain some of their enigmatic behavior. A new study, led by Rice University, is the first to model paired volcano interactions. It explains how a link in Earth's upper mantle could account for the competition between Kiluea and Mauna Loa for the same deep magma supply. The results of this...


Latest Plate tectonics Reference Libraries

Villarrica
2014-08-19 11:03:54

Villarrica, also known as Rucapillán, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Chile and is protected within Villarrica National Park. This volcano is one of five known volcanoes to have a lava lake within its crater and it often produces strombolian eruptions that contain lava flows and incandescent pyroclasts. It is one of three volcanoes that occur along the Gastre Fault Zone, along with the less active Quetrupillán and Lanín volcanoes. During the Valdivia Interglacial, it...

Hoodoo Mountain
2014-08-19 10:23:50

Hoodoo Mountain is flat-topped stratovolcano that is located in British Columbia, Canada and is part of the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province and the Pacific Ring of Fire. It is thought to be potentially active and was named for the needle like projections that protrude from it. These lava spines, or hoodoos, reach heights of 492 feet, making it the most distinct mountain in that area of the Boundary Ranges. Hoodoo Mountain is primarily flat-topped, which led volcanologist Jack Souther...

Hualālai
2014-04-10 12:06:55

Hualālai is a dormant shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and is one of five volcanoes that form the island. It reaches an elevation of 8,271 feet and is thought to have emerged from the sea about 300,000 years ago, making it the third youngest volcano on the island. Its shape is rough compared to younger volcanoes and it holds three rift zones that are covered with over one hundred cinder cones and spatter cones. Although it does not hold a caldera at its summit, it does...

Zubair Group
2014-04-10 10:08:46

Zubair Group, also known as Zubayr Group or Al Zubair Group, is a chain of volcanic islands belonging to Yemen that are located on top of a shield volcano in the Red Sea. Zubair Group The largest island, known as Zubair, is among the youngest islands, which also include Saba, Saddle, and Haycock. The shield volcano underneath the islands began a period of eruptions and eventually quieted down, followed by a period of explosive and effusive eruptions that formed the islands that are present...

Kohala
2014-04-10 10:03:58

Kohala is an extinct shield volcano that is located on the island of Hawaii and reaches an elevation of 5,480 feet. It is one of five volcanoes that comprise the island of Hawaii and is thought to be about one million years old, although it only emerged from the sea about 500,000 years ago. Because its last eruption is thought to have occurred about 120,000 years ago, based on studies conducted on hardened lava flows, this volcano is not thought to pose a threat to inhabitants on the island....

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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