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Earthquakes Rattle California, Largest In 34 Years Hits Yellowstone
2014-03-31 11:15:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online CALIFORNIA As many as 30 earthquakes were recorded in California over the past 24 hours, most of which were less than a magnitude in intensity. Despite all the tremors regional seismometers pick up in California and Nevada -- 808 in the past week alone -- most go unnoticed by residents. The lack of a significant earthquake in the region also poses a problem to emergency management officials, who want Californians to be prepared...

YellowStone's Volcanic Caldera Much More Super Than Estimated
2013-12-17 15:35:14

[ Watch the Video: Yellowstone Volcano Bigger Than Estimated ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park is much larger than previously thought, according to research presented at the American Geophysical Union last week. The new study finds the supervolcano is about 2.5 times bigger than earlier estimates, stretching for more than 55 miles. Researchers used a network of seismometers situated around the national park to...

Impact Crater On Mars Could Actually Be Supervolcano
2013-10-23 09:11:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a first-of-its-kind discovery, scientists from NASA and the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona have identified what could be a supervolcano on a planet, other than Earth, in our Solar System. The supervolcano in question was discovered on Mars and was previously classified as an impact crater. But after further analysis of the area, scientists believe the basin is actually the remnant landscape of an ancient...

Humans Left Africa Later Than Thought
2013-06-12 08:51:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Modern humans did not leave Africa prior to the massive eruption of Sumatra´s volcano Mount Toba 74,000 years ago, according to a new study appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rather, Professor Martin Richards of the University of Huddersfield and colleagues have concluded that genetic evidence supports the belief that they departed for Asia approximately 60,000 years ago. Their findings...

2013-02-11 16:33:07

New Geosphere articles posted online 11 Jan. and 5 Feb. 2013 include additions to the "Origin and Evolution of the Sierra Nevada and Walker Lane" series, the "Neogene Tectonics and Climate-Tectonic Interactions in the Southern Alaskan Orogen" series, and the "Crevolution 2: Origin and Evolution of the Colorado River System II" series. A new series is also introduced: "Results of IODP Exp313: The History and Impact of Sea-level Change Offshore New Jersey." Papers cover: 1. Fresh water and...

Roots Of Catastrophe Run Deep
2013-02-07 11:20:32

University of Utah Partly molten, Florida-sized blob forms atop Earth's core A University of Utah seismologist analyzed seismic waves that bombarded Earth's core, and believes he got a look at the earliest roots of Earth's most cataclysmic kind of volcanic eruption. But don't worry. He says it won't happen for perhaps 200 million years. "What we may be detecting is the start of one of these large eruptive events that — if it ever happens — could cause very massive...

2012-05-16 22:41:53

The early April earthquake of magnitude 8.6 that shook Sumatra was a grim reminder of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people in 2004 and 2005. Now a new study, funded by the National Science Foundation, shows that the residents of that region are at risk from yet another potentially deadly natural phenomenon — major volcanic eruptions. Researchers from Oregon State University working with colleagues in Indonesia have documented six major...

2012-01-19 13:35:40

Supervolcanoes are one of nature's most destructive forces. In a matter of hours, an eruption from a supervolcano can force thousands of cubic meters of molten rock above ground, and scar landscapes with massive calderas and craters. These catastrophic eruptions have a global impact, and yet scientists still do not fully understand them. Today, a team of scientists studying Bolivia's Uturuncu volcano is trying to shed some light on how supervolcanoes can become so powerful. Uturuncu,...

Image 1 - NASA: No Evidence Of 2012 Supervolcano
2011-11-15 11:46:51

NASA said on Tuesday that there is no evidence of a massive supervolcano erupting in 2012, despite what some may believe. A supervolcano refers to an explosive volcanic eruption that eject about ten thousand times the quantity of magma and ash that Mount St. Helens expelled in 1980. NASA said Earth's surface has preserved clues of many massive supervolcanoes through hollowed-out calderas-craters that can be as big as 60 miles across after a volcano collapses from emptying out its entire...

Scientists Find Possible Trigger For Volcanic 'Super-eruptions'
2011-10-13 03:35:17

The "super-eruption" of a major volcanic system occurs about every 100,000 years and is considered one of the most catastrophic natural events on Earth, yet scientists have long been unsure about what triggers these violent explosions. However, a new model presented this week by researchers at Oregon State University points to a combination of temperature influence and the geometrical configuration of the magma chamber as a potential cause for these super-eruptions. Results of the...


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