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2011-07-11 20:51:26

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands. Using ship-borne sea-floor mapping technology during research cruises onboard the RRS James Clark Ross, the scientists found 12 volcanoes beneath the sea surface "“ some up to 3km high. They found 5km diameter craters left by collapsing volcanoes and 7 active volcanoes visible above the sea as a chain of islands. The research is...

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2010-09-27 06:12:47

Geologists reported on Sunday that a swarm of small earthquakes that struck western Saudi Arabia last year was actually the rumbling of a volcano. Over 30,000 minor quakes took place between April and June 2009 within an ancient solidified lava field called Harrat Lunayyir, which damaged some buildings near Al Ays and prompted the authorities to evacuate the 40,000 residents from the region. Most of the quakes measured less than two on the scale of magnitude, but several were hefty,...

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2008-12-09 13:35:00

A controversial new study based on findings from an analysis of records in southern Chile suggests that very large earthquakes can trigger an increase in activity in nearby volcanoes. The researchers noticed that up to four times as many volcanic eruptions occurred during the year following very large earthquakes than did so in other years. They say volcanoes around 300 miles away from an earthquake's epicenter were affected. In the past, scientists had identified only a few cases where...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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