Plate Tectonics
New light into the recent evolution of the African rift valley  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Continental rift valleys are huge fractures on the surface of the planet that progressively break continental plates with the eventual development of new oceans. The African... more
Geophysics: A surprising, cascading earthquake  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand in 2016 caused widespread damage. Researchers have now dissected its mechanisms revealing surprising insights on earthquake physics with the aid of simulations carried out on a supercomputer. more
Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington's coast  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The first survey of methane vent sites off Washington's coast finds 1,778 bubble columns, with most located along a north-south band that is in line with a geologic... more
Hundreds of bubble streams link biology, seismology off Washington's coast  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Off the coast of Washington, columns of bubbles rise from the seafloor, as if evidence of a sleeping dragon lying below. But these bubbles are methane that is... more
How fluid viscosity affects earthquake intensity  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Fault zones play a key role in shaping the deformation of the Earth's crust. All of these zones contain fluids, which heavily influence how earthquakes propagate. In an article published today in Nature Communications, Chiara Cornelio,... more
How fluid viscosity affects earthquake intensity  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Scientists have demonstrated that the viscosity of fluids present in faults has a direct effect on the intensity of earthquakes. more
A surprising, cascading earthquake  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand in 2016 caused widespread damage. LMU researchers have now dissected its mechanisms revealing surprising insights on earthquake physics with the aid of simulations carried out on the supercomputer SuperMUC. more
Geothermal plant 'triggered earthquake' in S. Korea  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A rare earthquake in South Korea was triggered by the country's first experimental geothermal power plant, a team of government-commissioned experts said Wednesday. more
Seismic hum detected on Mars for the first time  Science Magazine · 4 days
Faint “microseisms” may help scientists understand the Red Planet’s subsurface more
Underwater surveys in Emerald Bay reveal the nature and activity of Lake Tahoe faults  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Emerald Bay, California, a beautiful location on the southwestern shore of Lake Tahoe, is surrounded by rugged landscape, including rocky... more
Underwater surveys in Emerald Bay reveal the nature and activity of Lake Tahoe faults  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Emerald Bay, California, a beautiful location on the southwestern shore of Lake Tahoe, is surrounded by rugged landscape, including rocky... more
A new first: Scientists mimic nature's self-affinity using computer simulations  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
For the first time, researchers have simulated the process of surface roughness creation. This is a step forward in understanding the emergence of fractal characteristic of rough surfaces... more
Heading towards a tsunami of light  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and can be described as a tsunami of light. The strong wave... more
Heading toward a tsunami of light  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and... more
Heading towards a tsunami of light  nanowerk · 5 days
Scientists have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and can be described as a tsunami of light. The strong wave... more
Mini tremors detected on Mars for first time  Science Magazine · 5 days
Faint “microseisms” may help scientists understand the Red Planet’s subsurface more
Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth's ice ages  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages -- periods during which global temperatures plummeted, producing extensive ice sheets and glaciers that have stretched beyond the... more
Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds  MIT · 1 week
Major tectonic collisions near the equator have caused three ice ages in the last 540 million years. more
Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth's ice ages, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages—periods during which global temperatures plummeted, producing extensive ice sheets and glaciers that have stretched... more
Project recruits help from citizen scientists to classify seismic events  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Seismology has a Big Data problem. Northwestern University seismologists think everyday citizens are the solution. more
On the front lines in Kilauea  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the early spring, volcanologists monitoring the ground around Kilauea, the most active volcano on the island of Hawai'i, noticed a significant increase in seismicity, a sign of an impending eruption. Meanwhile, in Palisades, New York,... more
Stabilization of fault slip by fluid injection in the laboratory and in situ  Science Magazine · 1 week
Faults can slip seismically or aseismically depending on their hydromechanical properties, which can be measured in the laboratory. Here, we demonstrate that... more
Remarkable letter reveals earthquake drama for nuns in exile  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Traveling around Europe in search of a new home after the dissolution of the monasteries must have been dramatic enough for England's oldest community of Bridgettine nuns. But a remarkable... more
New way to sense earthquakes could help improve early warning systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Every year earthquakes worldwide claim hundreds or even thousands of lives. Forewarning allows people to head for safety and a matter of seconds could spell the... more
A new way to sense earthquakes could help improve early warning systems  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Every year, earthquakes worldwide claim hundreds or even thousands of lives. Forewarning allows people to head for safety and a matter of seconds could... more
Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead... more
Seoul: Small quake in North Korea likely due to mining blast  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A small earthquake in North Korea was likely caused by a mining operation, Seoul's weather agency said Friday. more
Researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Surface wear describes the process of material loss when two surfaces come into contact with each other. It has significant economic, social and health consequences—consider the fine particles emitted by moving vehicles. What's more,... more
Process of adhesive wear simulated  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Using high-performance computer simulations, researchers were able to observe how surface roughness changes when two materials rub together. Their findings, which provide insight into friction and wear mechanisms, have implications for areas ranging from engineering to the study... more
Researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Using high-performance computer simulations, researchers were able to observe how surface roughness changes when two materials rub together. Their findings, which provide insight into friction and wear mechanisms, have implications for areas ranging from... more
Fukushima: current state of the clean-up  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Eight years have passed since a tsunami smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, sparking a meltdown and the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. more
Rare butterfly species more abundant in older, wider seismic lines  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Seismic lines—used to measure underground oil reserves in Northern Alberta—seem to be good for butterflies, including one rare species. more
Scientists Pin Down Cause of Mysterious 'Icequakes' Shaking Antarctica  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Slushy spots in Antarctica quiver with minuscule tremors as the temperature fluctuates. more
Autonomous drones can help search and rescue after disasters  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
When disasters happen – whether a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake, or a human-caused one like a mass shooting or bombing – it can be extremely dangerous to... more
Fast, simple new assessment of earthquake hazard  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Geophysicists at Caltech have created a new method for determining earthquake hazards by measuring how fast energy is building up on faults in a specific region, and then comparing that to how much is... more
Seemingly dormant geologic fault damaged famous Roman buildings 1,500 years ago  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A geologic fault system in central Italy that produced a deadly earthquake in 2016 is also responsible for a fifth-century earthquake that damaged many Roman monuments,... more
Thousands of tiny quakes shake Antarctic ice at night  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists placed seismometers on the McMurdo Ice Shelf and recorded hundreds of thousands of tiny 'ice quakes' that appear to be caused by pools of partially melted ice expanding and... more
Machine learning expands to help predict and characterize earthquakes  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers describe how they are using machine learning methods to hone predictions of seismic activity, identify earthquake centers, characterize different types of seismic waves and distinguish seismic activity from other... more
Machine learning expands to help predict and characterize earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
With a growing wealth of seismic data and computing power at their disposal, seismologists are increasingly turning to a discipline called machine learning to better understand and predict complicated patterns... more
Thousands of tiny quakes shake Antarctic ice at night  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Stay overnight on an Antarctic ice shelf, and you may feel the shaking from thousands of tiny quakes as the ice re-forms after melting during the day. more
Coda waves reveal carbon dioxide storage plume  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Pumping carbon dioxide into the ground to remove it from the atmosphere is one way to lower greenhouse gases, but keeping track of where that gas is, has been a difficult chore. Now, a... more
Coda waves reveal carbon dioxide storage plume  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Pumping carbon dioxide into the ground to remove it from the atmosphere is one way to lower greenhouse gases, but keeping track of where that gas is, has been a difficult chore. Now researchers... more
Rare oarfish, seen as harbingers of doom, snagged in Japan  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Two rare oarfish, giant deep-sea serpents long believed by locals to be a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis, have been caught off the Japanese island of Okinawa. more
Earthquake early-warning system will mean false alarms but it's still worth it, researchers say  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Earthquake early warnings can come as false alarms—but it's better to be safer than sorry, researchers concluded in a new... more
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