Geology

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Aftershocks Rattle Napa Valley 1 Week After Destructive Magnitude 6 Quake

A significant aftershock from last weekend’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled the Napa Valley.

08/31/2014

PLOS One Journal:
The GPS unit with its battery pack is inserted into a cavity bored into the top of the rock. The GPS continuously logs its position after a switch is triggered by the stone moving away from a magnet set in the playa. The surface of the playa is frozen in this image, but the ice had melted or was floating when the trail formed. (Image by Mike Hartmann.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105948.g004)

Caught On Camera: Mystery Of Death Valley’s ‘Sailing Rocks’ Solved, Mother Nature Is A Fan Of Curling

Using GPS-fitted boulders in the flat, parched desert of Death Valley, and tying in the data to a weather station, researchers with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego have confirmed that rocks weighing hundreds of pounds are pushed along on a thin sheet of ice by light winds, in a sort of natural display of truly Olympic “curling.”

08/29/2014

Curiosity Wheels

Mars Rover Curiosity Ordered To Drive In Reverse To Spare Damaged Wheels

Transcript of a discussion with Mars rover scientist who reveals that Curiosity’s latest mission has been slowed by suprisingly rough terrain.

06/22/2014

Lassen Peak Eruption

Lassen Peak Began Years Of Eruptions 100 Years Ago, Building To Massive Blasts And A National Park

It quietly built up magma for 27,000 years before beginning years-long series of eruptions on May 30th, 1914 and today the national park around Lassen Peak remains a closely observed volcanic hot spot.

05/29/2014

Earthquake

SoCal Fault May Bring Quakes Worse Than San Andreas ‘Big One’

Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded “Big One” from the more famous San Andreas Fault.

03/30/2014

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