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Weather bombs could help us see deep inside Earth

Posted on 25 Aug 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism

Severe storm clouds have an unexpected silver lining: they may help us visualise parts of our planet’s interior that are otherwise hidden. Image: Francesca Sacco

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Volcano’s screams may explain eruption’s awesome power

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 in Earth Science, Environment, Featured, Journalism

Several volcanoes erupted in 2009 – but only one screamed in the process. Its unique guttural howls provide an unrivalled glimpse into the heart of a volcanic eruption, and may hold clues to the driving forces that cause volcanoes to blow their tops. Image: DCSL

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Earth’s crust is cracking up under Indian Ocean

Posted on 26 Sep 2012 in Earth Science, Featured, Journalism

The whole world shuddered in sympathy back in April, as Earth’s crust began the difficult birth of a new tectonic plate boundary. Two huge earthquakes ripped through the floor of the Indian Ocean, triggering large aftershocks the world over, and providing the best evidence yet that the vast Indo-Australian plate is being torn in two. Image: Fred Pollitz

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Foreshocks may warn that a big quake is coming

Posted on 17 Feb 2011 in Earth Science, Journalism, Physics

Advance warning is the ultimate prize for earthquake studies. Now, for the first time, one study offers tantalising evidence that it may be possible to build such a system to warn of some impending large quakes about an hour before they strike. The finding comes from an analysis of the seismic record from the lead-up to a devastating earthquake that hit Turkey in 1999. Image: martinluff

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Invisibility cloak could hide buildings from quakes

Posted on 26 Jun 2009 in Journalism

Borrowing from the physics of invisibility cloaks could make it possible to manipulate seismic waves and protect vulnerable buildings, say...

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