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The next great earthquake
The 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and resulting tsunami are now infamous for the damage they caused, but at the time many scientists believed this area was unlikely to create a quake of such magnitude. View News Article (2007-03-23)

Teachers discover that bacteria prefer milk chocolate
Bacteria prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate and will swim towards it on an agar plate, so teachers have found out this week (15-19 July) at a summer school run by the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Reading. The experiment is one of a series of A-level practicals currently being produced for teachers by the Society. “We have developed the chocolate experiment to... View News Article (2002-07-17)

Scientists use seismic waves to locate missing rock under Tibet
Geologists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have located a huge chunk of Earth's lithosphere that went missing 15 million years ago. By finding the massive block of errant rock beneath Tibet, the researchers are helping solve a long-standing mystery, and clarifying how continents behave when they collide. View News Article (2007-02-08)

Volcano-like tremors detected deep within Earth's crust near San Andreas
Tremors within the Earth are usually-but not always-related to the activity of a volcano. Now, such vibrations have been recorded nowhere near a volcano, but at a geologic observatory at the San Andreas Fault. View News Article (2006-04-13)

Plate tectonics may take a break
Plate tectonics, the geologic process responsible for creating the Earth's continents, mountain ranges, and ocean basins, may be an on-again, off-again affair. View News Article (2008-01-04)

A sea change for earthquakes
A reconstruction of land movements and changes in sea levels for three massive historic earthquakes in Alaska gives clues that may help scientists forecast future earthquakes and earthquake-triggered tsunami. To be published in this week's Journal of Quaternary Science¹ the findings should help reduce losses from future catastrophic events. View News Article (2005-02-21)

Pacific Northwest tectonic plates are moving
he three major tectonic plates off the Pacific Northwest coast are undergoing a gradual shift, and the area in which they converge - popularly known as the "Triple Junction" - appears to be migrating in a southeasterly direction. View News Article (2006-04-12)

Earth's Moving Crust May Occasionally Stop
The motion, formation, and recycling of Earth's crust-commonly known as plate tectonics-have long been thought to be continuous processes. But new research by geophysicists suggests that plate tectonic motions have occasionally stopped in Earth's geologic history, and may do so again. The findings could reshape our understanding of the history and evolution of the Earth's crust and continents. View News Article (2008-01-10)

Hot climate could shut down plate tectonics
A new study of possible links between climate and geophysics on Earth and similar planets finds that prolonged heating of the atmosphere can shut down plate tectonics and cause a planet's crust to become locked in place. View News Article (2008-05-13)

Oldest Known Rock on Earth Discovered
Canadian bedrock more than 4 billion years old may be the oldest known section of the Earth's early crust. View News Article (2008-09-29)

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