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January 17, 2014
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Eight Seconds of Terror

A JPL Scientist Reflects on L.A.’s Last Big Quake Twenty years ago this week, in the predawn darkness of Jan. 17, 1994, at five seconds before 4:31 a.m. PST, the ground ruptured violently on a blind thrust fault (a crack … Continue reading

January 15, 2014
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Exoplanet study finds ‘super-Earths’ likely have oceans and continents

Massive terrestrial planets, called “super-Earths,” are known to be common in Earth’s galaxy, the Milky Way. Now a Northwestern University astrophysicist and a University of Chicago geophysicist report the odds of these planets having an Earth-like climate are much greater … Continue reading

December 29, 2012
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Within the Earth, Blobs of Molten Iron on the Move

New research by Yale University scientists suggests an explanation for the amount of iron in the Earth’s largest interior layer, the mantle: migrating “iron-rich blobs” generated by chemical interactions in the zone between the planet’s core and mantle. Scientists have … Continue reading

March 1, 2012
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When Continents Collide: A New Twist To a 50 Million-Year-Old Tale

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Fifty million years ago, India slammed into Eurasia, a collision that gave rise to the tallest landforms on the planet, the Himalaya Mountains and the Tibetan Plateau. India and Eurasia continue to converge today, though at an … Continue reading

May 27, 2011
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Mars: Red Planet’s Rapid Formation Explains Its Small Size Relative to Earth

*Mars developed far more quickly than our blue planet* Mars developed in as little as two to four million years after the birth of the solar system, far more quickly than Earth, according to results of a new study published … Continue reading

October 19, 2010
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Haiti Earthquake Shaking Amplified by Local Landforms

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The severe damage and loss-of-life caused by the devastating January 2010 M7.0 earthquake in Haiti was exacerbated by amplification of shaking due to local geological conditions and landforms in Port-au-Prince, according to a study published online today … Continue reading