Geology

Central Oregon Lake Slowly Disappearing

Central Oregon Lake Slowly Disappearing

It has been reported that a central Oregon lake is slowly disappearing and is going down in the drain. Experts said the water body aptly named 'Lost Lake' in Oregon gets filled up every winter and then drains like a bath tub as a 6ft-wide hole opens up. This natural phenomenon causes Lost Lake to turn into a meadow in summers, they said.

Jude McHugh, a spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest said Lost Lake's water tumbles down the tube and refills the underground water supply that fills the springs in other areas of the forest.

Mysterious lake in Oregon disappears in winter

Mysterious lake in Oregon disappears in winter

A disappearing lake in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest is a mystery to scientists.

The 'Lost Lake' is located in the Mount Hood National Forest in the central part of the Pacific coast state. It has a hole through which it slowly drains each spring.

The lake fills up with water from melting snow every winter and every spring, the filled water vanishes down two cavernous holes and leaves behind a grassy meadow.

Hydrothermal Vents could be location where Life Began on Earth

Hydrothermal Vents could be location where Life Began on Earth

Underwater volcanoes help form hydrothermal vents, which are formed due to converging plate boundaries. The vents are vital, as they hold biological molecules similar to enzymes and may suggest that they might hold life within them.

Three decades back in 1977, hydrothermal vents were first discovered near the Galapagos Islands. Not only the vents were found, a massive number of earlier unseen organisms were also discovered.

Saltwater Network 1,000 feet below Ice-Free Region in Antarctica

Saltwater Network 1,000 feet below Ice-Free Region in Antarctica

Scientists have uncovered a saltwater network 1,000 feet below an ice-free region McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. Some parts of the Antarctic region are quite similar to planet Mars and scientists recently discovered tunnels at Mars.

Researchers involved in the study said that the findings are important as the saltwater exists in a temperature that could support microbial life. For the research, electromagnetic sensor was used to find Antarctica's saltwater brines.

Chile's Villarrica Volcano erupts early Tuesday Morning, Thousands Evacuated

Chile's Villarrica Volcano erupts early Tuesday Morning, Thousands Evacuated

A massive eruption was noticed in Villarrica in Chile, sending lava hundreds of meters over the volcano’s summit crater, early Tuesday morning. Ash spread to the neighboring region shortly after the eruption. The intensity of the eruption was so great that the accompanying lava flow melted snow on the slopes of the volcano, leading to creation of some small volcanic mudflows and debris flows.

The eruption caused evacuation of nearly 3,500 people from the small towns around Villarrica, including the vacation town of Pucón.

Four New Craters and Several Smaller ones discovered in Siberia

Four New Craters and Several Smaller ones discovered in Siberia

Four new massive size craters have been discovered in Siberia. Russian scientists have also found many other smaller holes in Siberia in the same region, where other craters were discovered in 2014.

The scientists have raised concerns that owing to global warming, increasing temperatures have started a process of methane gas eruptions that has the potential to cause an environmental disaster.

Ice caves appear again on Lake Michigan

Ice caves appear again on Lake Michigan

Ice caves which drew huge public attention last year are back again in Leelanau County. In 2014, the ice caves that came into view on Lake Michigan were one of the biggest winter attractions around. Eric LePaugh, who lives in Glen Arbor, noticed the mounds forming on Lake Michigan. According to 'LePaugh, owner of Leelanau Adventures, mounds can be seen from the shore.

LePaugh also said that when he walked onto the frozen waters of Lake Michigan, he noticed numerous caves, but it was not as big as the ones from last year.

Study analyzes impact of tsunami on Columbia River

Study analyzes impact of tsunami on Columbia River

According to a new study, a tsunami caused by earthquake could raise water level up to 13 feet just inside the mouth of the Columbia River and about 7 feet within a few miles of Astoria. It was also found by Oregon State University engineers that rise in water level would be very small around Portland or Bonneville Dam.

Earth Had Much Richer Life Billions of Years Ago Than Previously Thought: Study

Checked-Earth Had Much Richer Life Billions of Years Ago Than Previously Thought: Study

The findings of a study recently conducted by the researchers at the University of Washington could change the belief how life actually evolved on earth.

The research focused upon nitrogen, which is considered to be a crucial ingredient of life. Scientists associated with the research believe that usable nitrogen had vey less supply during the early days of our planet.

University of Washington Earth and Space Sciences professor Roger Buick said in a statement that life on earth even before two billion years ago was thought to be very minute.

Air Pollution from 16th-century discovered in Peru's Ice

Air Pollution from 16th-century discovered in Peru's Ice

Deep inside an ice cap in the Peruvian Andes, scientists have traced air pollution from 16th-century Spanish silver mines. In an announcement made on Monday, scientists said the pollution appeared to have originated from what is now called Bolivia, located hundreds of miles away at the Potosí mountaintop silver mines. The imprint of metal-rich smog was actually discovered in Peru.

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