Geology

Grade “D” assigned to Health of Global Oceans

Grade “D” assigned to Health of Global Oceans

The Ocean Health Index prepared by the Conservation International and University of California has revealed scores for oceans globally. A thorough assessment was done to evaluate the condition of oceans' health.

To assign the scores, the researchers evaluated ecological, social, economic, and political factors for each region. All the evaluated data was then crunched through a computer model.

More Magma Moving Up the Crater of Mayon Volcano in Philippines

More Magma Moving Up the Crater of Mayon Volcano in Philippines

On Wednesday, lava gushed down Philippines' most active volcano resulting in mass evacuations.

Authorities on Monday had raised the third highest alert in a five-step scale. This alert means that a full-scale eruption is possible "within weeks". Considering this, soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate. By Wednesday's dawn, Mayon's crater glowed red and molten rocks flowed as far as halfway down its slopes.

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Natural History Museum in LA displays rare 12-Carat 'Blue Moon' Diamond

Natural History Museum in LA displays rare 12-Carat 'Blue Moon' Diamond

Blue Moon Diamond, one of the world's biggest blue diamonds, goes on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Saturday.

The internally flawless gemstone is of 12 carats. It weighs about 2.4 grams and sparkles from almost every angle.

Britain Facing Strange and Disturbing Threat of More Sinkholes

Britain Facing Strange and Disturbing Threat of More Sinkholes

A few weeks ago, the Volkswagen Lupo was swallowed by a sinkhole, measuring 4.5m wide and 9m deep, in High Wycombe. The car belonged to 19-year-old Zoe Smith and the sinkhole on a driveway in High Wycombe sucked the car underground on a Sunday morning at the beginning of this month. No one was present in the car when the spectacle happened.

The car is still there and will remain there as about 300 tonnes of concrete was poured over it to fill the hole. The sinkhole is believed to be the result of a recent heavy rainfall coupled with a history of chalk mining in the area.

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China Unveils Fourth research Station on Antarctica

China Unveils Fourth research Station on Antarctica

China has opened its fourth research station in Antarctica, the 1,000 square-meter (10,763 sq. feet) Taishan base. It is also known as 'the lantern' as its main building's shape is similar to a lantern.

The Taishan is intended to help researchers study geology, glaciers, and climate change. It has a gamut of facilities including a runway for a fixed wing aircraft. To give you the exact location of the Taishan station, it is 76 degrees 58 minutes east longitude and 73 degrees 51 minutes south latitude on the East Antarctic inland ice sheet at an altitude of 2,621 meters.

Grand Canyon is Young despite having Ancient Segments

Grand Canyon is Young despite having Ancient Segments

A latest research has revealed that recent formation of the world famous Grand Canyon has occurred, which moves through the American state of Arizona. The 'old Canyon model' stated that the Grand Canyon was carved 70 million years ago, but new research suggests that most of its part was placed just five to six million years ago.

The Grand Canyon has been featured as 450 kilometer long and 1,800 meter deep. The revelation, which has been published in the Journal Nature Geoscience, states that some parts of the Canyon are very old, but the complete system is young.

Only 10 Near-Earth Asteroids May be Suitable for Commerical-Scale Mining

Only 10 Near-Earth Asteroids May be Suitable for Commerical-Scale Mining

There might be companies which have been hoping to mine near-Earth asteroids. But a new research carried out by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge seems to have washed away their hopes.

The research has found that around 10 near-Earth asteroids in the solar system are fit for mining purposes and that too in a cost-effective manner. Dr Martin Elvis is the one who has come up with this revelation and for the same, he has made an equation.

Supervolcanoes Do not Need External Factors for Eruption: Study

Supervolcanoes Do not External Factor for Eruption: Study

A Swiss research team has carried out a study, as per which, it has been found that Supervolcanoes like Lake Taupo do not need external factors to cause eruption. They can be set off on their own due to large quantity of liquid magma present in these huge volcanoes.

Weird Earthquake Lights Linked To Rifts in Earth: Research

Weird Earthquake Lights Linked To Rifts in Earth: Research

According to a new research, scientists have revealed that unexplained as well mysterious flashes of electricity, which are also known as earthquake lights, most probably occur near the rifts.

It has been explained by the researchers that the earthquake lights flash near the rifts as the in such an area the pieces of the Earth are constantly pulling away from each other away.

Researchers found Freshwater Reservoirs underneath Surface of Ocean

Researchers found Freshwater Reservoirs underneath Surface of Ocean

According to a new report by researchers, huge freshwater reservoirs have been found by them. Researchers said that they have found 100 time greater reserves than what they have been using since 1990.

Researchers said that they had accidently discovered large fresh reservoirs sitting right below the surface of oceans, when they were on their mission to find oil and gas from ocean pockets. Scientists said that the last place people might expect to find drinking water is underneath the ocean.

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