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Dynamic earthquake rupture preserved in a creeping serpentinite shear zone

1.<p>Hirth, G. & Guillot, S. Rheology and tectonic significance of serpentinite. <i>Elements</i> <b>9</b>, 107–113 (2013).<p>2.<p>Guillot, S. & Hattori, K. Serpentinites: …

Geology

This Is What California’s Largest Wildfire Looks Like From Space

Photos released by satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe give a birds-eye view.<p>Photos released by satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe on Wednesday give a birds-eye view of the deadly wildfires currently burning in California.<p>The images show the area of the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is …

A Lifelong Huntington Beach Surfer Reflects on the Evolution of Our Fossil Fuel Dependence

Huntington Beach, before it was Surf City USA. Photo: City of Huntington Beach<p><b>Back in the early 60s,</b> I competed in the U.S Open of Surfing. Back …

As Trump tweets about California fires, his administration wants to expand logging

Logging has long been among California’s most divisive environmental issues — and the controversy shows little chance of cooling as the Trump administration pushes new efforts to thin forests.<p>The federal government is moving to allow commercial logging of healthy green pine trees for the first time …

Where the Next Big Cascadia Earthquake Might Occur

The Pacific Northwest is known for many things – its beer, its music, its mythical large-footed creatures. Most people don’t associate it with …

San Diego’s Scripps Pier Records Highest Ocean Temperature in Its 102-Year History

The sea surface temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla hit 78.6 degrees on Wednesday, the highest reading in the pier’s 102-year history, …

Geologists Have Finally Defined a New Chapter in Earth's History, And We're Living in It

Welcome to the Meghalayan!<p>After years of debate, the current geological epoch has finally been cut into three sections.<p>While some geologists clearly …

It's open! The last landslide closure on Highway 1 near Big Sur reopened to traffic earlier than expected

A stretch of Highway 1 south of Big Sur, closed for 14 months after a massive landslide, reopened Wednesday morning, two days ahead of schedule, according to Caltrans.<p>The road reopened at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. It’s good news for travelers, who can now drive between Carmel and San Luis Obispo without …

Eons of geology meet decades of music at Red Rocks near Denver, and it's all in this 3-minute video tour

I’d seen plenty of outdoor concerts before we started our series on great American music venues earlier this year. But none of those venues packed the same punch as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre just west of Denver. This video, shot during my first visit in late May, 2018, shows why.<p>The rock …

It's Getting Harder for Government Scientists to Talk to the Press

Scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) must now get approval first through their parent office<p>If they want to talk to reporters, scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) must now get approval first through their parent office, the Department of Interior (DOI). …

Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor

In a recent episode of MacGyver, Angus (yes, that's his first name) finds his location in the desert using only a string, a protractor, and a watch. …

East Bay fault is 'tectonic time bomb,' more dangerous than San Andreas, new study finds

The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco’s destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.<p>But new research shows that a much less well-known fault, running under the heart of the East Bay, poses a greater danger.<p>…

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

How to Fold 5 High-Flying Stunt Paper Airplanes

John Collins knows how to make a piece of paper go the distance. In 2012, he set the world record for the farthest flight for a paper aircraft. …

The 'nightmare' California flood more dangerous than a huge earthquake

California’s drought-to-deluge cycle can mask the dangers Mother Nature can have in store.<p>During one of the driest March-through-February time periods ever recorded in Southern California, an intense storm dumped so much rain on Montecito in January that mudflows slammed into entire rows of homes. …

Welcome to The Deepest Hole in The World

Looks can be deceiving.<p>Deep in western Russia, if you know where to look, you'll find a small collection of ragged scrap metal and crumbled concrete. …

A government scientist resigned in protest after the Trump administration demanded sensitive oil data

Mother Jones illustration; Getty Images<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Murray Hitzman could have had a long and …

Rumors Of Our Demise: The Science And Economics Of Climate Change

<b>Factors Affecting the Global Climate System</b><p>Source<p><b>Introduction</b><p>The global climate system has long exhibited a high degree of natural variability (Eric …

Climate Change

Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson

With huge tax cuts projected to create a $1.5tn deficit, cuts to social security and Medicare will surely follow<p>Since January, there have been frightening signs that America is becoming an oligarchy overseen by a dictator. From the first, Donald Trump has followed an authoritarian playbook, …

Donald Trump

Long Valley Volcano's 'Super-Eruption' Magma Was Cooler Than Past Estimates: Study

Long Valley, California, witnessed a ‘super-eruption’ about 765,000 years ago. This caused a pool of molten rock to explode into the sky causing a …

Highway 1 was buried under a massive landslide. Months later, engineers battle Mother Nature to fix it

This image, constructed from 3-D data collected June 26 by USGS, shows the steps crews are taking to stabilize the debris.<p>1. Two 25-foot-tall embankments, built at the base of the slide’s steepest slope, will protect the highway from avalanches.<p>2. The proposed highway is about a quarter-mile long, …

The Loudest Underwater Sound Ever Recorded Has No Scientific Explanation

In 1997, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discovered an unusual, ultra-low-frequency sound emanating from a point off the southern coast of Chile. It was the loudest unidentified underwater sound ever recorded, detected by hydrophones 5,000 miles apart. It lasted for one minute …

Earth - The secret of how diamonds are made

<i>Join over six million BBC Earth fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p><i>If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called "If You Only Read 5 Things This Week". A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital</i> …

Earthquake Report: Gorda plate

We just had an earthquake in the Gorda plate. The USGS magnitude is 5.1. This earthquake happened a few kilometers southwest of the 2014 M 6.8 …

This Amazing Map Fills a 500-Million Year Gap in Earth's History

Tectonics of our ancient world.<p>Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To …

California Drought, Then and Now, in Pictures

Bridges

Geology Is Beer's Best Kept Secret

Beer is one of the oldest and most appreciated drinks known to humankind. Chemical remains of beer have been found on fragments on a jar that’s more than 4,000 years old. Mesopotamian kings guaranteed its purity – so much so that fraudulent brewers could put to death. And the Ancient Egyptians …