Reawakening of Icelandic Volcano!!!

The volcano consists of inter–connected conduits, sills, and dikes that allow magma to rise from deep within the Earth.

Months of volcanic restlessness preceded the eruptions this spring of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, providing insight into what roused it from centuries of slumber.

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Volcanoes Have Shifted Asian Rainfall

Powerful volcanoes potential to shift rain patterns

Scientists have long known that large volcanic explosions can affect the weather by spewing particles that block solar energy and cool the air. Some suspect that extended “volcanic winters” from gigantic blowups helped kill off dinosaurs and Neanderthals. In the summer following Indonesia’s 1815 Tambora eruption, frost wrecked crops as far off as New England, and the 1991 blowout of the Philippines’ Mount Pinatubo lowered average global temperatures by 0.7 degrees F — enough to mask the effects of manmade greenhouse gases for a year or so.

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African Desert Rift Confirmed As New Ocean In The Making

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New research confirms that the volcanic processes at work beneath the Ethiopian rift are nearly identical to those at the bottom of the world’s oceans, and the rift is indeed likely the beginning of a new sea.

In 2005, a gigantic, 35-mile-long rift broke open the desert ground in Ethiopia. At the time, some geologists believed the rift was the beginning of a new ocean as two parts of the African continent pulled apart, but the claim was controversial.

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Amazing Satellite Images Of Earth’s Natural Wonders From Space

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A mosaic of Nasa satellite images gives the most detailed true-colour image of the Earth ever created

For decades, man has gazed up at the stars and marvelled at the wonders of the universe.  But, as this amazing selection of images shows, there are many mind-blowing sights to behold from the other direction.
 

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Maya Intensively Cultivated Manioc 1,400 Years Ago

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Professor Payson Sheets and his team uncovered a manioc field one-third the size of football field

A University of Colorado at Boulder team has uncovered an ancient and previously unknown Maya agricultural system — a large manioc field intensively cultivated as a staple crop that was buried and exquisitely preserved under a blanket of ash by a volcanic eruption in present-day El Salvador 1,400 years ago.

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Super-computer Provides First Glimpse Of Earth’s Early Magma Interior

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By using a super-computer to virtually squeeze and heat iron-bearing minerals under conditions that would have existed when the Earth crystallized from an ocean of magma to its solid form 4.5 billion years ago, two UC Davis geochemists have produced the first picture of how different isotopes of iron were initially distributed in the solid Earth.

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