|Earth Happenings Archive|
The Largest Sunspot In Ten Years Blazes Away With Eruptions
- A huge sunspot, thirteen-times larger than the surface area of the Earth
and growing, has now rotated with the Sun to face our planet. The sunspot, which is
the largest of the current solar cycle, is also the largest to appear in a decade.
Movement Of Earth's Crust Can Now Be Detected Using GPS
- The same type of technology used by motorists to help them navigate
city roadways can now be used to detect and measure the smallest movements in
the Earth's crust, an international group of scientists, including a University
of Toronto geophysicist, has found.
Spill contained, oil rig owner says
- A day after the world’s biggest oil rig sank deep to the ocean
floor off Brazil’s coast, leaking crude oil and diesel, the offshore platform’s
owners on Wednesday said the spill was being contained.
Millions dying needlessly from dirty water
- More than one billion people have no access to clean water and 3.4
million die every year from diseases that could be easily remedied by better
supplies and sanitation, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
Skull may redefine human ancestry
- A 3.5 million-year-old skull has been found in Kenya, and scientists
say it might evict the Ethiopian fossil nicknamed "Lucy" from the line of direct
Geologists Learning Uranium Containment From Nature
- Three decades ago, possibly one of the richest uranium deposits
in the US was discovered at Coles Hill in rural South-central Virginia.
Although the deposit was considered for mining, it was never developed.
However, this site may yield knowledge of great value as a natural laboratory
for radioactive waste containment.
Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future?
- No more smelly fumes at the gas station. No more polluting C02
emissions. Far less dependence on uneven supplies of fossil fuels. Could
hydrogen, the simplest and most abundant element in the universe, address
both energy and clean air concerns?
Report: Satellite data proves greenhouse effect
- Satellite data has provided the first "direct observational
evidence" that the greenhouse effect is producing long-term changes in the
Earth's atmosphere, scientists said Wednesday.
Wind-power facility could indicate shift in industry
- Officials in Harrisburg, Penn. Wednesday are to announce plans
for the development of the largest wind-powered electric generation
facility in the state, to be located in Fayette County about 40 miles
southeast of Pittsburgh.
Thai farmer uses coconuts as alternative fuel
- A Thai farmer has found his own solution to global warming
and the stagnation of Thailand’s rural economy in coconuts. The government has
tried to tone down his excitement but some environmentalists say coconut
fuel could reduce pollution while helping millions of poor farmers
across Southeast Asia and other tropical areas.
Stress, Chaos Form Tallest Mountains In The Solar System
- It takes a lot of stress, and a little chaos, to create
some of the tallest mountains in our solar system. That is the theory
proposed by earth and planetary scientists at Washington University in
St. Louis studying mountain formation and volcanic activity on Io, one
of Jupiter's many moons.
Is ancient Machu Picchu in trouble?
- Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel perched 8,366 feet
up in the Peruvian Andes, could collapse at any time, New Scientist
magazine reported Wednesday.
Ancient Earth Had Magnetic Field Three Times Stronger Than Once Thought
- A new technique for measuring the Earth's magnetic field back to the
days of the dinosaurs and beyond has revealed that the magnetic field
was as much as three times stronger in ancient Earth than previous
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