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Listen Current: Nepal Earthquake a Year Later

Listen Current

From Listen Current, May 10, 2016  --  The Himalayan country of Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake that killed almost 9,000 people one year ago. Today, the country still suffers from widespread homelessness, power outages and a serious lack of basic supplies. Even with the large amounts of money pledged to Nepal, none of that money actually arrived to help the people. Monsoon season is approaching and the people need more secure living situations in order to survive. Listen to hear more about the conditions in Nepal after the earthquake.

Press release for students - Studying glaciers with animated satellite images

EGU Planet Press

From EGU, November 26, 2015  --  Frank Paul, a scientist from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, has come up with a simple method to allow us to see glacier movements and changes, using the Karakoram mountain range in central Asia as an example. He created GIF animations from satellite images of the region.

EARTH Magazine: Reading the Ridges - Are Climate and the Seafloor Connected?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, May 2, 2016  --  EARTH Magazine plunges into the depths of the ocean with scientists seeking whether Earth's climate and sea-level history are intrinsically linked with tectonics at mid-ocean ridges. Since these ridges are not as well studied as terrestrial volcanoes, largely given the challenge to access them, teams of researchers are using tectonic models, evidence from high-resolution mapping of different spreading ridges and sediment cores to examine the evidence. 

Listen Current: Batteries for Your House

Listen Current

From Listen Current, April 28, 2016  --  Outside Reno, Nevada, the company Tesla is constructing a giant battery factory. The batteries will be made for the company’s electric cars as well as other things. Known as the Gigafactory, the building will allow the company to scale up battery production and reduce the price of their electric cars. Tesla is planning to revolutionize energy use by producing something new in their Gigafactory: a “Powerwall,” or a battery for the home.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Vanuatu

IRIS

April 28, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the southwest Pacific Ocean at a depth of 27 km beneath the island of Melampa in the Vanuatu island chain.

IRIS page: http://www.iris.edu/hq/retm/4113

EARTH Magazine: Making Tracks Through the Dinosaur Diamond

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 04/26/2016  --  Between Utah and Colorado, there is a geographical diamond in which lies a rich collection of fossils and dinosaur footprints recording the history of when dinosaurs inhabited this region. All major ages of dinosaur life are recorded here, and for more than a hundred years, paleontologists have busily been debating which dinosaurs existed based on bones and abundant dinosaur tracks, the latter of which provide clues that allow geoscientists to interpret dinosaur daily life. 

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.8 Ecuador

IRIS

April 16, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that occurred near the coast of Ecuador. According to a statement from the government, more than 1,550 people were injured, 235 dead, at least 370 buildings were destroyed and another 151 buildings and 26 schools were affected by the quake.

Teachable Moment from IRIS - Magnitude 7.0 Japan

IRIS

April 15, 2016  --  IRIS does an excellent job collecting and preparing resources we can use in our classrooms on recent, significant earthquakes. Check out their PowerPoint, visualizations and animations on three strong to major earthquakes that occurred in Japan, including two foreshocks of M 6.2 and M 6.0 on April 14th and a M 7.0 early Saturday morning local time.  The foreshocks caused severe shaking in the region and resulted in 9 reported fatalities and more than 1000 injuries.  Early reports indicate that at least 32 people have died in the M 7.0 earthquake.

EARTH Magazine: Where Fire Freezes - All Eyes, Ears and Instruments on Iceland’s Volatile Volcanoes

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine, 03/31/2016  --  Iceland is located in the North Atlantic straddling a mid-ocean ridge and possibly riding over a Hawaiian-style hot spot. This makes it is a prime geological environment for volcanoes: Iceland has more than 100 volcanoes, 33 of which are active. Iceland is also home to examples of every type of volcano on Earth, each with its own eruptive pattern. Thus, the island nation presents a special challenge to volcanologists as well as serving as an ideal natural laboratory for studying how volcanic processes evolve.

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