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Iron Oxide Changes To A New Substance In Deep Earth

Scientists have found that world’s 2nd most abundant mineral’s constituent, Iron Oxide FeO changes its properties totally to convert to a different substance in deep earth region. Intense conditions like high temperature and pressure squeeze the basic particles like electrons so close that altogether a new compound develops as a result of such conditions. This phenomena was observed in earth’s ... Read More »

How Scientists Measure The Speed of Tectonic Plates

Geologists always keep an eye on the rate of movement of tectonic plates. This helps to predict the future geological features of a certain area and also helps predict earthquakes sometimes. The plates are always moving, albeit at a small rate (few centimetres per year).   The best way to measure how quickly two tectonic plates converge is the use ... Read More »

Earthquake Displaced Japan By 8 Feet: US Geological Survey

US Geological Survey has revealed that the 11 March, 2011 earthquake that caused massive destruction, has also moved the Japanese island by as much as 8 feet which according to them, is a reasonable number.   The quake which resulted due to thrust faulting along the boundary of Pacific & North American Tectonic plates was big enough to slide the ... Read More »

Japanese Earthquake Shortens Length Of Earth Day

NASA geophysicist Richard Gross calculated that Earth’s rotation sped up by 1.6 microseconds. That’s because of the shift in Earth’s mass caused by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan on 11th March 2011. A microsecond is one-millionth of a second.   Why It Happens ? You might have read in your school physics that moment of inertia (I) of a rotating ... Read More »

New Form of Sulfur Discovered

A new form of Sulfur, the sixth most abundant element on earth has been identified in geological fluids. Earth already contains a lot of sulfur in rocks, mines in various forms but this is something new observed for the very first time.   The new form identified contains S3- ions whilst the existing forms contrain S2^-1 ions or SO4 ^ ... Read More »