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October 12, 2017

Exploring Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Can scientists determine how likely we are to have a tsunami along different parts of the PNW Coast and how big it would be? What types of things affect whether an earthquake is likely to cause a large tsunami? (Or none at all?)

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September 27, 2017

Mt. Agung Update: Why is it so hard to predict a volcanic eruption?

Update 11:00 AM EDT  Indonesia’s Mt. Agung may be on the cusp of its first eruption since 1963, an eruption that killed more than 1000 people. Since late August, seismic signals have increased in frequency, and last Friday, officials raised the alert status to the highest level. Local officials have evacuated around 75,000 people from the area and warned residents to keep an 8-12 kilometer distance from the volcano.    However, it’s still unclear whether—or when—the volcano may erupt, …

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September 12, 2017

Valleys and Ridges: Understanding the Geologic Structures in Central Virginia Pt.3

Sometimes you have to build the field in the laboratory (or in this post’s case, in the art museum). At the Virginia Tech Active Tectonics and Geomorphology Lab they do just that. This is the latest in a series of posts shared from their blog. More of their posts can be found here. Written by The Geo Models    Part 3 (final part) of a 3 part series on the valleys and …

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January 12, 2017

Five Voices from the Pacific

In this blog, the team reflect on this experience so far.

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November 14, 2016

Unrelated questions

Zooplankton is certainly not the study focus of Oliver’s working group, but for a while, these small crustaceans become a reminder of the complexity of the oceans’ systems. Every working team onboard has specific questions they would like to see answered, but on top of those, they are all always attentive for new learning opportunities.

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November 3, 2016

The dust people

Rachel and William are the “Dust People.” They are interested in how trace metals suspended in the air enter the ocean after traveling long distances through wind, and what happens to them after they do.

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November 2, 2016

Sea surface microlayer: Why?

Think of it as the skin of the ocean. Just like our skin, the sea surface microlayer is the first line of defense of our oceans. Key for the exchange of substances and gases between the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, and a collection point for anthropogenic materials entering the ocean. Not only is this skin extremely important for the health of the oceans, but we are beginning to learn how determinant it is for our entire planet.

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