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  • 31 Jul 2020
    The robotic arm on NASA's InSight lander places a seismometer onto the surface of Mars.(credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech).
    Kenneth Coles

    Marsquakes may originate in a well-known fracture

    Reports of the first marsquakes – seismic events caused by crustal movement – aroused my interest. Recordings of earthquakes here on our own planet have taught us everything from the number and nature of layers in the interior to where the most active faults are located. The seismicity of the Earth contributed vital information that […]

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  • 26 Apr 2019
    Adrian Burd

    Making mathematical methods less intimidating

    My research career has taken a somewhat non-linear path, starting in theoretical cosmology and ending up in marine sciences. Each transition has required me to learn new things, and so many years ago I was involved in an Antarctic Field Training Course run by the US National Science Foundation. The course was highly interdisciplinary, and […]

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  • 6 Feb 2017
    Thermo-Poroelasticity and Geomechanics
    A.P.S. Selvadurai

    Deep Geologic Disposal of Nuclear Waste: Inaction is a Recipe for a Crisis

    A Third Cambridge University Press title by A.P.S. Selvadurai Trained as both a civil engineer and an applied mathematician, Professor Selvadurai is an internationally recognized authority in the area of Environmental Geomechanics, which deals with the application of mathematics and mechanics to problems in the environmental geosciences. He has received several prestigious research awards including […]

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  • 20 Sep 2016
    Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles

    Sculpting the Earth

    Landscapes of the Anthropocene So it seems that the Anthropocene is really here and the Holocene is over. Humans have significantly altered the surface of the Earth. Geologists in the Working Group on the Anthropocene reported to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town at the end of August 2016 that there is now clear […]

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  • 14 Jan 2010

    Seismologist on Haitian Quakes

    In a Scientific American article today, author and seismologist Robert Yeats expressed sadness, but little surprise, over the devastation in Haiti. He is currently writing a book for us: Active Faults of the World. Read the interivew here>>

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  • 16 Jan 2009

    Darwin Letter Friday

    From Lima, Darwin yearns for a roaring fire in merry old England, while looking forward to visiting the Galapagos Islands; chiefly for geological reasons. To William Darwin Fox [9–12 August] 1835 Lima July,1 1835 My dear Fox, I have lately received two of your letters, one dated June2 & the other November 1834. (—They reached […]

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  • 9 Jan 2009

    Darwin Letter Friday

    From Mauritius, most of the way home to England after years at sea, Darwin recalls some of the highlights of his journey in a letter to his sister Caroline. He and the entire crew are very homesick, and it shows — much of his letter is occupied with musings about the publication of his field […]

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  • 8 Sep 2008

    Searching for the Real Ithaca

    The Odysseus Unbound saga continues Where is the Ithaca of Homer, home to Odysseus? This has been a point of contention, since today’s Ithaki bears little resemblance to Homer’s description of the island. Enter Robert Bittlestone. He has signed up as project sponsor for a company that specializes in seismic detection, sonograms and the like, […]

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