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How Can Earthquakes Make Gold?

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March 18, 2013
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Australian researchers claim energy from earthquakes can vaporize water that collects between fault lines.


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In the Studio: Prof. Danijel Schorlemmer, Seismologist

In the Studio: Prof. Danijel Schorlemmer, Seismologist

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 21, 2011) — Prof. Schorlemmer from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ, in Potsdam is an expert in the area of earthquake forecasting.DW-TV: Japan is a society that has played a pioneering role in a wide number of technologies -- including of course earthquake warning systems. But even then, people have just five seconds after the warning comes to brace themselves. Cutting straight to the chase, thousands of detection stations around the world, international networks, decades of research -- why can't we predict earthquakes yet? Danijel Schorlemmer: Well, even though we have thousands of stations, we have a big problem. We only measure the signals on the earth’s surface. Unlike in meteorology, where you can measure all the values you’re interested in, like humidity, wind-speed and so on in 3-D, we only see the earth’s surface. We cannot make measurements in the earth, which would be very important to understand what’s going on. And we’re also lacking a precursor phenomenon, a
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Researchers Discover Gold Growing in Trees in Australia

Researchers Discover Gold Growing in Trees in Australia

Buzz60 (Oct. 24, 2013) — Researchers in Australia say they've found gold growing on trees, as a certain type of eucalyptus tree was found to absorb gold particles in the soil. Jen Markham explains.
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Japan Deep Sea Drilling Boat Seeks Origin of Earthquakes

Japan Deep Sea Drilling Boat Seeks Origin of Earthquakes

AFP (Sep. 13, 2013) — A Japan-led team of seismologists sets off on a mission on a Japanese deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu to drill deep beneath the seabed in the search for the origin of earthquakes.
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