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A detailed picture of H2O dissolution in olivine

Editor’s Highlight—   How water dissolves into the nominally anhydrous mantle is hugely important. It has major effects on mantle rheology and therefore the cooling and convection of the mantle. Dehydration during melting strengthens the lithosphere and contributes to plate tectonics. And water lowers.... more

Hypothesis for the formation of V-shaped ridges

Editor’s Highlight—  V-shaped ridges (near mantle plumes are key to understanding rift-plume interaction. This paper examines the v-shaped ridges associated with the Iceland hotspot. The authors incorporate an analysis of seismic reflection data with an extensive literature review of existing work to.... more

Revising an Innovative Way to Study Cascadia Megaquakes

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Researchers probe natural environments near subduction zones to decrypt underlying mechanisms of major earthquakes. Along the west coast of North America, the Cascadia subduction zone stretches more than 1,000 kilometers from Vancouver Island to Cape Mendocino, Calif..... more

A Promising New Tool for Forecasting Volcanic Hazards

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A new model that simulates the behavior of surging ash clouds may help scientists to better predict the hazards associated with the deadliest type of volcanic flows.  The deadliest and most destructive phenomena associated with volcanoes are pyroclastic flows, fluidlike.... more

Looking Inside an Active Italian Volcano

Emily Underwood, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Scientists use 3-D imaging to reveal Solfatara crater’s inner plumbing.  Italy’s Solfatara crater lies in the Phlegrean Fields caldera, near Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that buried the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. The Phlegrean Fields caldera is located inside the metropolitan.... more

How to understand the inner plumbing of volcanoes

Editor’s Highlight—   We have become increasingly good at measuring external volcano shape thanks to the development of satellite technology. However, it remains a challenge to understand the subsurface structure and systems. This paper presents a model to link the external geometry of volcanos with.... more

Tracing Water’s Path Through the Santa Clara Valley Aquifer

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— In an increasingly drought prone climate, scientists study the impacts of drought on aquifer systems.  California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January 2014,  following years of wintertime rainfall levels dipping below historic averages..... more

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Blog— Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore. In a study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, scientists at the University of Utah report that these.... more

Scientists determine source of world’s largest mud eruption

Press Release— On May 29, 2006, mud started erupting from several sites on the Indonesian island of Java. Boiling mud, water, rocks and gas poured from newly-created vents in the ground, burying entire towns and compelling many Indonesians to flee. By September 2006, the largest eruption site reached.... more