Among natural hazards and disasters, earthquakes are the most dangerous and disastrous happenings on the earth's surface.
Diamonds are very important to our society because of the meanings we attach to them. But, where do diamonds come from? They form in four ways: deep eruptions, subduction, impact, and collisions in space.
Originally, the active volcanoes on Hawai'i Island were thought to be part of the infamous "Ring of Fire". Current scientific opinion and research suggests that a geothermal hot spot sitting underneath the "Big Island" is responsible for the high amount of geothermal activity.
Fool's Gold, chemical name pyrite, is a puzzling mineral that has baffled gold prospectors for centuries. This article details the differences between pyrite and true gold and explains why the humble rock isn't nearly as valuable as its golden lookalike.
Have you ever wondered why some English place names have a strange sounding name? This article will answer why these names have come into use and why they have remained intact into the modern age.
Slow-going and dangerous it may have been, but ancient mining techniques were clever. The earliest mines sought cosmetic pigments for funerals. Picks and hammer stones are examples of stone age tools. Later, ancient man discovered metals which provided materials for superior weapons and tools.
The world's oldest and biggest crater rests a few hundred kilometers away from the city of Johannesburg. In addition to its unique size and age, this hole in the ground is a tourist attraction, wildlife hub and a scientific jaw-dropper.
Fascinating facts and photos featuring the most common and some more unusual stones found along Lake Michigan's shorelines. Including various types of basalt, septarian brown stones, limestone, granite, gabbro, diorite, gneiss, schist, sandstone, silt stone, mud stone, geodes, chalcedony and agate.
Our world is filled a multitude of geologic hazards that can cause extensive property damage and even loss of human life. Mass wasting is one of those hazards that can be avoided or mitigated if you are prepared. Learn about the different types of mass wasting and what causes them.
Lapidary jokes, fossicking jokes, prospecting jokes, rockhound jokes, geology jokes and many more funny jokes, puns and short tales for lapidarians, rockhounds and jewellery enthusiasts.
Learn about how the four different types of volcanoes (composite, shield, cinder cone, and lava dome) form and watch videos of how they erupt.
Colombia lies in the "Ring of Fire," an area of seismic instability that surrounds the Pacific Basin and is subject to frequent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The country's most notable surface feature is the Andes mountain system
Ground modification and improvement is often necessary to prepare the ground for a foundation to support a building or other infrastructure. This article explains nine difference deep ground modification techniques and how they are used.
Sedimentary rocks are fantastic formations that each and everyone tells an amazing history! If we know what to look for, we can read about the fascinating journey the particles in the rocks have done....
This hub is solely written bearing in mind helping school kids with their assignments. I have written down briefly with illustrations where possible, what mountains are, how they are formed, the types of mountains and how you identify the different types of mountains. I hope you enjoy reading this, and it helps you with your requirements.
An examination of the Titanic shipwreck site from a geological perspective. What been happening in the area around the shipwreck since it hit the North Atlantic ocean floor more than 100 years ago.
About 74,000 years ago, a volcanic explosion on the island of Sumatra threw so much ash into the atmosphere that all human life may have been threatened.
For hours I've searched for the ancient, semi-precious stone that fascinates my soul. I have been told there is nothing special about the agates found on the rock banks of Mississippi, but I disagree.
One of the most important materials in the modern economy is graphene. It’s a key material for a variety of products and is essential for a number of industries. The extraction of graphene is an expensive, energy intensive process.
Here is a short introduction to some of the world's best known examples of hot spring activity cause by volcanism.
Mud is a versatile and interesting material. It's useful for both humans and animals. It can also be dangerous, especially in the form of mud volcanoes and mudflows.
Volcanoes come in many forms, from the steady and slow-moving basalt flows of Hawaii, to towering mountains such as Mount Fuji, to the calderas of super-volcanoes. Below are a couple that are overdue.
Volcanoes are fascinating and sometimes terrifying natural events that occur at many places around the world. Understanding the science behind the creation and eruption of a volcano can better help us comprehend both the detrimental and beneficial effects that volcanic activity can bring.
Volcanoes are natural features of the Earth's lanscape. Volcanoes form from the natural internal forces acting inside the Earth. Mos volcanoes form at the boundaries of tectonic plates either in the ocean or on land. Others may form away from the boundaries of plate tectonics; however all volcanoes are formed from the natural internal energies occurring inside the planet.
Volcanic vents are fractures on the summit of a volcano through where lava is ejected. There are various types of volcanic vents; however, all vents connect the magma chamber, which is a pool of hot molten rock, to the vent on top of a volcano.
Overuse of our groundwater resources has resulted in an ever prevalent problem of Earth fissures. As a property owner or potential buyer of land, there are several things you need to know about these large cracks in the ground in order for you to make an informed decision.
There is a small village in Turkmenistan's Karakum Desert called Derweze (AKA Darvaza). Four miles away is a burning crater called the Gates of Hell.
The ocean hides its beast well. And one such behemoth are the guyots. So what are they and what do they mean to science?
Japanese volcanoes are as beautiful as they are deadly. Here are 7 famous Japanese volcanoes that have inspired fear and love throughout the centuries.
The tallest and longest mountain ranges, with pictures. The world's tallest mountains are in central Asia; the world's longest ranges are on other continents. Geology of mountain ranges.
Unique and rare Septarian brown stones among other types are found along a narrow stretch of Lake Michigan shorelines. Find out the one other place in the world they can be found.
Land subsidence caused by groundwater withdrawal poses a significant threat to governments, businesses, and the general public.
This article suggest 20 important facts about Antarctica, emphasizing its vulnerability to increased tourism, pollution and climate change.
The notorious Ring of Fire, which runs all the way from New Zealand to Chile by way of the Aleutian Islands, is home to many of the most potentially destructive volcanoes on the planet.
This is a brief description of the structure of planet earth, written specifically to help educate curious children.
If you want to identify a mineral, there are some properties of minerals that you need to examine to narrow it down. This is a guide to how scientists identify minerals by their physical properties.
A major earthquake is long overdue for southern California and the devastation could potentially go beyond all predictions and result in a large swath of America becoming a radioactive wasteland.
This article looks at ten sandy beaches of extraordinary colour, what they are composed of and how they are formed, with illustrations of all ten
West Coast volcanoes have been relatively quiet since 1980, when Mt. St. Helens exploded and killed over 50 people. Nonetheless, the West Coast has, at the very least, another half dozen active volcanoes that could erupt in the near future and create a dangerous situation for anyone living nearby.
We often forget that together the world's oceans and seas cover nearly 71% of the earth's surface. This article will help you understand this blue planet on which we live and how to navigate it.
Steamboat Geyser, the largest in the world, has erupted for the 5th time in 2018, generating a lot of media attention
Sinkholes are scary and sudden. But are they really deadly? Is there anything we can do to prevent them? A look at recent US and Worldwide deaths, why sinkholes happen, and how to stop them.