Earthquake prediction is possible! At least for toads (well, for bufo bufo only). And at least in Italy. And at least in 2009. Do you remember that story of toads having left their home (lake) before the L’Aquila earthuake and returning after the aftershock sequence? A new paper on this was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Grant et al., 2011: Ground Water Chemistry Changes before Major Earthquakes and Possible Effects on Animals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 8, 1936-1956; doi:10.3390/ijerph8061936.
Recent papers I read:
- Zuchiewicz et al., 2011: Late Cenozoic tectonics of the Red River Fault Zone, Vietnam, in the light of geomorphic studies. J Geodynamics, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2011.10.008
- Chang et al., 2011: Magnetostratigraphy of the Suerkuli Basin indicates Pliocene (3.2 Ma) activity of the middle Altyn Tagh fault, northern Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.10.013
- Becken et al., 2011: Correlation between deep fluids, tremor and creep along the central San Andreas fault. Nature 480, 87-90, doi:10.1038/nature10609.
- Huerto et al., 2011: Large-scale architecture in non-marine basins: the response to the interplay between accommodation space and sediment supply. Sedimentology 58, 7, 1716-1736, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2011.01231.x
- Loveless et al., 2011: Fault architecture and deformation processes within poorly lithified rift sediments, Central Greece, Journal of Structural Geology, 33, 11, 1554-1568.
If you are thinking about a tattoo, I can strongly recommend to have a look at this one: link. A geological cross-section wrapped around the shoulders is definitely an option. Must see.
Worth reading is this report by the USGS on Forecasting California’s Earthquakes – What Can We Expect in the Next 30 Years? Get the PDF here.
Imagine you are interested in earthquakes, you want to do someone a favour, it is Christmas time and you still need a gift. Should there be one thing that perfectly fits? Of course: socks. Aftersocks, to be more precise. A nice way of fundraising for the victims of the Canterbury EQ, New Zealand. The only important thing is that you need to think about the shipping time. Maybe it’s too late for Christmas already.
Oh, and Jessica has written a nice post on teaching plate tectonics to teachers. Read it, it’s fun!
At the end, just a spectacular video on sampling an active underwater volcano:
And a nice geology picture I shot by myself:
Have a nice weekend!