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Chris Rowan
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Postdoc geologist and blogger.
Postdoc geologist and blogger.

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I couldn't help but go a little overboard when confronted with this amazing image from the NASA Earth Observatory last week. 

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I couldn't help but go a little overboard when confronted with this amazing image from the NASA Earth Observatory last week. 
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I seem to periodically end up doing this, but recent events "inspired" me: a little bloggy rant on the impossibility of short-term earthquake prediction.

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I thought this was pretty cool: most of the earth has been measurably deformed in the last decade by coseismic deformation in the largest earthquakes (mostly Tohoku and Sumatra) - enough to affect GPS measurements.

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Natural events like earthquakes and floods become disasters when they hit close to areas with a lot of us, and our stuff, and we are poorly prepared for the consequences. I've been exploring ways of visually representing this to more intuitively explain (for example) why some magnitude 7 earthquakes are worse than others, or even why it's not always the biggest earthquakes than do the most harm.

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The Allochthonous family does science outreach: our daughter's account of her class's visit to our department.
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Come for the some spectacular avalanche footage, get some Earth Day meanderings on humanity's relationship with Nature thrown in for free!
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A quick look at the latest earthquake in Western China, very close to - and probably on the same fault system as - the 2008 M7.9 Wenchuan earthquake.

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A look at both of the big earthquakes that struck Iran over the last week. Shallow and deep collisional processes, on opposite sides of the country.
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