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Global Volcanic Eruptions

December 10, 2011
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Global Volcanic Eruptions

What volcanoes are currently erupting across the globe, you ask?  Building on an earlier post of global earthquakes, we can scrape some weekly data from the Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program to plot the locations of actively erupting ...

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The Global Earthquake Desktop

November 25, 2011
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The Global Earthquake Desktop

One of the first things I do over coffee each morning is scroll through the USGS earthquake RSS feeds.  In the era of free data and open source computing I asked myself, "Wouldn't it be better to visualize all of the earthquakes around the world r...

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What the frack? Does hydraulic fracturing lead to increased earthquakes?

November 8, 2011
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What the frack?  Does hydraulic fracturing lead to increased earthquakes?

Earthquakes are normal occurrences along the boundaries of major plate margins, such as along the San Andreas fault system of California,  and are less common within plate interiors.  Try telling that, however, to the citizens of Oklahoma who...

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