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December 19, 2018

Register Guard article features work by Doug Toomey

Our own Professor Doug Toomey’s work with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network on the earthquake early warning system is featured in the news!  See the full Register Guard article here.

Digging into the Eagle Crest fire’s aftermath

In the aftermath of the Eagle Crest fire, Josh Roering is investigating the relationship between fire and landslides in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area.  For the full story, click here: https://around.uoregon.edu/fire-and-slide?utm_source=ato12-19-18

 

November 7, 2018

UO scientists uncover a rare Oregon dinosaur fossil

Our own professor Greg Retallack discovered this toe bone in Central Oregon – an unusual find!  Read the Around the O story here.

UO researchers expose the dirty secrets hidden under glaciers

Our own postdoctoral scholar Colin Meyer and professor Alan Rempel delve into the physics relating to glacier movement and friction.  See the Around the O story here.

UO scientist named an American Geophysical Union fellow

Our own Josh Roering is elected a 2018 AGU fellow for his work on landscape evolution and earth surface processes!  See the Around the O story here.

Report on Washington’s sea level rise gets boost from UO data

Our own professor Ray Weldon and doctoral candidate Tyler Newton provide data models used to help predict sea level rise for a UW project.  See the Around the O story here.

UO professor talks mega-quakes with National Geographic

Collapsed buildings in Mexico after the 2017 Tehuantepec earthquake

Our own Earth Sciences professor Diego Melgar has been featured in an article from National Geographic discussing a recent 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Southern Mexico that broke a 37-mile stretch of tectonic plate.

Slabs of the earth’s crust known as tectonic plates collide with one another on the surface, forming mountains and other topographic features. This tectonic movement is one of many things responsible for earthquakes, mountains, valleys and other topographic features, the article says.

“If you think of it as a huge slab of glass, this rupture made a big, gaping crack,” Melgar says in the article. “All indications are that it has broken through the entire width of the thing.”

This 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Sept. 7, 2017, and scientists are still unsure about how, when and why such large fractures in the earth occur.

“If you bend an eraser, you can see the top half being extended and stretched, whereas the bottom bit is squashed and compressed,” Melgar says. “The same applies to these slabs. This bending can activate faults within the slab and trigger what are known as intraslab earthquakes,” the article adds.

Melgar goes on to address possible answers to the question of why high-magnitude intraslab earthquakes happen. Noting that the presence of sea water, age and formation of the plate could have made perfect conditions for such an event.

“Whether they feature this type of dramatic severance or not, these powerful quakes are inherently mysterious,” the article says.

To read the full article, see “Quake split a tectonic plate in two, and geologists are shaken.”

July 31, 2014

Volcanology Cluster of Excellence Initiative

The Register Guard calls it an Exploding Discipline.  Volcanology is one of 10 “Cluster of Excellence” proposals selected by the UO as a top priority for fund raising and support. This new hiring initiative, lead by Paul Wallace, is not yet funded but hopefully will move forward in the next year or so.

January 22, 2014

Cascadia Initiative featured in Cascade Magazine

The Cascadia Initiative made the front page of the Winter 2014 CAScade Magazine.

Read the article:

The Sleeping Giant



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