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October 18, 2012

 

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What Does “Ocean Acidification” Mean?

Is the ocean really turning to acid? Will it burn our skin off? What do scientists mean when they talk about "ocean acidification"?

September 14, 2011

 

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Could An Earthquake Separate California From The Rest Of The US?

Some believe a large earthquake is going to send California careening into the Pacific. But is any of this based on scientific fact?

August 23, 2011

 

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The Most Powerful Earthquakes… Ever!

Earthquakes are measured using the Richter Scale, which gives scientists an idea of the size of the seismic wave or ground shaking that happens.

March 16, 2010

 

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Earthquake Ultrasounds: How Scientists Are Measuring Seismic Waves

Did you know that the earth is like a pregnant woman?

July 10, 2009

 

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What Causes Tidal Waves?

Tidal waves actually have nothing to do with tides, and nothing to do with ordinary ocean waves. Find out what causes them on this Moment of Science.

October 17, 2008

 

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Sailing Over a Tidal Wave

If you were sailing far from shore, how would you feel about a tremendous tsunami heading your way?

September 27, 2003

 

The Deadliest Waves

Ordinary ocean waves are caused by the action of wind, like ripples on a wind-blown pond. Even the impressive surf of the Pacific got its start as wind blowing across the open water. The height of such waves depends on how fast the wind is blowing, and how much open water the wind travels across.

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