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Travels in Geology: Patagonia: The ends of the earth

Patagonia, a region encompassing much of the southern halves of Argentina and Chile, may seem more mythical than real. As the author found, the glacial landscape is full of grandiose mountains, crystal blue lakes, wildflowers, fossils and stunning glaciers. The adventure is well worth the trip.
03 May 2010

Getting there and getting around Patagonia

There are many ways to get to Patagonia. I would have preferred to get there by following Charles Darwin’s route, aboard a replica of H.M.S. Beagle (especially considering that last year was the 200th anniversary of his birth). Sadly, the modern school calendar dictated that I move more quickly: Two weeks was all I had to work with.
 
03 May 2010

Chile quake/tsunami news coverage: The bad and the good

Blogging on EARTH

As you would expect, there's been tons of coverage of the earthquake off the coast of Chile and the resulting tsunami in the mainstream media. And some of it has been notoriously poor.

03 Mar 2010

Chile's quake larger but less destructive than Haiti's

On Feb. 27, at 3:34 a.m. local time, a magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck offshore Maule, Chile, 325 kilometers southwest of the capital, Santiago. The quake released 500 times more energy than the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12, according to the U.S.

01 Mar 2010

A history of "Big Ones"

The last time Chile experienced an earthquake larger than magnitude 8.8 was on May 22, 1960, when a magnitude-9.5 earthquake rocked the South American nation, killing 1,655 people and leaving 2 million people homeless, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was the largest earthquake in recorded history. Prior to that, a magnitude-8.5 quake struck central Chile near its border with Argentina on Nov. 11, 1922 — the 13th-largest earthquake on record.

01 Mar 2010

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