Category: Plate Tectonics

Birth of Hawaii

“Look!  There’s the island!  Which volcano do you think that is?”  I wondered, noticing a mountain peak poking through the layer of clouds as I looked out of the small plane window.  We were in the Hawaiian islands,… Read More

Park’s Ranch Cave – Part 2

The light from my headlamp bounced across the dark cave wall, making the microscopic white crystals glisten. Before I got there, I had imagined that crawling through small spaces and swimming through the deep water of Park’s Ranch… Read More

God’s Rock Garden, Part 1

The picturesque view of Colorado Mountains outlining the distant horizon was suddenly broken by nearby jagged red rocks towering high above us as we approached.   The closer we got, the more dramatically the rough rocks loomed from above. … Read More

Deep Earthquakes, Part 3

Last time we talked about the incredibly deep earthquake below the Sea of Okhotsk (north of Japan).    This time we are going to dig a little bit deeper into this earthquake and the implications it has for the… Read More