Is the ice at the South Pole melting?

The change in the ice mass covering Antarctica is a critical factor in global climate events. Scientists at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have now found that the year by year mass variations in the western...

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Information about the Tsunami in Indonesia from 25/10/2010

28.10.2010 | Potsdam:
On 25/10/2010 at 14:42:21 UTC (= 21:42:21 local time), a strong submarine earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 occurred about 25 km southwest of the Pagai island in the Sunda Arc off Sumatra (Indonesia). This triggered a tsunami,...

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Satellite trio SWARM explores the Earth's magnetic field

With three identical satellites, the earth observation mission SWARM will monitor the magnetic field of our planet from June 2012. As part of the "Living Planet" programme of the European Space Agency ESA, the as yet most precise...

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CHAMP: A Fiery End

After 58277 orbits it was finally all over: in the afternoon of 19. September the georesearch satellite CHAMP burned up in space . Exactly 10 years, two months and 4 days after going into orbit, the satellite ended its mission over...

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The biggest crash on Earth

During the collision of India with the Eurasian continent, the Indian plate is pushed about 500 kilometers under Tibet, reaching a depth of 250 kilometers. The result of this largest collision in the world is the world’s highest...

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A tectonic zip

The complex fracture pattern created by the earthquake in Concepción (Chile) on 27 February 2010 was to a certain extent predictable. GPS observations from the years before the earthquake showed the pattern of stresses that had...

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Unconventional natural gas on Bornholm

Today, Wednesday, a scientific drilling project to investigate natural gas in shale rock is launched on the Danish island of Bornholm. The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences together with the Geological Survey of Denmark...

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Birthday in Space: Recap of the life of a satellite

Today, on the 15th July at 14:32 GMT, the georesearch satellite CHAMP orbits the Earth for the 57217th time, thus heralding its 10th anniversary in service. Exactly one decade ago, the satellite was set into an almost polar orbit...

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Diamonds as Signposts

The source of diamonds is closely linked with processes, which take place deep in the Earth’s interior, at the core-mantle boundary at depths of approximately 2900 kilometres. The same procedures, which led to the formation of...

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Radar Satellite Mission TanDEM-X: how high is the Earth's surface?

From the spaceport Baikonur (Kazakhstan) the German Earth Observation Satellite, TanDEM-X, was brought into orbit at a height of 514 km on 21 June at 04:14:02 MESZ. On board: the navigational instrument TOR, developed by...

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