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In part one of this presentation, physicist Eugene Bagashov began his examination of some of the enduring geological mysteries on Mars. Of course, geologists examining the surface of Mars project familiar earthly processes onto the Red Planet — they imagine volcanic eruptions, flowing water and impacts from space as dominant forces shaping the Martian landscape.
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While the eye of Tropical Cyclone “Veronica” didn’t cross the coast, very heavy rainfall and strong winds hit the Pilbara coast of Western Australia.  The wind and very heavy rainfall have now eased, however, road conditions may remain hazardous today and communities may be isolated as flooding continues. Flood Watches and Warnings remain in place for
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A new NASA research shows that Jakobshavn Glacier, which has been Greenland’s fastest-flowing and fastest-thinning glacier for the last 20 years is now flowing more slowly, thickening, and advancing toward the ocean instead of retreating farther inland. The research is based on data from NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission and other observations. The researchers
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A very bright fireball streaked through the sky above of Santa Catarina, Brazil at around 21:40 UTC (18:40 local time) on March 24, 2019. The event lasted up to 7 seconds before the object disintegrated. The American Meteor Society received 31 reports by 12:00 UTC, March 25. The event was seen by many residents of
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When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique on March 14, a spokesperson for the UN World Meteorological Organization called it possibly the the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.   This massive and horrifying storm caused catastrophic flooding and widespread destruction of buildings and roads in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Mozambique’s
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Tropical Cyclone “Veronica,” now a Category 3 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale, is slowly moving toward the Pilbara coast on March 23, 2019. A severe coastal impact is expected on Sunday, March 24. Veronica may be traveling slower than a typical system as it crosses the coast, and as a result communities in the path of
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Severe Tropical Cyclone “Trevor” was upgraded to Category 3 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. Trevor is expected to continue intensifying before it makes landfall somewhere between Port MacArthur and the Northern Territory/Queensland border. Authorities are urging residents to finalize preparations today, follow directions from emergency services, and have their cyclone kits ready. With severe
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New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes from March 13 to 19, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia)
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Heavy rain affecting Angola over the past couple of days caused deadly floods in the provinces of Benguela, Luanda, Huila and Zaire. At least 19 people have been killed and at least 8 remain missing. One of the worst affected areas is Catumbela in the Province of Benguela where officials reported 12 casualties and numerous
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Tropical Cyclone “Veronica” formed north of Kimberly, Western Australia on March 19, 2019. The low rapidly intensified yesterday and BOM expects it to continue intensifying to a severe category with a severe tropical cyclone and coastal crossing possible for the Pilbara coast over the weekend. This will be a slow-moving and intense tropical cyclone with
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Tropical Cyclone “Trevor” made landfall near the Lockhart River, Queensland, Australia at 06:55 UTC (16:55 local time) on March 19, 2019, as Category 3 tropical cyclone on Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. Trevor will exit into the Gulf of Carpentaria near Aurukun and rapidly intensify before its second landfall. Wind gusts in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph)
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Rapid snowmelt and heavy rain combined to produce massive flooding across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and South Dakota.  Historic to catastrophic flooding inundated homes and businesses and devastated farmlands following a powerful late-season winter storm that swept through the country last week. The massive flooding event was triggered by a rare combination of rapid snowmelt, ice-covered rivers, saturated frozen soil,
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A very bright meteor streaked through the night sky over Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia on March 15, 2019, and was captured on video. The event lasted 9 seconds before the object disintegrated. The object was recorded near the village of Tura in Evenk Autonomous Territory of northern Krasnoyarsk. According to RIA Novosti, eyewitnesses told journalists it became
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Severe flooding hit Yorkshire, England, U.K. on March 16 and 17, 2019 after parts of the region saw more than half of their monthly rainfall average in just 24 hours. Firefighters worked through the night to save Calderdale and Huddersfield after massively swollen River Calder flooded the region. Capel Curig in Conwy County was one of the worst-hit