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Tag: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Tohoku Earthquake Increases Japanese Earthquake Risk

The recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan has increased the risk of earthquakes across the rest of the country, say scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Kyoto University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Deep Sea Volcanoes Explode Too

Over the last decade, geologists have speculated that based on certain evidence in the surrounding environment, these undersea volcanoes are capable of explosive eruptions. No oneโ€™s been able to prove it though. Until now.

Complicated Circulation Affects Greenland Glaciers

โ€œPeople always thought the circulation [in Greenlandโ€™s fjords] would be simple: warm waters coming into the fjords at depth, melting the glaciers. Then the mixture of warm water and meltwater rises because it is lighter, and comes out at the top. Nice and neat,โ€ says Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution physical oceanographer Fiamma Straneo, who has now led two survey trips to Sermilik Fjord at the base of Helheim Glacier, Greenland.