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Frost Earthquakes (Cryoseisms)

By Kristina Kassis (Fall 2012 GE 101 student) Have you ever been jarred awake in the middle of a particularly cold night by what seemed to be a small earthquake? If you have, chances are that it was not an … Continue reading

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Mineral of the Week: Corundum

By Kristina Kassis (Fall 2012 GE 101 student) Image source Most people, when asked to name minerals, can easily recognize commonly known minerals such as Gold, Silver, Sulfur, Carbon, Iron, Zinc, Tin, Calcium, Potassium, Hydrogen and others.  However, how many … Continue reading

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Acid Lakes: Kawah Ijen

By Kristina Kassis (Fall 2012 GE 101 student)   A famous scene in the 1997 drama Dante’s Peak features the protagonists, played by Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton, attempting to navigate their way across a lake that Brosnan’s character Harry … Continue reading

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Volcanic Lightning: Beautiful but Deadly

By Kristina Kassis (Fall 2012 GE 101 student) Image source On June 5, 2011, Chile’s Puyehue volcano, located in the Andes Mountains of Southern Chile about 575 miles South of the Capital, Santiago, erupted explosively, demonstrating the dramatic power of … Continue reading

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Baumgartner’s Big Jump

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s jump from a space-bound platform on October 14 set several human records despite challenging atmospheric conditions. Baumgartner achieved the highest human freefall to Earth ever: 38.6 km, from his pedestal to the New Mexican desert. In … Continue reading

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Fractals

                                                     Fractals are awesome Figure 1. Fractal courteous of http://www.fractalforums.com/images-showcase-%28rate-my-fractal%29/mandelbrot-safari/ A fractal is a function that when you graph … Continue reading

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What Kind of Rock Lies Beneath the Northwoods?

As the young scholar wanders Skidmore’s northern woodlands, he or she may come across any number of rock outcrops. In all likelihood, those outcrops, when unweathered by Earth’s climate, will have a medium to dark–gray color and a fairly coarse … Continue reading

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