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January GEOLOGY media highlights
Date:1/8/2009

Boulder, CO, USA - GEOLOGY topics include "the best submarine record of displacement," geophysical data from the Black Sea, hazardous volcanic ice-slurry flows, the controversy over riverbank erosion rates, surface cracks in the Atacama Desert, CO2 sequestration, ultradeep Australian diamonds, Earth's magnetic field and the cosmic-ray-climate theory, fresh-water megafloods into the Pacific, early marine fossils preserved in French amber, tiny fossil fish teeth recovered by the Ocean Drilling Program, and alkaline groundwater at the dawn of land plant radiation.

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Post-glacial (after 20 ka) dextral slip rate of the offshore Alpine fault, New Zealand

Philip M. Barnes, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Private Bag 14 901, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand. Pages 3-6.

Barnes presents what is arguably the best submarine record of displacement rate yet documented on a major submarine plate boundary strike-slip fault. It will be of wide interest to a multidisciplinary global community of workers undertaking research on active plate boundaries, continental margins, and also zones of intracontinental deformation in which strike-slip faulting is significant. It is particularly relevant to current tectonic studies of western North America, where a substantial part of the Pacific-North America
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