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Blood Falls hint at what’s underneath

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This area of Antartica is dry with just ice, but appears to contain briny cold groundwater that may host some extreme life forms. The seeps of salty water contain iron oxide which turns blood red and stains the ice and ground. Creepy but a clue… Scientists find the origin of Antarctica’s creepy ‘Blood Falls’ –…

Groundwater mystery sinking hopes and homes in California community

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Sinking houses in California neighborhood appear to be a hydrogeologic mystery. One by one, homes in Calif. subdivision sinking | www.WHEC.com. Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March. The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two…

Bayou Corne sinkhole activity ramping up

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I’ve known a little bit about this giant “sinkhole” in Louisiana for some time. It’s been in the news since June of last year. But it’s not the kind of sinkhole I’m used to. It’s a collapse of a salt dome. Salt is extracted by injecting water into the salt body, dissolving it, and extracting…

Well drillers still doing the water witching thing

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Bucking skepticism, well drillers offer water witching during drought – The Washington Post. Well driller Randy Gebke usually uses a geology database and other high-tech tools to figure out where to sink new water wells for clients. But if asked, he’ll grab two wires, walk across the property, waiting for the wires to cross to…

Fracking: It’s a bit more complicated than that, scientists say

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Fracking is a controversial topic that has generated some heated emotions among skeptics. For example, when Brian Dunning aired a Skeptoid episode on the topic, he lost many subscribers because he did not come out and say it was an all around horrible thing. Big issues are typically more complicated than the black and white…