8,000-meter Peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram
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Published January 28, 2014
The geologic story of the world’s tallest mountains is one that began some 40 million years ago.
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Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake near Christchurch, NZ
Published February 23, 2011
This map shows the location of earthquakes on near Christchurch, New Zealand between September 3, 2010, and February 22, 2011.
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7.0 Quake near Christchurch, New Zealand
Published September 7, 2010
This topographic map of the South Island, New Zealand, illustrates the location of a large earthquake on September 4, 2010, how geologic activity shaped the region in the past, and why the current geology makes Christchurch vulnerable to earthquake damage.
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7.3 Quake in New Britian
Published July 20, 2010
This color-coded map shows the topography, bathymetry, fault lines, and earthquake locations related to earthquakes in New Britain on July 18–19, 2010.
Earthquake on Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China
Published April 14, 2010
Based on data collected by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission in 2002, this map shows the location of the April 13, 2010, earthquake in Qinghai, China, as well as tectonic features of the eastern Tibetan Plateau.
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Strong Aftershocks Rattle Chile Following Big Quake
Published March 11, 2010
This map of topography and water depth along the Chilean coast includes black circles that indicate aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.0 or larger that occurred between March 5 and 12, 2010, following the large earthquake on February 27.
8.8 Magnitude Quake near Concepcion, Chile
Published March 2, 2010
This map of topography and water depth reveals subduction’s influence on the West Coast of South America near the epicenter of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010.
Davenport-Murchison Range, Northern Territory, Australia
Published February 18, 2010
The Davenport Ranges of central Australia, known for their striking oval and zigzag patterns, are one of many dramatic landscapes mapped during the 2000 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.
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Topography Along the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault, Haiti
Published January 14, 2010
A long valley reveals the location of the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden Fault in southern Haiti, the site of a deadly earthquake in mid-January 2010.
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7.0 Quake Near Port Au Prince
Published January 13, 2010
This map shows the region around the earthquake that struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Blue areas indicate water and brown areas indicate land. Lighter colors indicate higher elevation or shallower depth. Circles indicate earthquake locations, with circle size corresponding to earthquake magnitude. Lines indicate faults.
Earthquakes in the Solomon Islands, Pacific Ocean
Published January 5, 2010
The contrast in ocean depths between the Australia Plate and the Pacific Plate near the Solomon islands reveals the subduction of the former beneath its northeastern neighbor. This subduction was responsible for the 7.2-magnitude quake on January 4, 2010.