Plate tectonics and marine hazards

Seafloor topography of a subduction zone off the coast of Costa Rica. Source: GEOMAR.

Dynamic processes beneath the seafloor can cause natural hazards (such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions) that affect people living in coastal areas. A better understanding of the processes involved in the movement of tectonic plates is required in order to assess these hazards and to identify the early warning signals that precede such natural disasters.

News for topic: Plate tectonics annd marine harzards

With help of the AUV ABYSS (top right) the mud volcanoes Abzu, Tiamat and M. Ivanov have been discovered in 2012. Photo/Graphic: GEOMAR
24.03.2015

New insights into the mysterious ocean floor

Marine scientists from Kiel present new concepts of the formation of mud volcanoes and cold seeps in the deep sea.

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