Answers to Earth Science Questions

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01 October 2006

Could you tell me if the ozone hole is now getting smaller since CFCs have been banned?

24 September 2006

I was curious about the scaremongering we're hearing about the ice caps melting and flooding everywhere. I thought...

17 September 2006

Did oil or natural petroleum deposits really come from primordial forests? With the thousands of barrels of oil taken...

17 September 2006

I come from Dorset and there's a hill with a pond up there. The strange thing is that it never dries out. Why is...

10 September 2006

I've been hearing a lot about when you get frost on your car first thing in the morning and people saying that it...

10 September 2006

If clouds are made up of water, why do they differ in colour, from fluffy white to dark and black?

10 September 2006

Given that as altitude increases, temperature decreases, does this means that when precipitation falls from clouds it...

18 June 2006

It's well known in the USA that bees are dying. This is having profound effects on certain types of agriculture....

04 June 2006

What happens to the great hollows that we're leaving below the sea beds when you extract all this oil and gas?

04 June 2006

Please can you calculate how much extra fuel will be burned by a motorist during the current World Cup campaign as a...

21 May 2006

How long would a flip in the Earth's magnetic field take, and how might it affect technology?

30 April 2006

We know that we're living on a nuclear furnace and heat's being made all the time in the core. Is there no...

23 April 2006

What is global dimming?

09 April 2006

How does the weather affect weaker ocean currents?

09 April 2006

You can predict the weather months in advance, but sometimes the weather forecasters don't even get it right next...

09 April 2006

On many different occasions, I've noticed that in a thunder storm the lightning can be pastel blue or yellow or...

09 April 2006

We're having a nasty dust storm at the moment, which brings me to my question: What causes wind gusts?

09 April 2006

Are there any immediate effects of sun spots on the weather, such as when solar bursts occur? What about long term...

09 April 2006

On Tuesday morning, the BBC website five day forecast predicted that there would be rain. On Tuesday afternoon, the...

26 March 2006

If you get an ice cube and put it in a glass of water, when it melts it has exactly the same volume. This is the reason...

05 March 2006

I've heard that there are only two major recycling plants in the UK and the rest is sent abroad in boats. If this...

05 March 2006

My local council has told us to stop putting plastic carrier bags in the recycling bin. The reason allegedly is that...

05 March 2006

We reckon that all the polar ice caps are melting. Assuming that they've all melted and the water levels have all...

05 March 2006

We're on an island surrounded by water. How come we've got a water shortage?