Answers to Earth Science Questions

Geology, palaeontology, archaeology, atmospheric science, climate, climate change and meteorology...

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...

09 April 2006

How does the weather affect weaker ocean currents?

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

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?

05 March 2006

What happens to syringes and how do they get recycled?

05 March 2006

I never know which plastics can be recycled and which can't. Also, how is it all recycled? What's the...

05 March 2006

Why are we encouraged to shred all paperwork but we're not allowed to put shredded paper in the recycling bin?

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...

22 January 2006

How does the Richter Scale work?

22 January 2006

I've been told that Santa Barbara is the third most dangerous place to live in the United States because it at...

22 January 2006

Why are there two or three waves in a tsunami instead of one?

22 January 2006

I think I'm right in saying that diamonds are produced by some volcanoes. Why?

22 January 2006

We've been removing gas and oil through the surface of the Earth for hundreds of years. Would this have any effect...

02 October 2005

There's a rhyme that goes 'Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky at morning, shepherd's...

13 March 2005

What effect have the atomic tests that were carried out in the 1960s had on the environment?

13 March 2005

Why has there been such a delay in responding to climate change? It was mentioned in my school days 50 or 60 years ago.

27 February 2005

How do they name dinosaurs and the periods of time that relate to dinosaurs?

27 February 2005

Will man be come extinct like the dinosaurs?

21 November 2004

How can we tell what noises the dinosaurs make?