SAN FRANCISCO vans old skool bordeaux femme pas cher , Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- University of Washington (UW) oceanographers are working with a company to develop a simple new technique that could track seafloor movement in earthquake-prone coastal areas.
The project aims to address the fact that deep below the ocean's surface, shielded from satellite signals, the gradual movement of the seafloor, including along faults that can unleash deadly earthquakes and tsunamis, goes largely undetected.
In reality, scientists know distressingly little about motion along the fault that lies off the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast.
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The data could provide clues about what types of earthquakes and tsunamis each fault can generate, where and how often, according to a UW news release this week.
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The instruments can measure seafloor pressure, or the weight of water above the sensor, to an extremely precise fraction of a millimeter. But the readings lose accuracy over time, and the error is proportional to the quantity measured. On the ocean floor, where pressures are tens to hundreds of times that on the surface vans old skool canvas femme , the readings can change by 10 centimeters, or three inches, per year. In between major earthquakes, this is much more than the seafloor might shift up or down due to tectonic forces.
Last year, engineers at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory modified an existing pressure sensor from Paros' company. The sensitive quartz crystal that measures the seafloor pressure can now be connected to measure pressure inside its titanium instrument case, with a known pressure and another barometer to check the value. The prototype instrument was attached in mid-June to a cabled seafloor observatory that lets researchers communicate directly with the instrument.
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"We are trying to find a pattern of which areas are going up and which areas are going down, and how quickly, which can potentially tell us where the (Cascadia) subduction zone fault is locked," William Wilcock, a UW oceanography professor vans old skool blanche femme pas cher , was quoted as explaining in the release. "But we can't yet do that with a conventional pressure sensor."
SOFIA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The Association for the Promotion of Agricultural Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries was officially launched here on Friday.
Zeng Yichun, head of the Chinese agricultural delegation, warmly congratulated all parties involved on the official kick off during his opening speech at a meeting between agriculture ministers here.
Zeng said the "16 plus 1" -- CCE countries and China -- cooperational mechanism set out by respective leaders was in line with everyone's common aspirations and fundamental interests.
Vasil Grudev, Bulgarian deputy minister of agriculture and food, said in his presiding speech that the support of China and CEE countries for the establishment of such an association in Bulgaria showed that they had confidence in Bulgaria and highly valued the level of development of multilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture.
The agricultural ministers' representatives from other CEE countries spoke of their beliefs that agriculture plays and important role in cooperation and expressed their wishes for the association's goals to be fully achieved between their countries and China.
Authorities of China and Bulgaria reached a consensus that an institution be set up in Bulgaria to promote agricultural cooperation between China and CEE countries in January 2014. A memorandum was signed in Bucharest between the agricultural ministries of China and Bulgaria in October of 2014.
BEIJING vans old skool blanche femme , June 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Up-and-coming designer Ding Youqiao is one of a stable of local talent promoted by Brand New China in Beijing.
Ding Youqiao's resume looks glamorous. At the Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University, she was an A-list student and won scholarships every year. After graduating in 2007, she won the golden prize at China International Fashion Week. During her studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, she won first prize in a competition run by Louis Vuitton, which enabled her to work as an intern at the luxury brand in 2009.
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"It (BNC) is a great platform for young designers to start," says Ding, who founded her brand, Jo, in 2011.
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