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Seeker.com: Giant Sinkholes Near Texas Oil Fields Are Growing

Wink sinkholes, smu, remote satellite images, insar, ogallala aquiferOnline news site Seeker.com covered the research of SMU geophysicists Zhong Lu, professor, Shuler-Foscue Chair, and Jin-Woo Kim research scientist, both in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU.

Seeker.com’s article, “Giant Sinkholes Near Texas Oil Fields Are Growing,” published June 16, 2016. Continue reading

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Star-Telegram: Two giant sinkholes in West Texas expanding, researchers say

Wink sinkholes, smu, remote satellite images, insar, ogallala aquiferFort Worth Star-Telegram journalist Tom Uhler covered the research of SMU geophysicists Zhong Lu, professor, Shuler-Foscue Chair, and Jin-Woo Kim research scientist, both in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU.

Uhler’s article, “Two giant sinkholes in West Texas expanding, researchers say,” published June 16, 2016. Continue reading

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New York Daily News: Giant sinkholes in Texas are growing, may collide: study

Wink sinkholes, smu, remote satellite images, insar, ogallala aquiferNew York Daily News journalist Anthony Izaguirre covered the research of SMU geophysicists Zhong Lu, professor, Shuler-Foscue Chair, and Jin-Woo Kim research scientist, both in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU.

Izaguirre’s article, “Giant sinkholes in Texas are growing, may collide: study,” published June 16, 2016. Continue reading

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Daily Mail: The two massive and mysterious Texas sinkholes on the verge of creating one colossal lake

Wink sinkholes, smu, remote satellite images, insar, ogallala aquiferLondon Daily Mail online journalist Ashley Collman covered the research of SMU geophysicists Zhong Lu, professor, Shuler-Foscue Chair, and Jin-Woo Kim research scientist, both in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU.

Collman’s article, “The two massive and mysterious Texas sinkholes on the verge of creating one colossal lake,” published June 16, 2016. Continue reading

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Grist: Massive sinkholes in Texas could combine to form even massiver sinkhole

Wink sinkholes, smu, remote satellite images, insar, ogallala aquiferGrist journalist Katie Herzog covered the research of SMU geophysicists Zhong Lu, professor, Shuler-Foscue Chair, and Jin-Woo Kim research scientist, both in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU.

Herzog’s article, “Massive sinkholes in Texas could combine to form even massive sinkhole,” published June 15, 2016. Continue reading

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Geohazard: Giant sinkholes near West Texas oil patch towns are growing — as new ones lurk

Two giant sinkholes that sit between two West Texas oil patch towns are growing — and two new ones appear to be lurking, say geophysicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Satellite radar images reveal substantial ground movement in and around the infamous sinkholes near Wink, Texas — suggesting expansion of the two existing holes, with subsidence in two other nearby areas suggesting new ones may surface. Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News: Fracking-related activities have caused majority of recent Texas earthquakes

earthquake, causes, SMU, oil, fracking, seismologyScience journalist Anna Kuchment with The Dallas Morning News covered the research of SMU seismologists on the historical record of North Texas earthquakes and their causes.

The SMU seismology team on May 18 published online new evidence of human involvement in earthquakes since the 1920s in the journal Seismological Research Letters. The study found that human-caused earthquakes have been present since at least 1925, and widespread throughout the state. While they are tied to oil and gas operations, the specific production techniques behind these quakes have differed over the decades, according to Cliff Frohlich, Heather DeShon, Brian Stump, Chris Hayward, Mathew J. Hornbach and Jacob I. Walter.
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Study: Humans have been causing earthquakes in Texas since the 1920s

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Earthquakes triggered by human activity have been happening in Texas since at least 1925, and they have been widespread throughout the state ever since, according to a new historical review of the evidence publishing online May 18 in Seismological Research Letters.

The earthquakes are caused by oil and gas operations, but the specific production techniques behind these quakes have differed over the decades, according to Cliff Frohlich, the study’s lead author, and co-authors Heather DeShon, Brian Stump, Chris Hayward, Mathew J. Hornbach and Jacob I. Walter. Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News: Could Texas’ dirty coal power plants be replaced by geothermal systems?

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Biz Beat Blog reporter Jeffrey Weiss at The Dallas Morning News covered the 2016 SMU Geothermal Conference, “Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields.”

The conference was April 25-26 on the SMU campus in Dallas. The eighth international conference focused on using the oilfield as a base for alternative energy production through the capture of waste heat and fluids. Continue reading

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