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2014 Seed Lecture: Developments in the Assessment of Liquefaction Potential and its Consequences, presented by W.D. Liam Finn, Ph.D.,P.Eng., Life.M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia at the 2014 Geo-Congress in Atlanta, GA, USA. [Source: […]
A new study published in the current issue of Geoarchaeology claims that earthquake-prone areas along the edges of tectonic plates were far more likely to give birth to great ancient civilizations than less dynamic landscapes. The author of the paper, Eric Force, a (U of A Wildcat!) says that 13 of 15 ancient civilizations sites aren’t the product of chance. Instead, ancient people appear to have chosen to settle close to a tectonic plate boundary. The exceptions were in ancient China and Egypt. [Image Adapted from Eric R. Force, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 23 (2008)]