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#214141 - 02/05/14 11:48 PM Cryoseism
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Known technically as cryoseism, frost quakes are a rare natural phenomena that occur when the temperature drops suddenly, causing moisture in the ground to freeze and expand. They can cause an earthquake-like rumble sometimes with loud, booming noises.

From a news item about cold weather in the U.S. I've never heard of either the word or the phenomenon.

Hmm--cryo I get, but --se-- ?

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#214142 - 02/06/14 12:49 AM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Jackie]
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-seism, from the Greek to shake, as in seismograph.

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#214143 - 02/06/14 06:42 AM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Jackie]
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You might have heard them if you've ever been around a seriously frozen lake.

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#214144 - 02/06/14 10:59 AM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Faldage]
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if 'lake quakes' (my term) are the selfsame phenomena, we got Minnesota, land of 10,000 seriously frozen lakes: not rare at all to hear expansion and contraction of the deeply frozen surface ice.

my reading is that Cryoseisms are soil and rock phenomena.

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#214148 - 02/06/14 10:19 PM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Faldage]
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We don't get many seriously frozen anythings down here in Kentucky. Occasionally a pond or low creek will have surface ice.
Thanks for the info., though.

Edit: -seism, from the Greek to shake, as in seismograph. Wait--now I get it. Peter, I read this without seeing it until the screen went back. I never thought of cryoseism(ograph). Cool!

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#214149 - 02/07/14 05:11 AM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Jackie]
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Yep, cryoseism: Pretty cool, when it all shakes out.

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#214152 - 02/07/14 11:19 PM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Tromboniator]
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Grrr--oannnnn! laugh

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#214153 - 02/08/14 12:18 AM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Jackie]
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It's my mother's fault.

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#214158 - 02/08/14 12:14 PM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Tromboniator]
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No, Peter, I think it's Alaska's cold.
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#214159 - 02/08/14 06:24 PM Re: Cryoseism [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Actually, it's been warmer here than in most of the country, with grass starting to grow. Blizzard yesterday, 45-mph wind and whiteout; unimpeded sunlight and zephyrs today, right at freezing.

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#214163 - 02/09/14 12:10 PM Re: Cryoseism [Re: Tromboniator]
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You've been warmer most of the winter as compared
to the Great Lakes area and North East. Luck you.
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#214165 - 02/09/14 04:35 PM Re: Cryoseism [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Most of us have wanted our winter back. This weekend is Winter Carnival, and it's been perfect, first time in years it hasn't been raining.

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