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Black Locus prefers dry sites

The article entitled The Hydrological-Hydrochemical Factors that Control the Invasion of the Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L) in Succession in Areas with Opencast Mines by J Kidawa, D Chmura and T Molenda, presents very interesting research results on the phenomenon of vegetation colonization and succession in the vicinity of the mine In the
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Seismogenic faults in southern Peru

The Peruvian subduction zone is prone to destructive megathrust earthquakes that are the scope of scientific investigations from many years However, our knowledge on smaller crustal earthquakes in the overriding plate that, due to the shallow focal depth and proximity to the human settlements, can be equally hazardous, is significantly smaller
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Tectonic activity of Sudetes recorded in the Niedźwiedzia Cave

Although the Sudetes are considered tectonically stable, research conducted in the Niedźwiedzia Cave in Kletno by dr Jacek Szczygieł, from our institute, indicates that at least 5 strong earthquakes (M>6) have occurred in the eastern Sudetes during the last 300 thousand years This record was reconstructed mainly thanks to radiometric dating
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Landslide regimes – which factors control the activity of landslides in the Podhale region?

The team, including Małgorzata Wistuba, Ireneusz Malik, Elżbieta Gorczyca (UJ) and Albert Ślęzak published a paper in the Catena journal presenting results on the relationship of landslide activity in the Podhale region with precipitation and earthquakes during the last 70 years Dendrochronological analysis allowed to determine optimal sequences of meteorological factors causing landslide
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