Huge supervolcanoes may have shaken early Mars

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:08 AM

It’s been a big past few weeks for Mars news: the discovery of water in the soil, the sad news that there’s less and less evidence for current life, and now a new theory that the planet might be home to some of nature’s most destructive volcanoes.

 We already know Mars has some big volcanoes. Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in the solar system at three times the height of Mount Everest, is actually volcanic. (Via European Space Agency)

But it’s nothing compared to the supervolcanoes that might have helped shape the planet’s surface.

In a new article for Nature, scientists claim to have found several possible supervolcanoes in the planet’s northern hemisphere, basing their findings on several huge craters that don’t appear to be asteroid strikes.

See, when a normal volcano erupts, it tends to leave behind a tall mountain-like structure. But with supervolcanoes, so much pressure is released that the ground actually collapses. (Via History Channel)

Just to give you some perspective, Earth has its own supervolcanoes, including one under Yellowstone National Park. YouTube’s popular SciShow has some terrifying numbers for you.

“Its eruptions can eject nearly 250 cubic miles of ash, dust and gas. For comparison, that’s about 1,000 times the volume of Mount Saint Helen’s eruption in 1980.”

But while the thought of massive Martian eruptions is pretty cool — I mean, look at this animation — at least one volcano expert thinks we should cool our jets. (Via Nature)

He tells National Geographic: “Every decade or two someone proposes yet another otherwise previously unrecognized volcano on Mars.” He adds that while the new study looks pretty solid, it, “rests on interpretation of the Martian surface, which has a long history of misleading observers.”

But if early Mars history really did include supervolcanoes, the massive explosions might have actually caused Mars to become habitable.

One of the researchers tells the BBC: “These volcanoes spew loads of gas and dust into the atmosphere. For one thing, that gas becomes the atmosphere."

So if there ever was life on the red planet, it might have owed its existence to some of the most destructive forces in nature.

Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.

Woman taken to hospital after Miamisburg fire; garage set afire last week

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detatched garage, though he would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.

One person was sent to a local hospital tonight after a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

The victim’s condition was unknown.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Ex-Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license after allegedly asking student to touch his genitals

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:23 PM

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A former Florida Gators quarterback did not contest allegations that he asked an underage student to touch him inappropriately.

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Edgewater High School football coach and Art Recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, around Sept. 5, 2016, he received a massage from a 15-year-old female student and asked the student to touch his penis, according to an order filed by the Florida Education Practices Commission on Tuesday. 

Leak allegedly was wearing only a towel when he received the massage.

As a condition of the voluntary surrender of his certificate, Leak will never have the certificate reinstated and will not be allowed to apply for a new one. He also chooses “not to contest any of the allegations or charges” levied against him in the Administrative Complaint, according to documents.

SB I-75 back open after semi, 2-car crash in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.

FIRST REPORT

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.