• Question: how often does something like the train lines happen and is it anything to do with the earths core and the mantle or just pressurised heat tht have been trapped? p.s where did you get the transparent soil from it is amazing!!"!!

    Asked by beccily to Nicola on 10 Mar 2013.
    • Photo: Nicola Lazenby

      Nicola Lazenby answered on 10 Mar 2013:

      Earthquakes and volcanoes are what happens when tectonic plates that make up the earth’s core/mantle bash into one another and slide past each other – I’m not an expert on these!. Things like the train line happen due to land slides…….these can be caused as a result of earth quakes, but they can also happen for many other reasons such as a side effect of the vibration of the trains on the tracks, heavy rainfall, change in land use at the top of the embankment etc.

      Transparent soil is ‘fake’ soil – you can’t build a building or anything on it, but it behaves like a clay when you put a weight on it! It’s made from a few ingredients in the labs!