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Highly accurate, quickly located 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) recently became operational in the Continental US. The Hawaiian Islands are an example of the effects of a mantle plume – a theorized “hotspot” source for the volcanic chain. There is a distinct dogleg in the chain. There are two competing theories for this, and as a result of recent Ocean Drilling Program Leg 197, there is now compelling evidence that both are correct. ExxonMobil subsidiary, Esso, and state firm Sonangol have made another deepwater oil discovery, the fourteenth oil find on Angola Block 15. And Pentex Oil UK has made a remarkable discovery at Avington, near Winchester, UK.

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