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Pasha582
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Nov15-12, 02:04 PM
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Quote Quote by Solid Snake View Post
My question is simple but may require a complicated answer. What region on earth is safest (note the word "safest") from natural disasters????

In the United States, there are plenty of tornadoes and hurricanes, along with the threat of earthquakes on the west coast (and east coast too!!!!). Not to mention that the supervolcano in Yellowstone is the bomb waiting to explode and finish off North America.
Geologists would look for level places (no mountain building, faults or fissures, etc) where they might find the oldest surface rock. This would indicate little weathering. The Canadian shield satisfies these criteria--Precambrian basement rock around which much of the North American plate is wrapped. It extends from Lake Superior towards the Arctic.

The one drawback for this area are the episodic periods of glacial ice which scour it, occasionally dropping erratics. These episodes tend to be widely spaced in time.