Geoscience

Countless numbers of vacationers spent this summer enjoying lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. But are they loving these lakes to death?
by National Science Foundation
9:33am
10.20.2017
It turns out that sex can move mountains. A researcher has found that the mating habits of salmon can alter the profile of stream beds, affecting the evolution...
by Washington State University
9:36am
10.19.2017
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Around 245 BCE Ptolemy III, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt, made a decision that still puzzles many historians: After pursuing a successful military...
by Future Earth
9:51am
10.18.2017
Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the...
by University of Utah
9:55am
10.17.2017
Researchers have determined that the Pacific Northwest was home to one of Earth's largest known volcanic eruptions, a millennia-long spewing of sulfuric gas...
by Washington State University
3:28pm
10.11.2017
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While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago, the formation of coal brought the planet close to global glaciation. For the...
by Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
9:23am
10.10.2017
A tenth of the world's population lives within the potential footprint of volcanic hazards with more than 800 million people living within 100 km of active...
by University of Bristol
2:12pm
10.9.2017
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Old Faithful is Yellowstone National Park’s most famous landmark. Millions of visitors come to the park every year to see the geyser erupt every 44-125 minutes...
by University of Utah
8:40am
10.6.2017
Researchers have long had good reason to believe that earthquakes are inherently unpredictable. But a new finding might be a seismic shift for that old way of...
by Northwestern University
8:33am
10.6.2017
It’s not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be...
by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
2:59pm
10.5.2017
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As China struggles to find ways to remedy the noxious haze that lingers over Beijing and other cities in the winter, researchers have cast serious doubt on one...
by Georgia Tech
10:12am
10.4.2017
Explosive volcanic eruptions in the tropics can lead to El Niño events, those notorious warming periods in the Pacific Ocean with dramatic global impacts on...
by Rutgers University
2:14pm
10.3.2017
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Scientists have found a previously unsuspected place where radioactive material from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster has accumulated--in...
by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
9:39am
10.3.2017
After a nine-week voyage to study the lost, submerged continent of Zealandia in the South Pacific, a team of 32 scientists from 12 countries has arrived in...
by National Science Foundation
9:50am
9.27.2017
A NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City has been provided to Mexican authorities to help...
by NASA
1:56pm
9.22.2017
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The soft soil that lines the ancient lake bed that Mexico City is built on amplified the shaking from Tuesday’s earthquake and increased its destructive force...
by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
1:59pm
9.21.2017
Wood from trees that fell into Arctic-draining rivers thousands of years ago is giving scientists a detailed look at how Arctic Ocean circulation has changed...
by American Geophysical Union
9:36am
9.21.2017
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When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.
by Ohio State University
2:39pm
9.20.2017
The bristlecone pine tree, famous for its wind-beaten, gnarly limbs and having the longest lifespan on Earth, is losing a race to the top of mountains...
by Scott Smith, Associated Press
9:08am
9.14.2017
A spruce forest regeneration experiment in Interior Alaska that spanned nearly 30 years demonstrates which forest management practices produce the best results...
by University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resrouces and Extension
9:19am
9.13.2017
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The Ancient Greeks may have built sacred or treasured sites deliberately on land previously affected by earthquake activity, according to a new study.
by University of Plymouth
9:38am
9.12.2017
Subglacial caves in Antarctica may be harboring unknown plants and animals, according to Australian researchers. Soil samples from the caves showed traces of...
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2:00pm
9.8.2017
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Researchers report that the white cliffs of Dover contain the fossilized remains of cosmic dust. The significance of this discovery is that the fossilized...
by Imperial College London
1:44pm
9.7.2017
Researchers examine pre-colonial geometric earthworks in the southwestern Amazonia from the point of view of indigenous peoples and archaeology. The study...
by University of Helsinki
1:44pm
8.31.2017
Seismologists investigating how Earth forms new continental crust have compiled more than 20 years of seismic data from a wide swath of South America's Andean...
by Rice University
3:18pm
8.23.2017
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In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that...
by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
9:54am
8.23.2017
Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth’s surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and pulled on each other, continually...
by MIT
9:11am
8.22.2017
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A research mission uncovered details of one of Cuba's hidden natural treasures. After nearly two years of planning, the team has explored never-before-studied...
by Florida Atlantic University
9:53am
8.17.2017
It's not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was replaced, it offered...
by American Society of Agronomy
2:30pm
8.16.2017
In the 20th century, access to fossil fuels determined the fate of nations, from world wars and cold wars, to energy crises and state-sponsored terrorism. But...
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10:07am
8.16.2017
A massive grouping of volcanoes is hidden underneath the Antarctic ice, according to a new mapping study of the continent. The West Antarctic Rift System is a...
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9:50am
8.14.2017
As the number of droughts increases globally, scientists are working to develop predictions of how future parched conditions will affect plants, especially...
by National Science Foundation
9:43am
8.8.2017
The first review of the global impact of humans on tropical forests in the ancient past shows that humans have been altering these environments for at least 45...
by Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
9:45am
8.3.2017
Scientists probing under the seafloor off Alaska have mapped a geologic structure that they say signals potential for a major tsunami in an area that normally...
by Columbia University
9:10am
8.1.2017
Concrete structures forming a new, human-made rock type; ash particles in the landscape; and plastic debris are just a few of the new materials irreversibly...
by University of Leicester
9:15am
7.31.2017
A study offers new clues to what may have triggered the world’s most catastrophic extinction, nearly 252 million years ago. The findings suggest that the...
by Syracuse University
9:07am
7.31.2017
A two-month long expedition to solve the mysteries of Zealandia, a “lost” undersea landmass, begins today. Researchers hope to reveal clues about how the area...
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12:56pm
7.28.2017
Falling trees are the main driver of power outages in major storms. But a team now says they have an even smarter way to keep the grid up and running: a big-...
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10:07am
7.27.2017
A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and...
by Institute for Basic Science
1:03pm
7.26.2017
New research from an international team of atmospheric scientists investigates for the first time the possibility of using a "cocktail" of geoengineering tools...
by Carnegie Institution for Science
2:01pm
7.24.2017
Remote Saharan dust influences the earth's radiation budget and tropical North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere temperature variability that might even attenuate...
by Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
2:12pm
7.20.2017
An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world’s most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old...
by Rutgers University
9:28am
7.19.2017
Scientists had long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to certain species of deep-sea corals, but a marine...
by National Science Foundation
12:54pm
7.14.2017
Mountaintop-removal coal mining causes many streams and rivers in Appalachia to run consistently saltier for up to 80 percent of the year, a new study finds.
by University of Wyoming
9:01am
7.14.2017
A team of researchers has discovered that more than half a century of groundwater pumping from the aquifer has led to long segments of rivers drying up and...
by Colorado State University
10:06am
7.12.2017
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