What wobbling rocks can tell us about nuclear safety

How precariously balanced rocks will inform the earthquake hazards faced by critical infrastructure.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-science geology earthquakes imperial-college-london

Newly discovered mass extinction event triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs

Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology dinosaurs paleontology tetrapods volcanoes mass-extinctions cretaceous-period

Video: How ancient ice cores show ‘black swan’ events in history – even pandemics

Ice cores can preserve evidence of 'black swan' events like pandemics and droughts, but the glaciers from which they are collected are disappearing.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Geography (Atmospheric Sciences), Senior Research Scientist, The Ohio State University • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: geology climate-change atmospheric-science glaciers ice-cores paleoclimatology glaciology

Study: A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered “Snowball Earths”

Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics exoplanets geology climate-change environment climate research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Study sheds light on the evolution of the earliest dinosaurs

Geological evidence suggests the known dinosaur groups diverged early on, supporting the traditional dinosaur family tree.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution geology research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth's last frontier

Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.

Suzanne OConnell, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: earth-science geology women-in-science women plate-tectonics maps mapping oceans cartography continents ocean-floor geosciences seamounts marine-geology continental-shelf

What will COVID-19 look like to geologists in the far future?

They will find minimal traces of the virus itself, but lots of PPE.

Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Leicester • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology covid-19 coronavirus anthropocene

An origin story for a family of oddball meteorites

Study suggests the rare objects likely came from an early planetesimal with a magnetic core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space astronomy geology nasa research school-of-science planetary-science eaps astronomy-and-planetary-science

New equation ‘could predict earthquakes better’ say Edinburgh experts

Researchers in Edinburgh produce a new mathematical model aimed at improving how earthquakes are predicted.

By Ken Macdonald • bbcnews
July 13, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: geology earthquakes edinburgh heriot-watt-university university-of-liverpool

Tiny sand grains trigger massive glacial surges

New model answers longstanding question of how these sudden flows happen; may expand understanding of Antarctic ice sheets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology environment climate nasa research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences fluid-dynamics

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