To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.
July 16, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: climate-change soil carbon-dioxide nutrients minerals carbon-cycle rocks negative-emissions paris-climate-accord negative-emissions-technologies
Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.
June 16, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: space nasa mars gravity volcanoes antarctica earth meteorites outer-space asteroids national-science-foundation mars-rover sahara rock life-on-mars morocco martian-volcanoes
"...an evolution of the mantle of the Earth could control an evolution of the atmosphere of the Earth, and possibly an evolution of life."
June 15, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: volcanoes oxygen science-and-technology rocks early-earth mantle
"We found that in regions where weaker rocks are present, earthquakes may rupture faults under low friction."
June 10, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: earthquakes plate-tectonics australia science-and-technology rocks
Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.
June 9, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: space earthquakes moon maps asteroids science-and-technology rocks
"This is a 200-year old question. If we can solve that, we would definitely be rock stars."
May 8, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: science-and-technology rocks geological-history
A new model can explain phenomena taking place miles beneath the Earth’s surface under incredible pressures and temperatures that lead to earthquakes.
Jan. 22, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: earthquakes featured science-and-technology pressure phase-changes rock
Scientists braved the heat to answer a question about oxygen and "Snowball Earth," a period when the oceans virtually froze from the poles to the equator.
Dec. 4, 2019 • ~8 min
Tags: ice-age oceans oxygen science-and-technology rocks early-earth
A fourth-year graduate student in the lab of Professor of Geochemistry Stein Jacobsen, Yaray Ku is working on a project aimed at understanding how the moon formed, and to do it, she’s working with actual lunar samples.
Aug. 20, 2019 • ~5 min
Tags: science-technology faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard peter-reuell reuell nasa earth-and-planetary-science apollo astronauts giant-impact-theory isotopes ku lunar lunar-samples lunar-surface moon moon-formation moon-rocks potassium yaray-ku
For 10 years, researchers have used sensors they installed on the Matterhorn mountain to watch for changes and natural hazards.
Aug. 19, 2019 • ~8 min
Tags: permafrost ice natural-disasters sensors featured earth-and-environment rocks mountains
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