An effective climate change solution may lie in rocks beneath our feet

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.

Benjamin Z. Houlton, Professor of Global Environmental Studies, Chancellor's Fellow and Director, John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change soil carbon-dioxide nutrients minerals carbon-cycle rocks negative-emissions paris-climate-accord negative-emissions-technologies

Meteorites from Mars contain clues about the red planet's geology

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.

Arya Udry, Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology, Planetary Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas • conversation
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

Volcanoes may have shaped oxygen’s evolution on Earth

"...an evolution of the mantle of the Earth could control an evolution of the atmosphere of the Earth, and possibly an evolution of life."

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: volcanoes oxygen science-and-technology rocks early-earth mantle

Ancient rocks may determine earthquakes in Australia

"We found that in regions where weaker rocks are present, earthquakes may rupture faults under low friction."

Lito Vilisoni Wilson-U. Melbourne • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earthquakes plate-tectonics australia science-and-technology rocks

Rockfall map suggests moon’s surface still changes

Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.

ETH Zurich • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space earthquakes moon maps asteroids science-and-technology rocks

Team debunks 1 theory in the case of missing billion years

"This is a 200-year old question. If we can solve that, we would definitely be rock stars."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-and-technology rocks geological-history

Melting rock models shed light on earthquake origins

A new model can explain phenomena taking place miles beneath the Earth’s surface under incredible pressures and temperatures that lead to earthquakes.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earthquakes featured science-and-technology pressure phase-changes rock

Hot rocks offer clues to life on ‘Snowball Earth’

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.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Dec. 4, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: ice-age oceans oxygen science-and-technology rocks early-earth

Graduate student lands lunar samples to learn how moon was formed

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.

Peter Reuell • harvard
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

Sensors watch the Matterhorn for crumbling rock and cracking ice

For 10 years, researchers have used sensors they installed on the Matterhorn mountain to watch for changes and natural hazards.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 19, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: permafrost ice natural-disasters sensors featured earth-and-environment rocks mountains

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