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

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

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

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

Lunar samples from Apollo 11 still influence research

Lunar samples from the Apollo missions are still valuable to researchers studying the origins of the moon.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
July 20, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: space planets featured science-and-technology moons rocks

Rocks cooled the whole planet 15 million years ago

Scientists have debated what kept a long period of global cooling going 15 million years ago. New research may debunk a popular theory.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
July 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-dioxide ice-age science-and-technology rocks

Team determines asteroid origin of 5 meteorites

It has been extremely difficult to assign meteorites called mesosiderites to a specific asteroid. New research indicates their age and origin.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: space meteorites asteroids science-and-technology rocks

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