Collision course: a geological mystery in the Himalayas

MIT geologists use paleomagnetism to determine the chain of events that resulted in the Himalayan mountains, with the support of MISTI-India.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: eaps misti environment geology planetary-science plate-tectonics climate research students school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 8, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: carbon climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-science emissions environment geology global-warming greenhouse-gases mathematics research school-of-science nasa national-science-foundation-nsf

An escape route for carbon

Study shows minerals sequester carbon for thousands of years, which may explain oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds

Major tectonic collisions near the equator have caused three ice ages in the last 540 million years.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | March 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

MIT adds computational Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences to its PhD offerings

New EAPS thesis field is the most recent to join the computational science and engineering doctoral program within the Center for Computational Engineering.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS | Jan. 9, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

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A “pacemaker” for North African climate

Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 2, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: africa anthropology climate eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology research school-of-science weather national-science-foundation-nsf

Surviving one of Earth’s most extreme environments

New research finds a unique component of cell membranes in an archaea species conveys protection against acidic surroundings.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Dec. 14, 2018 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: school-of-science bacteria biology earth-and-atmospheric-sciences evolution genetics geology microbes research eaps climate climate-change

Addressing the possibility of life on Mars

Mars expert John Grotzinger tells the story of exploration and the search for ancient life on the red planet at the annual Carlson Lecture.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Oct. 31, 2018 | mit
~7 mins   

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Beach sand ripples can be fingerprints for ancient weather conditions | MIT News

Experiments show shifting ripple patterns can signal times of environmental flux.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 27, 2018
~9 mins |

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Software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing | MIT News

Program users can tinker with landing and path planning scenarios to identify optimal landing sites for Mars rovers.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 26, 2018
~9 mins |

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