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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.

This geophysicist grew up in a crater. Literally.
Submitted on Mar 26 2014

For Tiziana Vanorio, an unsettling childhood experience in Italy evoked a curiosity that laid the foundation for a lifelong fascination with rocks.

Surface of Titan Sea is mirror smooth
Submitted on Mar 25 2014

Using radar measurements gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Stanford geophysicist Howard Zebker and his team have concluded that the surface of Ligeia Mare, Titan’s second largest sea, has a mirror-like smoothness, possibly due to a lack of winds. As the only other solar system body with an Earth-like weather system, Titan could serve as a model for studying our own planet’s early history.

Learning to use complex lab equipment, virtually
Submitted on Mar 6 2014

Stanford professor Tiziana Vanorio is using a seed grant to launch online lessons that could dramatically shorten the learning curve for complicated lab instruments.

Runaway process drives intermediate-depth earthquakes, Stanford scientists find
Submitted on Dec 10 2013

Stanford researchers have uncovered a vital clue about the mechanism behind a type of earthquake that originates deep within the Earth and accounts for a quarter of all temblors worldwide, some of which are strong enough to pose a safety hazard.

Stanford scientists use 'virtual earthquakes' to forecast Los Angeles quake risk
Submitted on Jan 24 2014

Stanford scientists have developed a new "virtual earthquake" technique and used it to confirm a prediction that Los Angeles would experience stronger-than-expected ground motion if a major quake occurred along the southern San Andreas Fault.

From water supplies to solar energy, undergrads present a year’s worth of research
Submitted on Dec 10 2013

Through the School of Earth Sciences, students took on a broad range of field and computation-based projects. Applications for the 2014 program will be available soon

Rosemary Knight Testifies Before California Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy
Submitted on Aug 28 2013

Rosemary Knight, Stanford Professor of Geophysics and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, testified before the Assembly’s Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy when it held the second of four statewide hearings in Half Moon Bay on July 17, 2013.

Stanford scientists eavesdrop on erupting volcano's astonishing seismic sound
Submitted on Jul 15 2013

Stanford geophysicists listened in on the 2009 eruption of the Redoubt Volcano outside Anchorage, Alaska. By studying and modeling the accelerating earthquakes preceding the volcano's blasts, the scientists hope to better predict the behavior of future volcanic eruptions.

Mark Zoback named to National Academy of Sciences advisory group for Gulf of Mexico program
Submitted on Jun 12 2013

Geophysics professor Mark Zoback is among 24 advisors appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to design programs focused on human health, environmental protection and oil system safety for the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The program is funded as part of settlements of federal criminal complaints against British Petroleum and Transocean Ltd. following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. Zoback is member of the National Academy of Engineering who served on the committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon event. He is the Benjamin M.Page Professor of Geophysics.

Governor appoints Greg Beroza to California Seismic Safety Commission
Submitted on Jun 10 2013

Stanford Geophysics Professor Greg Beroza has been appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission for the State of California. The appointment is pending approval of the California State Senate.