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.
Panel examines oversight of hydraulic fracturing practices across the country
Hot water springs and steam gushing out of the ground are familiar sights and tourist attractions in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir in northwest India. But what is the source of the heat and can it be exploited to generate power? A team of earth scientists from India, the United States and Israel had launched a study four years ago to find answers. They now report that the heat source actually lies as deep as 50-100 kilometres in a tectonically active mantle below neighboring Tibet.
Professor Rosemary Knight's geophysics lab applies NMR-based system to aid scientists trying to map the Arctic's thawing permafrost
In the snow of Alaska, a Stanford-led team of researchers has found a new way to determine if the soil beneath lakes, normally frozen, is thawing as a result of climate change. If so, the lakes could become a new source of methane, a global warming gas.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences awards Einstein Professorships to 20 distinguished international scientists each year actively working at the frontiers of science and technology.
A 'mega earthquake' is likely to strike the Himalayas this century, causing catastrophic landslides and floods and killing more than 40,000 people, Indian and US geologists have warned.
Scientists have long suspected that a vast ocean of liquid water lies under the crusty exterior of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. New analysis suggests that the internally generated heat that keeps that ocean from freezing relies on the moon's interactions with Saturn and its other moons.
Research by Stanford scientists focuses on geologic features and activity in the Himalayas and Pacific Northwest that could mean those areas are primed for major earthquakes.
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” could make 14 billion barrels of oil reserves in the hills and valleys beyond the Monterey County town of San Ardo accessible.
An Italian court convicted six scientists and a government official of manslaughter for failing to adequately warn of the earthquake risk in the city of L'Aquila ahead of a deadly 2009 quake.