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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.

Earthquake acoustics can indicate if a massive tsunami is imminent, Stanford researchers find
Submitted on Jun 4 2013

Stanford scientists have identified key acoustic characteristics of the 2011 Japan earthquake that indicated it would cause a large tsunami. The technique could be applied worldwide to create an early warning system for massive tsunamis.

Professor Emeritus Amos Nur receives Honorary Doctorate at Haifa University
Submitted on May 13 2013

Professor Emeritus Amos Nur will receive a Honorary Doctorate from Haifa University, during the Festive Opening of the 41st Meeting of the Board of the Governors. The ceremony, in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, will take place on June 2, 2013 in Haifa.

Mark Zoback at the Commonwealth Club
Submitted on Apr 10 2013

Panel examines oversight of hydraulic fracturing practices across the country

Kashmir's thermal connection with Tibet found
Submitted on Mar 21 2013

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.

Arctic thawing detection tool
Submitted on Feb 7 2013

Professor Rosemary Knight's geophysics lab applies NMR-based system to aid scientists trying to map the Arctic's thawing permafrost

Stanford-led team pioneers new way to survey melting Arctic
Submitted on Jan 30 2013

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.

Mark Zoback elected Einstein Chair Professor by Chinese Academy of Sciences edit
Submitted on Jan 28 2013

The Chinese Academy of Sciences awards Einstein Professorships to 20 distinguished international scientists each year actively working at the frontiers of science and technology.

Himalayas should brace for 'mega quake' this century
Submitted on Jan 7 2013

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.

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, icier than thought, say Stanford scientists
Submitted on Dec 6 2012

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.

Himalayas and Pacific Northwest could experience major earthquakes, Stanford geophysicists say
Submitted on Dec 5 2012

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.