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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.

Oil ‘Fracking’ May Come To Southern Monterey County
Submitted on Nov 7 2012

 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.

Greg Beroza comments on verdict in L'Aquila earthquake case
Submitted on Oct 25 2012

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.

Carbon capture and storage likely to cause earthquakes, say Stanford researchers
Submitted on Jun 20 2012

Stanford geophysicists say earthquakes triggered by underground CO2 storage, while probably too small to cause major damage, could release stored CO2 into the atmosphere.

Coming to your computer — a crowd-sourcing approach to earthquake detection (VIDEO)earthquakes, sensors, QCN,
Submitted on May 23 2012

It’s 3:32 on a Tuesday afternoon.  You’re in the office, staring at your computer but pining for a coffee break.  The screen starts to shiver, the desk rumbles and the shaking under your feet sends ripples of recognition up to your brain: It’s an earthquake.

What’s the first thing you do?


California Earthquake Warning System Stymied By Budget Shortfall
Submitted on May 4 2012

A system giving Californians warning of an impending earthquake may not be operational any time soon despite the success of similar programs in other countries.

Seven Stanford faculty awarded Sloan Fellowships
Submitted on Apr 13 2012

Seven members of the Stanford faculty are among the 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers to be awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012.  Eric Dunham, assistant professor of geophysics, is one of the Stanford recipients.

Paleontology of Earth's Mantle
Submitted on Apr 9 2012

Professors Dennis Bird and Norman Sleep demonstrate that the mantle preserves a concentrated biological record throughout Earth history, thus giving expectation of finding a Hadean record of life.

Stanford's Quake-Catcher Network detected Monday's tremor 10 seconds before the shaking reached campus
Submitted on Mar 7 2012

The Quake-Catcher Network, a web of sensors plugged into the computers of 2,000 volunteers, detected the shaking of Monday's 5:33 a.m. earthquake in less time than it took the motion to travel through the ground from the epicenter in the East Bay town of El Cerrito to the Stanford campus in Palo Alto. The detection system runs on relatively inexpensive sensors, and could provide a few extra seconds for people in an earthquake zone to duck under a desk.

Eric Dunham Awarded Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship
Submitted on Feb 17 2012

Geophysics assistant professor Eric Dunham is among the 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2012.

Awarded anually since 1955, the felowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. “Today’s Sloan Research Fellows are tomorrow’s Nobel Prize winners,” said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “These outstanding men and women are responsible for some of the most exciting science being done today."

Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in close cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by their peers and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.

Stanford geophysicist: More environmental rules needed for shale gas
Submitted on Feb 6 2012

Obama's new rule is only one step toward ensuring the safety of hydraulic fracturing, the booming technology that offers economic and environmental benefits, according to Stanford geophysicist and DOE adviser Mark Zoback.