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Dynamic Earth

July 12, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

A flash of green laser followed by pulses of X-rays, and mere nanoseconds later an extraterrestrial form of ice has formed. The miniature crystal reveals how water solidifies under high pressures, like those expected in icy comets, moons and planets.

Clouds and lightning in Yellowstone
May 26, 2017
Columbia Engineering

Researchers find strong feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation that explain up to 30 percent of precipitation and surface radiation variance; study reveals large potential for improving seasonal weather predictions.


Point Lobos rock formations
March 2, 2017
<p>Tourists flock to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Monterey, Calif., for its breathtaking coastal views and glimpses of the playful sea otters and other marine mammals that can be found among its waters. But the site has long attracted geologists for a very different reason.</p>
Graphic of satellite taking images of Earth from space
January 17, 2017

First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.


Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

Texas and Oklahoma stress maps
November 11, 2016

New maps of the geologic forces contributing to earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma could help reduce the likelihood of manmade temblors associated with wastewater injection.

October 17, 2016

The first large-scale map of rainfall declines revealed by signatures in ancient soil could help researchers better understand profound regional and global climate transformation.

Tiziana Vanorio and Dulcie Head talking
August 10, 2016

A new 3-D printing technique developed at Stanford will help pave the way for studying delicate or hard-to-collect rock samples from afar, whether they be from a volcano on Earth or the surface of Mars.

Page Chamberlain
August 3, 2016

What did the Western United States look like in the Cenozoic Era? How do the Rocky Mountains affect Europe’s climate? Generation Anthropocene dives into deep time with Stanford paleoclimatologist Page Chamberlain. 

Jenny Suckale on stage
May 26, 2016
Jenny Suckale shows us how the behavior of a melting glacier in the Antarctic doesn’t act like a melting ice cube, and why that matters.
Monterey map
March 31, 2016

Through the use of mathematical models, Stanford researchers have better defined the powerful processes that carved some of the largest canyons on Earth, deep under the oceans.