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Sally Benson has been appointed director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, a hub of energy research and education at Stanford University.

April 22, 2014

A new study by Norm Sleep and Don Lowe reveals the power and scale of a cataclysmic asteroid strike on the Earth that happened 3.26 billion years ago.

April 14, 2014

A new model for solar farms that “colocates” crops and solar panels could result in the harvesting of valuable biofuel crops in addition to solar energy.

April 7, 2014

Published three times a year, Earth Matters features news about Earth Sciences research, teaching, faculty, students and alumni. Enjoy!

April 1, 2014

Stanford Earth Sciences faculty made major contributions to the recent United Nations report on the state and fate of the world's climate.

March 31, 2014

Why did the ancestors of clams and oysters flourish after one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth’s history while another class of shelled creatures, the brachiopods, sharply decline? A new study that uses fossils to calculate the food intake of both groups seeks to answer that question.

March 25, 2014

Today's wind industry is sustainable, even with the necessary batteries and other grid-scale storage.

March 20, 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.

March 18, 2014

An increase of more than two degrees Celsius in average global temperature is likely to cause yields of wheat, rice and maize to fall throughout the 21st century. Early adaptation could increase projected yields by up to 15 percent. 

March 17, 2014

Kate Maher and Page Chamberlain have modeled how the topography and rock composition of a landscape affects the process by which carbon dioxide is transferred to oceans and eventually buried in Earth’s interior.

 

 

March 14, 2014

Stanford geophysicist Rosemary Knight is employing novel surface technology to study intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the Monterey and Santa Cruz county coasts. She is available for media interviews on Thursday, March 13 from 10am to 4pm Pacific Time, and also on March 17 and 18. 

March 12, 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.

March 5, 2014
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