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Volcanic rocks resembling Roman concrete explain record uplift

Research by Tiziana Vanorio finds that fiber-reinforced rocks beneath Italy’s dormant Campi Flegrei supervolcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved building materials.

The Generation Anthropocene podcast brings you stories from the front lines of Earth science, history and philosophy.

Bill Dickinson Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

A Stanford alumnus and former faculty member, Bill Dickinson embraced the “new” science of plate tectonics and launched the modern approach to sedimentary basin analysis.

A new study by E-IPER graduate student Gregory Bratman finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.

A new study from a team of scientists including Adam Brandt finds that gasoline and diesel refined from Canadian oil sands have a higher carbon impact than fuels derived from conventional domestic crude sources.

Drought increases the spread of HIV in Africa

A new study by Marshall Burke finds that bad weather in sub-Saharan Africa increases the spread of HIV. 

Oklahoma earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal wells

A new Stanford study finds that the recent spike in triggered earthquakes in Oklahoma is primarily due to the injection of wastewater produced during oil production.

Your Brain, the Environment and Our Decisions

By adapting neuroeconomics to environmental applications, Nik Sawe’s research explores how people process information while they are making environmental decisions.

Our Freshwater Future

What if we could see through the crust of the earth to locate and measure precious groundwater? It’s no longer necessary to do “exploratory surgery” on the earth, says Rosemary Knight, whose team uses satellites to track fresh water.

InSAR image seen through a water drop

"Seeing" Water Underground

New imaging tools developed by Stanford Earth scientists could soon inform more proactive strategies for groundwater management.

Ship grounded after tsunami

Predicting Risk to Communities from Earthquakes and Tsunamis

The combined expertise of Stanford Earth geophysicists has recently moved the scientific community closer than ever to understanding and predicting the behavior of tsunamis and earthquakes.

Innovative Approach Produces Climate Breakthroughs

Scientists are encouraged to challenge established notions and past assumptions, but sometimes it pays to question the tools of science themselves.

Geothermal plant

Geothermal Benefits from Advances in Fossil Fuels, Medicine

The search is on for alternative fuel sources that can help meet the growing needs of society for energy, but with low emissions of carbon and other pollutants. At Stanford, some of the technology and know-how that has long helped optimize fossil fuel resources with a minimum of negative impacts is also advancing the development of low- and no-carbon fuels.

New technique harnesses everyday seismic waves to image the Earth

Stanford Earth researchers have devised a technique that transforms the tiny tremors generated by the everyday hustle and bustle of city life into a tool for probing the subsurface of Earth. 

Julie Kennedy Wins Award for Outstanding Service

Julie Kennedy has won the 2015 Student Affairs Faculty Award for Outstanding Service for her "pioneering, authentic and ongoing contributions" to helping Stanford students become healthy and engaged citizens.

Location Matters in the Lowland Amazon

New research by Greg Asner illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland Peruvian Amazon, with plants in different areas producing an array of chemicals that changes across the region’s topography. 

Research in action: On the ground during the Nepal earthquake

PhD student Anne Sanquini studies how to motivate people to take precautionary action to protect their homes and schools against earthquakes.  Her work led her to Kathmandu Valley, Nepal where she was on the ground for the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, the very quake she had been preparing for.

Ancient asteroid impacts boiled Earth's oceans for a whole year

A new study by Don Lowe suggests that Earth's oceans boiled for whole year when two asteroids measuring 30 and 60 miles across hit the Earth about 3.29 and 3.23 billion years ago.

TEDxStanford presenters tell tales of past 'turning points' and future opportunities

Rosemary Knight and E-IPER PhD student Nik Sawe were among the presenters at this year's Tedx Stanford event. 

How satellites can monitor California’s underground water

Rosemary Knight was among the first scientists to use InSAR technology to measure changes in groundwater levels from space. The technique could play a bigger role in groundwater monitoring in California as the state enters its fourth year of drought.

The future of Searsville Dam

A Stanford committee that included Chris Field and Pam Matson recommends that the university develop and evaluate two alternative ways to achieve fish passage at Searsville Dam.

Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

Rob Jackson says the integrity of wells is the key to safeguarding water quality, and that reports of fracking chemicals found in drinking water is usually due to poor cementing or other problems with well casings.

Stronger quakes could strike other segments of Nepal fault

Simon Klemperer says a fault in Nepal that has been building stress since 1505 is primed to rupture at any moment, triggering an earthquake even bigger than the one that devastated the country on April 25.

Weather underground

Stanford Earth alumni Katie Keranen and Justin Rubinstein are at the forefront of investigations of induced earthquakes in Oklahoma.


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