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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
In the summer of 2009, Stanford Professor Chris Field embarked on a task of urgent global importance.
March 14, 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

This course will run from April 1 to June 10 and encompass the fields of rock mechanics, structural geology, earthquake seismology and petroleum engineering to address a wide range of geomechanical problems that arise during the exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs. 

March 5, 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

For Tiziana Vanorio, an unsettling childhood experience in Italy led to a lifelong fascination with rocks.

February 25, 2014

Stanford scientists are using measurements and computer simulations to investigate the worst drought in California's history.

February 25, 2014

From nuclear waste to strategic minerals for renewable energy, Rod Ewing wants to inject more science into long-term solutions. The recipient of a PhD in geology from Stanford in 1974, Ewing returns to The Farm with joint appointments in the School of Earth Sciences and the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

February 24, 2014

A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation's natural gas system are an important part of the problem. 

February 13, 2014

Stanford's Adam Brandt and colleagues have found that methane leakage from the U.S. natural gas infrastructure is much higher than official estimates.

February 13, 2014

NSF-funded California Alliance includes Stanford, UC Berkeley, Caltech and UCLA

February 13, 2014

USGS geophysicist and alumnus Ross Stein will deliver the Earth Sciences Distinguished Lecture on Feb. 24.

February 12, 2014

Prof. Rob Dunbar will deliver the Winter Quarter Earth Matters Lecture thru Stanford's Continuing Studies Program in Cubberley Auditorium. Admission is free.

January 30, 2014

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering program provides a fully funded 8-week research experience combined with a comprehensive training and mentoring, preparing participants for success in graduate school. 

 

January 28, 2014

Stanford scientists have developed a new "virtual earthquake" technique and used it to confirm a prediction that Los Angeles would experience stronger-than-expected ground motion if a major quake occurred along the southern San Andreas Fault.

January 23, 2014

Robert Jackson and his team discovered 5,893 methane gas leaks beneath the nation's capital.

January 17, 2014

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