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Runaway process drives intermediate-depth earthquakes

Stanford researchers have uncovered a vital clue about the mechanism behind a type of earthquake that originates deep within the Earth and accounts for a quarter of all temblors worldwide, some of which are strong enough to pose a safety hazard.


Rising mountains dried out Central Asia

The uplift of two mountain ranges in Central Asia beginning 30 million years ago expanded the Gobi Desert and set Central Asia on its path to extreme aridity, a Stanford study suggests.

Stanford researchers find merit in sub-Saharan Africans buying water from neighbors

Stanford researchers working in Mozambique point the way for an informal water practice to help solve one of the world's most pressing health and welfare issues.


The real truth about tornadoes

Noah Diffenbaugh and five other tornado experts cowrote an op-ed that aims to set the record straight about tornadoes.

Slashing fossil fuel consumption comes with a price

Sally Benson thinks that if done the right way, the United States can achieve its goal of reducing its dependence on greenhouse gas emitting energy sources by 80 percent.

From water supplies to solar energy, undergrads present a year’s worth of research

Through the School of Earth Sciences, students took on a broad range of field and computation-based projects. 

Sustainability Scientist

How humans affect and are affected by the environment is a key driver in the research of Pam Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences and vice-chair of the World Wildlife Fund.

Graduate application deadlines approaching

Applications for most of our Master's and PhD programs are coming soon, as early as December 3 and as late as December 17. For an overview of Earth Sciences graduate degree programs, link to the headline above.

What's in it for U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions?

Sally Benson and Chris Field weigh in with other experts on why the U.S. should slash its own emissions when China and India aren't willing to.

Early life built Earth's continents

Norm Sleep says a new computer model that allows scientists to investigate the role that life played in the evolution of the Earth is scientifically accurate.

U.S. methane emissions 50 percent higher than expected

A new analysis of U.S. methane emissions indicates that previous studies underestimated emissions from human activity, particularly cattle farming and fossil fuel production. The work could provide a baseline for establishing new regulations of the powerful greenhouse gas.

Urgent dispatch to the Stanford football team...

School of Earth Sciences researchers en route to Antarctica aboard the NSF vessel N.B. Palmer sent an urgent dispatch to the Stanford football team.

Corn, beans and other crops migrate north with warmer temperatures

Stanford professor David Lobell, a colleague from Columbia University, and farmers from Kansas and North Dakota examine the northward movement of U.S. crop production, an impact of climate change.

The Hidden Hazard of the Santa Cruz Mountains

In the School of Earth Sciences fall quarter Distinguished Lecture, Prof. George Hilley will explain how the Santa Cruz Mountains formed, the impact they have on our local quality of life and the “invisible” seismic risk they pose.The event starts at 4:15 p.m. in the Mackenzie Room in the Huang Engineering Center.  It is open to the public.

Red states support climate legislation, too, Stanford analysts find

A majority in every state polled wants limits on green house gas emissions, believes U.S. should take action on global warming, according to data from surveys analyzed by Prof. Jon Krosnick.

A jolt to complacency on food supply

David Lobell is using elaborate statistical techniques to reveal a detailed picture of the effects of heat on crop yields. His work suggests that rising heat stress in some major growing areas is already putting a drag on production — and raises the possibility of much more serious effects as global warming continues.

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Earth Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series presents "A Beautiful, Hazardous Haven: The Shaping of the Santa Cruz Mountains" by Prof. George Hilley
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:15 PM
Huang Engineering Center - Mackenzie Room
Reception to follow

Precious rare earth metals discovered where continental plates collided

New finding indicates that rare earth elements used in technologies from smartphones to wind turbines may exist in previously unexplored locations where mountains were built by collisions rather than where continental plates separated. 

Wendy Mao receives Mineralogical Society of America Award

Wendy Mao received the 2013 Mineralogical Society of America Award.

Climate Pact: "The devil will be in the details..."

E-IPER PhD candidate Jeremy Carl provided perspective on the usefulness of a new climate change pact signed by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia.

National Academy recommends formation of independent institute for offshore oil and gas operations

Energy Resources Engineering consulting professor Richard Sears (MS Geophysics, 1976) helped coauthor a new National Academies report that recommends the U.S. Department of the Interior create an independent institute to evaluate and develop new technologies for offshore oil and gas operations.

On air with a paleoclimatologist

Environmental Earth System Science PhD candidate Mike Osborne was sponsored by AGU as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow over the summer, during which time he worked as a science journalist for KQED public radio for 10 weeks. Osborne reported on everything from the physics of sailing to a threatened owl species.

An ovation for Earth Scientists

A crowd of 50,000 football fans cheered for professors David Lobell (left) and Kevin Boyce to honor their recent MacArthur Fellowships. Toby and Kai Lobell joined in the festivities. Stanford went on to defeat UCLA 27-10.

New ideas for how Earth core formed

Experiments on samples of iron and rock held at immense pressures have led to new ideas of how Earth's core formed.


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