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Near the foot of Israel's Mount Sodom, Lamont geoscientist Steven Goldstein (left) and Mordechai Stein of the Geological Survey of Israel inspect a salt cave thought to be 6 million to 7 million years old.

Photo Essay: The Dead Sea, Living Waters and Megadrought

Thousands of years before Biblical times, during a period when temperatures were unusually high, the lands around the Dead Sea now occupied by Israel, Jordan and surrounding nations suffered megadroughts far worse than any recorded by humans. Warming climate now threatens to return such conditions to this already hard-pressed region.

by |October 31, 2017
The Whittier fire in Santa Barbara County, California forced thousands of people to evacuate and consumed more than 18,000 acres in July 2017. Photo: U.S. Forest Service

Improving Tools for Predicting Wildfires

During a conference at Columbia University, scientists pinpointed areas where advances in fire prediction can be made within the next decade.

by |October 27, 2017
The Dumont d'Urville base where winds have been recorded at 199 mph. (photo credit Samuel Blanc)

What’s a Few Days’ Delay When Preparing to Visit a 33 Million-Year-Old Ice Sheet?

With the Rosetta-Ice team delayed in New Zealand, let’s take a minute to discuss why Antarctica’s weather is so forbidding.

by |October 24, 2017
A jellyfish passes directly in front of the camera.

Under the Sea Ice, Behold the Ancient Arctic Jellyfish

A video reveals mature jellyfish under the Arctic sea ice, where they aren’t supposed to be.

by |October 23, 2017
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New York Is Still Feeling the Effects of Hurricane Sandy, Five Years Later

In October 2012, Sandy devastated large swaths of the city with floods and fire. How well have we recovered? And will we be ready for the next big storm?

by |October 23, 2017
Moving across the ice with IcePod in the front and active Volcano Mt. Erebus in the distance.

Final Stop: Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf

We have embarked! Our third Antarctic field season is underway, putting us only 18 flights away from completing our mission to map the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in Antarctica.

by |October 20, 2017
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Expedition Explores Undersea Rift off Greece

The Corinth rift is one of the most seismically active areas in Europe. Starting this month, researchers will drill into the rift to discover its past and future.

by |October 19, 2017
yellowstone caldera in blue, green, and yellow

What Is a Supervolcano, and Should You Really Be Worried About the One at Yellowstone?

Despite recent media reports, there’s no imminent threat, says Columbia geologist Einat Lev.

by |October 16, 2017
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How Climate Change Will Impact Investors

A new report explores how advances in climate science can inform near-term investments in the global economy.

by |October 11, 2017
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Highlights from the 2017 Lamont-Doherty Open House

Through interactive exhibits, games, goo, and a few explosions, people of all ages learned about geology, earth science, and climate change.

by |October 9, 2017