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Seismic Monitoring May Improve Early Warnings for Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

A new study finds that real-time monitoring of ground motion could have detected a sudden and catastrophic flood in Bhutan five hours before it destroyed a village.

by Sarah Fecht and Ben Orlove |September 16, 2020

Ancient Volcanoes Once Boosted Ocean Carbon, But Humans Are Now Far Outpacing Them

A new study of the closest ancient analog to modern carbon emissions finds that massive volcanism was the main cause of high carbon at the time. But nature did not come close to matching what humans are doing today.

by |September 14, 2020

New Project Will Create ‘The Internet of Samples’

iSamples will digitalize scientific samples to enable more discoveries and information-sharing.

by |September 10, 2020

Deep Channels Linking Antarctic Glacier’s Underside to Ocean Could Hasten Melting

Newly discovered seabed channels beneath the Thwaites Glacier may be pathways for warm ocean water to melt the ice’s undersides and contribute to sea level rise.

by |September 9, 2020

Antarctic Ice Shelves Vulnerable to Sudden Meltwater-Driven Fracturing, Says Study

A new study says that many of the ice shelves ringing Antarctica could be vulnerable to quick destruction if rising temperatures drive melt water into the numerous fractures that currently penetrate their surfaces.

by |August 26, 2020
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STEMSEAS: Not Just an Internship, An Adventure

The seagoing expedition program designed to bring diversity to the geosciences goes virtual.

by |August 18, 2020

Treading on Shrinking Ice

In a new book, glaciologist Marco Tedesco takes the reader on a personal journey through his sometimes dangerous work.

by |August 11, 2020
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8 Surprising Facts About Marie Tharp, Mapmaker Extraordinaire

Maybe you already know that she created some of the first maps of the ocean floor and helped discover plate tectonics. Here are some lesser-known facts about this history-making cartographer.

by |July 29, 2020

Lamont’s Marie Tharp: She Drew the Maps That Shook the World

On the 100th anniversary of her birth, her grit and brilliance are as legendary as her work.

by |July 27, 2020
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Marie Tharp’s Adventures in Mapping the Seafloor, In Her Own Words

The pioneering mapmaker explains how she and colleagues discovered underwater mountain ranges 40,000 miles long, and helped to prove that the continents move.

by |July 24, 2020