Earth Sciences Archives - State of the Planet

Pioneer in Charting Modern Sea Level Rise to Receive 2020 Vetlesen Prize

A scientist who has played a key role in documenting modern sea level rise and its causes is to receive the 2020 Vetlesen Prize for achievement in the earth sciences.

by |January 21, 2020

Completing My Fieldwork and Returning to Dhaka

My last days in the field brought us to monuments in a makeshift home near the ocean, a flooded field next to a school, and adjacent to a jute mill. Most of us now head back to Dhaka, the capital. Céline will stay on a few more days, then Hasnat with Saif and Nahin will continue until all the monuments are resurveyed.

by |January 13, 2020

Long Days in the Field in Southern Bangladesh

We continued our GPS surveys of monuments to measure land subsidence. While the work general went very well, we faced challenges from obscured or tilted monuments. We also struggled with large traffic delays, particularly at unpredictable ferry crossings.

by |January 10, 2020

Installing GPS Around Barisal, Bangladesh

Getting to remote sites started to prove challenging, and involved many forms of transportation by land and water.

by |January 9, 2020
Hami basin landscape

Evolving Landscape Added Fuel to Gobi Desert’s High-Speed Winds

A new study uncovers a previously undocumented relationship between erosion and wind speed.

by |January 8, 2020
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Bushfires in Australia Continue to Devastate New Zealand Glaciers

Smoke and ash from Australia’s devastating fires pose a significant threat to New Zealand’s glaciers.

by Zoë Klobus, GlacierHub |January 7, 2020

Back to Bangladesh: How Fast is the Delta Sinking?

I am back in Bangladesh once more to investigate the balance between sea level rise, the sinking of the land, and the filling of the space with sediments.

by |January 4, 2020
snowflake

New Citizen Science Project Asks: Is It Snowing Plastics?

The PlastiX-Snow project will track microplastics that contaminate Earth’s most remote and pristine locations.

by |December 20, 2019
microfossil images

Undersea Volcanism May Help Explain Medieval Year of Darkness

Tropical fossils found in a Greenland ice core hint at volcanic eruptions that threw the world into darkness from 536 to 537 A.D.

by |December 17, 2019
illustration of a geyser eruption

Data Visualization Translates Geyser Eruption Data Into Eerie Music

The project earned grad student Anna Barth a grand prize in the American Geophysical Union’s competition on Data Visualization and Storytelling.

by |December 11, 2019