Earth Sciences Archives - State of the Planet

Alaskan Coast at Risk of Catastrophic Landslide and Mega-Tsunami

Geoscientists estimate that a mountain slope could collapse into Prince William Sound within a year, and likely within 20 years, triggering devastating waves.

by |May 29, 2020

The 12 Questions Earth Scientists Should Ask in the Next 10 Years

A committee has outlined what the U.S. National Science Foundation should focus on over the next decade.

by |May 22, 2020
Xiaomeng Jin

Xiaomeng Jin Uses Satellite Imagery to Track Ozone Formation

Her research as a Ph.D. student at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has yielded important information for air quality control efforts.

by |May 22, 2020

New Study Supports Universal Glacier Slip Law

The study explains how friction alters the velocity of glaciers. It could have important implications for improving sea level rise projections.

by |May 21, 2020
Workers install a monitoring well

Clay Layers and Distant Pumping Trigger Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh Groundwater

Widely considered a screen against contamination, clay layers may actually enhance arsenic leakage into some aquifers, study finds.

by |May 7, 2020

How Catastrophic Floods May Have Carved Greenland’s ‘Grand Canyon’

In a new study, researchers propose a mechanism for how mega-canyons under northern Greenland’s ice sheet formed: from a series of catastrophic outburst floods that suddenly and repeatedly drained lakes of meltwater.

by |April 30, 2020
Buildings surrounded by water flowing out of North Carolina's Cape Fear River in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Mary Junell/U.S. Army)

Waterfront Development Added Billions to Property Values Exposed to Hurricane Florence

Rapid development in flood-prone zones during recent decades helped boost the amount of property exposed to the 2018 hurricane substantially, a new study says.

by |April 21, 2020
Shepherds herd sheep on horseback in Uruguay

Beautiful Planet: Earth Institute Photos From Around the Globe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing images of places and projects around the world that highlight our planet’s incredible beauty.

by |April 20, 2020

Earth Day: How to Celebrate While You’re Sheltering in Place

There are many ways to get involved, take action, or simply marvel at the beauty of our planet, all without leaving your home or neighborhood.

by |April 17, 2020
edge of greenland ice sheet

Unusually Clear Skies Drove Record Loss of Greenland Ice in 2019

Study identifies unprecedented atmospheric conditions behind devastating summer; suggests climate models may greatly underestimate future melting.

by |April 15, 2020