Earth Sciences Archives - State of the Planet

Part of the Pacific Ocean Is Not Warming as Expected. Why?

Climate models predict that as a result of human-induced climate change, the surface of the Pacific Ocean should be warming. But one key part is not.

by |June 24, 2019

Scientists Map Huge Undersea Fresh-Water Aquifer Off U.S. Northeast

In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the U.S. Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean.

by |June 20, 2019
scientific equipment on glacier

Video: Glacier Research on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska

Research by Lamont’s Johnny Kingslake and Elizabeth Case advances understanding of ice sheet dynamics and how our world may change in the coming centuries.

by |June 12, 2019

Why Cry for the Cryosphere?

A new book paints a daunting and detailed picture of earth’s natural ice under threat, and explains why what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic.

by |June 11, 2019
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Solved: How Tides Can Trigger Earthquakes

A new study reveals the inner workings of tidally triggered earthquakes, and finds that even the slightest stress can set off a tremor.

by |June 7, 2019

Center for Climate and Life Announces 2019 Fellows

The three new Fellows, all scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will pursue high-risk, high-reward research that furthers understanding of how climate change impacts human sustainability.

by |June 6, 2019

A Seismologist Present at the Discovery of Plate Tectonics

Lynn Sykes, a pivotal figure in the development of plate tectonics, discusses a new memoir of his career.

by |June 6, 2019

Drilling the Seabed Below Earth’s Most Powerful Ocean Current

Starting this month, scientists aim to study the Antarctic Circumpolar Current’s past dynamics by drilling into the seabed in some of the planet’s remotest marine regions.

by |May 15, 2019

You Asked: What Determines the Oxygen and CO2 Levels in Our Atmosphere?

An Earth Institute climate researcher breaks down why our atmosphere is the way it is, how it’s changed over time, and what the future may hold.

by |April 22, 2019
A graphic of Mercury's internal structure.

MESSENGER Data Reveal That Mercury’s Inner Core Is Solid

The new findings offer clues about how the solar system formed and how rocky planets change over time.

by |April 19, 2019