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Declining snowpacks may cut many nations' water

Gradual melting of winter snow helps feed water to farms, cities and ecosystems across much of the world, but this resource may soon be critically imperiled. In a new study, scientists have identified snow-dependent drainage ...

dateNov 12, 2015 in Environment
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Plate tectonics thanks to plumes?

"Knowing what a chicken looks like and what all the chickens before it looked like doesn't help us to understand the egg," says Taras Gerya. The ETH Professor of Geophysics uses this metaphor to address plate tectonics and ...

dateNov 11, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Las Vegas holds key to abrupt climate change

According to new U.S. Geological Survey research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, springs and marshes in the desert outside Las Vegas expanded and contracted dramatically in response ...

dateNov 10, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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