First-ever deep-drilling expedition to the Baltic Sea launches
Starting in September 2013, the Baltic Sea will be the scene of a unique scientific expedition. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) will set out drilling deeper into Baltic Sea sediments than ever before, all the ...
'Underground Galapagos' excites scientists
Diverse underground ecosystems buried deep beneath the Earth's crust may offer clues to the origins of life on Earth, several recent studies have revealed.
Ancient deep sea rivers of sand and mud tell climate story
Planet Earth is now due for another ice age when glaciers will form and sea levels drop up to 120m. But don't get your woollies out just yet. "Any moment now" in geological speak means give or take a few hundreds of years ...
Destroyed coastal habitats produce significant greenhouse gas
Destruction of coastal habitats may release as much as 1 billion tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere each year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a new Duke led study.
Strong regional climatic fluctuations in the tropics
Climatic fluctuations close to the equator show a different pattern to climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic. In the tropics distinct 11500 year fluctuations between wet and dry periods can be clearly identified which ...
Ice-free Arctic may be in our future, says research
Analyses of the longest continental sediment core ever collected in the Arctic, recently completed by an international team led by Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, provide ...
Scientists use rare mineral to correlate past climate events in Europe, Antarctica
The first day of spring brought record high temperatures across the northern part of the United States, while much of the Southwest was digging out from a record-breaking spring snowstorm. The weather, it seems, has gone ...
Precipitation variability in Northeast, Southwest linked in 1,000-year analysis
An analysis of precipitation data collected from a lakebed in New York and a Rhode Island estuary has provided a link between the variability of precipitation in the Northeast with that of the Southwest. The results validate ...
Finding faults: evidence of past earthquakes
(Phys.org)—Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) scientists have uncovered hard proof of faults in northern Delaware, indicating the occurrence of earthquakes millions of years ago.
Scientists will assess health of New York-Long Island barrier protection in wake of Sandy
A rapid response science team from the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics will help map the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the beach/barrier systems off the south shore of Long Island.
Preparing for the next megathrust: Scientists apply new methods to better understand Pacific coast earthquakes
Understanding the size and frequency of large earthquakes along the Pacific coast of North America is of great importance, not just to scientists, but also to government planners and the general public. The only way to predict ...
Next on Mars: 400 scientists on an alien road trip
Imagine taking 400 scientists on an alien road trip where each one wants to examine every interesting rock along the way. Welcome to the next two years of NASA's landmark robotic mission on Mars.
NASA lands rover on Mars to seek signs of life (Update)
NASA opened a new chapter in the history of interplanetary exploration on Monday when its $2.5 billion nuclear-powered robot Curiosity beamed back pictures from the surface of Mars.
Study finds use of dispersants can increase oil penetration into sandy marine sediments
A Florida State University researcher working as part of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) investigated the effects of dispersants on the movement of crude oil through water-saturated marine sand and found that ...