Multi-university center aims to minimize mine tailings risk

As the global demand for minerals and metals continues to grow, so too does the proliferation of mine tailings—the waste materials left over when mining is complete. Tailings storage facilities, which typically remain long ...

MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor

Seismologists use waves generated by earthquakes to scan the interior of our planet, much like doctors image their patients using medical tomography. Earth imaging has helped us track down the deep origins of volcanic islands ...

Giving freight rail tracks a boost

The big chunks of rock—crushed limestone or dolomite that engineers call ballast—that keep railroad tracks in place look like a solid footing even as freight cars rumble overhead.

Better data tools for a bigger geothermal future

To fully realize the potential of harnessing energy from the heat within the earth will require a far more detailed understanding of what's going on down there than scientists currently have. And beyond naturally occurring ...

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