As skiers hit the slopes this winter, EARTH Magazine explores the science of how to keep them and other winter explorers safe. Every year, hundreds of people are killed by avalanches. Understanding the science of the frozen environment is only part of this story; communicating the risk is a field as dynamic as the weather systems and terrains that foster avalanches.
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 11:08
Tsunami hazard maps exist for California coastlines, but recent geological studies indicated some faults may be capable of unleashing more powerful quakes than previously thought. Given this new information, researchers at the University of California Riverside wondered if the current tsunami hazard maps adequately predict inundation zones, or if they need to be updated.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 14:41
The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to announce the release of its upgraded Glossary of Geology app for the Android and iOS platforms. To celebrate, the apps have been discounted to $19.99 - a full $10.00 off the list price until March 31, 2016.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 15:58
The third annual Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates 2015 report has been released by the American Geosciences Institute, and covers the experiences of geoscience majors through university-level programs and on which sectors graduates had gained employment by the time of commencement.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:48
The challenge of feeding our planet's growing population is one of critical importance - it will perhaps be the most important challenge of the 21st century. As the human population continues to rise, geoscience is informimg experts, suggesting major shifts in agriculture must be taken to prevent rampant food insecurity by the year 2050.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:12
Toba volcano erupted 74,000 years ago, and is thought to have been the largest eruption in the last 2.5 million years. Some scientists have thought the fallout from the eruption caused a volcanic winter so catastrophic it almost drove humans to extinction. A new high-resolution study of lake sediments from East Africa disputes that idea, however, suggesting that the early humans in the area probably experienced little or no cooling following the massive eruption.
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 14:50
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2016 is “Our Shared Geoheritage.” This year’s event will promote awareness of the many ways that science helps us understand, appreciate, and make the most of our geoscience heritage, or, as it is commonly known worldwide, “geoheritage.”
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:23
In an effort to reduce water use in California, communities are turning to wastewater purification. This wastewater is being made so pure that it's actually causing problems: EARTH Magazine reports on a new study that showed that ultra-purified water allowed minute amounts of arsenic to leach from the surrounding bedrock into the water.
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 14:48
While expanding a reservoir in Snowmass Village, Colorado, workers stumbled upon a big bone. And then another, and another, and another. Realizing they found something special, the workers called in the experts at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), who drove several hours to examine the site. Scientists quickly realized that this was no ordinary boneyard. Work on the reservoir halted, as DMNS scientists called in dozens of volunteers and experts from around the country to help excavate the site before construction continued. In a few weeks of excavating, the scientists and volunteers of the Snowmastodon Project uncovered an entire Pleistocene ecosystem, including fossils of giant ground sloths, long-horned bison, North American camels, mammoths, mastodons, insects and ancient plants.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 15:59
Do mantle plumes exist? EARTH Magazine explores one of the most hotly debated topics within the geoscience community.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 13:26