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The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to recognize Dr. Hiroo Kanamori with the Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal at the 2015 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exposition. Kanamori has been described as "a towering figure in seismology and geophysics."
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:42
Given annually, AGI's Intel ISEF Special Awards recognize three projects that best reflect the study of Earth and the mission of AGI, which aims to increase public awareness of the vital role of the geosciences to humanity and society.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 16:08
In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 13:16
The Spring 2015 issue of Geospectrum has been published by the American Geosciences Institute. Geospectrum provides an inside look of the latest news from geoscience community. Download the complete spring issue of Geospectrum for free at:
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 13:33
The evolutionary age of grass has been hotly contested.Scientists have previously dated the earliest grasses to 55 million years ago; after the dinosaurs went extinct. Now, a new 100-million-year-old specimen of amber from Myanmar potentially pushes back grass evolution to the Late Cretaceous.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 13:06
Each day during Earth Science Week 2015 (October 11-17), science teachers, students, and the public are invited to focus on a different area of Earth science. Go online today to view a new webcast about "Focus Days" of this year's celebration.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 11:30
With hundreds of seismic, infrasound, hydroacoustic and radionuclide-detecting stations operating continuously around the world, CTBTO scientists - and, increasingly, researchers outside the organization - are realizing the potential of all the data collected. CTBTO data have been used to understand major natural events such as the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor and the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and eventual nuclear disaster. And in the future, it may contribute to improved volcano monitoring and understanding of atmospheric processes.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 14:10
In celebration of Earth Science Week 2015, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme, "Visualizing Earth Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest, and an essay contest.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:09
Free, interdisciplinary, educational materials and videos are now available to foster a more energy literate nation. The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education project, available on the Department of Energy website, identifies what makes an energy literate citizen, and highlights seven principles to help guide exploration into energy related learning. This is an effort between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Energy, National Center for Science Education and the American Geosciences Institute.
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 18:59
The Critical Issues Research Database seeks to connect end-users to the wealth of information available on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society such as the occurrence of natural resources, hazard mitigation and pollution risks.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 03:39
he massive 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M., defied conventional fire science wisdom by racing downhill instead of uphill, and increasing intensity overnight. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you recent scientific analysis of the fire from a research team at Los Alamos National Lab.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 03:51
Scientific and technologic advances related to hydraulic fracturing have dramatically increased the supply of U.S. oil and gas; because of this, a methane economy – in which natural gas provides the leading share of primary energy consumption – is now a possible scenario for U.S. energy development.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 15:10
In a small lake along the Japanese coast, scientists have found evidence of turbulent waters centuries ago. These telltale signs of severe weather in the geologic record support the legend of the two kamikaze typhoons that protected Japan from Mongol invasion. EARTH Magazine follows University of Amherst geoscientist Kinuyo Kanamaru and his research team as the dig up history in search of signs of the storms.
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:23
As NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto reaches its destination, join EARTH Magazine to learn about the latest spacecraft to study the furthest reaches of the solar system.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 14:59
The American Geosciences Institute would like to congratulate Emma Reed and Annette Patton, both Master's candidates, as the two latest recipients of the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship.
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:56
The Association of American State Geologists (AASG) has recognized the Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute, Dr. P Patrick Leahy with its prestigious Pick and Gavel Award. This award was initiated by AASG in 1999 to recognize distinguished friends of geology who have made major contributions to advancing or facilitating the role that geoscience plays in our society.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 14:42
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the 50th edition of The Directory of Geoscience Departments.
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:08
Children born during, and up to three years after, the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño event in northern Peru were found to be shorter than their peers in a new study covered in EARTH Magazine. The rising waters wiped out crops, drowned livestock, cut off bridges, and caused prolonged famine in many rural villages. Now, a new study that tracked long-term health impacts on children from the affected region has found that a decade later, the children continue to bear signs of the hardship endured early in their lives.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:20
After the Aug. 24, 2014, Napa Valley earthquake, movement continued along the principal fault to the north of the epicenter, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. Such "afterslip" is known from previous quakes, but this is the first time that strong afterslip has been observed in a populated residential community.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 14:59
Can you find the famed treasure chest of Forrest Fenn? Join EARTH roving correspondent Mary Caperton Morton on her quest to find the treasure chest, valued at between $1 million and $2 million dollars, which Fenn, a New Mexico antiquities dealer, has hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe.
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:09