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June 29, 2020
“Chances are good that the drop of rain that splashes on your forehead is made of molecules that were here long before the first humans looked up in wonder at a cloudy sky, long before the first leafy plants stretched their roots into the soil, long before the first single-celled organisms took the critical step of dividing in half to reproduce.”
March 20, 2020
A newly-released LiDAR data set reveals impressive ridge-top cracks associated with large rock slides in the Virginia Valley and Ridge. While the cracks are easily visible with LiDAR hillshade imagery, they appear to be covered by normal forest vegetation and would probably look like elongated depressions in the forest.
October 30, 2019
Dr. Frankenstein aside, science doesn’t intend to be spooky. Sometimes it just comes out that way. Scientific endeavors have revealed some eerie places and a symphony of scary sounds from all over the planet — everything from bellowing sand dunes and whistling lightning, to groaning ice shelves of Antarctica. We got them here in our 2019 Halloween playlist.
October 12, 2017
Can scientists determine how likely we are to have a tsunami along different parts of the PNW Coast and how big it would be? What types of things affect whether an earthquake is likely to cause a large tsunami? (Or none at all?)
September 27, 2017
Update 11:00 AM EDT Indonesia’s Mt. Agung may be on the cusp of its first eruption since 1963, an eruption that killed more than 1000 people. Since late August, seismic signals have increased in frequency, and last Friday, officials raised the alert status to the highest level. Local officials have evacuated around 75,000 people from the area and warned residents to keep an 8-12 kilometer distance from the volcano. However, it’s still unclear whether—or when—the volcano may erupt, …
September 12, 2017
Sometimes you have to build the field in the laboratory (or in this post’s case, in the art museum). At the Virginia Tech Active Tectonics and Geomorphology Lab they do just that. This is the latest in a series of posts shared from their blog. More of their posts can be found here. Written by The Geo Models Part 3 (final part) of a 3 part series on the valleys and …
January 12, 2017
In this blog, the team reflect on this experience so far.
November 14, 2016
Zooplankton is certainly not the study focus of Oliver’s working group, but for a while, these small crustaceans become a reminder of the complexity of the oceans’ systems. Every working team onboard has specific questions they would like to see answered, but on top of those, they are all always attentive for new learning opportunities.
November 3, 2016
Rachel and William are the “Dust People.” They are interested in how trace metals suspended in the air enter the ocean after traveling long distances through wind, and what happens to them after they do.
November 2, 2016
Think of it as the skin of the ocean. Just like our skin, the sea surface microlayer is the first line of defense of our oceans. Key for the exchange of substances and gases between the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, and a collection point for anthropogenic materials entering the ocean. Not only is this skin extremely important for the health of the oceans, but we are beginning to learn how determinant it is for our entire planet.