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Geography Research, Forestry Research, Forestry, oak trees, oak forests, white oaks, environmental adaptation

Geography Faculty Members Earn NSF Grant to Study Oak Forests

Three geography faculty members have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) award of $232,099 for a collaborative research project to assess the environmental and human drivers and the cultural dimension of changes in oak forests in the eastern United States.

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Volcano, Science, Geology, Research

Heat Pulses in Magma Change How Scientists View the Inner Workings of Volcanoes

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ASU scientists develop technique to trace volcano heat pulses; may help better predict risk

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Michigan Tech, Chad Deering, Geoscience, Volcanology, New Zealand, Zircon, magma reservoir, Magma, Kaharoa

Forget the Red Hot Blob: Volcanic Zircon Crystals Give a New View of Magma

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The classic red teardrop of magma underneath a volcano peak is too simplistic. Magma chambers are chemically and physically complex structures that new evidence, published this week in Science, suggests may be cooler and more solid than expected.

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Geography, Envionment, dam, South America, Amazon Basin, Amazon Floodplain, Amazon, The University Of Texas At Austin, Climate, Hydroelectric Dams, Hydrology, Sediment

Hydroelectric Dams May Jeopardize the Amazon’s Future

Hundreds of built and proposed hydroelectric dams may significantly harm life in and around the Amazon by trapping the flow of rich nutrients and modifying the climate from Central America to the Gulf of Mexico. These findings, published in Nature, emerge from a multidisciplinary, international collaboration of researchers from 10 universities, led by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Ndsu, North Dakota State University, Geosciences, Career, National Science Foundation, Paleoecology, Shelled Marine Animals, Late Triassic

NDSU Assistant Professor Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

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A North Dakota State University assistant professor has received a national award that will bring more than $500,000 to the geosciences department at NDSU and provide research opportunities for students.

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geological engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Geophysics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri S&T, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Louisiana Scholar Named Chair of Geosciences, Geological and Petroleum Engineering at Missouri S&T

Dr. David Borrok, a professor of geosciences and director of the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has been named chair of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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UNLV Geoscience expert can speak to Climate Change

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MARS, Water, mars rover, Gale Crater

Rover Findings Indicate Stratified Lake on Ancient Mars

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A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive look at findings from the first three-and-a-half years of NASA’s Curiosity rover mission.

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Space, MARS, ChemCam, Silica, Water on Mars

‘Halos’ Discovered on Mars Widen Time Frame for Potential Life

Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica—called “halos”—has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed.

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Mass Extinction, Climate Change, reflective aerosols

Death by Volcano?

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The discovery of anomalously high levels of mercury in rocks from the Ordivician geological period has led to a new interpretation of the ensuing mass extinction. A sequence of disturbances may have led to catastrophic cooling by reflective sulfate aerosols injected into the atmosphere by massive volcanism. The finding is important since aerosol cooling is under consideration as a way to temper global warming.







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