Earth Science


A Link Between Dams and Earthquakes?

The earth is big, and so are the tectonic plates—it doesn’t seem possible that anything humans could do to the earth would have an effect on those plates


Don’t Drink the Water

The AP reported earlier this week that the Indian pharmaceutical industry is spewing a drug soup into the waters of a town near Hyderabad


Picture of the Week—Snowy Peaks

The recent cold spell is getting a lot of attention, but we should all remember that it could be worse

Dr. Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, speaks at the Mouse Genome Sequencing Press Conference on December 4, 2002.

A Welcome to the Obama Administration’s Scientist Appointees

Last month, then president-elect Obama devoted one of his weekly addresses to science


An Antarctic Scientist's Advice for Surviving the Cold

Sure, it’s zero degrees outside. But you can handle it


Could Science Education Be a Victim of the Recession?


Missing: Arctic Rubber Duckies

Missing: 90 yellow rubber duckies dropped into a moulin (a tubular hole) in a melting Greenland glacier approximately three months ago


Clean Coal Advice From Doctor Who

We have gotten conflicting information on clean coal—that mythic technology that would let us burn all the coal we want without any carbon emissions


Lessons in Space Exploration From Lewis and Clark

The similarities between the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803 to 1806 and a manned mission to Mars are not immediately obvious


Leap Second Added to Your Calendar

The official Keepers of Time will add a leap second to the world’s master clocks (in the U.S. Naval Observatory) on December 31 at 23:59:59 UTC

Picture of the Week—Diatoms or Modern Art?

Michael Stringer of Westcliff-on-Sea, England won the 2008 Nikon Small world Photomicrography Competition earlier this year with the image below


Picture of the Week – A Newly Restored Photo of the Earth and Moon

This week’s Picture of the Week is the Earth as seen from the Moon, circa 1966.Thinking ahead, NASA sent five missions up to photograph the moon

Slow Monsoon Seasons Led to End of Chinese Dynasties

Like ice cores or tree rings, stalagmites (those are the ones that grow up from the cave floor) can record ancient history


Texas Tea Threatens Earthwork


Mystery at Sea

How mercury gets into tuna and other fish in the ocean has scientists searching from the coast to the floor

"It's like a mystery novel," says veteran volcanologist Richard Fiske of his field work. "We're uncovering clues."

FOR HIRE: Volcanologist

Richard Fiske discusses his groundbreaking work


EcoCenter: The Land

A look at man-made and natural causes that are threatening the Earth

Once extracted, labeled and bundled, the cores are carefully airlifted to the safety of the lab. Only there will the ice's true secrets be revealed.

Glaciologist Erin Pettit Reports from the Field

The students (including Molly Holleran, age 17) practiced self- arrest—stopping a fall on a slope using an ice ax.

Glaciologist Puts Her Girls on Ice


Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Bumblebees, elephants and endless summer

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