Topic: Climate

Monsoon Intensity Enhanced By Heat Captured By Desert Dust

July 28, 2016
Monsoon rains fall on the green valleys of Madhya Pradesh, India.

Variations in the ability of sand particles in the atmosphere to absorb heat can change the intensity of the Indian Summer Monsoon.

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Aerosols Strengthen Storm Clouds, According to New Study

June 13, 2016
Aerosol cloud

Aerosol particles can increase the lifespans of large storm clouds by delaying rainfall, making the clouds grow larger, and producing more extreme storms when rain finally does come, according to new research.

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Climate Can Grind Mountains Faster Than They Can Be Rebuilt

Nov. 23, 2015
St Elias

Researchers for the first time have discovered that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can, in the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them.

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Clues from Ancient Maya Reveal Lasting Impact on Environment

Sept. 3, 2015
Tim and Sheryl Beach

Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today’s environmental conditions, according to researchers at UT Austin.

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Scientists Pioneer Method to Track Water Flowing in Glaciers

Aug. 10, 2015
Yahtse Glaciers in Alaska

New technique pioneered by UT Austin scientists is an essential step to understanding the future of the world’s largest glaciers as climate changes.

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