Topic: Department of Geological Sciences

Volcanoes Tied to Shifts in Earth’s Climate

April 21, 2016
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A new study reveals that volcanic activity may be responsible for climatic shifts over tens and hundreds of millions of years.

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Ancient Lone Star Lizard Lounged in Lush, Tropical Texas

Feb. 22, 2016
Solastella cookei skull over West Texas background

Researchers have discovered a new species of extinct worm lizard in Texas and dubbed it the “Lone Star” lizard. The species offers evidence that Texas acted as a subtropical refuge during a past cooling period.

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Expedition to Antarctica Will Search for Dinosaurs and More

Feb. 1, 2016
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An international team of researchers is traveling to Antarctica to search for fossils that will reveal how life developed on the now-frozen continent after nonavian dinosaurs were wiped out. 

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Rainfall in South Pacific Was More Variable Before 20th Century

Sept. 9, 2013

[caption id="attachment_41948" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Jud Partin inspects a stalagmite in Taurius Cave on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. A stalagmite such as this one could be used in a paleoclimate reconstruction."]Jud Partin inspects a stalagmite in Taurius Cave on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  A new reconstruction of climate in the South Pacific during the past 446 years shows rainfall varied much more dramatically before the start of the 20th century than after. The finding, based on an analysis of a cave formation called a stalagmite from the island nation of Vanuatu, could force climate modelers to adjust their models.

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The geological fingerprint of war in photos

May 25, 2012
The geological fingerprint of war in photos

Scientists find traces of the World War II D-Day invasion buried in the sands of Omaha Beach.

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