Topic: Jackson School of Geosciences

Rock Salt May be More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought

Nov. 30, 2015
Rock Salt

Research from UT Austin shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the US as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as thought or as capable of isolating nuclear waste from groundwater in the event that a capsule or storage vessel failed.

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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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Extinct Species of Pig-Snouted Turtle Unearthed in Utah

Oct. 21, 2015
Arvinachelys goldeni

Researchers have discovered a species of extinct pig-nose turtle that lived alongside dinosaurs and fills a gap in understanding the evolution of turtles.

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Ancient Cold Period Could Provide Clues on Climate Change

Sept. 2, 2015
The cave room in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, Philippines.

Researchers at UT Austin have found that a well-known period of abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago occurred rapidly in northern latitudes but much more gradually in equatorial regions, a discovery that could prove important for understanding and responding to future climate change.

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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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