Topic: Jackson School of Geosciences

World’s Shallowest Slow-Motion Earthquakes Detected

May 5, 2016
Seafloor absolute pressure gauges

Research published in the May 6 edition of Science indicates that slow-motion earthquakes can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes.

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Volcanoes Tied to Shifts in Earth’s Climate

April 21, 2016
Volcano Licancabur

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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Mile-High Mars Mounds Built by Wind and Climate Change

March 31, 2016
Mars craters compared with wind tunnel experiment

New research has found that wind carved massive mounds of more than a mile high on Mars over billions of years. 

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Storing Extra Surface Water Boosts Groundwater Supply

March 24, 2016
Agua Fria Water Recharge Facility

Although years of drought and over-pumping have depleted groundwater in Arizona and California, a new study shows the situation has created underground reservoirs where extra surface water can be stored.

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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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