Topic: Department of Geological Sciences

Animal thought to be First Air Breather Loses Claim to Fame

July 5, 2017
Stephanie Suarez

New research led by the UT-Austin Jackson School of Geosciences has shown that the millipede thought to be the world’s oldest known air-breathing animal can no longer make that claim.

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Recovery after “Great Dying” Was Slowed by More Extinctions

March 15, 2017
fossilized snail shells

Researchers studying marine fossil beds have found that the world’s worst mass extinction was followed by two other extinction events, a conclusion that could explain why it took ecosystems millions of years to recover.

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Experiments Call Origin of Earth’s Iron into Question

Feb. 20, 2017
Earth's iron infographic

New research from The University of Texas at Austin reveals that the Earth’s unique iron composition isn’t linked to the formation of the planet’s core.

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Snow Data from Satellites Improves Temperature Predictions

Dec. 6, 2016
Himalayan mountains from space

Researchers with The University of Texas at Austin have found that incorporating snow data collected from space into computer climate models can significantly improve seasonal temperature predictions. 

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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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