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2019 Ozone Hole is the Smallest on Record Since Its Discovery

October 22, 2019

Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited ozone depletion in September and October, resulting…
Stanford energy and environment experts examine strengths and weaknesses of the Green New Deal

April 3, 2019

The sweeping plan to overhaul transportation, energy and other sectors failed a recent U.S. Senate vote, but remains…
Ancient rocks provide clues about Earth’s early history

February 26, 2019

Earth’s vast oceans started becoming oxygenated on large scales and great depths long before scientists previously recognized, according…
Earth’s continental nurseries discovered beneath mountains

February 4, 2019

In his free time last summer, Rice University geoscientist Ming Tang made a habit of comparing the niobium…
Colossal erosion event transformed ancient Earth’s surface

January 8, 2019

The Earth’s surface experienced the largest crustal erosion event in Earth’s history some 700 million years ago, paving…
‘True polar wander’ may have caused ice age

November 20, 2018

Earth’s latest ice age may have been caused by changes deep inside the planet. Based on evidence from…
Ocean research scene. Illustration by Abigale Wyatt, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
Earth’s oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat per year than previously thought

November 6, 2018

The researchers reported in the journal Nature that the world’s oceans took up more than 13 zettajoules — which is…
How Earth sheds heat into space

September 25, 2018

Just as an oven gives off more heat to the surrounding kitchen as its internal temperature rises, the…
New Satellite Map Shows Ground Deformation After Indonesian Quake

August 9, 2018

Scientists with NASA/Caltech’s Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA) used new satellite data to produce a map…
Mars is at opposition, so what does that mean?

August 8, 2018

You may have heard that Mars reached opposition. But what does that mean? It means that Mars is bright and…
Billion-year-old lake deposit yields clues to Earth’s ancient biosphere

July 19, 2018

A sample of ancient oxygen, teased out of a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario, provides fresh…
A Scientist’s Final Paper Looks Toward Earth’s Future Climate

July 17, 2018

A NASA scientist’s final scientific paper, published posthumously this month, reveals new insights into one of the most…
Stanford study reveals the pulse of the polar vortex – and a key to mapping future storms

July 13, 2018

If you can predict the path of the jet stream, the upper atmosphere’s undulating river of wind, then…
Sounding Rocket Takes a Second Look at the Sun

June 21, 2018

The EVE sounding rocket successfully launched at 1 p.m. local time on Monday, June 18, from White Sands…
New NASA Mission to Detect Plant Water Use from Space

June 20, 2018

Doctors learn a lot about their patients’ health by taking their temperature. An elevated temperature, or fever, can…
NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

June 19, 2018

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will…
Thank the moon for Earth’s lengthening day

June 11, 2018

For anyone who has ever wished there were more hours in the day, geoscientists have some good news:…
NASA Invested in Cracking Earth’s Carbon Puzzle

June 1, 2018

It’s a scientific conundrum with huge implications for our future: How will our planet react to the increasing…
DTU on high-precision climate mission in space

May 22, 2018

NASA will soon be launching the comprehensive climate mission GRACE Follow-On (GRACE-FO). The launch is scheduled from Vandenberg Air Force…
Europium points to new suspect in continental mystery

May 22, 2018

Clues from some unusual Arizona rocks pointed Rice University scientists toward a discovery — a subtle chemical signature…
A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

May 16, 2018

NASA’s Voyager 1 took a classic portrait of Earth from several billion miles away in 1990. Now a…
Reconnection tames the turbulent magnetic fields around Earth

May 14, 2018

When the solar wind – which is really a driving rain of charged particles from the sun –…

May 8, 2018

The Earth — with its myriad shifting atmospheric, oceanic, land and ice components — presents an extraordinarily complex…
Earth’s magnetic field is NOT about to reverse

May 7, 2018

A study of the most recent near-reversals of the Earth’s magnetic field by an international team of researchers,…
New exascale system for earth simulation

April 24, 2018

A new earth modeling system unveiled today will have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects…
GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods

April 21, 2018

In the American Southwest and in northwestern Mexico, more than half the annual rainfall often comes in the…
The right crust: finding Earth’s early pulse

April 17, 2018

QUT researchers have determined how the ancient portion of the Australian continent formed and evolved between 3.6 billion…
NASA’s World Tour of the Atmosphere Reveals Surprises Along the Way

April 15, 2018

Two thirds of Earth’s surface are covered by water — and two thirds of Earth’s atmosphere reside over…
Tiny Sea Creatures Hold Secrets to Earth’s Climate

April 11, 2018

Each new season brings change. Seasonal change on land is something that we’re familiar with and adjust to…
NASA Powers on New Instrument Staring at the Sun

March 16, 2018

NASA has powered on its latest space payload to continue long-term measurements of the Sun’s incoming energy. Total…
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