Spent reactor fuel and other high-level radioactive wastes may be better off in soft rocks than hard ones.
Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are looking for volunteers in the East Bay to help document a powerful seismic event in mid-August, when a 13-story building on the California State University, East Bay campus will come crashing down, making way for a new, seismically stable replacement.
Every 4,000 years, there's an earthquake beneath Lake Tahoe. A robotic submarine is spending the week below the lake’s surface, using high-definition cameras and ultrasound-like technology to examine the lake's biggest fault.
Long-range plans by the East Bay Regional Parks District promise at least one geological jewel.
In today’s issue of Science, a team of researchers reports that injection fields approaching an earthquake-ready state may give us a telltale sign: seismic waves sweeping through from huge distant shocks set off tiny local shakers in the process called dynamic triggering.
The best all-around geological museum in the Bay Area is in Fremont, catering to tomorrow's scientists and their teachers.
After ten months of studying a small patch of Mars half a mile from its landing point, NASA's Curiosity rover pulls up stakes, packs its bags and prepares to set forth on a trek to reach the base of Mount Sharp, a layered mound of Martian geologic history with secrets just waiting to be discovered.
In the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences, to be unveiled tomorrow, no one will mistake California for someplace else again.
The Lyell and Maclure glaciers in Yosemite – like glaciers and ice sheets worldwide – are in rapid state of retreat. The Lyell and Maclure were presumed to be “true” glaciers – that is, thick slabs of ice dragged downhill under their own weight, scouring the land as they move – but scientists are discovering that the Maclure is deteriorating as it moves, and the Lyell is no longer moving at all.
Earlier this year, geologists in Yosemite Park came to the sad conclusion that one of California's iconic glaciers, the Lyell, had ground to a halt, having lost too much mass to sustain its downward movement. Knowing that California's approximately 130 glaciers will not be around forever, Tim Palmer spent a summer on a personal quest to climb and photograph as many of these frozen giants as he could manage.
This loop through the gold country's rocks and history will have you taking your time, rather than trying to make time.
When researchers applied the same amount of pressure to iron that they think it’s under at the center of the earth — about three million times as much pressure as at sea level — it was surprisingly soft.
Big construction projects are rarely straightforward. The new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a prime example, thanks to unexpected problems with the steel. But there, at least, nature was not to blame. This week a long-running dam project made the news when a geological discovery forced the San Francisco Public ...
Firefighters are mopping up the Madison Fire. The fire started over the weekend in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and scorched 125 acres. Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan says to expect more blazes like this in the months to come. ...
Aerial view of Devil's Slide tunnel project. Credit: Carwil / Wikimedia Commons It's been a long time coming. The first highway tunnels to open in California in nearly fifty years are about ready for motorists. Two mile-long, state-of-the-art tunnels will offer a new ...
Fallen whale carcasses nurture a variety of deep-sea life from large crabs and fish to thick coats of bacteria. Photo courtesy neptunecanada of Flickr via Creative Commons A new paper describes the slowly rotting skeleton of a whale on the seafloor near the ...