Donate

RSSGeology

<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201406120850/b target=_blank >Groundwater Pumping Causing Land to Sink in Coachella Valley</a>

The California Report | June 12, 2014

Groundwater Pumping Causing Land to Sink in Coachella Valley

Even before the drought, farmers around California were sucking down the groundwater faster than the environment could keep up. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey reports the practice has caused land in the Coachella Valley to sink up to two feet in some places. ...Read More

Continue Reading

Plastic Substance Created by Pollution Yields a New Word: Plastiglomerate

KQED Science | May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Plastic Substance Created by Pollution Yields a New Word: Plastiglomerate

When future geologists, whatever species they may be, look for our signs in the fossil record of the future, it may be this newly described amalgam of plastic and sediment.

Continue Reading

Progress in Earthquake Forecasts May Come from Studying Foreshocks

KQED Science | May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Progress in Earthquake Forecasts May Come from Studying Foreshocks

Recent cutting-edge techniques are opening a new approach for earthquake forecasts by matching foreshocks -- small quakes occurring on the same stretch of fault that subsequently fails in the large mainshock -- to changes on the seafloor.

Continue Reading

NOAA Expedition Finds Asphalt Volcanic ‘Tar Lilies’ in Gulf of Mexico

KQED Science | May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

NOAA Expedition Finds Asphalt Volcanic ‘Tar Lilies’ in Gulf of Mexico

A research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has stumbled on a field of beautiful natural sculptures made of asphalt on the sea floor.

Continue Reading

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

KQED Science | April 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

The giant dam and reservoir remains on the radar, whether or not it has a future.

Continue Reading

California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time

KQED Science | April 22, 2014 | 11 Comments

California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time

Power players in California water policy seem to agree for once: It's time to get serious about groundwater.

Continue Reading

Biologists’ Paradox: Killing and Collecting Rare Creatures to Prove They’re Not Extinct

KQED Science | April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Biologists’ Paradox: Killing and Collecting Rare Creatures to Prove They’re Not Extinct

A group of biologists asks their peers to start documenting newly discovered and "rediscovered" species by non-destructive techniques instead of killing a specimen to bring home.

Continue Reading

New Stanford Study Examines Geologic Impact of a Massive Asteroid Collision on Ancient Earth

KQED Science | April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

New Stanford Study Examines Geologic Impact of a Massive Asteroid Collision on Ancient Earth

A new paper attempts to describe a realistic picture of the unimaginable: a colossal cosmic impact that left a crater 500 kilometers across on the ancient Earth.

Continue Reading

Study Reveals New Suspect in the ‘Great Dying’ Mass Extinction Murder Mystery

KQED Science | April 3, 2014 | 4 Comments

Study Reveals New Suspect in the ‘Great Dying’ Mass Extinction Murder Mystery

The latest microbial hypothesis published in a recent paper addresses the ongoing drama of the "Great Dying", a monstrously deadly event that occurred about 250 million years ago and drove some 90 percent of the world's species to extinction.

Continue Reading

50 Years Ago, Alaskan Earthquake Was Key Event for Earth Science

KQED Science | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

50 Years Ago, Alaskan Earthquake Was Key Event for Earth Science

50 years ago today, the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska sent shockwaves through earth science itself.

Continue Reading

Digging Up New Info on Old Earthquakes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

KQED Science | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Digging Up New Info on Old Earthquakes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

New research has mapped 19th-century earthquake ruptures along the San Andreas Fault in a study that combines geologic and human records.

Continue Reading

California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

KQED Science | March 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

And some say that a fracking boom in California will raise the ante.

Continue Reading

Newly Unveiled Porpoise Fossil Has “Jay Leno-Esque” Proportions

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Newly Unveiled Porpoise Fossil Has “Jay Leno-Esque” Proportions

A porpoise fossil has been unveiled as a unique mammal that skimmed the seafloor with its sensitive, protruding lower jaw.

Continue Reading

Three Years After Disaster, Crescent City Sports a New ‘Tsunami-Resistant’ Harbor

KQED Science | March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three Years After Disaster, Crescent City Sports a New ‘Tsunami-Resistant’ Harbor

A wave generated by Japan's monstrous Tohoku earthquake destroyed Crescent City's fishing harbor. Engineers say the new design should withstand a 50-year event.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/03/09/6-9-quake-shakes-northern-california-coast/ target=_blank >6.9 Quake Shakes Northern California Coast; No Tsunami Threat</a>

News Fix | March 10, 2014

6.9 Quake Shakes Northern California Coast; No Tsunami Threat

No early reports of damage or injuries. Quake hit at 10:18 p.m., centered off Humboldt coast. ...Read More

Continue Reading

Martian Meteorites Traced to Their Source: Mojave Crater

KQED Science | March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Martian Meteorites Traced to Their Source: Mojave Crater

Experts have tracked a group of rare meteorites back to a single source on Mars—the crater Mojave near the red planet's equator.

Continue Reading

Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

KQED Science | February 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert’s book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” centers around two premises: that humans are witnessing a very high rate of species extinction and that humans are causing much of it.

Continue Reading

Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

Soils may be better primed for the next big downpour.

Continue Reading

New Trove of Canadian Fossils Expands Knowledge of Cambrian Explosion

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Trove of Canadian Fossils Expands Knowledge of Cambrian Explosion

A new trove of soft-body fossils promises to expand the range of time and life-forms available to science as we explore the Cambrian Explosion of a half-billion years ago.

Continue Reading

Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Don’t Eat the Dirt on Mars: the Pros and Cons of Perchlorate

To be successful Mars colonists, future astronauts will need to know both the potential hazard and utility of the soil. One unusual compound that has garnered quite a bit of attention is called perchlorate; it has the potential to be both a blessing and a curse for future explorers.

Continue Reading