50 years ago today, the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska sent shockwaves through earth science itself.
New research has mapped 19th-century earthquake ruptures along the San Andreas Fault in a study that combines geologic and human records.
And some say that a fracking boom in California will raise the ante.
A porpoise fossil has been unveiled as a unique mammal that skimmed the seafloor with its sensitive, protruding lower jaw.
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.
No early reports of damage or injuries. Quake hit at 10:18 p.m., centered off Humboldt coast. ...Read More
Experts have tracked a group of rare meteorites back to a single source on Marsthe crater Mojave near the red planet's equator.
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.
Soils may be better primed for the next big downpour.
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.
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.
We've thought about drilling offshore for oil and gas long before we thought about finding fresh water there. A recent review paper in Nature has brought the topic of offshore fresh groundwater to wider visibility.
Find out how biodiversity below ground influences life above ground. ...Read More
A rising sea makes things only a little worse than what we're used to, or at least what geologists are used to. Geoscientists are ready to help with this foreseeable future.
Earthquake experts always say it's not a matter of if but when "The Big One" will strike. In the near future, though, Californians could get a warning before the shaking reaches them. That is, if the state is able to build up its bare-bones early warning system. A series of ...Read More
Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever. ...Read More
Only part of the canyon's history can be explained by the mighty Colorado River, new analyses show. ...Read More
For long-term earthquake planning in the Mississippi Valley region, we need to know whether earthquakes are fading away, as some suggest, or not. A new study argues that we're in a "steady as she goes" phase.
Critical Zone Observatories, or CZOs, are designated sites around the world where scientists study the crucial environmental interactions that occur on the Earth's surface. This new frontier in research can lead to further insights on sustainable civilization.
A tag-team of all-star research aircraft, including a robot, set out next week on a quest to explore a great atmospheric engine in the West Pacific with a powerful influence on global climate.