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Big data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites

12/8/2016

 A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

The work, supported by a new $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, pairs a cross-disciplinary team of Penn State computer scientists and geoscientists studying methane concentrations in the state's streams, rivers and private water wells.

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Alumnus’ intensity, creativity and drive led to great accomplishments, impact

12/6/2016

Intense drive, creativity and a commitment to doing what’s right: Those are a few characteristics two Penn State professors use to describe Mark Pagani, a Penn State geosciences alumnus who died on Nov. 18 after multiple years of battling with an aggressive type of lymphoma.

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Laboratory Sharing to Improve Rock Deformation Research

12/2/2016

 Imagine the scientific potential that could be unlocked if researchers with novel ideas could be matched with laboratories with cutting-edge technology. A new program promises to do that for the field of rock deformation research. In fact, such collaborations are already under way.

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Climate cycles may explain how running water carved Mars' surface features

12/2/2016

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planetary scientists.

Scientists have long debated how deep canyons and extensive valley networks — like the kinds carved by running water over millions of years on Earth — could form on Mars some 3.8 billion years ago, a time many believe the planet was frozen.

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Graduate student serves as scientific expert for Chicxulub crater research

11/17/2016

As her plane landed in Germany, Heather Jones felt a wave of anticipation. For the next three weeks, Jones, a doctoral student in geosciences at Penn State, would be lending her scientific expertise in micropaleontology to assist the first-ever research team to collect samples from the Chicxulub impact crater. The crater is the remains of the cataclysmic event — an asteroid 6 miles wide crashing into Earth — widely believed to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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