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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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Rick Abegg Receives Penn State Alumni Association Volunteer Award

11/16/2016

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GeoPRISMS Office Moves to Penn State

11/14/2016

Beginning on Nov. 1, 2016, the GeoPRISMS office has moved to Penn State, under the leadership of professor Demian Saffer as the new Office Chair. GeoPRISMS is a community-led program aimed at understanding the formation, dynamics, and evolution of continental margins through focused studies that span the shoreline at active margins, 
and through integration of field, laboratory, and theoretical approaches.

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