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Update from the Ice


We finished drilling the main borehole on New Year's Eve at a depth of 3404.7 meters, pretty much a day ahead of schedule. A few days of borehole logging followed and we have now started the last... read more

Rise of atmospheric oxygen more complicated than previously thought


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The appearance of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere probably did not occur as a single event, but as a long series of starts and stops, according to an international team of... read more

Engelder named one of top 100 global thinkers


University Park, Pa. -- Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences at Penn State, has been named one of Foreign Policy Magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" for 2011. Engelder, along with Gary Lash,... read more



In underground caves and equally extreme environments, Jenn Macalady finds analogs for life on other Earths. —David Pacchioli The first time she entered Italy’s Frasassi Caves, Jenn Macalady gave... read more

Marcellus Shale Research Network to track shale region's water quality


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Development of a database that will be able to track potential impacts of Marcellus Shale activity on water quality is the focus of a new $750,000 research collaboration led... read more