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Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis: EMS undergrads take on tectonics


Matthew CarrollJanuary 25, 2019 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Christine Tamburri stood in the shadow of Mount St. Helens and surveyed the scars that remain 37 years after the volcano’s devastating... read more

Greenland ice melting faster than scientists had thought, nears 'tipping point'


Doyle Rice, USA TODAYPublished 4:55 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2019  Ice on Greenland is melting four times faster than it did just 16 years ago, a study reports. The melting, which is a result of the Earth's... read more

Ancient climate change triggered warming that lasted thousands of years


Matthew CarrollJanuary 21, 2019 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years,... read more

Fires fueled spread of grasslands on ancient Earth


Matthew James CarrollNovember 28, 2018 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ancient wildfires played a crucial role in the formation and spread of grasslands like those that now cover large parts of the Earth,... read more

Furman named president-elect of new American Geophysical Union section


    by Matthew Carroll Tanya Furman, professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, was appointed president-elect of the newly formed education section of the American... read more