Tag Archives: Geophysics

Forecasting steam-burst eruptions

Satellite data can pinpoint the locations of potentially life-threatening geothermal events.   Continue reading

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An eruption mechanism for underwater volcanoes

A new model explains how some lava that rises from the seafloor eventually sinks back down.   Continue reading

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Move a plateau, change a climate

Climate models explore how changes in the Tibetan Plateau’s latitudinal position and elevation may have affected ancient Asia’s climate. Continue reading

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The history of a monsoon-inducing plateau

The East Asian monsoon evolved in response to changes in the latitude and elevation of the Tibetan Plateau.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Squeezing oil from stone

A laboratory experiment offers guidance for how to maximize oil extraction through the injection of water.   Continue reading

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Identifying avalanche tipping points

The balance between snow depth and surface slope is the key to how avalanches behave. Continue reading

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Decoding an asteroid’s magnetic history

Meteorite samples show that metal asteroids exhibited dynamo activity while they solidified from the outside in. Continue reading

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Continental rift exposes mantle melting at work

Changes in the degree of melting of mantle rock explain uplift and subsidence patterns in New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone. Continue reading

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Sea turtles don’t just go with the flow

Satellite data reveal that the marine reptiles change their behavior to interact with currents. Continue reading

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Carbon speeds through the ocean’s twilight zone

New measurements show how the sinking velocities of organic matter in the water vary with depth, region, and season. Continue reading

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