Category Archives: Earth Science

What seabirds can tell us about the tide

When the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) set out to tag razorbills, their aim was to track their behaviour and movements along the coast of North Wales. The tag data revealed that, at night, these seabirds spent a lot of their time idle on the sea surface.

Landslides triggered by human activity on the rise

The team found that over 700 fatal landslides that occurred between 2004 and 2016 had a human fingerprint. Construction works, legal and illegal mining, as well as the unregulated cutting of hills (carving out land on a slope) caused most of the human-induced landslides.

Investigating Earth’s earliest life

Graduate student Kelsey Moore uses genetic and fossil evidence to study the first stages of evolution on our planet.

Ancient Earth’s hot interior created “graveyard” of continental slabs

Higher mantle temperatures caused subducting tectonic plates to sink much further than they do today. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth’s surface for billions of years: Continents…

Spinoff that puts phosphorus in its place signs key contract

In a bit of high-tech judo, a UW–Madison spinoff has started selling a technology to transform phosphorus at wastewater treatment plants from a major headache into an asset. A process…

Dissection of the 2015 Bonin deep earthquake

Researchers at Tohoku University’s Department of Geophysics, have been studying the deep earthquake which occurred on May 30, 2015, to the west of Japan’s Bonin Islands. The earthquake, which registered…