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science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment

Dynamic Earth

January 4, 2016

A new method developed by Stanford Earth researchers uses training images to refine models of uncertainty about subsurface processes and structures.


December 17, 2015

Stanford Earth’s multimedia producer Miles Traer captures the latest scientific discoveries presented at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in this ongoing series of cartoons drawn live from the event.

Hari Mix working in his field site in the Sierra Nevada
December 11, 2015

Recent research by Stanford Earth scientists uses new techniques to shed light on the contentious history of California's iconic mountain range.

December 4, 2015

An ambitious, new initiative involving Stanford Earth researchers aims to take the pulse of the planet by capturing the past, present, and future status of the Earth's surface systems. 

December 4, 2015

A new algorithm designed to find matching seismic signals in large earthquake databases could find previously missed microquakes.

Earth's core
August 17, 2015

We can't journey to the center of the Earth, but that hasn't stopped us finding out what is down there. Associate Prof. Wendy Mao provides her perspective on studying Earth's interior.

June 9, 2015

A new Stanford study finds that, contrary to expectations, weathering rates over the past 2 million years have remained constant through glacial cycles.

April 27, 2010

Earth experienced its biggest mass extinction 250 million years ago. New evidence from Stanford, which looks at calcium isotopes, suggests massive volcanic eruptions were to blame for ocean acidification that wiped out 90 percent of marine biodiversity. The result may parallel today's climate change and ocean acidification.