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

Evolution of Earth and Life

Green hills
February 16, 2016

 Analysis of ancient seabed rocks from disparate locations reveal that life did not rebound until anoxia had fully ebbed.

January 22, 2016

The same geologic forces that helped stitch the supercontinent Pangea together also helped form the ancient coal beds that powered the Industrial Revolution.


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.

October 20, 2015

Scientists finds evidence that early Earth was not dry and desolate.

October 19, 2015

The finding means scientists will have to reevaluate their views about ancient organisms and ecosystems.


October 2, 2015

Prof. Norm Sleep thinks some of the newly discovered water on Mars could be habitable.

September 2, 2015

Stanford Earth scientist Scott Fendorf helped discover how trace amounts of arsenic were moving from sediments into groundwater aquifers in Southern California.

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.

The Macellum of Pozzuoli
July 9, 2015

Research by Tiziana Vanorio finds that fiber-reinforced rocks beneath Italy’s dormant Campi Flegrei supervolcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved building materials.

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.