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Paleobotany: Fossilized plant remains give insights to global climate balances

Paleobotany: Fossilized plant remains give insights to global climate balances

Most of us consider flowers a pretty accessory to be used when needed, perhaps for a friend’s birthday or a last-minute bouquet for Mother’s Day. For Professor of Geology and Geophysics Leo Hickey, however, flowers are much more intellectually interesting.

Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology

The term “Industrial Ecology” sounds like an oxymoron, but “we relish that,” says Marian R. Chertow, Assistant Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and the Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program. Since 1998, her department has sought to discover and

Thermal Cracking- A Driving Factor in Plate Tectonics?

Thermal Cracking- A Driving Factor in Plate Tectonics?

Plate tectonics on Earth has long been regarded as a somewhat puzzling phenomenon. Why is Earth’s lithosphere – the outer crust and the cold part of the upper mantle – divided into several massive plates that drift over the globe?