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Young Professional Profile: Mika McKinnon, UBC M.S. ‘10

Young Professional Profile: Mika McKinnon, UBC M.S. ‘10

What do television shows, outer space, earthquakes and journalism have in common? Ask Mika McKinnon, a Canadian-born geophysicist currently residing in the San Francisco area; she has consulted on the television series Stargate, written for science and tech publications like

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Skeletons in the Ice Age Closet

Skeletons in the Ice Age Closet

How much did the Ice Age’s widespread mammal extinctions actually impact the ecosystem, and what can this tell us about our mass extinctions today? Dr. Matt Davis of the Department of Geology and Geophysics investigates this question.

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A World of Wonder: Opening the David Friend Hall at the Peabody Museum

A World of Wonder: Opening the David Friend Hall at the Peabody Museum

A series of dazzling crystals and minerals are now on display in the David Friend Hall of the Peabody Museum. The display sets a high standard for natural history museums around the world.

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Modeling Mars: Life-Supporting Earthquakes?

Modeling Mars: Life-Supporting Earthquakes?

There’s a new hypothesis on the block related to the possibility of life on Mars. Research conducted by Dr. Sean McMahon, of the Yale Geology and Geophysics department, in collaboration with Dr. John Parnell and Dr. Nigel Blamey, looks into

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A Rocky Road to the Past: Scientists Discover Trends in Long-Term Climate Change

A Rocky Road to the Past: Scientists Discover Trends in Long-Term Climate Change

Using new analytics to understand tiny mineral crystals, a Yale G&G team has discovered evidence for the effect of volcanic activities on global climate. Because the zircon crystals that were investigated have a particularly long lifetime, this innovative technique carries potential for the future of climate change research.

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Bridging the Depths of the Earth with its Surface

Bridging the Depths of the Earth with its Surface

“Bridgmanite” is hardly a household name. And yet, bridgmanite is likely the most abundant mineral on Earth, composing much of the mantle, the thickest layer of our planet. This mineral may provide clues into how the solid Earth—and its atmosphere—has evolved over its long history.

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Adolescent Crisis, Stable Maturity: The Life Story of Earth’s Magnetic Field

Adolescent Crisis, Stable Maturity: The Life Story of Earth’s Magnetic Field

Most of us are familiar with the Earth’s magnetic field as the invisible force directing our compasses to the north. But if you took a time machine back 800,000 years and followed the red needle, your compass would send you

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Documentary Review: Racing Extinction

Documentary Review: Racing Extinction

Racing Extinction illuminates the majesty and beauty of nature, and exposes the detrimental effect that humans are having on this beauty. The film inspires viewers into action and sets a hopeful tone for the future of the planet.

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Undergraduate Profile: Samantha Lichtin ‘16

Undergraduate Profile: Samantha Lichtin ‘16

Samantha Lichtin, current president of Yale’s Club Geo, is passionate about exploring the natural world and sharing her discoveries with others.

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Solving a Geophysical Puzzle: The softness of the lithosphere

Solving a Geophysical Puzzle: The softness of the lithosphere

As a student 40 years ago, Shun-ichiro Karato learned of the physical principles governing grain boundaries in rocks, or the defects that occur within mineral structures. Now, as a Yale professor, he has applied these same concepts to a baffling

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