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Iceland’s Volcanic Activity to Increase from Climate Change

Iceland’s Volcanic Activity to Increase from Climate Change

In Iceland, the legacies of volcanoes and glaciers are largely intertwined. As the planet suffers an increasingly climate, a rise in Iceland’s magma levels could spike volcanic activity.

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Debunking Science: San Andreas

Debunking Science: San Andreas

San Andreas, Hollywood’s latest natural disaster blockbuster, played on the anxieties of many West Coast denizens by offering a glimpse of what is to come when The Big One — the anticipated mega-earthquake — actually hits.

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Exploring Pollution at its Core: Ice reveals pre-industrial atmospheric pollution in South America

Exploring Pollution at its Core: Ice reveals pre-industrial atmospheric pollution in South America

A team of researchers from Yale, Ohio State University, and the University of Copenhagen examined a Peruvian ice core for toxic trace metals, which indicate atmospheric conditions across many years. The scientists found, surprisingly, that Spanish colonial mining in South America caused significant atmospheric pollution prior to the Industrial Revolution.

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Johanna Press ’15 Wins Outstanding Student Paper Award

Johanna Press ’15 Wins Outstanding Student Paper Award

Johanna Press ’15, a geology & geophysics major, won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting for her work on modelling toxic trace element concentrations in the San Francisco Bay.

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Patterns in Monsoons: Climate Change or Human Error?

Patterns in Monsoons: Climate Change or Human Error?

A historical record of monsoon depressions shows that a certain type of monsoon storm is on the decline. Yale postdoctorate fellow Naftali Cohen explores this claim with professor William Boos, providing new insight and revising our understanding of how our climate works.

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Earthquakes Rock Connecticut

Earthquakes Rock Connecticut

More than a dozen small earthquakes rocked Plainfield, Connecticut in the first two months of 2015. Seismologists reassure the public that the risk of a damaging earthquake remains low, but emphasize the need for earthquake preparedness.

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Secrets of the Earth’s Core: New research contradicts what we thought we knew

Secrets of the Earth’s Core: New research contradicts what we thought we knew

A new discovery shows that the earth’s core is more complex than we previously thought. What does this reveal about the planet’s early history?

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Link Germinates Between Agriculture, Ancient Civilizations and Climate: Carbon-Dating Ancient Barley to Understand Drought-Stress Variability

Link Germinates Between Agriculture, Ancient Civilizations and Climate: Carbon-Dating Ancient Barley to Understand Drought-Stress Variability

For the first time, a team of scientists has directly linked archaeological sites with local climate fluctuations. To reveal patterns in drought stress, they employed stable isotope dating on individual barley grains – some of which were over 10,000 years old.

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Seafloor Like Never Before

Seafloor Like Never Before

Using new satellite technology, scientists found a way to map the ocean floor with never-before-seen details. Now, the public has access to a 3D, interactive map of the seafloor, and scientists have access to a wealth of information that will advance their work in various fields.

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Metal Fever

Metal Fever

Are we running out of metals in this digital era? According to scientists at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology, not exactly – but that’s not actually the important question.

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