Earth and Atmospheric Sciences News
Sun Delivered Curveball of Radiation at Earth
Posted on February 01, 2012 at 06:36:48 pm
A potent follow-up solar flare, which occurred on Jan. 17, 2012, just days after the Sun launched the biggest coronal mass ejection (CME) seen in nearly a decade
Little Ice Age Triggered by Volcanoes?
Posted on January 30, 2012 at 04:35:30 pm
A new international study may answer contentious questions about the onset and persistence of Earth's Little Ice Age, a period of widespread cooling that lasted for hundreds of years until the late 19th century
What Really Happened Before Snowball Earth?
Posted on January 30, 2012 at 12:04:16 am
Scientists suggest that the large changes in the carbon isotopic composition of carbonates which occurred prior to the major climatic event more than 500 million years ago, known as 'Snowball Earth,' are unrelated to worldwide glacial events.
Life Beyond Earth? Underwater Caves in Bahamas Could Give Clues
Posted on January 27, 2012 at 04:40:38 pm
Discoveries made in some underwater caves by researchers in the Bahamas could provide clues about how ocean life formed on Earth millions of years ago, and perhaps give hints of what types of marine life could be found on distant planets and moons.
Waiting for Death Valley's Big Bang
Posted on January 24, 2012 at 08:32:15 am
In California's Death Valley, death is looking just a bit closer. Geologists have determined that the half-mile-wide Ubehebe Crater, formed by a prehistoric volcanic explosion, was created far more recently than previously thought -- and that conditions f
Massive Flares Heading to Earth
Posted on January 23, 2012 at 02:06:29 pm
A powerful solar eruption, the largest since May 2005 according to NOAA, is expected to blast a stream of charged particles toward Earth, which could force planes to be re-routed
Tornadoes: First Step in Short-Term Forecasting
Posted on January 20, 2012 at 06:25:39 am
Meteorologists can see a busy hurricane season brewing months ahead, but until now there has been no such crystal ball for tornadoes, which are much smaller and more volatile
Plant-Eating Dinosaur in Antarctica Discovered
Posted on December 20, 2011 at 10:07:06 am
For the first time, the presence of large bodied herbivorous dinosaurs in Antarctica has been recorded
Visual Tour of Earth's Fires
Posted on December 13, 2011 at 09:16:07 am
NASA has released a series of new satellite data visualizations that show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space since 2002
Tracking Yellowstone's Geothermal Activity
Posted on December 11, 2011 at 12:58:54 pm
Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a vast, ancient, and still active volcano. Heat pours off its underground magma chamber, and is the fuel for Yellowstone's famous features -- more than 10,000 hot springs, mud pots, terraces and geysers, including