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Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
A study of Mount Hood, Oregon, shows that the volcano's magma reservoir is in an eruptible state as little as 1 percent of the time.
One hour from New York City, where the suburbs of New Jersey give way to farms, a team of scientists are drilling for ancient rocks on the edge of a cornfield.
In episode 63, Jordan and Charlie discuss the 'blue fire whirl,' a type of fire whirl that could lead to beneficial new approaches for reducing carbon emissions and improving oil spill cleanup.
With our large footprint in coastal sands, how do we co-exist with our coastlines? Rick Murray, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, has answers.
The NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V, high-altitude science research aircraft returns from being on loan to NOAA this hurricane season ensuring continuous observations of dangerous hurricanes.
In episode 60, Charlie and Jordan return from summer break to investigate the future of summers. According to NSF-funded research at NCAR, in 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any other experienced by people, ever.
Over the last year, Rhian Waller, associate professor of marine science at the University of Maine, has been to the ends of the Earth to study how changing oceans are affecting cold-water corals and what those changes may eventually mean in places like the Gulf of Main
In partnership with Bowling Green State University, Perkins Local Schools and Sandusky City Schools, the iEvolve with STEM project seeks to increase student motivation and engagement through the integration of Citizen Science Research into classroom instruction across the curriculum.
In this episode, we tested out a computational design tool that transforms flat materials into 3-D shapes, a virtual reality environment that is helping autistic teens learn to drive, a new novel underwater microscope and, finally, "smart thread" for wirelessly monitoring the health of a wound.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Arizona State University, Harmony Colella, talks about how experiencing an earthquake as a child in Southern California inspired her to become a geophysicist.
Emilie talks of her love of science, physics, and the ocean and how marine geophysics as a career combines these elements.
When she was very young, Danielle Sumy's experience on the Earthquake ride at Universal Studios launched her quest to understand how earthquakes happen. Here she describes how this encounter and her early love of science motivated her to become a geophysicist.
As a graduate student in geophysics, Kathy talks about her involvement with the Idaho - Oregon Research Project (IDOR) and explains why she likes her work. Kathy was part of a team from Virginia Tech supervised by John Hole, one of the IDOR Principal Investigators.
Jenny Nakai talks about her interest in engineering and science as a means to be useful and solve problems and the importance of education in the Navajo culture in general.
Emily Wolin talks about what it takes to be a seismologist.
Emilie describes her work as a geophysicist, the physics she uses to better understand the forces that make volcanoes work, and how seismic data can help image the magma structures beneath them
In this overview of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), Glen Mattioli, director of geodetic infrastructure at UNAVCO, provides an overview of its important activities and impact.
The SPREE Project (Superior Province Rifting Earthscope Experiment) is using data from multiple seismometers placed along transects in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada to study a failed rift system.
The Idaho - Oregon Research Project (IDOR) is combining data from multiple sources, including research on gravity, seismology, structural geology and geochronology, to study a boundary that occurred on the edge of North America between Idaho and Oregon.