Successfully Simulating Atmospheric Gravity Waves
These waves are key to moving energy from the troposphere to the thermosphere, but until now they haven’t been well described at high altitudes in computer models.
The Bay of Bengal and the Curious Case of the Missing Rift
In a classic detective story, clues from data new and old helped researchers reveal the puzzling chain of tectonic events that followed the Early Cretaceous split between India and Antarctica.
Have We Got Dust All Wrong?
Scientists are challenging conventional notions of how dust particles are aligned; “everything we’ve so far hypothesized about the impact of dust on the atmosphere might be misplaced.”
The River’s Lizard Tail: Braiding Indigenous Knowledges with Geomorphology
Indigenous Knowledges can be accurate, rigorous, and precise, say researchers in New Zealand, and they can help geomorphologists see landscapes in a new, richer way.
Kabuki Actor’s Forgotten Manuscript Yields Clues About 1855 Quake in Japan
Researchers analyzed a survivor’s account of the disaster to better understand future temblors.
Restored Tropical Forests Recover Faster Than Those Left Alone
The costs of active restoration may be offset by aggressive carbon pricing demanded by the Paris Agreement.
Severe Cyclones May Have Played a Role in the Maya Collapse
Sediment cores from the Great Blue Hole reveal that a series of extreme storms hit the region after 900. The storms may have irreparably damaged an already stressed Maya population.
Urban Heat Islands Are Warming the Arctic
Even in the remote high latitudes, a new satellite study sees rising temperatures and spreading green belts around cities, with big impacts on soils and ecosystems.
A Subglacial Lake in Antarctica Churns Out Nutrients
Eight hundred meters below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, microbes in subglacial Lake Whillans create organic carbon that helps power the Southern Ocean’s vast food chain.