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"EARTH magazine" sat down with Paleontologist Prof. Gerta Keller to talk about her upbringing in the Alps, her experience as an unwelcome critic of a mainstream scientific idea, and her long quest to understand the role of flood-basalt deposits called the Deccan Traps.
Microbial Biogeochemist Prof. Xinning Zhang talks with science journalist, Ed Yong, about how microscopic organisms in the digestive tracts of termites help these particular insects digest the indigestible nature of wood. (Video)
A new, high-resolution climate model used by researchers at Princeton and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration corrects for persistent sea surface temperature biases and suggests that the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, is not simply delayed, but that the region's total rainfall is facing a dramatic reduction.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Dr. Xiangtao Xu on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis: "Understanding Plant Water Stress and The Terrestrial Carbon Cycle in Tropical Ecosystems: The Roles of Plant Hydraulics, Phenology and Competition" on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Why it’s so hard to compare contemporary tropical cyclones to those from the 19th century. The month was so powerful that it has assured certain records for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season as a whole, which is already among the 10 strongest seasons ever measured. (Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted)
With the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey, the historic winds of Irma, and Jose still meandering slowly through the Caribbean, the last few weeks have been full of powerful and frequent hurricanes.  In the real world, the planet has gotten warmer, the oceans have gotten warmer, and here we have these intense storms — it all seems to add up.  (Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted)
As Irma moves toward the Florida, WHYY Radiotimes Marty Moss-Coane talks with Princeton University geoscientist, Gabriel Vecchi, about the hurricane, storm prediction and the role of climate change.
With sadness and respect, The Department notes the death of Alfred Fischer, faculty 1956-1984, on July 2, 2017 at the age 95.
There are some major oddities of hurricane behavior in the North Atlantic basin — the region that includes the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico — that continue to puzzle scientists and spark debate. Surveying them helps explain where we now find ourselves — and also, how dangerous complacency about hurricane dangers, triggered by long periods of calmer activity or fewer storm strikes, can too easily set in.
In 1967, Jason Morgan discovered the theory of plate tectonics — the idea that rigid plates pave the Earth’s surface, moving relative to one another with the continents and oceans in tow. Recently, Morgan read a new article in "Science" by the geologist H. William Menard, who had mapped long cracks called “fracture zones." “I instantly saw the pattern that all the fracture zones had a common pole that they were concentric about,” Morgan, 81, told Quanta.