The Sun was once thought to provide energy for all life on Earth - meaning that life could not survive without it. In the 20th century, as astrobiologists began to explore the Earth's most remote and harsh environments, scientists began to question that assumption. now know that numerous microorganisms are able to obtain the energy they need for life through chemical reactions that do not involve sunlight.
Improved methods for studying minerals at extreme pressures and temperatures promise a new era for exploring our planet's centre, says Prof. Thomas Duffy.
Sixty-five million years ago, in the waning days of the dinosaurs, when India was still floating alone near Madagascar, an upwelling of hot rock from deep in the Earth’s mantle called a plume broke through the continent, depositing a 2-kilometer-thick blanket of volcanic material that can still be seen today. This spawned a chain of volcanic islands that now decorate the floor of the Indian Ocean. That’s the hypothesis anyway. And Karin Sigloch is determined to test whether it’s true. (Kar
In December 2013 a research team from the Department of Geosciences traveled to central India in order to address one of the most captivating questions in Earth history: what was the cause of the dinosaur-eradicating Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) mass extinction ca. 65 million years ago?
Throughout history, humans have responded to climate. Under the direction of faculty members Michael Oppenheimer and David Wilcove, both from the Wilson School’s Program in Science, Technology and Policy, and with the help of visiting student research collaborator Lydie-Line Paroz from ETH Zurich and colleagues from several other institutions, Estes studied South Africa, an area projected to be vulnerable to climate change where wheat and maize are the dominant crops.
The Departments of Geosciences (GEO) and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) announce monthly meetings for Python users at Princeton University. Python is an open source, dynamic computer languages with communities worldwide. This community will be meeting every 2 weeks to share, discuss, and improve the Python Experience at Princeton.
GEO grad student Nathan W. Eichelberger is a recipient of an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) at their 2013 Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
PUGS introduces their first newsletter to promote an appreciation for and awareness of Geology and Earth Sciences at Princeton University. A copy of the newsletter is available on their web page: https://www.princeton.edu/geosciences/undergraduate/pugs.
GEO undergrad Tiffany Cheung ’15 participated in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) Summer Internship Program of 2013. Cheung was excited about her participation and agreed to share her experience.
GEO Undergrad Nathan Serota '14 writes in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) on the Princeton 48-Hour Hackathon that took place in November, 2013.