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Dead Plants Hold Earthquake Secrets - Live Science

Featured News - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:17
With a few tricks borrowed from the oil industry, scientists are hoping to one day better understand why earthquakes start and stop. Lamont's Heather Savage discusses her work in this emerging field.

The Noble Worm

Geopoetry - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:50
  Caron et al., Nature 2013

Image: Caron et al., Nature 2013

Behold! New treasures from the Burgess Shale,

In black and silent strata long held firm.
From features soft, a bold ancestral tale …
Be proud, descendants of the noble worm!

Oh, glorious the hemichordate line,
Spartobranchus tenuis among them,
On slime and mud they heartily do dine;
History has surely under-sung them.

From which deep root, vertebral creatures grew?
A scarcity of fossils long obscured;
Into this question we can dive anew,
With gorgeous, detailed imprints that endured.

A wondrous time, the Cambrian Explosion …
Move over, Eve; my roots are in the ocean!

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First posted on 3/29/13 at Katherine Allen’s website.

California Drought: Water Supply Could Tighten in Mega Droughts - Time

Featured News - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:00
California's long-ago era of mega-droughts could be back, research by Lamont's Richard Seager and others suggests.

Researcher Wins Grant to Launch Extreme Weather Initiative - Columbia Daily Spectator

Featured News - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:00
Lamont atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel wins a €250,000 two-year grant to pursue research on climate and extreme weather; Lamont atmospheric scientist Suzana Camargo comments.

AD 536: The Year That Winter Never Ended - New Scientist

Featured News - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Dallas Abbott discusses early findings that dust from the passing of Halley's comet in 530 triggered a cooling of the climate and crop failures in the year 536.

Climate Change: The case of the Missing Heat - Nature News

Featured News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:00
Lamont climate scientist Mark Cane discusses why global warming appears to have stalled since 1998.

USGS Says It May Learn Cause of Texas Quakes within Months - Energy Wire

Featured News - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:00
The U.S. Geological Survey may know within two months whether the earthquakes around Azle, Texas, can be linked to natural gas drilling activity. Research by Lamont's Won-Young Kim and John Armbruster on induced earthquakes in Ohio discussed.

Record Cold Doesn't Disprove Global Warming - CNN

Featured News - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 16:51
Global warming is as real and serious as ever, writes Lamont-Doherty scientist Adam Sobel in this op-ed, it's just exceedingly gradual compared with the dramatic temperature swings that are still part of living in midlatitudes in winter.

Award Hails Efforts to Protect Endangered Geoscience Data - Eos

Featured News - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:00
Commentary from Kerstin Lehnert, who heads the Integrated Earth Data Systems facility based at Lamont, and seismologist Paul Richards.

Scientists Model More Than Climate In 2014 Calendar - Weather Channel

Featured News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:35
A group of scientists from Columbia University model more than just Earth's climate in an all-new calendar for 2014, with each month devoted to the issues around climate change that they study.

Climate Scientists Pose for Pinup Calendar - Scientific American

Featured News - Thu, 12/26/2013 - 12:00
Columbia University showcases the planet's hottest" climate science and the people behind it.

Hope in Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan - The National

Featured News - Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:00
"Haiyan is precisely the kind of storm that we expect to become more frequent due to climate change,” Lamont-Doherty scientist Adam Sobel tells the Abu Dhabi paper, The National.

Climate Experts Turn up the Heat in 2014 Calendar - (Rockland, N.Y.) Journal News

Featured News - Thu, 12/19/2013 - 10:29
Climate scientists at Lamont-Doherty Eare featured in a 2014 Climate Models calendar, modeling in the traditional sense to highlight their climate modeling.

Halley's Comet May Be Linked to Famine 1,500 Years Ago - LiveScience

Featured News - Wed, 12/18/2013 - 09:03
A piece of Halley's comet may have intercepted Earth's orbit in A.D. 536, cooling the planet with the dust it blasted into the atmosphere, says new research by Lamont-Doherty scientist Dallas Abbott.

Supervolcano Bigger Than Previously Thought - NPR The Takeaway

Featured News - Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:59
A new study indicates that the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park is far larger than scientists previously believed. Lamont-Doherty postdoctoral researcher David Ferguson explains what the findings mean.

BBC News - Data to Expose Sleeping Ice Giant

Featured News - Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:05
Lamont-Doherty scientist Robin Bell will lead a U.S. team of researchers in mapping one of the least explored regions of Antarctica - the East Antarctic Ice Sheet's Recovery Catchment.

'Butterflies of the Sea' Record Ocean Conditions - AGU Blogs

Featured News - Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:58
Lamont-Doherty researcher Nina Keul's work to measure changing ocean chemistry by analyzing the shells of tiny marine creatures known as pteropods is discussed.

Is the West's Dry Spell Really a Megadrought? - Climate Central

Featured News - Thu, 12/12/2013 - 15:47
The drought that has been afflicting most of the Western states for the past 13 years could be a multi-decade dry spell, says Lamont-Doherty scientist Edward Cook.

Explore the Arctic Ocean With ‘IceTracker’

pfirman icetrackerThis week, we are launching a test of “IceTracker”—a tool that allows users to see the trajectories of Arctic sea ice forward or backward from any day between 1981 and 2012, as well as sea-ice speed, air temperature, water depth and the age of the sea ice.

AGU 2013: Social Science Perspectives on Natural Hazards

//www.flickr.com/photos/tree_trunks/Learn about improving communication of and planning for natural hazards from a social science perspective at AGU2013.
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