Earth Sciences

Studying alien ice on Earth

A flash of green laser followed by pulses of X-rays, and mere nanoseconds later an extraterrestrial form of ice has formed. The miniature crystal reveals how water solidifies under high pressures, like those expected in icy comets, moons and planets.

Stanford’s Generation Anthropocene podcast is back

Started by two graduate students, the Generation Anthropocene podcast has grown into an award-winning production and beloved undergraduate course. Its fifth year brings new insight into how humans are changing the planet.

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Navigating the guts of an ancient submarine canyon

Tourists flock to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Monterey, California, for its breathtaking coastal views. But the site has long attracted geologists for a very different reason.