Earth Sciences

Supervolcanoes: A key to America’s electric future?

Stanford researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. A domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for modern technology.

Manmade and natural earthquakes share shaking potential

New research shows manmade and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central U.S. share the same characteristics, information that will help scientists predict and mitigate damage from future earthquakes.

Mastering the art of environmental and policy engagement

Op-eds written by Stanford students in a new environmental advocacy and policy course have begun to be published – one outcome of a class that teaches students how to advocate for environmental policy issues.

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.