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Atilla Aydin, geologist, musician, chef, and devoted Cardinal fan, has died

Aydin was a field geologist who loved nothing more than leading teams of researchers and students into remote locations – the Valley of Fire, Point Reyes, Zion National Park, a Hawaiian volcano, Sicily – to study prehistoric rock formations.

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Why we see the man in the moon

New research shows how the impact that created the moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin is linked to the stark contrast in composition and appearance between the two sides of the moon.

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Snowpack changes how a California volcano ‘breathes’

A Stanford University study suggests the weight of snow and ice atop the Sierra Nevada affects a California volcano’s carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main signs of volcanic unrest.

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David Lobell honored with 2022 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

The award recognizes research by a mid-career scientist who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production.

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David Lobell receives 2022 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

The award recognizes research by a mid-career scientist who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production.

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A new look at how bends in rivers formed

Geologists have long assumed that the evolution of land plants enabled rivers to form snakelike meanders, but a review of recent research overturns that classic theory – and it calls for a reinterpretation of the rock record.

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Stanford Earth photo contest winners

The 2021 Stanford Earth Photo Contest yielded evidence that despite another difficult year, faculty, students and staff kept their academics, research and engagement with nature going. Two undergraduates and three graduate students won the top prizes.

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Groundwater may be depleted beyond recovery

Pumping too much water in drought years has put groundwater in California’s Central Valley at risk, according to a new study.

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The Sierra Nevada range’s “rebirth”

New research reveals that after its initial formation 100 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada “died” during volcanic eruptions that blasted lava across much of the American West 40 million to 20 million years ago. Then, tens of millions of years later, the Sierra Nevada mountain range as we know it today was “reborn.”

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All about methane

Learn more about the gas at the center of initiatives proposed at the U.N. climate change summit in this collection of research on methane emissions and climate change.

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