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Alumna Priya Ganguli wins GSA Outstanding Woman in Science Award

Jul 22, 2015 The Geological Society of America will award the 2015 Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award to Ganguli, who earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

Study finds surprisingly high geothermal heating beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Jul 10, 2015 UC Santa Cruz team reports first direct measurement of heat flow to the bottom of the West Antarctic ice sheet

UC Santa Cruz develops innovative online courses available to all UC students

Jul 1, 2015 UC Santa Cruz faculty are venturing into the brave new world of online education.

A 'hydrothermal siphon' drives water circulation through the seafloor

Jun 26, 2015 A new study explains previous observations of ocean water flowing through the seafloor from one seamount to another.

Scientists find evidence for groundwater in Antarctica's Dry Valleys

Apr 28, 2015 A salty aquifer beneath Antarctica's Dry Valleys may support previously unknown microbial ecosystems.

Earth scientist Jim Gill to give Emeriti Lecture May 11

Apr 27, 2015 James Gill, professor emeritus of Earth and planetary sciences, will discuss "Volcanism as the Re-creation of Earth."

Methane in Arctic lake traced to groundwater from seasonal thawing

Mar 9, 2015 Groundwater from seasonal melting may be an important contributor to emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from Arctic lakes

Report projects future wave and wind effects on Pacific islands

Jan 26, 2015 Climate changes during the 21st century are expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds across U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.

Scientists drill through half mile of Antarctic ice for data on ice sheet stability

Jan 21, 2015 A team including researchers from UC Santa Cruz has become the first ever to reach and sample the "grounding zone" of an Antarctic ice sheet.

Karen McNally, noted seismologist and earthquake risk expert, dies at age 74

Jan 9, 2015 Karen McNally, professor emeritus of Earth sciences, died at her home in Davenport, CA, on December 20, 2014. She was 74.

Loma Prieta led to better assessments of earthquake hazards

Oct 2, 2009 The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was a wakeup call to the Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area, which had gone decades without a major earthquake. In the 20 years since then, increasingly sophisticated assessments of earthquake hazards have led to a better understanding of the seismic threat in the Bay Area and throughout California.

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