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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.

Gary Griggs publishes collection of "Our Ocean Backyard" columns

Dec 5, 2014 Institute of Marine Sciences director Gary Griggs has published his columns for the Santa Cruz Sentinel in a new book.

A global surge of great earthquakes holds clues to future quakes

Oct 21, 2014 UC Santa Cruz seismologist Thorne Lay discusses the implications of recent studies for quake risk in Cascadia

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

Sep 8, 2014 Ancient Egyptian artworks helped scientists reconstruct how animal communities changed as climate became drier and human populations grew

Earth scientist James Gill elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Aug 4, 2014 James Gill, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Old evidence leads to new ideas about earthquake hazards in Pacific Northwest

Aug 4, 2014 Sediment cores collected in 1960s by geologist Gary Griggs have attracted renewed scrutiny for clues to Cascadia earthquakes.

Tidal forces gave moon its shape, according to new analysis

Jul 30, 2014 Most of the moon's overall shape can be explained by taking into account tidal effects acting early in the moon's history.

Cassini finds 101 geysers and more on icy Saturn moon

Jul 28, 2014 Scientists on NASA's Cassini mission have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's small, icy moon Enceladus.

Earth scientist Patrick Fulton to receive Early Career Award from AGU

Jul 10, 2014 AGU's Jason Morgan Early Career Award recognizes Fulton for outstanding research contributions.

Two UC Santa Cruz Earth scientists honored by American Geophysical Union

Jul 7, 2014 Gary Glatzmaier and Thorne Lay will receive AGU medals in recognition of their breakthrough achievements in Earth science.

New book features stunning photos of California coast from the air

Jun 5, 2014 California Coast from the Air, the latest book by coastal geologist Gary Griggs, features aerial photographs of the state's coastline.

Focus on excellence: Student Achievement Week recognizes outstanding work

May 20, 2014 Student Achievement Week from June 2-6 honors high academic achievement and creativity. Highlights include a science and mathematics poster symposium and the 40th annual Print Sale.

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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