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Posted inCalifornia

A slow-motion section of the San Andreas fault may not be so harmless after all

February 28, 2022 – Most people have heard about the San Andreas Fault. It’s the 800-mile-long monster that cleaves California from south to north, as two tectonic plates slowly grind against each other, threatening to produce big earthquakes. Lesser known is the fact that the San Andreas comprises three major sections that can move independently. In all […]

Posted inEnviro

Reduced US air pollution will boost rainfall in Africa’s Sahel, says study

May 22, 2017 – Falling sulfur dioxide emissions in the United States are expected to substantially increase rainfall in Africa’s semi-arid Sahel, while bringing slightly more rain to much of the U.S., according to a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Pollution filters placed on coal-fired power plants in the United States […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Water Is Streaming Across Antarctica

April 24, 2017 – In the first such continent-wide survey, scientists have found extensive drainages of meltwater flowing over parts of Antarctica’s ice during the brief summer. Researchers already knew such features existed, but assumed they were confined mainly to Antarctica’s fastest-warming, most northerly reaches. Many of the newly mapped drainages are not new, but […]