Earth and Environment News

11/20/2014 11:01:20
Kimm Fesenmaier
A team of researchers has discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet. The geologists say that the ancient canyon—thousands of feet deep in places—effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so fast.
01/28/2014 11:36:26
Cynthia Eller
In Caltech's Earth Surface Dynamics Lab the behavior of rivers is modeled through the use of artificial rivers through which water can be pumped at varying rates over a variety of sediments.
01/17/2014 10:33:47
Cynthia Eller
Since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake 20 years ago, researchers at Caltech have learned much more about where earthquakes are likely to happen, and how danger to human life and damage to property might be mitigated when they do occur.
01/14/2014 09:05:07
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
"It was a tremendous surprise that the agent that drives metamorphosis is such an elaborate, well-organized injection machine," says coauthor Grant Jensen.
A rendered image of the porcupine-like array of phage tail-like contractile structures in P. luteoviolacea bacteria.
12/17/2013 08:45:39
Cynthia Eller
Caltech researchers Michael Lamb and Kenneth A. Farley offer a plausible account that amphitheater-headed canyons on both Earth and Mars were created by enormous floods.
12/10/2013 09:06:30
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

Although researchers have determined the ages of rocks from other planetary bodies, the actual experiments—like analyzing meteorites and moon rocks

10/04/2013 12:16:37
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
DALE is nearly ready to face the judges. The Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, Caltech's collaboration with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is now on-site at the Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon competition site in Irvine, California.
09/16/2013 20:53:47
Douglas Smith
Bruce Churchill Murray, Caltech Professor of Planetary Science, Emeritus, and former head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease on August 29, 2013. He was 81.
08/27/2013 10:55:39
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech students and recent graduates take classroom knowledge to the construction site.
06/26/2013 10:27:37
Katie Neith
A team led by geobiologists at Caltech has found evidence of a photosystem involving manganese that predates cyanobacteria, the first group of organisms to release oxygen into Earth's environment via photosynthesis.
06/13/2013 11:17:56
Brian Bell

National Geographic Society has named Bethany Ehlmann, assistant professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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