Category Archives: paper reviews

In large earthquakes, the Earth moves for almost everyone

The Global Positioning System has completely revolutionised how geologists study the deformation of the Earth. If you leave a GPS receiver in a fixed location for days, months and years, it is precise enough to measure motions on the millimetre … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, paper reviews, tectonics

Bacteria in the sky, making it rain, snow, and hail

Even though we all think of the freezing point of water as 0 °C, very pure water remains a liquid until about -40 °C. Water crystallizes to ice in the presence of tiny nucleation particles in the atmosphere. These particles … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, hydrology, paper reviews

Pakistan floods: Predictable or predicted, but a disaster nonetheless

Unusually heavy monsoon rains in July and August 2010 left large swaths of Pakistan underwater. At least 18 million people were affected by the flood, and it is estimated that, more than six months later, several hundred thousand remain without … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, geohazards, hydrology, paper reviews, society

Geology is destiny: globally mapping permeability by rock type

The first maps of the global distribution of the ease of subsurface water flow have been produced, and they are based on maps of rock type. Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geology, hydrology, paper reviews

Small rocky exoplanets galore

A recent study presents some promising data regarding the abundance of rocky planets around other stars. Continue reading

Categories: paper reviews, planets