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    Critical Zone Science Comes of Age

    It’s time for a critical zone coming out party. The critical zone—Earth’s thin living skin, which spans from the top of the canopy to the bottom of the groundwater—is still unfamiliar to many scientists. More than a concept, it’s an interdisciplinary endeavor that draws on multiple fields to piece together the complicated interactions between water, air, life, rock, and soil…

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    A simulated view from above Tellus Tessera, one of the regions on Venus where Byrne et al identified the presence of layering. Image credit: NASA.

    Venusian Tesserae Feature Layered, Folded and Eroded Rocks | Planetary Science, Space Exploration

    A significant portion of some of the oldest terrain on Venus, known as tesserae, has striations consistent with layering, according to new research led by North Carolina State University. A simulated view from above Tellus Tessera, one of the regions on Venus where Byrne et al identified the presence of layering. Image credit: NASA. Tesserae were first identified as a…

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    Discover Science at Home Speaker Series debuts Sept. 24

    The College of Science is offering a virtual Discover Science Speaker Series experience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall the virtual lectures will feature leading scientists in the College. Learn about exciting new research and groundbreaking science from the comfort of your own home. “While our traditional in-person lectures will be postponed to keep our community safe and healthy during…

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  • Why Sheldon Hates Geology (It’s Not Because of Science)

    Sheldon hates a lot of things in The Big Bang Theory, but he especially detests Geology and the reason doesn’t even relate to science. The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) hates Geology and the real reason why is nothing to do with science. Over the years, fans have learned about the many quirks of the socially-inept genius; he’s…

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    ASU alum combines love of geology, passion to share earth science

    September 21, 2020 Growing up in Cave Creek, Arizona, Chad Kwiatkowski chose to study geology because he had a desire to learn the geologic story of the mountains that he grew up exploring, located in and around metropolitan Phoenix. “I knew ASU would be the best place to learn this,” the Arizona State University alumnus said. “Additionally, I heard great things…

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    In these detailed infrared images of Enceladus, reddish areas indicate fresh ice that has been deposited on the surface. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona / LPG / CNRS / University of Nantes / Space Science Instituto.

    Cassini Finds Fresh Ice in Northern Hemisphere of Enceladus | Planetary Science, Space Exploration

    Spectral data gathered by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft provide strong evidence that the northern hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Enceladus has been resurfaced with ice from its interior. In these detailed infrared images of Enceladus, reddish areas indicate fresh ice that has been deposited on the surface. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University…

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  • Study finds more human than animal waste in Southwest Wisconsin wells | Science & Environment

    Researchers have identified a number of potential factors, including differences in agricultural practices or soil types, that will be explored in the final report, which is due to be published next year, but Borchardt warns they will not be able to say definitively. They have not calculated the health risks, which they say depend on multiple factors, including the specific…

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    Study finds more human, animal waste in Southwest Wisconsin wells | Science & Environment

    × Thanks for reading! Log in to continue. Enjoy more articles by logging in or creating a free account. No credit card required. Another round of testing has found more evidence of human and animal waste in wells in three southwest Wisconsin counties. Scientists with the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study sampled 35 wells randomly selected from a larger…

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    Desert of Maine offering hands-on homeschool program around history, science of the site

    Aya Suzuki, left, and Isabel Cumming, both 8, study a stink bug through a magnifying glass during a lesson on biodiversity in a new homeschool program at The Desert of Maine. Hannah LaClaire / The Times Record FREEPORT — Isabel Cumming, 9, lay on her back in the sand, making a sort of sand angel in the dunes of Freeport’s…

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    Data science competition unearths potential of South Australia’s Gawler region

    Unearthed Solutions says scores of multi-billion-dollar mining projects could be ignited following the results of an international challenge to unlock the potential of South Australia’s resource-rich Gawler region. ExploreSA: The Gawler Challenge, run by the South Australian Government and innovation specialists Unearthed Solutions, had a total prize pool of A$250,000 ($183,249) and attracted broad domestic and international interest. Using the…

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