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Geoscientists are leaders in providing solutions to pressing societal problems, including securing a reliable and affordable energy future, optimizing the use of our natural resources, predicting natural hazards and identifying mitigating actions that will allow communities to prosper in times of adversity, expanding our knowledge of Earth and planetary systems for the benefit of future generations, and educating a geoscience workforce who will become future leaders.
As little as 6,000 years ago, the vast Sahara Desert was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall, but shifts in the world’s weather patterns abruptly transformed the vegetated region into some of the driest land on Earth. A Texas A&M university researcher is trying to uncover the clues responsible for this enormous climate transformation – and the findings could lead to better rainfall predictions worldwide.Read more
$1 million grant enables purchase of two highly technical instrumentsRead more
Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, dispersants were used to keep the oil from coming ashore by dispersing and diluting it. According to a new study led by a Texas A&M University at Galveston researcher, “marine oil snow formation” – a natural process whereby sticky materials excreted by plankton and bacteria can help to enhance dispersing effects by providing a microhabitat for oil degradation – was observed for the first time.Read more