Microorganisms in the subsurface seabed on evolutionary standby

Through genetic mutations microorganisms normally have the ability to develop new properties over a short time scale.

New evidence for a water-rich history on Mars

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at Berkeley Lab.

Melting temperature of Earth’s mantle depends on water

A joint study between Carnegie and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has determined that the average temperature of Earth’s mantle beneath ocean basins is about 110 degrees Fahrenheit (60 Celsius) higher than previously thought, due to water present in deep minerals.

Call for Papers: Coral Reefs

IEEE Earthzine, an online scientific publication, is soliciting articles of 800 to 3,000 words for its second 2017 quarterly theme, Coral Reefs.

Drought Turns to Deluge in California

A series of winter storms have pushed reservoirs in the Sacramento Valley to the brim—and one dam to the breaking point.

A Big Decline of River Herring

Tiny stones in fish hold clues to help restore populations

Epic Antarctic voyage maps seafloor to predict ocean rise as glacier the size of California melts

Global research group will trace Totten glacier’s history back to last ice age, in hope of predicting future melting patterns

Composite material for water purification

Fresh, clean water coming directly from the tap is a true luxury.

Zooplankton rapidly evolve tolerance to road salt

A common species of zooplankton — the smallest animals in the freshwater food web — can evolve genetic tolerance to moderate levels of road salt in as little as two and a half months, according to new research published online today in the journal Environmental Pollution.

Use of Geospatial Technology in Assessing Geology

Given the advancement in technology in recent years, it is imperative that geological surveys harness this growth to develop applications to aid geological understanding.

‘Walking sharks’ at greater risk of extinction than previously thought

New analysis of nine species that ‘walk’ by night on shallow reefs shows their range is much smaller than was known

Lake ecologists see winter as a key scientific frontier

Study finds life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active