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Science abounds when cruising through Alaskan landscapes

Each year at this time thousands of tourists embark on cruises along Alaska stunning coastal waters. If they are lucky, the tourists experience dry weather, relatively calm seas and breathtaking vistas. In some places the ships can get up close and personal to dramatic scenes of glaciers “calving” ice that breaks off and falls into […]

Researcher journeys to the bottom of the Earth

The mountains of Antarctica, lying several thousand feet below the ice, as detected by radar.  Image courtesy of Michael Studinger, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory   Geologist Jeff Vervoort with a 1.86-billion-year-old piece of gneiss he found near Clarkia, Idaho, typical of the rocks at the core of the ancient supercontinent of Rodinia. Jeff Vervoort’s research […]

Riches unearthed in the midst of war

    PULLMAN – Some geologists are heroes.   That was the thought that came to my mind when I read of what Afghan geologists had done during the long and difficult time the Taliban had run their country.   Even without real hope they might ever do geology again, but with fears about what […]

Demonstration explores the mechanics of volcanoes

(Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services).Several volcano eruptions were witnessed on campus recently. Water volcanoes that is…Geology students watched simulations of how a volcano’s pressure builds up and releases energy, sending a trail of water about 30 feet high in the air. According to Kurt Wilkie, an instructor in the Geology department, Geology 101 uses the water […]