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  • With drier conditions in the forecast, area could get a break from mudslides | The Seattle Times
    Friday, February 17, 2017
    This week's spate of mudslides blocking roads and railroad tracks might end soon, as drier conditions give soggy soil a chance to drain. David Montgomery, UW professor of Earth and space sciences, is quoted. Read More
  • Large hidden lakes found draining below Antarctic glacier | NDTV
    Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    Large hidden lakes beneath one of the planet's fastest-moving glaciers on the edge of West Antarctica are draining out at an unprecedented rate, a new study has found. Ben Smith, principal physicist at the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory, is quoted. Read More
  • Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
    Thursday, February 9, 2017
    Thwaites Glacier on the edge of West Antarctica is one of the planet's fastest-moving glaciers. Research shows that it is sliding unstoppably into the ocean, mainly due to warmer seawater lapping at its underside. But the details of its collapse remain uncertain. Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Edinburgh used data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 to identify a sudden drainage of large pools below Thwaites Glacier, one of two fast-moving glaciers at the edge of the ice sheet. The study published Feb. 8 in The Cryosphere finds four interconnected lakes drained in the eight months from June 2013 and January 2014. Read More
  • 3.0 magnitude earthquake one of several that shook the San Juan Islands | Bellingham Herald
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    A small earthquake shook the San Juan Islands on Monday morning, one of a dozen tiny shakers within a few miles of each other, starting Sunday night and lasting into Monday afternoon. John Vidale, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Complex life may have had a false start 2.3 billion years ago
    Friday, January 20, 2017
    A team at the UW did a study of Earth's oceans and found that they held suitable conditions for life at one point in time. This point occurred more than a billion years before the first fossils appeared. Michael Kipp, doctoral student in Earth and space sciences at the UW, is interviewed. Read More
  • Researchers trace how complex life lost its first chance to dominate Earth | GeekWire
    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    A team of researchers led by the UW say multicellular life could have arisen in Earth's oceans more than 2 billion years ago, only to fall victim to a drop in oxygen levels. Roger Buick, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Feverish climate is melting glaciers, study confirms | Science News for Students
    Friday, January 13, 2017
    Glaciers are melting. That's nothing new. But confidence about the role of climate change in their retreat has grown substantially. A new study concludes that the loss of glaciers is, in fact, "categorical evidence of climate change." Gerard Roe, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Rapid Arctic warming has in the past shifted Southern Ocean winds
    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    New University of Washington research shows the fierce winds circling Antarctica shifted quickly in response to the Northern Hemisphere temperature spikes. “It’s most surprising that we can see these really abrupt changes in the Northern Hemisphere making it very quickly to the Southern Hemisphere,” said first author Bradley Markle, a UW doctoral student in Earth and space sciences. “The atmospheric circulation is tightly connected across the globe during these events.” Read More
  • This is likely how that 'utterly gorgeous' spinning ice circle formed | The Seattle Times
    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    An ice circle that formed in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie river was a curiosity not only to those who photographed it, but to scientists fascinated by the phenomenon. "I've never seen one in real life, and I study rivers," said David Montgomery, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences. Read More
  • PNSN watches another Seahawks victory
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network watched the Seahawks-Lions playoff game this on January 7th with 6 temporary seismometers, and broadcast the cheers. This experiment tested new software, hardware, and cloud resources for speed and robustness. For the fifth time, our monitoring led to a decisive victory for the home team. Read More