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  • Salty Sea Spray Keeps Lightning Strikes Away
    Monday, August 8, 2022
    Although most rain on Earth falls over the oceans, lightning at sea is rarer than expected—and for decades, scientists were not sure why. A new study published on Tuesday in Nature Communications suggests salt spray could be getting in the way of clouds charging up for a lightning strike. Lightning data from WWLLN (ESS, Univ. of Washington) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-31714-5 Read More
  • Lightning rises Sharply in the Arctic
    Monday, August 8, 2022
    A study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters finds that Arctic lightning has tripled in the last decade alone. The researchers, led by Bob Holzworth of the University of Washington, analyzed data collected by the World Wide Lightning Location Network between 2010 and 2020. The network, operated by the University of Washington, has lightning sensors all over the world. Read More
  • Study shows changing glaciers could impact wildlife and tourism at national parks | Discover Magazine
    Monday, August 8, 2022
    The new data, published by researchers at the UW and the National Park Service, can help national parks predict how the changing glaciers will impact wildlife and tourism. Taryn Black, a UW doctoral student in Earth and space sciences, is quoted. Read More
  • Decades of change: how climate is affecting glaciers | Earth.com
    Monday, August 8, 2022
    A new study led by the University of Washington has measured 38 years of change for glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park. Taryn Black, a doctoral student in Earth and space sciences, is quoted. Read More
  • Glacier retreat in Alaska
    Friday, August 5, 2022
    ESS graduate student Tayrn Black, who defended her PHD dissertation last month, has published research documenting 38 years of change for glaciers in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park. “These glaciers are a big draw for tourism in the park,” says Black. Her new study, in the Journal of Glaciology and co-authored with Deborah Kurtz at the U.S. National Park Service, provides important new information for park managers, and for the understanding of glacier change more broadly. Read More
  • New tsunami warning to those in Seattle: If the earth starts shaking, get to higher ground ASAP | GeekWire
    Friday, July 8, 2022
    If a really big earthquake hits offshore from Seattle, the city's shorelines could be struck with massive tsunami waves within a matter of three minutes. In a worst-case scenario, the waves hitting Seattle's Magnolia Bluff neighborhood could crest at 33 feet high. A UW report is referenced. Read More
  • Earthquake could produce tsunami waves that would hit Seattle in minutes | KIRO 7
    Thursday, July 7, 2022
    State officials are releasing new information about what a tsunami produced by a major earthquake on the Seattle Fault could do to Seattle and Puget Sound. The study prepared by geologists from the Washington Geological Survey division of the Department of Natural Resources, was done to help local and state emergency departments prepare for a tsunami in the Seattle area. Harold Tobin, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Water worlds could have plumes of nutrients carried up from down below | Universe Today
    Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    Earth's oceans are one huge, uniform electrolyte solution. They contain salt (sodium chloride) and other nutrients like magnesium, sulphate, and calcium. We can't survive without electrolytes, and life on Earth might look very different without the oceans' electrolyte content. It might even be non-existent. Are these life-enabling nutrients available on water worlds? Baptiste Journaux, acting instructor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • On alien worlds, exotic form of ice may transport nutrients | Space
    Wednesday, June 22, 2022
    A high-pressure form of water ice known as ice VII has been shown to be capable of transporting salts rather than expelling them. Any potential alien life in the waters of vast ocean worlds could receive vital nutrients from their planets' molten cores via thick layers of exotic high-pressure ice that can transport salts, new research has found. Baptiste Journaux, acting instructor in Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Dave Montgomery's new book: healthier soils mean healthier people.
    Friday, June 17, 2022
    ESS faculty member, geomorphologist David Montgomery, has been exploring how practices that rebuild soil health affect the quality of the food that comes from that soil. His new book, co-written with his spouse Anne Biklé, explores this question. Read More