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  • UW Welcomes new Provost and ESS Professor, Mark Richards
    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Dr. Mark Richards has been named University of Washington’s new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and Professor of Earth and Space Sciences. Read More
  • Ancient 'ghost dunes' found on Mars may hold clues to past alien life | Inquisitr
    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Formed some 2 billion years ago, the 'ghost dunes' on Mars could contain traces of past microbial life hidden away in ancient dune sandstones. Planetary geomorphologist Mackenzie Day and astrobiologist David Catling, both affiliated with the UW, are mentioned. Read More
  • Early Earth's oxygen levels rose, fell several times | Deccan Herald
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    Earth's oxygen levels rose and fell more than once hundreds of millions of years before the planet-wide success of the Great Oxidation Event about 2.4 billion years ago, a study has found. Matt Koehler, a doctoral student at the UW, and Roger Buick, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, are quoted. Read More
  • UW-ESS Welcomes New Chair, Ken Creager
    Thursday, July 5, 2018
    The University of Washington’s College of the Environment is pleased to announce that Professor Ken Creager will serve as Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences for a two-year term that began on July 1, 2018. Read More
  • The link between plate tectonics and intelligent life | The Atlantic
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    Earth's slipping, sliding outer crust could be the key to hosting a wide variety of living things. Katharine Huntington, associate professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Ice is melting 3 times as fast as it did 25 years ago | E&E News
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    The Antarctic ice sheet lost 3 trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2017, scientists announced. Knut Christianson, a UW assistant professor of Earth and space sciences, is quoted. Read More
  • Green gems shooting from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii as lava forms new peninsula | Fox News
    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    After weeks of spewing ash and lava, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is now shooting green crystals into the air. George Bergantz, a volcanologist at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Guatemalan volcano offers warning for Washington | KIRO Radio
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    At least 70 people have been killed in the eruption of the Guatemalan volcano and experts say the same could happen here. George Bergantz, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is interviewed. Read More
  • Rattlesnake Ridge near Yakima still sliding, popping, squeaking -- but nature may be hitting brakes | The Seattle Times
    Monday, June 11, 2018
    Cracks on the slope above Interstate 82 continue to widen and spread, and rockfalls have increased, but the danger remains low. Steve Malone, professor emeritus of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Plate tectonics may be essential for life | Quanta Magazine
    Friday, June 8, 2018
    Life needs more than water alone. Recent discoveries suggest that plate tectonics has played a critical role in nourishing life on Earth. The findings carry major consequences for the search for life elsewhere in the universe. Katharine Huntington, associate professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More