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May 12, 2014

West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is under way

The collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, according to computer models using detailed topographic maps. The fast-moving Thwaites Glacier will likely disappear in a matter of centuries, researchers say, raising sea level by nearly 2 feet.

May 7, 2014

Greenland melting due equally to global warming, natural variations

Up to half of the recent warming in Greenland and surrounding areas may be due to climate variations that originate in the tropical Pacific and are not connected with the overall warming of the planet. Still, at least half the warming remains attributable to global warming caused by rising carbon dioxide emissions.

April 11, 2014

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of U.S. Clean Air Act

Detailed ice core measurements show smog-related ratios leveling off in 1970, and suggests these deposits are sensitive to the same chemicals that cause acid rain.

March 31, 2014

UW experts part of technical team investigating Snohomish County mudslide

A national team jointly led by a University of Washington geotechnical engineer and an engineering geologist will investigate what caused the March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County and what effects the disaster had on the nearby residential communities.

January 16, 2014

Soil production breaks geologic speed record

Samples from steep mountaintops in New Zealand shows that rock can transform into soil more than twice as fast as previously believed possible.

January 6, 2014

‘Future of Ice’ initiative marks new era for UW polar research

The UW’s new “Future of Ice” initiative includes several new research hires, a new minor in Arctic studies and a free winter lecture series.

January 2, 2014

El Niño tied to melting of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier

A new study in Science, co-authored by the British Antarctic Survey and UW authors, shows that melting of the floating Pine Island ice shelf is tied to global atmospheric patterns associated with El Niño.

December 9, 2013

Astronomers solve temperature mystery of planetary atmospheres

An atmospheric peculiarity the Earth shares with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is likely common to billions of planets, University of Washington astronomers have found, and knowing that may help in the search for potentially habitable worlds.

November 6, 2013

News Digest: TEDx talk on brainy crows, Town Hall ‘rocks’ tonight

Brainy crows subject of TEDx talk Saturday || Town Hall talk “Stories from My Pet Rocks” tonight

October 29, 2013

Crashing rockets could lead to novel sample-return technology

This year, in an annual trek to the Nevada desert, UW students deliberately launched rockets from altitude directly into a dry lakebed. These were early tests of a concept that eventually could be used to collect and return samples from an erupting volcano, a melting nuclear reactor or even an asteroid in space.

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