UW Today

February 16, 2015

Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3.2 billion years ago

photo of red rocks and blue sky

Some of the oldest rocks on the planet push back scientific estimates of when life could have covered the Earth by 1 billion years.

September 22, 2014

Snail shells show high-rise plateau is much lower than it used to be

The Zhada Basin on the southwest Tibetan Plateau, with the Himalayas to the south.

Geologists have long debated when and how the Tibetan Plateau reached a 14,000-foot-plus elevation, but new UW-led research shows it once was probably even higher.

January 16, 2014

Soil production breaks geologic speed record

person on mountain ridge

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

August 14, 2012

New book explores Noah’s Flood; says Bible and science can get along

The cover of "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood."

David Montgomery, a University of Washington geologist, is the author of a new book that explores the long history of religious thinking on matters of geological discovery, particularly flood stories such as the biblical account of Noah’s ark.