Slow-moving landslides, while not as dramatic as their faster-moving counterparts, can damage infrastructure and cause headaches for the communities they affect. Slow-moving slides are generally associated with rainfall or snowmelt, but a new study in Japan has shown that some of these slides may occur when a certain kind of clay is exposed to cold temperatures. In the January issue of EARTH Magazine, the link between ground temperature and slow slides is explored, including implications for the science of predicting similar landslides around the world.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 11:00
On Nov. 13, 1985, the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia killed more than 23,000 people. Geoscientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash., moved to action. Having studied the warning signs and responded to the eruption of Mount St. Helens five years earlier, they knew from experience that the Nevado del Ruiz disaster could have been prevented. Their advocacy paved the way for the formation of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) in 1986. VDAP is the world’s first and only international volcano response team. In the January issue of EARTH Magazine, VDAP’s growth and evolution over 30 years are chronicled, highlighting the team’s past successes and goals for the future.
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 13:46
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce city-specific celebrations of its annual geoscience awareness campaign, Earth Science Week, which took place October 9-15, 2016. Major American cities such as Houston, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, served as major centers of public awareness activities.
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:44
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. To be eligible, applications must be submitted by January 20, 2017.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 14:13
The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to announce the latest award recipients of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Diversity Grants. This was the final round of awards for the current two-year project supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. During the course of this project, AGI supported a total of 14 traditionally underrepresented geoscientists to participate in DCO-related research, events, and field experiences. A review of the project and its findings was presented at the 2016 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 14:57
Earth Science Week's organizer is pleased to announce the first-ever winners of its new "One Shared Place" video contest.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 11:07
Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and hundreds of students and others who entered. Each first-place winner receives $300 and a "Geoscience Handbook."
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 12:33
EARTH Magazine explores new research on the "P-T" mass extinction to look at what caused it, and how it can inform our understanding of today's ongoing extinction event.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 13:24
In a positive display of bipartisanship, U.S. Senators from across the country have come together in support of the American Geosciences Institute's 19th annual Earth Science Week celebration.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 13:35
As we celebrate National Fossil Day, EARTH Magazine brings you a story set in Pleistocene South America, and was home to large megafauna species like giant sloths and saber-toothed cats. At some point as the climate warmed and human settlers began hunting, the megafauna living in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego went extinct.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 13:25
What's old is new again! Join in celebration of the 7th annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. National Fossil Day is organized by the National Park Service as part of AGI's Earth Science Week to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:57
The October issue of EARTH Magazine explores the multitude of ways the tech industry is trying to address the hard reality of water as a finite resource.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 14:07
Where can you find out about educational resources, events, and opportunities available through Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences? Start by going online to view a new webcast titled "Get Involved: Earth Science Week 2016"!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:46
The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to recognize Stanford University's Mark Zoback for his contributions to the public understanding of geoscience.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 15:00
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is recognizing John C. Steinmetz, with the William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI. He has served as a leader between AGI and the Association of American State Geologists for two decades and he has been a long-standing member of the GeoRef Advisory Committee.
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 08:00
Alabama State Geologist, Berry H. "Nick" Tew, Jr., Recognized for Contributions to the Field of Geoscience
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Berry H. "Nick" Tew, Jr., the State Geologist of Alabama, with the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, its highest award. He is recognized for his roles, abilities and successes in bringing academia, government, industry and the public together to address major societal challenges in the geosciences.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 17:00
The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Eve S. Sprunt as its President-Elect, Keri A. Nutter as Secretary and Dr. Carolyn Olson as the Member at Large to its 2016-2017 Executive Committee. These distinguished individuals will begin their leadership roles on September 27, 2016 at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 17:04
The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Jean M. Bahr as the 2016-2017 President of its Executive Committee.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 15:10
EARTH: Observers at the Edge of the Ice - Smaller, Cheaper Machines Can Safely Go Where Humans Can't
The September issue of EARTH Magazine introduces readers to the newest technologies on the front lines of glacial research.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 13:55
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) announces its 2016 Back to School Sale for the geoscience community as the fall semester starts.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 14:06