Geology News

  • The Great Dying Reconsidered

    The Great Dying Reconsidered

    October 1, 2007

    The greatest mass extinction in Earth’s history also may have been one of the slowest, according to a study that casts further doubt on the extinction-by-meteor theory. Creeping environmental stress fueled by volcanic… more>

    tags: extinction, geology

  • The Shake Down

    The Shake Down

    August 1, 2007

    The Los Angeles basin appears to be in a seismic “lull” characterized by relatively smaller and infrequent earthquakes, according to a study in the September issue of Geology. By contrast, the Mojave Desert is in… more>

    tags: earthquakes, geology

  • Oldest Animal Embryos or Bacteria?

    Oldest Animal Embryos or Bacteria?

    December 20, 2006

    The oldest-known animal eggs and embryos, whose first pictures made the cover of Nature in 1998, were so small they looked like bugs – which, it now appears, they may have been. This week, a study in the same… more>

    tags: bacteria, geology, journal

  • Jeffrey Wilson ’76 sits atop mined rock in an under- ground gold mine during a June 2006 expedition in Hunan Province, China. The amount of timber used to shore up the walls and high humidity are indicative of the unstable ground and poor ventilation. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Wilson.

    The Heart (and Soul) of Gold

    July 12, 2006

    When asked about his profession, Jeffrey Wilson ’76 describes himself medicinally: “What I do is like that of a doctor when he looks in the ears, nose and throat. We both explore.” Explore. This is what… more>

    categories: research

    tags: geology, gold, minerals, natural sciences