Special Delivery for Noble Gas Research

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This summer, WashU received a new and very special instrument: a noble gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer.

Climate Panel Member

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The first climate change panel discussion on September 18, 2017 will feature climatologists discussing how the study of past and present climate conditions can aid in the development of future strategies to protect Earth.

In the Field: Geology of the Azores

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Volcanic craters, fumeroles and hot springs mark the rugged landscape of São Miguel island, in the remote Portuguese Azores, where undergraduate students from Washington University in St. Louis traveled to study field geology techniques during their 2018 spring break.

The struggle to control the Mississippi River can help us understand the U.S.

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A picaresque tour of infrastructure reveals a struggle for control all along America’s great river, full of questions about what it once was, doubts about what it will become and who will pay for any of.

Frankenstein Meets Climate Change: Monsters of Our Own Making

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If you like Frankenstein, thank a volcano!

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 5000th Day, Snaps Selfie, and Roves On

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Arvidson to receive Weidenbaum Center Award for Excellence

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Raymond E. Arvidson, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will receive the Weidenbaum Center Award for Excellence Medal at a ceremony held during the Weidenbaum Center's Annual Dinner in April 2018. The Weidenbaum Award for Excellence was established in 2014 by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy founded in 1975 by Murray Weidenbaum. This award is given to honor individuals who have made major contributions to both scholarship and public service.

Get Ready for the Red Total Lunar Eclipse with the Blue Super Moon 31-Jan-2018

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Watch as the Earth's shadow covers the "Blue Moon". This rare total lunar eclipse is on 31 January 2018 and can be seen in Saint Louis from 04:51:13 am to 10:08:29 am. Last event like this was March 1866!

Distant dwarf planet near Pluto has a ring that no one expected

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A ring has been found around Haumea, a world more than 2 billion kilometres beyond Pluto. The ring is the most distant ever seen in our solar system.

How prepared is our area for an earthquake?

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Doctor Douglas Wiens, the Robert S. Brookings Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University, said there are two fault lines that can affect our area: The well-known New Madrid seismic zone, which is the most active in our area, and the Wabash Valley seismic zone in Illinois.

Professor Bob Criss receives Lewis C. Green Environmental Service Award

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Robert E. Criss, professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has received this year’s Lewis C. Green Environmental Service Award in recognition of his long-term commitment to raising awareness of increased flooding risks and the dangers of floodplain development and inaccurate flood studies.

Special Delivery for Noble Gas Research

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This summer, WashU received a new and very special instrument: a noble gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer. Rita Parai, an assistant professor in earth and planetary sciences, was there to greet the machine and see it properly installed.