News and trends in the geosciences for February 2000:
Bacteria in Lake Vostok
Beneath Antarctica's Vostok Station lies
one of the last oases for life on Earth still unexplored: subglacial Lake
Freeze-fry from the snowball
theory that Earth experienced Neoproterozoic glaciations that covered
the planet from the poles to the tropics finds renewed support.
Evidence for a methane burp
Could an undersea landslide
have resulted in the release of enough methane to significantly contribute
to the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum warming event?
HELP for water resources
A new research intitiative
led by the United Nations will establish a worldwide, remote-sensing monitoring
system to help prepare areas that could experience droughts.
snores of sleeping giants A
steep-sided stratovolcano standing a mile above it's surroundings that
has never collapsed is a rare find -- should man heed warning signs of
collapse more seriously?
Mountain winds take off
Coastal weather can
be strongly affected by high, broad mountains with steep windward slopes,
according to scientists at the national Center for Atmospheric Research.
Waves in the Digital Future NSF
and NASA will fund the Digital Library for Earth System Education.
notes about ongoing research in the geosciences.