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Read more at: Climate and conflict: new research from the Godwin Lab

Climate and conflict: new research from the Godwin Lab

10 August 2022


Read more at: Million-year old mystery of ice age intensity linked to carbon storage in the deep-sea
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Million-year old mystery of ice age intensity linked to carbon storage in the deep-sea

5 August 2022

Close to a million years ago our planet’s climate changed, as the intensity of the great ice ages increased. Now scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that this climatic shift was associated with a decrease in oxygen and an increase in carbon storage in the deep ocean, causing carbon dioxide in the...


Read more at: Cambridge Volcano Seismologists begin fieldwork in Iceland

Cambridge Volcano Seismologists begin fieldwork in Iceland

4 August 2022

Volcanic activity has started up again on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula -- less than a year after lava stopped spewing from what was thought to be a relatively quiet corner of the island. A group of volcano seismologists from our Department are heading out to Iceland this weekend, beginning three weeks of fieldwork spread...


Read more at: Century-long sea snail study identifies surprising impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems
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Century-long sea snail study identifies surprising impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems

18 July 2022

Climate change is threatening marine species and ecosystems with rising temperatures and extreme weather. Now scientists from Cambridge and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science have observed how sea snails living on rocky shores are coping with climate change, through studying 130 years of data from dog whelk...


Read more at: Lavas from Galápagos reveal contents of superstructures deep beneath Earth’s surface
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Lavas from Galápagos reveal contents of superstructures deep beneath Earth’s surface

13 July 2022

Plumes of hot rock rising from nearly three thousand kilometres beneath our feet contain clues as to the contents of mysterious superstructures lying atop the Earth’s core, show new findings presented today at the Goldschmidt conference . Many of the most violent outpourings of volcanic activity in history tapped into a...


Read more at: Megalodon sat higher up the food chain than any marine predator in history, says new tooth analysis
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Megalodon sat higher up the food chain than any marine predator in history, says new tooth analysis

23 June 2022

New research involving the University of Cambridge shows that prehistoric megatooth sharks — the biggest sharks that ever lived — were the ultimate top predators, operating higher up the food chain than any other marine predators through history. The study, published in Science Advances , shows that Megalodon — the largest...


Read more at: No signs (yet) of life on Venus
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No signs (yet) of life on Venus

14 June 2022

The unusual behaviour of sulphur in Venus’ atmosphere cannot be explained by an ‘aerial’ form of extra-terrestrial life, according to a new study. Research from the University of Cambridge used a combination of biochemistry and atmospheric chemistry to test the ‘life in the clouds’ hypothesis, which astronomers have...


Read more at: Professor Marian Holness delves into the history beneath our feet
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Professor Marian Holness delves into the history beneath our feet

1 June 2022

We often admire Cambridge’s historic buildings and beautiful views. But we should also look down at what lies beneath our feet, according to Marian Holness, Professor in Earth Sciences and Trinity College Fellow. And nowhere more so than the cobbles in front of Trinity’s Great Gate. To the untrained eye they might look...


Read more at: Deep earthquakes reveal roots of Iceland’s eruptions
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Deep earthquakes reveal roots of Iceland’s eruptions

26 May 2022

Tiny earthquakes, originating deep within Earth’s crust, could help scientists trace how magma moves beneath Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula — notable for its dramatic lava fountains of 2021 and continued unrest. Cambridge Earth Science’s Tim Greenfield, who is presenting today at EGU , has analysed records of these barely-...


Read more at: Neil Davies recognized with Johannes Walther Medal for outstanding efforts in sedimentology

Neil Davies recognized with Johannes Walther Medal for outstanding efforts in sedimentology

24 May 2022

The International Association of Sedimentologist (IAS) has named Cambridge Earth Science’s Dr Neil Davies as the recipient of the Johannes Walther Award. This important award is given every two years to a scientist who is considered to have made a major impact in the field of sedimentology. The award recognizes Neil’s...