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Geosciences (GEO) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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A black surfperch swimming in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Island. A fine kettle of fish?
Long-term data help determine fluctuations in fish populations
Released  November 30, 2015
The coast of Alaska and the Bering Glacier viewed from the ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution. Climate can grind down mountains faster than they can rebuild
Erosion caused by glaciation can wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can form them
Released  November 23, 2015
Scientist lowering an instrument in water Low-oxygen 'dead zones' in North Pacific linked to past ocean warming
Large-scale warming events 10,000+ years ago triggered loss of oxygen
Released  November 18, 2015
researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015
Salt marshes in Hatches Harbor, Mass. Grass-planting change boosts coastal wetland restoration success
Marsh grasses should be spaced close together, not far apart
Released  November 3, 2015
school of Atlantic cod Warming waters contributed to the collapse of New England's cod fishery
New report shows that warming complicates fisheries management plans
Released  October 29, 2015
hoatzin bird in a tree How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?
Effects were likely only along major waterways
Released  October 28, 2015
dead trees in a forest Morticulture: Forests of the living dead
Scientists unearth importance of dead wood to forest ecosystems
Released  October 19, 2015
Nepal houses damaged by earthquake Will there be another quake in Nepal? Scientists present insights at upcoming conference
Annual Geological Society of America meeting features NSF-supported earthquake research
Released  October 16, 2015
artist rendition of a dinosaur with eggs and two babies Research sheds new light on 150-year-old dinosaur temperature debate
Evidence shows some dinosaurs elevated their body temperatures using heat sources such as the sun
Released  October 13, 2015
aerial view of of river Amazon Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis program awards $1.5 million in new grants
Funding will lead to new understanding of subjects as large as the Amazon, as small as a mosquito
Released  October 13, 2015
A siphonophore glides through the sea. Clues to future of undersea exploration may reside inside a jellyfish-like creature
Siphonophore holds secrets of oceanic "jet propulsion"
Released  October 7, 2015
burnt trees in a forest Future wildfires may burn large parts of landscapes
Scientists look back at fire history to see into the future
Released  October 6, 2015
The HOLODEC instrument  on a C-130 aircraft. Scientists use holography to peer into clouds
New way of seeing clouds enhances weather, climate predictions
Released  October 1, 2015
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
collage of images showing a forest, water and solar panels New, forward-thinking report addresses environmental research, education
NSF advisory committee offers recommendations spanning next decade
Released  September 16, 2015
Field researcher in Alaska Life on Earth: National Science Foundation awards $23 million for studies of planet's biodiversity
Research will fill in knowledge gaps, lead to advances in health, agriculture, energy and manufacturing
Released  September 15, 2015
illustration showing the different eras in history NSF awards $12.3 million for research on genealogy of life
Awards offer new window into development of species, foster synthesis of biodiversity data
Released  September 15, 2015
drawing showing an American kestrel  bird NSF awards $20.4 million for research on how humans, environment interact
Studies continue mission of Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program
Released  September 11, 2015
Wildfire in a forest In year of U.S. wildfires, Nepal earthquake, NSF awards $27.5 million in hazards research grants
Scientists will study ways to predict and respond to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, drought
Released  September 9, 2015
mosquito on skin To slow the spread of infectious diseases, NSF, NIH, USDA support new research
Scientists will study how diseases are transmitted among humans, other animals and the environment
Released  August 26, 2015
Fog over the estuary of the Klamath River along the Pacific Coast. Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find
Ultimately makes its way into ecosystems along shore
Released  August 26, 2015
Landscape photos and text, Conserving Water - Producing Energy - Sustaining Food New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system
Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important
Released  August 14, 2015
Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Expedition to the Aleutian Islands: Geoscientists head to remote Alaska volcanoes
Teams study mountain chain in most volcanically active U.S. state
Released  August 5, 2015
Scuba diver measuring giant kelp biomass NSF selects first Long-Term Ecological Research network communications office
Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis receives $3.5 million award for support of multi-site efforts
Released  August 4, 2015
people and rubble following the Nepal earthquake of April 25, 2015. NSF awards grants for study of Nepal earthquake
Research aims to help people in Nepal and beyond become more resilient in natural disasters
Released  August 3, 2015
Warthogs walking next to people in a village Wildlife species provide clues to spread of antibiotic resistance in Africa
Scientists uncover ways exposure increases, and resistance moves among humans, other animals, ecosystems
Released  July 29, 2015
a shark in the water The truth about sharks
With shark attacks, or bites, in the news, what's the story behind the story?
Released  July 27, 2015
truck in front of a cloudy sky at night 10 things to know about thunderstorms that strike at night
For the latest information, NSF talks with three atmospheric scientists
Released  July 22, 2015
Trees Infectious disease ecology, forest biodiversity, urban ecology featured at upcoming conference
National Science Foundation-funded research findings presented at 2015 Ecological Society of America conference in August
Released  July 15, 2015

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