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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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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Do you know where the ticks are? Lyme Disease: Ten things you always wanted to know about ticks...
...but maybe were afraid to ask...
Released  May 16, 2014
Sign on a lake with algae reads for swimmers health please don't feed the ducks Clarity for lake researchers' water quality questions
Studies of trends in Midwestern lakes benefit from help of local residents
Released  May 1, 2014
researcher working on fossils in a lab Cougars' diverse diet helped species during ice age
New research sheds light on cougars' feeding habits
Released  April 24, 2014
Willow catkin with dew in Yellowstone. Earth Week: Whither Yellowstone's willows and the streams they shade?
Yellowstone's water table dropping below riverbank willow trees
Released  April 22, 2014
Gray trees killed by bark beetles between green trees in Rocky Mountain National Park. Earth Week: Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
What happens when millions of dead trees, killed by beetles, no longer need water?
Released  April 21, 2014
title slide showing images of fish, water and trees Earth Day in the future: What will it be like?
Scientists peer into the next decades of environmental change on Planet Earth
Released  April 15, 2014
granite domes and conifer trees in the mountains Granite bedrock and sequoia forests 'communicate' in the Sierra Nevada
Research reveals the coevolution of life and landscapes
Released  April 3, 2014
aerial view of burning lava NSF-funded researchers use new models to explore Earth's interior
New findings from Arizona State University can help explain the geochemistry of lava
Released  March 31, 2014
Ilya Bindeman Will the Yellowstone supervolcano erupt in our lifetime?
Researcher studies the past to predict the future
Released  March 25, 2014
Closeup of fossil bone structure Snakes Alive! NSF-funded researchers find oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes
Seasonal habitats may have given rise to active hunters earlier than previously reported
Released  March 19, 2014
Photo of a white rooftop Is white--or green--the new black in cities?
How effective are white roofs, green roofs, and other urban heat-reducing technologies?
Released  March 11, 2014
Spring wildflowers with Nutrient Network fences in the mountains of southeastern Australia. Herbivores + light = more plant biodiversity in fertilized grasslands
Research on six continents shows that it all comes down to the light
Released  March 10, 2014
Echinacea angustifolia flowers The truth about Echinacea: Plant commonly used for colds and flu suffers from disappearing habitat
Purple coneflowers, often found in vanishing prairies, provide food for bees and other species
Released  February 3, 2014
a tomato and the text  photogallery Staple of recipe favorites--the tomato--reveals processes that maintain biodiversity
No hothouse plants: Study examines supermarket tomatoes' wild relatives, which live in the Earth's most extreme environments
Released  December 5, 2013
Blue fish in the coral reef under water Parasites: Rulers of the Reef
By influencing reef fish, parasites known as gnathiids are "major players in reef ecology," writes marine biologist Paul Sikkel
Released  November 19, 2013
Scientist Andrew Storfer checking a Tasmanian devil for tumor facial disease. Tasmanian devils: Will rare infectious cancer lead to their extinction?
Cartoon character's real-life counterpart may offer clues to human and other animal diseases
Released  November 13, 2013
Image showing the sun's corona It's hot...super hot
Finding answers around the sun
Released  November 12, 2013
Photo of marine organisms under water "Talking" to the animals
Chemical ecologists translate the language of the sea
Released  September 25, 2013
A sky with red sprites Is it a bird, a plane, a UFO? It's a...red sprite
Strange lights in the sky studied by atmospheric scientists
Released  August 26, 2013
Photo of tree trunks in a coastal redwood forest California's iconic redwoods in danger from fire and infectious disease
Pathogen that causes sudden oak death leaves redwoods vulnerable to fire
Released  August 21, 2013
Photo of wildfire next to a house and forest in Arizona As large Western wildfires increase, scientists look for answers
What are the causes and impacts of the upsurge in U.S. Western wildfires?
Released  August 8, 2013
collage of various pictures showing researchers, seafans and corals Sick Sea Fans: Undersea "Doctors" to the Rescue
Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases
Released  July 24, 2013
eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala Studying Mini Earthquakes Provides Clues to Volcanic Behavior
Researchers explore causes and pathways of volcanic eruptions to better predict major eruptions
Released  July 3, 2013
Mountain with dried trees in a forest overlooking Grand Lake, Colorado Ghosts of Forests Past: Bark Beetles Kill Lodgepole Pines, Affecting Entire Watersheds
Bark beetle epidemic changing water quality as well as forest health
Released  June 27, 2013
Photo of sun radiating over highway filled with cars in traffic in Phoenix Summertime: Hot Time in the City
Parks are islands of coolness in cities' urban heat
Released  June 21, 2013
Painting of the herb American ginseng On World Environment Day and Every Day, the Stress of Being Ginseng
Common medicinal plant of deciduous forests under siege
Released  June 5, 2013
graphic illustration showing a tornado simulation Long-Term Federal Investments Improve Severe Weather Prediction
NSF supports world-class computational and observational facilities and research
Released  May 28, 2013
Giant barrel sponges off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean next to a researcher. Life on a Coral Reef: Insult Is (Sometimes) Added to Injury
Overfishing removes predatory fish that keep sponges from smothering corals
Released  May 8, 2013
Photo of smoke from a forest fire going up in to the sky Trail of Fire Leads to Less Snow, Threatened Water Resources
Scientists study New Mexico's Rabbit Mountain, where forests burned in the 2011 Las Conchas fire
Released  April 25, 2013
Image of melting snow and the text Photo Gallery Earth Week: The Search for White Gold--Snowmelt
Thin snowpack puts ecosystems and water resources in critical condition
Released  April 16, 2013

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