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Press Release 08-213

New Earth System Science Results Reported at Conference

NSF-funded research presented at American Geophysical Union fall meeting, Dec. 15-19

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Illustration of Minnesota's Le Sueur River area.

The Le Sueur River watershed in southern Minnesota is the site of "sediment fingerprinting" to trace the origin of sand and gravel.

Credit: National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics


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Photo of algae in Gothic Pool on California's Eel River.

A high-resolution camera takes pictures daily of Gothic Pool on the South Fork of the Eel River in California. Scientists are studying the timing and extent of algae growth in the pool, and how that affects water flow, linking ecology and geomorphology.

Credit: National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics


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Photo of Earth's magnetic field.

Scientists have found two holes in Earth's magnetic field that allow in solar particles.

Credit: NASA


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Photo of the "Jurassic Tank" at NSF's National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics.

The Jurassic Tank at NSF's National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics uses an electronic system to show how sediments are deposited over long time scales.

Credit: National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics


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Photo of Oregon's Sandy River flowing free after removal of the former Marmot Dam.

This time-lapse image shows the rapid flow of Oregon's Sandy River after removal of the Marmot Dam.

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey


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Photo of three researchers in a river.

The condition of channels in rivers may affect salmon habitat and spawning success.

Credit: Noah Snyder, Boston College


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