Earth science

Moonlander on the moon

UC Berkeley to put an experiment on the surface of the moon in the next 2 years

Among the select few chosen by NASA to put a project on the moon, campus scientists now race to get ready.

Sierra Nevada forest dried out

Massive forest die-off in Sierra Nevada caused by multiyear drought

Nearly 80 percent loss at some elevations shows the devastating consequences of abnormally dry conditions.

Artist's drawing of the tidal wave created by a massive meteor strike 66 million years ago.

66 million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor

Researchers have found an unprecedented fossil site that tells the story of Earth’s last mass extinction event.

UC Riverside atmosphere map

Could atmospheric seasons signal alien life?

Seasonal changes in the Earth’s atmosphere are guiding researchers in their search for extraterrestrial life.

UC Irvine rain

Rain goes rogue

Climate change appears to be skewing weather patterns, making it harder to predict wet and dry years.

UC Irvine drought monitoring tool

New drought index provides insight all over the globe

Keeping track of the climate just got easier, thanks to a new satellite-based monitoring tool.

drinking water

Manganese in drinking water a cause for concern

A wide-ranging study suggests officials should monitor the chemical element as a possible public health threat.

UC Irvine small waves

Small climb in mean temperatures linked to far higher chance of deadly heat waves

UC Irvine-led analysis of data from India could have dire implications for the future.

UC Berkeley pumice

Solving the mystery of floating rocks

Scientists uncover how pumice can remain buoyant for years.

UC Riverside Dickinsonia

Study of Earth's first animals broadens understanding of early evolution

Secrets of early life hide within one of the oldest fossil animals, Dickinsonia.

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