Earth science

Precariously balanced rocks

Precariously balanced rocks provide clues to fault connections

San Jacinto, San Andreas interaction weakens earthquake shaking near them, study lead by UC Irvine finds.

Lower lake levels due to drought

UC campuses part of urban water research network

UC Riverside and UC Berkeley among 14 universities receiving a $12 million National Science Foundation grant to address water challenges around the world.

earthquake warning system

Earthquake early warning system moves closer to reality

U.S. Geological Survey awards $4 million grant to UC Berkeley and its research partners to ramp up ShakeAlert prototype.

A cataclysmic event of a certain age

UC Santa Barbara geologist James Kennett part of team that narrows date of cooling event most likely triggered by a cosmic impact.
San Andreas Fault sign

Scientists begin monitoring tremors on San Andreas Fault

Borehole seismometers will monitor faint tremors beneath the San Andreas Fault — part of UC Berkeley’s TremorScope project to determine the link between tremors and earthquakes.
Bay Area fault map

Calaveras-Hayward fault link means potentially larger quakes

Seismologists have proven that the Hayward and Calaveras faults are essentially the same system, meaning that a rupture on one could trigger a rupture on the other, producing considerably larger quakes than once thought.
Tracy Thomson and fossil rock

How were fossil tracks so well preserved?

Tracks by swimming reptiles benefited from delayed ecologic recovery during the Early Triassic.
geyser field

Why do geysers erupt? Loops in their plumbing

Studies of geysers in Chile and Yellowstone National Park reveal why geysers erupt periodically: the loops and bends in their plumbing.
Tavurvur volcano

Small volcanic eruptions explain warming hiatus

How? Volcanoes cool the atmosphere because of the sulfur dioxide that is expelled during eruptions.
soda GIF

Research you've got to talk about

Academic studies from the University of California were among the most talked about research in online and popular media.