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New insights into mysterious deep earthquakes

26 March 2020

A major international study has shed new light on the mechanisms which trigger earthquakes deep below Earth’s surface.

Monitoring eathquakes

Scientists get first look at cause of ‘slow motion’ earthquakes

25 March 2020

Ocean drilling project reveals ‘mash up’ of rock types that lead to unique slow motion earthquake events

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Evolutionary elements arrived on Earth much later than thought, say scientists

11 March 2020

Analysis of the 3.8 billion-year-old rocks from Greenland show that most of the elements necessary for the evolution of life were delivered to Earth once its formation was almost complete

Shadow Minister visits the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

19 February 2020

The School welcomes the Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Rural Affairs

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Petex donate £1.5m worth of software licenses

13 February 2020

Petex donate software licenses to the 3D Seismic Laboratory to help with research and education

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Arctic sea ice can’t ‘bounce back’

21 January 2020

New research shows shrinking sea ice cannot be expected to return rapidly if climate change is slowed or reversed

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Scientists use ancient marine fossils to unravel long-standing climate puzzle

9 January 2020

Cardiff University scientists have shed new light on the Earth’s climate behaviour during the last known period of global warming over 14 million years ago

Earthquakes in slow motion

2 January 2020

Understanding gentler earthquakes could help geoscientists to predict deadly eruptions

Fossil forest in a sandstone quarry in Cairo, New York

Scientists uncover world’s oldest forest

19 December 2019

Fossils of trees dating back 386 million years found on the bottom of a New York quarry

EARTH staff digging for clams

Barbequed clams on the menu for ancient Puerto Ricans

27 November 2019

Analysis of fossilised shells reveals cooking habits of Caribbean civilisations over 2500 years ago

Wind turbines

‘Rapid increase’ in global wind speeds

18 November 2019

New findings suggest wind power could increase by over a third in the next 10 years

River

New research identifies a climate signature in rivers globally

17 September 2019

For decades geoscientists have been trying to detect the influence of climate on the formation of rivers, but up to now there has been no systematic evidence.

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Nature Geoscience paper sheds new light on ‘goldilocks’ zone for subvolcanic magma chambers

30 August 2019

Dr Wim Degruyter is part of a team of scientists who have improved our knowledge of the processes that determine the depth of subvolcanic magma chambers.

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Work on Cryoegg leads to nomination for 2019 Collaborate to Innovate Awards

30 August 2019

Dr Liz Bagshaw and team nominated for 2019 Collaborate to Innovate Awards.

Groundwater well in Africa

Groundwater resources in Africa resilient to climate change

8 August 2019

Groundwater – a vital source of water for drinking and irrigation across sub-Saharan Africa – is resilient to climate variability and change, according to a new study led by Cardiff University and UCL.

volcano magma chamber

Scientists uncover deep-rooted plumbing system beneath ocean volcanoes

8 August 2019

New study reveals that magma chambers sit at least 16 km beneath the Earth’s surface

Cave droplets

Cave droplets provide window into past climates

8 July 2019

Scientists unveil first global analysis of drip waters, which form stalagmites and stalactites, from 39 caves around the world

Mars

Mars mission for 250 pupils

5 July 2019

Annual event demonstrates breadth of careers in STEM

Greenland

Going wireless in Greenland

17 June 2019

Smart meters, climbing frames and Christmas baubles to play key role in science expedition

Mount Isa Mines workshop

Delivering professional training for Mount Isa Mines

24 May 2019

Researchers lead CPD workshop with Australian mining geologists.