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Top earth science news stories of 2011

As usual, there were lots of great earth science related discoveries, events and debates this past year. There were some pretty big items from the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT Austin, but we’ve covered those extensively on the school’s website. So here are a few highlights from beyond our walls that caught our attention: Natural Disasters At number 9 on Discover magazine’s top 100 stories of 2011, we find natural disasters. These include Hurricane Irene in the U.S., flooding in Australia, the earthquake and tsunami that spawned a nuclear catastrophe in Japan, and a devastating drought in East Africa. While we’re at it, Discover posted 5 lessons from the Japanese earthquake. By the way, the second anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake is fast approaching. Jackson School scientists were there soon after to sort out how … Read entire article »

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