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The 2014 IX Latin American Forum is a unique by-invitation-only event that addresses a critical need to bring together government and industry decision makers, scholars and scientists, to foster dialogue around geosciences, technology, and energy and environmental policy issues.  The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences hosted the IX Latin American Forum…

New research that revises recently established conventions allowing scientists to decipher color in dinosaurs may also provide a tool for understanding the evolutionary emergence of flight and changes in dinosaur physiology prior to the origin of flight. In a survey comparing the hair, skin, fuzz and feathers of living terrestrial vertebrates and fossil specimens, a…

Students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the public, are invited to attend a speech by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and to learn more about how innovation and entrepreneurship are driving President Obama’s energy strategy.

Professor Emeritus Edward Jonas Dies

Professor Emeritus Edward Jonas passed away this January. In lieu of a memorial, which we will post later this year, we offer this edited version of remarks written by Leon Long on the occasion of Jonas’ retirement in 1988. Edward Jonas, Adventure-Seeker: Students Loved His Enthusiasm Professor Edward C. Jonas retired from active teaching in…

A new study from the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at The University of Texas at Austin forecasts that one of the nation’s most productive shale gas basins, the Fayetteville Shale, will continue to be a major contributor to U.S. natural gas supplies for years to come, with economically recoverable reserves of 18 trillion cubic…

As the bitter 2011 Texas drought stretched on into its third year, the Jackson School of Geoscience’s Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS) hosted its third annual Water Forum. The forum, held Oct. 14 -15, 2013, focused on the latest research on droughts and other extreme weather events and provided a forum for discussion…

A new study finds that in Texas, the U.S. state that annually generates the most electricity, using natural gas for electricity generation is saving water and making the state less vulnerable to drought. Even though exploration for natural gas requires significant water consumption in Texas, the new consumption is easily offset by the overall water…

As coastal communities continue to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists at this week’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union offer some encouraging news: The storm did not seriously damage the offshore barrier system that controls erosion on Long Island. Long-term concerns remain about the effects on the region of sea-level rise,…

Gary Kocurek is part of a team that announced evidence from the Mars Curiosity rover of a past freshwater lake that could have sustained life.

AUSTIN, Texas — In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have deep…

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