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Fracturing of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Academic Minute (WAMC in Albany, NY), July 18, 2012 Featuring: Joe MacGregor

After successfully reentering the wellhead 4.3 miles below the ship, we began drilling towards the fault that unleashed the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

How do you insert a drill bit into a 20-inch well head 7 kilometers below your ship? Read Patrick Fulton’s second post from aboard the drill ship Chikyu near Japan.

Greetings from the scientific deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu. Our focus is to quickly drill into and study the fault that caused the March 2011 Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Despite the Gulf’s long production history, much remains to be learned about the geology here – and an ongoing industry-funded program conducted by the Institute for Geophysics at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin (UTIG), is proving to be a rich information resource for GOM players who want to add to…

The European Space Agency recently announced that it will send a space probe to Jupiter and its large icy moons Callisto, Ganymede and Europa. Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, including Don Blankenship, senior research scientist, are part of the science team designing and operating a radar instrument for the…

Using ice-penetrating radar instruments flown on aircraft, a team of scientists from the U.S. and U.K. have uncovered a previously unknown sub-glacial basin nearly the size of New Jersey beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) near the Weddell Sea. The location, shape and texture of the mile-deep basin suggest that this region of the…

See shipwrecks, deep sea life and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico during an expedition led by University of Texas at Austin scientist Jamie Austin. Live video feeds from remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with high-definition cameras put anyone with an Internet-enabled computer right in the middle of the action.

A new study examining nearly 40 years of satellite imagery has revealed that the floating ice shelves of a critical portion of West Antarctica are steadily losing their grip on adjacent bay walls, potentially amplifying an already accelerating loss of ice to the sea. The most extensive record yet of the evolution of the floating…

This spring, the Jackson School proudly inducts three legends into its Hall of Distinction. They were selected for their high-level accomplishments in academia, industry or government, as well as a strong affiliation with the Jackson School. Art Maxwell, a leader in deep sea drilling and marine geophysics, served from 1982 to 1994 as the first…

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