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Sedimentary Geology/Geomorphology News Archive

With the rapid disappearance of its protective buffer of wetlands, New Orleans is becoming more vulnerable to storms every year. But recent research has revealed important clues about how to shore up these vanishing wetlands and generated new optimism about saving the delta.

Reuters, LiveScience, Wall Street Journal (blog), Daily Mail (UK), Alcalde, May 26-June 6, 2012 Featuring: Earle McBride

The Geological Fingerprint of War

Earle McBride and Dane Picard were traveling across France doing geologic field work in 1988 when they took time out to play tourists at Omaha Beach, site of one of the most ferocious battles during the D-Day invasion more than 40 years earlier. It was a miserably cold and blustery day. They tarried just long…

An international team of geoscientists has discovered an unusual geological formation that helps explain how an undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004 spawned the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. “The results suggest we should be concerned about locations with large thicknesses of sediments in the trench, especially those which have built marginal…

Wired, Jun. 21, 2011 Featuring: Lorena Moscardelli

Craig Fulthorpe was a grad student when his advisor walked into his office and asked if he would like to be part of the first scientific expedition organized by the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). As luck would have it, a sedimentologist who had been scheduled to be on that cruise had to back out just…

James Bond had his Q. The Jackson School has Joel Johnson. No, he can’t supply you with a helicopter in a suitcase or rocket launching cigarettes. He does however have one of the coolest gadgets in the field of sediment transport: smart rocks. These are cyborg-like rocks that can sense accelerations in all three axes…

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