A new model shows how brine on Jupiter’s moon Europa can migrate within the icy shell to form pockets of salty water that erupt to the surface when freezing. The findings, which are important for the upcoming Europa Clipper mission, may explain cryovolcanic eruptions across icy bodies in the solar system. On Jupiter’s icy moon… Continue Reading Researchers Model Source of Eruption on Jupiter’s Moon Europa
Each year, AGU recognizes several outstanding reviewers for their contributions, as selected by the editors of each journal. Reviewers are selected for their valuable expertise and dedication to high-quality science. In June, UTIG’s Yuko Okumura, Rob Porritt, and Laura Wallace each received AGU’s 2019 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. Yuko and Rob were selected… Continue Reading Three UTIG Staff Members Receive AGU’s Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing
A new online archive dating back to Spring 2010, contains over 250 recorded science talks and is available now on the UTIG website. The UTIG Seminar Series Archive is the first step in a project to collect science talks held at UTIG and make them freely available online. Over the coming months, the recorded talks… Continue Reading The UTIG Seminar Series Archive is Now Online!
In a new Nature Geosciences paper, Im, Saffer, Marone, and Avouac report on computer models that incorporate laboratory measurements from natural fault rocks to study fault slip and rupture behavior. They show that the frictional properties of these natural fault rocks can explain the spectrum of slip behavior observed on tectonic faults that spans from… Continue Reading Frictional Properties of Natural Fault Rocks Explain Slip
A rock core from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, has given scientists a powerful new tool to understand how catastrophic events shaped Earth’s ecosystems before the rise of the dinosaurs. The quarter-mile-long core is from an important part of the Triassic Period when life on Earth endured a series of cataclysmic events: Our planet was… Continue Reading Arizona Rock Core Sheds Light on Triassic Dark Ages