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
On March 13, 2020, like most labs at The University of Texas at Austin, the Jackson School’s Analytical Laboratory for Paleoclimate Studies powered down instruments, stored samples and suspended operations. The lab’s research team gathered what data they could and took their work online. For Jud Partin, a UTIG research associate who leads the research… Continue Reading Climate scientist moves research online, while learning to homeschool
For Brandon Shuck, the Friday before Spring Break was the day it finally sunk in that everything was about to change. Earlier that day, classes had been cancelled following the shocking news that the wife of The University of Texas at Austin’s president had tested positive for COVID-19. Still, Shuck, and a handful of students… Continue Reading Brewinar: Staying Social Under Lockdown
By Constantino Panagopulos It’s mid-March on the Texas prairie outside the city of Cameron. Peter Flemings, a professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences, watches the rig hands lower the prototype sensor into the well. The counter still reads 1,000 feet from bottom when the thick steel cable suddenly goes slack. Moments later a dull… Continue Reading Pressure Coring Technology One Step Closer to Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Test