Earth Science

In the Netherlands, a Better Way to Rebuild the Beach
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A US $78-million experiment aims to reinforce the rapidly eroding coastline, while avoiding the ecological damage common with other nourishment...

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge
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Secular and religious Indians are butting heads over the origin of an important shoal.

California’s Surf Spots Are Heading for a Wipeout
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Rising sea level is transforming the coastline and causing iconic beaches to disappear.

Cambodia’s Dirty Business
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Three activists are living in exile following a campaign to expose Cambodia’s sand mining industry.

Stealing the Slims River
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River piracy could become more common in a warming world.

Validating Tall Tales of Rogue Waves
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Analyzing more than two million waves gives researchers a better idea of how rogue waves are born.

Political Suppression of Science: Lessons from Canada
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Canadian scientists are lending support to worried American peers. 

Global Warming Is Changing How the Ocean Carries Sound
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Scientists are using an underwater drone to study a mysterious new sound channel in the Beaufort Sea.

Tapping the Freshwater Ocean Under the Sea
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Vast stores of fresh water exist deep beneath the seafloor—but who gets to decide how they’re used?

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

Greenland Ice Melt Could Push Atlantic Circulation to Collapse
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New research gives a glimpse of the potential long-term consequences of anthropogenic warming.

Reinforce and Build
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The vicious cycle driving development on Florida’s most fragile beaches.

Scientists Confirm: “the Blob” Really Messed Up the Northeast Pacific
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The Pacific warm water “Blob” contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

During Sandy, Wetlands Averted US $625-Million in Damages
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A new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

Biased Tide Gauges Mean We’ve Been Systematically Underestimating Sea Level Rise
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Most historical tide gauges were installed in the northern hemisphere, a legacy that has been skewing scientists’ modern interpretations of sea...

Making Monster Waves in the Lab
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Rogue waves are rare in nature, but new research is making them perfectly common.

Earthquakes’ Ecological Aftershock
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The coastal Klallam people had to adapt to an altered ecosystem in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.

Keeping Track of Deep-Sea Mining
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A new website uses ship location data to track deep-sea mining exploration. 

For the Melting Arctic, Fuzzy Forecasts Are the Best We Can Do
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People keep claiming to know when the Arctic will become ice-free. They don’t.

Ocean Acidification: More Gloom than Doom?
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Scientists’ emphasis on laboratory trials can give a distorted view of the threat of ocean acidification.

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