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Evolution of Earth and Life

October 3, 2016
Stanford Earth professor Jon Payne puts modern extinction in context by comparing them with Earth's five previous mass extinctions.
Jon Payne holding whale vertebra
September 14, 2016

In today’s oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a Stanford-led report. It’s a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing.

Earth moon impact
August 12, 2016

A new model by Stanford Earth's Norm Sleep of the impact that created the moon might upend theories about Earth, too.

river in Tibet
July 25, 2016

Stanford Earth's Devon Orme shares her experience of doing field work in Tibet and Patagonia.

Cold drink next to a stack of books
June 27, 2016

It’s that time of year. Lie on the beach, jump on a plane to an exotic place, or just settle in on the chaise in the back yard — with a good book. Slow down, read, learn, enjoy.

SLAC at dusk
April 4, 2016

The relationship between SLAC and Stanford goes back 60 years, to a meeting where Stanford physicists helped plot construction of the linear accelerator. Since that time, collaborations between Stanford and SLAC scientists contributed to four Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry. 

Monterey map
March 31, 2016

Through the use of mathematical models, Stanford researchers have better defined the powerful processes that carved some of the largest canyons on Earth, deep under the oceans.

Green hills
February 16, 2016

 Analysis of ancient seabed rocks from disparate locations reveal that life did not rebound until anoxia had fully ebbed.

A shovel with lumps of coal
January 22, 2016

The same geologic forces that helped stitch the supercontinent Pangea together also helped form the ancient coal beds that powered the Industrial Revolution.

 

Miles drawing
December 17, 2015

Stanford Earth’s multimedia producer Miles Traer captures the latest scientific discoveries presented at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in this ongoing series of cartoons drawn live from the event.