“They didn’t know what the shape of the continent was, whether it had mountains — this wasn’t about glaciology or studying ice sheets. It was really fundamental Earth exploration,” says Dusty Schroeder.
"Thwaites is one of the fastest-changing, most-potentially unstable glaciers in Antarctica and, as such, understanding it is key for understanding the evolution and potential sea-level contribution of the whole ice sheet," Dustin Schroeder says.
Researchers have mapped more than 250 faults and found that the majority of faults underlying the Fort Worth Basin are susceptible to earthquakes, some of which extend under highly populated areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
Maps and globes of the moon, photos of lunar expeditions and a transcript of a conversation between two Apollo 16 astronauts are on display at Stanford’s Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections until mid-August.
Geophysics professor Jenny Suckale has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), for her research to understand the mechanical stability of thawing permafrost.
"The general public knows a lot about the actual Moon landing but not much more about its scientific importance," professor Sonia Tikoo-Schantz says in the context of how the Apollo 11 mission has shaped our understanding of the Moon and Earth.