Editor's picks: Top 10 Stanford Earth Matters stories of 2019
In a roundup that spans energy, geology, geophysics and Earth systems, here are some of the most interesting, high-impact and popular research stories from 2019.
Machine learning, satellite data, new imaging techniques and more have brought Stanford researchers to the forefront of critical issues that impact humanity. Along with discoveries about the surprising impacts of climate change, we have witnessed increasingly innovative solutions for curbing emissions, adapting to new environmental conditions and securing the energy future.
Some of these stories challenged perceptions and assumptions about Earth scientists, while others sought to inform readers about current issues, from the frigid winds of the polar vortex to the latest discoveries about natural hazards. We hope you enjoy reading and sharing these 2019 highlights. The stories were drawn from Stanford Earth Matters online magazine, which aggregates ideas and insights about the future of Earth, its resources and its environment from across Stanford University.
How deep-ocean vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms
A new study suggests vents in the seafloor may affect life near the ocean’s surface and the global carbon cycle more than previously thought. It’s the first to show how iron rising from beneath Earth’s crust stimulates massive phytoplankton blooms.