Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought'

Scientists have identified patterns in the Earth’s magnetic field that evolve on the order of 1,000 years, providing new insight into how the field works.

Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region

A perfect combination of tides and wind is responsible for a hotspot of Antarctic krill along the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Analyzing magma temperatures may help get closer to forecasting volcanic eruptions

Although volcanic eruptions are often quite hazardous, scientists have been unable to pinpoint the processes leading up to major eruptions. A new study examines the temperature history of magma.

Sediment from Himalayas may have made 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake more severe

The warming of sediments caused the 2004 Sumatra earthquake to be larger and more severe - and a similar process appears to be in place for the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

New study documents aftermath of a supereruption, and expands size of Toba magma system

In the aftermath of a supereruption, smaller eruptions may occur for thousands of years afterward, according to a new study.

"Narco-deforestation" study links loss of Central American tropical forests to cocaine

Central American forests are disappearing rapidly and much of the loss is being traced to the laundering of cocaine money.

Magnesium within plankton provides tool for taking the temperatures of past oceans

A new study published in Nature Communications documents how some foraminifera grow, incorporating magnesium in their shells that can be used to determine seawater temperatures in the past.

Oregon State part of new NSF research program in the Arctic

Oregon State University is part of s new Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in the Arctic that will explore how relationships between the land and water affect coastal ecosystems.

OSU to expand sediment core collection to one of largest in the world

One of the nation’s most important repositories of oceanic sediment cores, located at OSU, will more than double in size when the university assumes stewardship of a collection of sediment cores taken from the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.