Tag Geology

Student commencement speaker: Scholarship opened a rewarding academic path

December 4, 2019

Lisa Kamal says she auditioned to be the student speaker for winter commencement because she believes she has something to say about keeping an open mind and adapting to one’s circumstances.

Professor’s study of ancient crystals sheds light on earth’s early years

November 14, 2019

“If we can analyze melt inclusions, that will provide the first data on rock chemistry for the Earth’s ‘Dark Ages,’ the first 500 million years of earth history,” John Valley says. “This is a critical time that we know almost nothing about.”

Seeking basic info on “basement rocks”

September 5, 2019

Geologist Esther Stewart makes a living poking around in the geologic basement beneath Wisconsin, which provides many clues to the land's history.

Small Wyoming dinosaur helps rewrite the evolutionary story of birds, flight

July 10, 2019

A dinosaur found in Wyoming is helping UW–Madison researchers rewrite the family history of dinosaurs and modern birds.

Ancient poop helps show climate change contributed to fall of Cahokia

February 25, 2019

A study provides a direct link between changes in Cahokia’s population size as measured through a unique fecal record and environmental data showing evidence of drought and flood.

As Lake Michigan rises, bluffs collapse and geologists explore

February 15, 2019

UW-Madison researchers are more than one year into a project sponsored by Wisconsin Sea Grant aimed at a better understanding how the bluffs erode, and what triggers their collapse.

“Ring around bathtub” at giant volcano field shows movement of subterranean magma

June 27, 2018

It’s a major task to understand a Laguna del Maule mountaintop region that has erupted 50 times over the past 20,000 years. But the starting point of a UW–Madison study is simple: It’s the ring that standing water leaves on a bathtub.

In ‘Origins,’ UW–Madison and South African scientists tackle mysteries of our shared beginnings

April 23, 2018

The quest to understand our beginnings — of our universe, of life on Earth, of our species — inspires people all over the world. At UW–Madison, researchers have forged partnerships with colleagues in South Africa and are uncovering answers and opening new scientific frontiers.

More homes built near wild lands leading to greater wildfire risk

March 12, 2018

New research out of the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that a flurry of homebuilding near wild areas since 1990 has greatly increased the number of homes at risk from wildfires while increasing the costs associated with fighting those fires in increasingly dense developments.

Scouting the eagles: Evidence that protecting nests aids reproduction

January 9, 2018

Reproduction among bald eagles in a remote national park in Minnesota was aided when their nests were protected from human disturbance, according to a new study.

Wisconsin corn maze features 480-foot trilobite

October 4, 2017

Wiped out more than 250 million years ago, a trilobite today is the Wisconsin state fossil. It is also the defining feature of this year’s award-winning Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi.

UW-Madison course examines natural disasters

September 13, 2017

When Harold Tobin was planning the course on "Natural Hazards and Disasters" last spring, he could not know that hurricanes and wildfires would own the news cycle this semester.

Charles Bentley, pioneering UW–Madison glaciologist, dies

August 23, 2017

Bentley was among the first scientists to measure the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the late 1950s. His findings resonate today as marine ice sheets are particularly vulnerable to melting and collapse in climate change scenarios.