California just experienced a catastrophic loss from the COVID-19 impact on the economy, as one of its major refineries, Marathon Martinez, has just announced it will be idled indefinitely. With airlines and cruise ships virtually shut down, and vehicle transportation…
Thatâs a Relief: Scientists Now Say Future Yellowstone Eruptions Are Likely to be Much Weaker Than in Ages Past
A blast from the Yellowstone supervolcano would be devastating to humanity, but new research shows the eruptions are becoming slower and weaker than before.
Ancient climate records from Leviathan Cave, located in the southern Great Basin, show that Nevada was even hotter and drier in the past than it is today, and that one 4,000-year period in particular may represent a true, ”worst-case” scenario picture for the Southwest and the Colorado River Basin — and the millions of people who rely on its water supply.
Summit Lake in remote northwest Nevada is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, North America’s largest freshwater native trout species. Research to understand the reasons why this population continues to thrive, where others have not, will be used to protect the fish and its habitat – as well as to apply the knowledge to help restore other Nevada lakes that once had bountiful numbers of the iconic fish that historically reached 60 pounds.
A Tesla employee based at Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada has indicated that the pilot production line for the Tesla Semi is under development and things seem to be going well. This person tweeted last week, “New nugget: pilot line for Semi coming together….”
(University of Oregon) Information drawn from analyses of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes of materials from exposed Columbia River basalts has provided insights about how magma from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago shaped the region and why those eruptions did not trigger a global extinction event.
(University of Copenhagen) The cold, famine and unrest in ancient Rome and Egypt after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE has long been shrouded in mystery. Now, an international team, including researchers from the University of Copenhagen, has found evidence suggesting that the megaeruption of an Alaskan volcano may be to blame.
(University of California – Los Angeles) An ancient European volcanic region may pose both a greater long-term volcanic risk and seismic risk to northwestern Europe than scientists had realized, geophysicists report in a study in the Geophysical Journal International. The densely populated area is centered in the Eifel region of Germany, and covers parts of Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg.
Ecologists evaluated the successes of mountain meadow restorations by analyzing eight years of bird data collected by field biologists. The authors concluded that, when ”pond and plug” and similar techniques were followed, the number of birds of many species increased over time as habitat conditions improved.