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Geosciences (GEO) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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An Aedes aegypti mosquito National Science Foundation issues call for Zika virus proposals
Funding to address ecological transmission dynamics of the virus
Released  February 10, 2016
Tova N. Williams in her lab Celebrating Black History Month with our research fellows
Students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program tell their stories
Released  February 9, 2016
hills, plants and dry land in the southwestern U.S. Southwest sliding into a new normal: drier conditions
Weather patterns that bring rain becoming less frequent
Released  February 4, 2016
White ibises flock Feeding birds in your local park? If they're white ibises in Florida, think twice
White ibises may transmit diseases like salmonellosis
Released  February 3, 2016
aerial view of NSF's Mo'orea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niņo, one of the strongest on record
Awards address effects on coral reefs; connections between rainfall and landslides; and signatures of past El Niños in ice caps
Released  February 2, 2016
screenshot of website showing a snowflake and text let it snow the science of winter New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Report reveals inner worlds of snow and winter, and their importance to humans and ecosystems
Released  January 13, 2016
Researchers with equipment on mountain at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site. Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms
Ice disappears faster in drought years
Released  January 12, 2016
hands holding a pot with natural clay Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria
May be new answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections
Released  January 8, 2016
illustration showing plants and animals under snow Peering into the secret world of life beneath winter snows
Snow sustains species from frogs to birds to mammals in winter and beyond
Released  January 5, 2016
Oceans send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere as waves hit a rocky coast Scientists discover that salty sea spray affects clouds
Aerosols have impact on cloud composition, duration
Released  December 21, 2015
Ice on Lake Vortsjarv in Estonia Lakes around the world rapidly warming
Freshwater ecosystems threatened, including fisheries and water resources
Released  December 16, 2015
artist depiction of a dinosaur head Video: Triceratops gets a new cousin!
NSF-funded researchers discover a second oldest-known horned dinosaur species
Released  December 9, 2015
A black surfperch swimming in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Island. A fine kettle of fish?
Long-term data help determine fluctuations in fish populations
Released  November 30, 2015
The coast of Alaska and the Bering Glacier viewed from the ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution. Climate can grind down mountains faster than they can rebuild
Erosion caused by glaciation can wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can form them
Released  November 23, 2015
Scientist lowering an instrument in water Low-oxygen 'dead zones' in North Pacific linked to past ocean warming
Large-scale warming events 10,000-plus years ago triggered loss of oxygen
Released  November 18, 2015
researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015
Salt marshes in Hatches Harbor, Mass. Grass-planting change boosts coastal wetland restoration success
Marsh grasses should be spaced close together, not far apart
Released  November 3, 2015
school of Atlantic cod Warming waters contributed to the collapse of New England's cod fishery
New report shows that warming complicates fisheries management plans
Released  October 29, 2015
hoatzin bird in a tree How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?
Effects were likely only along major waterways
Released  October 28, 2015
dead trees in a forest Morticulture: Forests of the living dead
Scientists unearth importance of dead wood to forest ecosystems
Released  October 19, 2015
Nepal houses damaged by earthquake Will there be another quake in Nepal? Scientists present insights at upcoming conference
Annual Geological Society of America meeting features NSF-supported earthquake research
Released  October 16, 2015
artist rendition of a dinosaur with eggs and two babies Research sheds new light on 150-year-old dinosaur temperature debate
Evidence shows some dinosaurs elevated their body temperatures using heat sources such as the sun
Released  October 13, 2015
aerial view of of river Amazon Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis program awards $1.5 million in new grants
Funding will lead to new understanding of subjects as large as the Amazon, as small as a mosquito
Released  October 13, 2015
A siphonophore glides through the sea. Clues to future of undersea exploration may reside inside a jellyfish-like creature
Siphonophore holds secrets of oceanic "jet propulsion"
Released  October 7, 2015
burnt trees in a forest Future wildfires may burn large parts of landscapes
Scientists look back at fire history to see into the future
Released  October 6, 2015
The HOLODEC instrument  on a C-130 aircraft. Scientists use holography to peer into clouds
New way of seeing clouds enhances weather, climate predictions
Released  October 1, 2015
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
collage of images showing a forest, water and solar panels New, forward-thinking report addresses environmental research, education
NSF advisory committee offers recommendations spanning next decade
Released  September 16, 2015
Field researcher in Alaska Life on Earth: National Science Foundation awards $23 million for studies of planet's biodiversity
Research will fill in knowledge gaps, lead to advances in health, agriculture, energy and manufacturing
Released  September 15, 2015
illustration showing the different eras in history NSF awards $12.3 million for research on genealogy of life
Awards offer new window into development of species, foster synthesis of biodiversity data
Released  September 15, 2015

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