On February 8th, the rover Curiosity used its drill to bore a hole into a slab of flat bedrock, marking the first time we have probed deeply into the interior of a Martian rock in search of the secrets of Mars' past it may hold.
Don't be surprised, be delighted if your current or future romantic partner treats you to a day straight up on the rocks.
What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.
Scientists are looking for elements and molecules that signify life as we know it. But even if they don’t find those molecules, minerals contain important information about the Martian environment. That could help scientists determine if life could have survived on the planet.
The Franciscan rocks of Sunol Regional Wilderness are star players at the frontier of plate tectonics.
The source of the stench in crushed “stinkspar” is a 200-year old mystery. Solving this puzzle took a mixture of old-fashioned chemical analysis and modern instruments.
Sand . . . we play in it, we stroll on it, we make castles out of it, but what do we really know about it? The size, shape and location of a grain a sand can tell us a lot about it's origin, makeup and history.
In Southern California an intriguing journal article turned into "we're all gonna die" TV stories in the space of a day. Be ready for the next time this happens in the Bay Area.
Post on Jun 30, 2011 by Andrew Alden
The geologic history of the greater Bay Area helps explain the unique geometry of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Post on Dec 16, 2010 by Brian Romans
USGS geologists are finding that Gold Rush-induced sediment levels in the San Francisco bay might be diminishing.
Post on Nov 18, 2010 by Brian Romans