Earth Science

Articles about geology, palaeontology, archaeology, climate and climate change, and the weather...

20 January 2014

The Polar icecaps are melting, but is the news all bad?

05 January 2014

The tiny plants that inhabit the ocean (phytoplankton) have developed a remarkable mechanism to protect themselves from...

24 September 2012

Fresh water is a precious resource. How can the use and abuse of this resource exacerbate or manage water poverty in...

20 September 2012

Toby Fountain does something rather strange when he checks into a hotel: bags deposited unopened at the room's...

14 August 2012

Less than 5% of the nitrogen added to crops to feed animals ends up as meat in our mouths. The rest is wasted and...

18 February 2012

Ocean deadzones are triggered by nitrogen-fuelled bursts of microorganisms. So how does this happen and what can we do...

25 November 2011

Disruption of the nitrogen cycle can wreak havoc on ocean ecosystems for which oxygen is in short supply. Robin...

27 September 2011

It’s pretty easy to get lost when you venture deep into the Jungle of Lambusango on the Isle of Buton, just off the...

09 September 2011

Barnacles and mussels have an intimate relationship, but are they welcome house guests or uninvited squatters?

03 May 2011

Imagine a shoal of fish 15 kilometres long, 3.5 kilometres wide and 40 metres deep...

27 January 2011

As more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, the world's oceans become more acidic, affecting the...

14 December 2010

Plants and animals seem worlds apart, but in some important ways, we are more like plants than we realise...

07 December 2010

Is earthquake prediction for California truly a problem beyond the powers of science, or is there something that...

16 October 2010

First came fire. Cavemen rubbed sticks together and there it was, a source of ‘artificial’ heat and light, giving us...

15 August 2009

Swine flu, SARS, Bird Flu, HIV, Dengue, Hepatitis C, Ebola - the human race is awash with new infections - but where...

04 April 2009

What can microfossils tell us about past climate? Christopher Stanton resumes his story...

16 June 2008

The buzz of a bumblebee is one of the quintessential sounds of summer time. But this ‘slender sound’ and ‘faint...

24 May 2008

Recent Mars missions have produced compelling evidence for what was once a wet world, where life could well have...

18 May 2008

The European Parliament voted recently to include CO2 emissions from the aviation industry in its carbon trading scheme...

19 January 2008

What's the evidence that the world's becoming a warmer place, or are claims of climate change quite literally...

22 December 2007

Snowflakes form when water vapour condenses directly into ice crystals, and for many years writers have used their...

06 December 2007

Equivalent in land area to 14 Isle of Mans, or Rhode Island State twice over, the Louisiana Wetlands are one of the...

01 December 2007

International Polar Years commenced in 1882-3, as the inspiration of Austrian explorer and naval officer Lieutenant...

27 November 2007

The Pythia, the prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi, was said to be able to communicate with Apollo by going into a...