Planet Press

Press release for students - Fire clues in cave dripwater

Planet Press

From EGU, July 21, 2016  --  Researchers in Australia and the UK have found that stalagmites and stalactites can be used to help trace past wildfires that burned above the cave. Fires change the chemistry of the water above ground, and these subtle changes leave traces in the stalactites and stalagmites that form when the water drips in the caves underground.

Press release for students - Half a degree makes a world of difference

EGU Planet Press

From EGU, April 21, 2016  --  The climate of our planet is changing, and the Earth is warming up. World leaders have discussed whether we should limit the average temperature increase in our planet to 1.5°C or 2°C. There’s only half a degree of difference between these two temperature limits, but scientists have now discovered that they would each have very different consequences for our planet.

Press release for students - Studying glaciers with animated satellite images

EGU Planet Press

From EGU, November 26, 2015  --  Frank Paul, a scientist from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, has come up with a simple method to allow us to see glacier movements and changes, using the Karakoram mountain range in central Asia as an example. He created GIF animations from satellite images of the region.

Press release for students - Hair ice mystery solved

EGU Planet Press

From EGU, 07/22/2015  --  Did you know that there is a type of ice called hair ice? It is shaped like fine, silky hairs and looks like white candy floss. It grows on the rotten branches of broad-leaf trees during humid winter nights when the air temperature drops slightly below 0°C. A 100-year old theory states that hair ice also needs something else to grow – a fungus – but, until now, no one had managed to confirm this.

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