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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.

Stanford scientists solve mystery of ancient American lakes

Reduced evaporation played a role in allowing the Pleistocene lakes of the Western United States grow large.

Results of uranium and thorium isotopic analyses by graduate student Daniel Ibarra from the Stanford ICP-MS/TIMS facility are published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin.

Read more in the Stanford Report


Stanford scientists probe abandoned mine for clues about permanent CO2 sequestration

Stanford scientists are studying a nearby abandoned mine for insights on transforming carbon dioxide gas into a solid mineral that can be permanently stored underground.

Opal as a uranium mediation tool

High concentrations of uranium in naturally occurring silica minerals provide evidence that hydrous silica minerals may be a useful tool for remediation of uranium contamination.

See the full story in the Stanford Report.