Category Archives: Earth Sciences

Emergency officials study Dallas-Fort Worth area’s growing quake risk

Dallas Morning News April 24, 2015 The U.S. Geological Survey reported Thursday that North Texas’ risk of damaging earthquakes has more than tripled since 2008, the year the region first began experiencing more frequent ground-shaking. The Dallas-Fort Worth area’s earthquake … Continue reading

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Matthew Hornbach and Heather DeShon, both associate professors of geophysics featured in KERA article on earthquake findings

Associated Press and KERA News Originally Posted: April 21, 2015 SMU Study Links Azle Earthquake Swarm To Natural Gas Drilling What’s causing the Azle earthquakes? SMU researchers say that wastewater injection and saltwater extraction from natural gas wells is the … Continue reading

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SMU-led seismology team reveals Azle findings

Combination of gas field fluid injection and removal is most likely cause of 2013-14 earthquakes An SMU-led seismology team finds that high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater (brine) extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause … Continue reading

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Louis Jacobs, Earth Sciences, why land animals moved to the seas

Smithsonian Magazine Originally Posted: April 16, 2015 Take a Deep Dive Into The Reasons Land Animals Moved to the Seas Synthesizing decades of discoveries, scientists have revealed links between changing environments and animal movements The movement of animals from the … Continue reading

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Brian Stump, Earth Sciences, key speaker at the 18th Honors Convocation

Outstanding achievement honored at SMU’s 2014-15 Awards Extravaganza, Honors Convocation. Dedman College faculty, staff and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2015 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 13. > Read … Continue reading

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Tim Brys Dinosaur Fossil Dates Back to 100 Million Years Ago

NewsMax Posted: April 10, 2015 Tim Brys and his son made a discovery of their lifetimes on a hill behind a Texas grocery store when they found a dinosaur fossil that paleontologists believe dates back 100 million years. Brys, who … Continue reading

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100 million year old dinosaur bones discovered in Mansfield, headed to SMU

NBC 5 Originally Posted: April 7, 2015 Dinosaur bones estimated to be 100 million years old recently discovered in Mansfield by a 4-year-old boy are now on their way to Southern Methodist University in Dallas for further study. The dinosaur … Continue reading

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Many in North Texas feel latest quake

Star Telegram Originally Posted: April 2, 2015   Three earthquakes rattled the Irving area Thursday, the second one with a magnitude of 3.3, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. It wasn’t the area’s strongest quake to date — that was a … Continue reading

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SMU Geothermal Lab is hosting 7th international energy conference and workshop

SMU Geothermal Lab is hosting Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields May 18-20, 2015 on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas. Over 200 individuals in field operations, project development, technology, finance, engineering and resource assessment from the … Continue reading

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Weatherford Geoscience Services Trailer at SMU

A geoscience services oil field trailer will be giving demonstrations at SMU on Thursday of what analyses are performed while a well is being drilled. Normally, the equipment is next to a well, but from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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