Historical data confirms recent increase in West Texas earthquakes

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Historical data confirms recent increase in West Texas earthquakes

A new analysis of historical seismic data conducted by The University of Texas at Austin, SMU and other academies has found that earthquake activity in West Texas around Pecos has increased dramatically since 2009. The study, published Nov. 4, 2019, in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, is important because it leverages old, unmined [...]

2019-11-12T13:42:11-06:00 November 4, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

Researchers unveil new volcanic eruption forecasting technique

Volcanic eruptions and their ash clouds pose a significant hazard to population centers and air travel, especially those that show few to no signs of unrest beforehand. Geologists are now using a technique traditionally used in weather and climate forecasting to develop new eruption forecasting models. By testing if the models are able to capture [...]

2019-10-16T09:27:14-06:00 September 12, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Feature, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

People transformed the world through land use by 3,000 years ago

Study sheds light on how the way our ancestors fed themselves changed our ecosystem DALLAS (SMU) – Humans started making an impact on the global ecosystem through intensive farming much earlier than previously estimated, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Evidence of the earliest domesticated plants and animals dates back to [...]

2019-09-23T15:13:41-06:00 August 29, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Plants & Animals, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

New map outlines seismic faults across DFW region

Study by SMU, UT Austin and Stanford scientists rates faults for potential earthquakes; Faults under DFW urban area viewed as lower quake hazard   DALLAS (SMU) – Scientists from SMU, The University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University found that the majority of faults underlying the Fort Worth Basin are as sensitive to forces [...]

2019-09-27T10:32:00-06:00 July 23, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Energy & Matter, Feature, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

SMU’s catalog of North Texas earthquakes confirms continuing effects of wastewater disposal

A comprehensive catalog of earthquake sequences in Texas’s Fort Worth Basin, from 2008 to 2018, provides a closer look at how wastewater disposal from oil and gas exploration has changed the seismic landscape in the basin. In their report published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Louis Quinones and Heather DeShon of [...]

2019-07-16T21:18:03-06:00 June 12, 2019|Categories: Earth & Climate, Researcher news, SMU In The News|

New Smithsonian Exhibit Reflects the Passion of SMU Professor and an Army of Student Fossil Hounds

Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas opens Nov. 9 at National Museum of Natural History DALLAS (SMU October 15, 2018) – Once the exhibit opens, “Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas” will allow visitors to visually dive into the cool waters off the coast of West Africa as they existed millions [...]

Native Bison Hunters Amplified Climate Impacts on North American Prairie Fires

Study shows hunter-gatherers used active burning to improve grazing, drive bison, long before arrival of Columbus Blackfeet Burning Crow Buffalo Range, painting by Charles Marion Russell, 1905. DALLAS (SMU) – Native American communities actively managed North American prairies for centuries before Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World, according to a new study [...]

2018-07-25T14:30:05-06:00 July 24, 2018|Categories: Earth & Climate, Researcher news, SMU In The News, Subfeature|

Ancient “Sea Monsters” Reveal How the Ever-Changing Planet Shapes Life, Past and Present

Never-Before-Seen Fossils From Angola Bring a Strange Yet Familiar Ocean Into View The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibition Nov. 9, 2018 revealing how millions of years ago, large-scale natural forces created the conditions for real-life sea monsters to thrive in the South Atlantic Ocean basin shortly after it formed. [...]

SMU physicist and her students join national laboratories, other universities in high-stakes hunt for elusive dark matter

SMU physicist Jodi Cooley is a member of the international scientific team that will use a powerful new tool to understand one of the biggest mysteries of modern physics.

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