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The Earth viewed from space

Mathematical modelling sheds new light on how continents may have formed

Life is unique to our planet.

Or is it?

Central to this question is the emergence of plate tectonics, which transported oxygen and water from the Earth’s interior to the atmosphere and formed mountain highs and deep oceans,

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 13 September, 2019

Investigating thunderstorms to better predict when they might strike

Thunder claps, lightning bolts, wind and hail – all the opera of an ordinary thunderstorm – aren't entirely understood by climate scientists. As the planet warms, thunderstorms are expected to become more intense, but no one can

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 15 August, 2019
Close lookup of Mars

Space snacks – if there’s life on Mars, they’re likely to be eating cosmic dust

Mars is a barren and inhospitable place, however, scientists think there is a chance that simple lifeforms such as microbes may still exist on the planet. But if they are out there – what are they eating?

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 16 July, 2019
geological modelling software

UK petroleum engineering giant gifts Monash scientists access to over $2 million in geological modelling software

Monash geoscientists are set to benefit from a major donation of geological modelling software licences from the UK-based petroleum engineering and structural geology company Petroleum Experts (PetEx).

Science 27 May, 2019
El Niño record

New research produces 400-year El Niño record and reveals astonishing change

Australian scientists have developed an innovative method using cores drilled from coral to produce a world first 400-year long seasonal record of El Niño events, a record that some in the field had described as impossible to extract.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 7 May, 2019
El-Nino

New study reveals El Niño is part of an interconnected global web

We always knew that El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) had impacts around the globe, but now an international study involving Monash climate scientists suggests that global interactions also influence ENSO.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 1 March, 2019
This NW Argentian outcrop

Researchers shed new light on the pulse of plate tectonics

Monash researchers have shown for the first time that the melting of rocks within the Earth’s continental crust occurs in ‘pulses’.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 7 February, 2019
Heatwave

Melbourne and Adelaide night temperatures amplified by heatwaves, study finds

As if the daytime heatwave temperatures weren’t bad enough, Melbourne and Adelaide residents will also have to put up with nightly temperatures significantly higher than surrounding rural areas thanks to amplification caused by the

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 24 January, 2019
A matted layer of fossil Glossopteris leaves

The largest mass extinction of all time began with forest ecosystem collapse, study finds

World-first international research involving a Monash palaeontologist has provided new new insights into what caused the biotic crisis known as  the ‘Mother of all Mass-Extinctions’ or the ‘Great Dying’, in

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 23 January, 2019