Geology in the News

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A study on Antarctic ice loss — co-authored by UB geologists — ranked No. 26 on Altmetric’s list of the 100 most-mentioned scholarly articles of 2018. The paper, “Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017,” was published in Nature in June 2018 by an international consortium of researchers known as the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE).
UB College of Arts and Sciences researchers are brewing their own lava in order to understand the reaction that happens when lava meets water.
For more than 15 years, UB geologist Margarete Jadamec has studied the Alaskan subduction zone, where two huge pieces of the Earth’s rigid outer layer — the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate — are converging. In this region, the Pacific Plate is being forced under the North American Plate.
In the morning, under a big Arctic sky, in a wild part of the world with no paved roads or electric lines, UB geologist Elizabeth Thomas would board a small pontoon and motor out onto a lake. Beside her, on a typical day, would be a team of three UB students: undergraduate Kayla Hollister, master’s student Megan Corcoran and PhD candidate Allison Cluett.

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