Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences News

Red Orbit: The Dinosaurs of Jurassic World

Fans of the Jurassic Park movies are counting down the days until the June 12 release of the latest dinosaur flick, Jurassic World. UT Professor Stephanie Drumheller-Horton, a vertebrate paleontologist based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is writing a seven-part series for online publication Red Orbit highlighting the dinosaurs featured in the new movie. Part

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Faculty Member Continues Research Project with New Jersey Youth

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UT faculty member Andrew Steen will travel to Pennsylvania this month to continue a research project that allows inner-city New Jersey teens to experience hands-on science. This is the third year of the project, which started when Steen learned from a friend—Patrick Murray, a teacher at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, New Jersey—about

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Inside HPC Podcast: Supercomputing the Impact of Deepwater Horizon

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The UT National Institute for Computational Sciences’s XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Service program is powering research on the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, according to Inside HPC. In a podcast, the media outlet discusses the research lead by Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Annette Engel. Her team’s work has

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Professor Researches Rare Rock with 30,000 Diamonds

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Diamonds are beautiful and enigmatic. Though chemical reactions that create the highly coveted sparkles still remain a mystery, a professor at UT is studying a rare rock covered in diamonds that may hold clues to the gem’s origins.

Strange Rock from Russia Contains 30,000 Diamonds

LiveScience and the Knoxville News Sentinel featured findings by Earth and Planetary Science Professor Larry Taylor. Taylor studied a rock that contained 30,000 tiny diamonds and shades of red and green. According to Taylor, the astonishing amount of diamonds, and the rock’s unusual Christmas coloring, will provide important clues to Earth’s geologic history as well

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How to Recreate Alien Wind Patterns on Earth

Several media outlets including the LA Times and Motherboard featured the work of Earth and Planetary Sciences Associate Professor Devon Burr and her colleagues. Research led by Burr solves a puzzle on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. It shows that winds on Titan must blow faster than previously thought to move sand. The discovery may explain

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