This week from AGU 08-31-16


New study finds next faults to fail along California-Nevada border

A handful of faults lining the California-Nevada border may be near the point of rupture, according to a new study published in Tectonics, which assessed earthquakes in the region as far back as 1,400 years ago.

Wildfire smoke hacks clouds

Plumes of wildfire smoke envelop and alter clouds, potentially affecting local weather, according to new research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

The Demise of the Maya civilization: water shortage can destroy cultures

Mathematical models analyzing the interplay between society and hydrological effects offer new insight into the collapse of the Maya, according to a new study published in the journal Water Resources Research.

Research Spotlights How do gullies form on Mars?

New research in Geophysical Research Letters supports an important role for seasonal frost–not liquid water–in the formation of Martian gullies.

Incorporating 3-D cloud effects into weather and climate models

Researchers explain, in a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, how a new radiative scheme can be incorporated into global weather and climate models to better capture the effect of clouds on climate.

Tremors reveal the structure of deep glacial shafts

Seismic waves produced by free-falling meltwater could improve understanding of glacial drainage processes, according to new research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.


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