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Constructive & Destructive Landforms at Mount Rainier National Park

One common frame used to introduce landforms in introductory Geology courses is the idea of constructive and destructive forces that create and change them. (See, for example some K-12 resources here and here.) Constructive processes like the the deposition of sediment and … Continue reading
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Lots of Rain v. Many Rainy Days

The other day while on the phone with my sister, she complained about how bad the weather was. “It’s rained like every day since April 1st” was the statement. That was an exaggeration, so she then modified that statement to … Continue reading
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Sometimes a Cold Snap is Just a Cold Snap

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, The College Wooster closed due to cold. This cold snap was felt across much of the central and eastern USA. The message Wooster staff and faculty received included this statement: “The National Weather Service is … Continue reading
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The Everglades Are All About Geology

If you’ve ever been to the Everglades or even heard of them, you probably are picturing something like this: Or maybe this: In other words, Everglades National Park exists because it is “important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species” … Continue reading
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New Impact Crater Discovered Under Greenland

If you’re plugged into science news outlets, you’ve likely seen stories about a very large crater that has been detected underneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland (e.g., at Science News).  Here’s the link to the peer-reviewed article in Science Advances, by … Continue reading
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Wooster Records its Third Wettest Year on Record

If you live in Ohio and have felt wet and miserable the past year, you now have vindication. Based on the long-term record from the OARDC weather station, Wooster has just completed it’s third wettest year on record (i.e., since … Continue reading
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Using Snow to Predict Sea Ice

One of my active areas of research is trying to find physical links in the Arctic climate system that may help us better predict when seasonal sea ice cover will disappear each summer. Good sea ice predictions are important because … Continue reading
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Can Heat Flow in Ocean Models Predict Seasonal Arctic Sea Ice Retreat?

Note: The following blog post is by Ben Sershen (’19), who worked with Dr. Crawford on a summer research project. Intro: My summer research work aimed to further my Junior I.S. in the fields of oceanography and climatology. My research … Continue reading
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Summer Research at Wooster: Rain-on-Snow in Alaska

The following post is courtesy of Anna Cooke (’20), who worked with Dr. Alex Crawford through Wooster’s Sophomore Research Program this summer In the heat of Ohio’s summer, it’s been a small bit of relief to turn my attention to … Continue reading
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Wooster Geologists on Helvellyn

During the last two weeks of May, Dr. Alley and were in the UK.  Part of the experience involved complaining about the inadequate width of UK roads, but there was also some undeniably beautiful geology.  One such location was Helvellyn, … Continue reading
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