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16.05.2015

Pockmarks on the lake bed

Seegundkrater

An unusual and unexpected discovery: on the floor of Lake Neuchâtel, geologists have happened upon huge underwater craters – some of the largest in the world to be found in lakes. They are not volcanic in origin, but were caused instead by giant freshwater springs. Read more 

04.05.2015

Supercycles in subduction zones

Earth Quakes

When tectonic plates collide, they produce earthquakes like the recent one in Nepal. Researchers at ETH Zurich are providing new ways to explain how and why superquakes occur in zones where one plate moves under another, such as off the coast of Japan. Read more 

02.05.2015

ETH earth sciences best in the world

Aetna-Eruption

ETH Zurich's earth scientists performed especially well in the QS Rankings by Subject, achieving the top ranking among all universities worldwide. ETH's environmental sciences faculty also rank among the best in the world. Read more 

22.04.2015

The creation of Shangri-La

First bend of Yangtze river. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Geoscientists are using a new simulation to condense a period lasting millions of years to explain the formation of the high-lying valleys in the south-eastern end of the Tibetan Plateau: the true Shangri-La. In doing so, they are turning previous ideas on their head. Read more 

30.03.2015

Climate change does not cause extreme winters

cold spell boston

Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability. Read more 

Department News

21.05.2015

ETH Medals - Distinction of Doctoral Thesis

The Department of Earth Sciences congratulates Jonas Ruh and Zacharias Stelzer. Read more 

02.02.2015

New Professorship in Geothermal Energy

Prof. Martin O. Saar

Welcome Martin Saar, Professor of Geothermal Energy and Geofluids! Read more 

03.06.2014

Workshop discussion: distant worlds - strange climates

"Studying the climate of other planets sharpens our view on the Earth's climate system on our own planet" says Prof. Tapio Schneider, on a virtual journey through our solar system, during a workshop discussion. Read more 

14.02.2013

Johan Robertsson: From industry back to academia

Prof. Johan Robertsson

Johan Robertsson has been working at the Department of Earth Sciences for the past year. In this interview he talks about his experiences in this first year and about his future plans. Read more 

 
 
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