Geology Department

After a 38-year period of calm—the longest in its recorded history—Hawaii’s Mauna Loa has reawakened.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, began…

Communication is a two-way street; when one speaks, the other listens, and tries to interpret the sometimes subtle signals in the language.

But when you’re a geophysicist, and what you’re listening to are the not-so-subtle signals of one of the most active fault systems in the world –…

The play on words “geology rocks” is old and familiar to many people, but in the eyes of the Geological Society of America, WWU Geology Professor Liz Schermer also rocks. 

The society recently announced Schermer as a Society Fellow, which is a rare honor awarded to people who are…

Day two saw the expedition leave Quito to head north to explore the sights and sounds of the high Andean plateau surrounding the city of Otavalo.

In this region even the lowland valleys below the mountains sit at more than 8,000 feet above sea level, while volcanic peaks such as Cayambe…

WWU’s Honors College is exploring the slopes of volcanos, the depths of the waters around the Galápagos and everything in between during a study abroad program this summer to Ecuador. The course focus is split between two main areas: a humanities-focused look at the culture, history, and…

Twenty one students, four faculty members and two staff have set off for Ecuador for a study abroad program with WWU’s Honors College this summer in Ecuador. The course focus is split between two main areas: a Humanities-focused exploration of the culture, history, and literature of Ecuador led…

Devoting your life to something that is disappearing can be tough.

Portland State University professor Andrew Fountain has been researching the dwindling glaciers of the American West since the 1980s. He said for years, he studied their retreat dispassionately — as an interesting…

The Nooksack River is under enormous strain, as development brings its ecosystems to the brink of collapse and climate change chokes summer water supply by reducing the region’s annual snowpack.

Recent research shows there is another party that should very likely be held partially…

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars, and it has been quite a year of discovery. Western Today caught up with Associate Professor of Planetary Science Melissa Rice, who worked the Martian night shift to guide and monitor the rover during its first two…

Just a few weeks ago, a submarine volcano identifiable by two small uninhabitable islands in the Kingdom of Tonga began to erupt. Its outburst initially seemed innocuous, with ashen plumes and moderate explosions that few people living outside the archipelago noticed.

But in the past 24…

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