Using beach ball–like detectors, researchers set out to determine how sediments, which could contain toxic contaminants, travel through submarine canyons to greater depths.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook, which predicts a warm and wet winter in California but not enough rain to eliminate the state's pernicious drought.
The rise in global temperatures has amplified naturally occurring drought conditions in California and has increased the chance of severe droughts in the future.
Since the mid-20th century, increased urbanization along the southern California coast has raised nighttime temperatures, resulting in less morning fog and cloud cover.
Soil moisture estimates, inferred from thousands of tree rings spanning the past 12 centuries, highlight the severity of the recent record-breaking drought.
Since 2011, California’s water supply has lost 4 trillion gallons per year and the Sierra Nevada snowpack has hit record lows.
Scientists create models to help them figure out how the slope of a river can record ancient tectonic activity.
Rockfalls from steep cliffs pose great hazards to the millions who visit Yosemite Valley each year. Armed with new studies, the National Park Service recently took steps to enhance visitors’ safety.