As winds pick up dirt and sand, they also pick up any microbes adhering to those particles, potentially introducing them to new locations.
After oil and tar washed up on eastern Mediterranean beaches in 2021, scientists devised a way to trace the pollution back to its sources using satellite imagery and mathematics.
Without water, photosynthesis shuts down. To survive dry spells, desert microbes scavenge traces of hydrogen from the air and burn it for energy. Some even use hydrogen to fuel carbon fixation.
Items burned in the sacking of ancient cities are time capsules of geomagnetic data.
Research into past seismic activity shows northeast Israel is still vulnerable to large quakes.
Researchers zero in on the large-scale meteorological processes driving extreme precipitation events in the hot, arid desert region.
Scientists study the impacts of sunlight and wind on evaporation at one of Earth’s most unusual lakes.