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December 09, 2019
New research from BYU’s geological sciences department found that about 90 percent of dust in Utah’s Wasatch Front comes from the west desert, an area that was once covered by the prehistoric Lake Bonneville but that is now a dried lakebed.
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August 01, 2019
Researchers at BYU examined the sediment content of Utah Lake and its connection to toxic cyanobacteria
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October 08, 2018
The images showed three unusual brightenings over fields of dunes near the equator of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Captured by the Cassini spacecraft, the images provided a glimpse of an environmental phenomenon only otherwise seen on Earth and Mars: dust storms.
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May 30, 2018
An international team of scientists have discovered a series of dunes on Pluto — a finding that indicates the planet's surface is younger and more dynamic than previously thought.

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April 19, 2018
While at BYU, Hannah Bonner led the BYU Mars Rover science team, published a book with maps of prehistoric Utah, studied landslide risks near the Three Gorges Dam in China and researched toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake.

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April 12, 2017
Meet Utah’s newly discovered dinosaur,  Moabosaurus utahensis, whose past offers insights into the state’s ancient history.

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March 28, 2016
Jani Radebaugh discovered a mountain nearly as tall as Mt. Timpanogos on Saturn's largest moon, adding to a string of recent discoveries that show Titan is the most earth-like object in the solar system. 

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July 29, 2013
New research describes a fast-moving sand dune in Tunisia that is spilling onto the streets of the Star Wars set used to portray Anakin Skywalker’s childhood home.

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December 18, 2012
Someday, Oahu’s Koolau and Waianae mountains will be reduced to nothing more than a flat, low-lying island like Midway.

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November 14, 2012
Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come.

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March 04, 2012
BYU student Jessica Williams spent Christmas morning alone in a tent pitched in the depths of Antarctica, waiting out a four-day snowstorm by re-reading the Harry Potter series.

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August 22, 2010
If you had a dinner invitation in Utah’s Escalante Valley almost 10,000 years ago, you would have come just in time to try a new menu item: mush cooked from the flour of milled sage brush seeds.

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June 01, 2010
A new Brigham Young University study indicates that water arriving at Ash Meadows in Death Valley is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site.

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February 22, 2010
A team of paleontologists has discovered a new dinosaur species they’re calling Abydosaurus, which belongs to the group of gigantic, long-necked, long-tailed, four-legged, plant-eating dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus.

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April 07, 2009
Parents looking to occupy their children during spring break with an educational excursion can tap the wealth of destinations detailed in a new edition of a guide to Utah’s diverse rock formations – some of which are practically in their own backyards.

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January 16, 2006
Brigham Young University’s Department of Geology recently received a software grant worth more than $1 million from Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc.

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August 01, 2005
High prices at the pump this summer have Utahns thinking more about gasoline than they might otherwise like. But for a group of Brigham Young University geology students, the chance to ponder the particulars of petroleum was one they couldn’t pass up.

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December 21, 2004
While the North Pole may be the center of action each Christmas, one Brigham Young University student is spending the holidays near the South Pole, as far away from Santa as he could possibly be. John Chaston, a senior from Somersworth, N.H., majoring in microbiology, left December 18 for an Antarctic research station and is spending the holidays as part of a team studying the unique environment and gathering ecological data.

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