Earth Observatory Blog

Submitted on 10 Nov 2017 by:

Call her a nerd, but earthquake scientist Judith Hubbard loves geology, and she is not afraid to admit it.

Geology is all around us, evident to those who care to look, like structural geologist and self-proclaimed nerd, Judith Hubbard.

As a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), the tectonics researcher has covered almost every surface of her office with work.

Both sides of her office door are plastered, top to bottom, with expedition photos, while graphs and metre-long topographical maps of Nepal and Singapore stretch across her walls. A slew of geology books and stacks of paper threaten to engulf her entire desk.

“Well, they say an empty desk is a sign of an empty mind,” says the 33-year-old, who is also an Assistant...

Submitted on 02 Nov 2017 by:

In 2010, Assistant Professor Wang Xianfeng and his Brazilian colleague were in a cave deep in the Amazon jungle, wading through waist-deep water in almost complete darkness. The only sources of light came from the head torches mounted on their foreheads.

They were collecting rock samples from caves to study climate changes in the Amazon during the last ice age 21,000 years ago.

Asst. Prof Wang was leading the way, when his colleague spotted something up ahead and told him to stop.

“I was laughing. I thought he was kidding with me as that’s what we often do to boost morale on field trips,” Asst. Prof Wang said. He waded on. “But my colleague told me to stop again, and this time I could sense he was serious. I immediately stopped and asked him what had...