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Unlocking the mystery of methane clathrates — on Earth and on our solar system’s icy moons

Structure of a methane clathrate block found embedded in sediment in the subduction zone off Oregon’s coast. A German research ship found this hydrate roughly 4,000 feet below the ocean’s surface in the top layer of the ocean floor. (Photo Courtesy: Wusel007 via Wikimedia Commons)

Trillions of cubic feet of natural gas are thought to lie in cold storage within Earth’s permafrost and under its oceans. That gas, however, is trapped within cage-like chemical structures called methane clathrates. Scientists are very interested in these structures, because they may have cousins hidden under the surface of the icy moons in the outer solar system.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Environmental cleanup technology for the space program earns NASA’s Quinn a spot in Inventors Hall of Fame

Jacqueline Quinn, an environmental engineer with NASA and a 1989 graduate of Georgia Tech, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May. (Photo Courtesy of Jacqueline Quinn)

The National Inventors Hall of Fame will add Georgia Tech civil engineer Jacqueline Quinn to its list of “the greatest innovators” in our country in May.

Monday, February 19, 2018

NASA fellowship supports Di Vittorio’s work using satellites to improve water management

Courtney Di Vittorio, left, with her Ph.D. adviser, Aris Georgakakos and some of the data she's using for her research. Di Vittorio's work to incorporate satellite data into hydrologic models so decision-makers can improve water management plans has won her a 2017 Earth and Space Science Fellowship from NASA. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Ph.D. student Courtney Di Vittorio has won support from NASA for her work using satellite data to better manage water resources. The fourth-year civil engineering grad student learned this month she is one of the space agency’s 2017 Earth and Space Science Fellows.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dialynas wins NASA support for his work on soil erosion and atmospheric carbon dioxide

Ph.D. student Yannis Dialynas

Ph.D. student Yannis Dialynas has won an Earth and Space Science Fellowship from NASA to support his studies.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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