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The Gumshoe and the Great Dying

In South Africa’s Karoo, geology alumnus John Geissman is trying to crack a very cold case — the unsolved mystery of an ancient mass extinction.

Ocean acidification caused by high carbon dioxide levels dissolving the seafloor

The speed estimates for ocean-bottom currents came from a high-resolution ocean model developed in the lab of U-M physical oceanographer Brian Arbic by former postdoctoral fellow David Trossman, who is now a research associate at the University of Texas.

Seismometer Measures the Ground shaking When the Big House Celebrates

A portable seismometer was installed inside Michigan Stadium for the 2018 U-M football season as part of the Michigan Shake project devised by geologist Ben van der Pluijm. The seismometer measures the ground shaking that occurs when the Big House crowd celebrates U-M touchdowns and other big plays. 

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