The “Gole della Breggia” Geopark : A jewel nested in the heart of the Southern Alps

The Breggia River, in southern Switzeland.

In southern Ticino (Switzerland), within the erosive cut of the Breggia river, a 1.5 km-long strecth at the very end of the Valle di Muggio (Muggio Valley) preserves one of the most stunning stratigraphic series in the Southern Alps. Continue reading The “Gole della Breggia” Geopark : A jewel nested in the heart of the Southern Alps

New study sheds light into ocean formation

Image courtesy NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washingto
Image courtesy NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washington

A team of US scientists recently found evidence of a huge volume of water, about three time as much as that in Earth’s oceans, hidden deep down beneath the surface. Continue reading New study sheds light into ocean formation

Why are female hurricanes deadlier?

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Image by the NASA GSFC GOES Project.

Would Hurricane Alexandra be deadlier than Hurricane Alexander? A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) investigates environmental risk perception, which, as social scientists know very well, can be influenced by psychological and cultural factors that sometimes have little or nothing to do with scientific reality. Continue reading Why are female hurricanes deadlier?