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18 posts categorized "Fundamental Geosciences"


Wang, Tokunaga Win ACS Editors' Choice Award

ESD scientists Shibo Wang and Tetsu Tokunaga recently won an American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors' Choice Award for their paper on supercritical CO2-brine capillary pressure-saturation relations in limestone sands.


Enhancing Seismic Safety of Nuclear Facilities

Berkeley Lab, U.C. Davis, and the U.N. Reno will collaborate to develop advanced computational tools for modeling and simulating the earthquake response of nuclear facilities, including the effects of soil-structure-interaction.


Clay Barriers Restrict Ionic Transport

Carl Steefel and Ian Bourg (and others) proved, for the first time, that anions can be completely excluded from the smallest pores within a compacted illitic clay material, indicating the effectiveness of clay-based barriers for waste containment.


High Performance Computing Meets Mesoscale Science

The convergence of world-class microscopic characterization and computational resources has made it possible to address subsurface geological carbon sequestration using a new generation of pore-scale flow and reactive transport models.


Steefel a Key Developer of Complex Flow Code

ESD’s Carl Steefel was one of the key developers of Chombo-Crunch, a reactive flow code that could enhance efforts toward carbon sequestration and greater safety in the oil and gas industry.


MnO2 Nanosheets Need Only Water, Sunlight To React

A team of scientists (including ESD Geochemistry Department Head Ben Gilbert) recently investigated the photoreduction of manganese (a key element in environmental processes) and quantified the yield and timescales of Mn(III) production.


TOUGH Symposium 2015—9/28-9/30

ESD is once again pleased to host the TOUGH Symposium—this year specifically “TOUGH Symposium 2015”—taking place this fall, September 28-30, at Berkeley Lab


New Level of Earthquake Understanding

Berkeley Lab is reporting the successful study of stress fields along the San Andreas fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-triggering stresses originate.

Why Do Geysers Erupt? Plumbing!

A scientific team led by ESD’s Michael Manga has gained striking new insights into the basic mechanics of geysers by placing surveillance cameras inside them and building a model of their plumbing.


Ben Gilbert New Fundamental Geosciences Program Lead

Ben Gilbert will assume the position of Program Lead for ESD’s Fundamental Geosciences Program, an appointment that Ernie Majer has held since 1994.