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Featuring articles on the interactions between plants and rocks, Thwaites glacier retreat, and magmatism on an asteroid as well as a column on the GeoBioMed approach to understanding kidney stones. 


  • Image shows the boulder-strewn surface of the asteroid Bennu, as imaged by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

    Recent missions to the asteroids Ryugu and Bennu have revealed that the surfaces of asteroids can be actively shaped by a variety of geological processes. This Collection assembles recent results from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to Bennu and research from across Nature Portfolio that provides insights into the properties, processes, and evolution of asteroid surfaces.

  • An aerial view of patchwork farmland encroaching on lush green forests and cut through by a tarmacked road.

    Land-cover change can have profound impacts on the Earth system. Unsustainable land use, driven by urban and agricultural expansion, not only causes important impacts on climate but also leads to ecosystem and environmental degradation. Here, we bring together a collection of articles published in Nature Portfolio journals on the trends and impacts of land-use change.

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    • Seismometers on the NASA InSight lander have identified unusual signals from meteoroid impacts on Mars. Impact locations were confirmed by satellite images of new craters at these sites and directly constrain the martian interior, confirming its crustal structure and ground-truthing the scaling of impact-induced seismicity.

      Research Briefing
    • Bedrock composition can play a critical role in determining the structure and water demand of forests, influencing their vulnerability to drought. The properties of bedrock can help explain within-region patterns of tree mortality in the 2011–2017 California drought.

      • Christina Tague
      News & Views
    • Modelling of the effect of reservoirs on the climate through time (1900 to 2060) revealed that although carbon emissions peaked in 1987, reservoir-induced radiative forcing will continue to rise for the next decades. Over time, reservoir emissions are shifting from carbon dioxide to methane-dominated pathways, on which knowledge is largely lacking.

      Research Briefing
    • Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is losing mass and has the potential to cause substantial sea level rise. New seabed imagery indicates that the glacier previously retreated at double its current rate, implying that mass loss could accelerate in the near future.

      • Andrew Mackintosh
      News & Views
  • Bruce Fouke explores the biomineralization of calcium oxalate and apatite kidney stones and the opportunities that lie at the intersection of geology, biology and medicine; a transdisciplinary effort traced back some 350 years.

    • Bruce W. Fouke
    All Minerals Considered
  • The rise and evolution of land plants fundamentally changed how rocks weathered, altering the biogeochemical and geomorphological processes of Earth with ongoing consequences for plants today.

  • A new ethics framework urges researchers to promote greater equity in global collaborations.

  • The Research Briefing is a new format for communicating research papers to our readers.

  • Rocket emissions and debris from spacecraft falling out of orbit are having increasingly detrimental effects on global atmospheric chemistry. Improved monitoring and regulation are urgently needed to create an environmentally sustainable space industry.

    • Jamie D. Shutler
    • Xiaoyu Yan
    • Hitoshi Nasu
  • A limited number of earthquakes and volcanoes, primarily located in global north countries, dominate the collective research output on these geohazards. Efforts to improve monitoring at both local and global levels can address this disparity and reduce the associated risk.

Image of iceberg in Antarctica

Influences on Antarctic Ice

The floating ice shelves around Antarctica are vulnerable to warming of the atmosphere as well as the ocean. Because they already float on the ocean, sea level is not directly affected if they are lost. Nevertheless, sea level can rise when they no longer hold back land-based ice on its journey to the ocean, and the ocean circulation is altered when large amounts of hitherto frozen freshwater melt. In this Collection we present articles that explore the mechanisms that determine where and when the Antarctic ice shelves may disintegrate.
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