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International News from Stanford University - 2013

News Item Rising mountains dried out Central Asia

The uplift of two mountain ranges in Central Asia beginning 30 million years ago expanded the Gobi Desert and set Central Asia on its path to extreme aridity, a Stanford study suggests.

News Item New source of arsenic threatens groundwater in Vietnam

"Dig deep" to avoid naturally occurring arsenic contamination has been promoted as an answer to obtaining safe water in South Asia, which has experienced mass poisoning. But arsenic has been found in numerous deep wells drilled in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. Stanford Earth scientists suggest that the contamination occurs as arsenic is squeezed from ancient clay sediments surrounding the wells.

News Item Global Warming and Extreme Weather Events

A team of leading U.S. climate scientists including Stanford’s Noah Diffenbaugh evaluated the likelihood of extreme events from heat waves and droughts to tornadoes and cyclones.

April 8, 2013