Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 71, Issue 8, pp 3787–3791 | Cite as

Neutrino geoscience, news in brief

  • William F. McDonough
  • Ondřej Šrámek
International View Point and News

This issue’s “News in Brief” article takes a look at recent emerging research in neutrino geoscience. Geochemist William F. McDonough and geophysicist Ondřej Šrámek from the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland provide considerable insight into the research work and advancements on Earth’s heat budget and interior using geoneutrino measurements and models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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