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January 29, 2015

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11:39 AM | Oakham, Rutland Earthquake 28/01/15 Recorded at Keele, UK.
A moderate (for the UK) M3.8 earthquake occurred last night near Oakham in Rutland, England. The recording above made at the University of Keele on our 6TD seismometer shows the three-components of ground motion (up-down; north-south; east-west) and nicely shows the arrival of P-waves and S-waves. Our record from our SEP-1 school’s seismometer is not [...]
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8:04 AM | The Pakyong Airport landslide issue in India
In Northern India, landsliding is occurring upslope of the Pakyong airport construction site, which has used extensive slope cutting during construction
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4:24 AM | January Woolly Bear Catepillar
Washington State is enjoying San Diego-like weather. This has been particularly true above the lowlands where cold air tends to settle. On Monday, Bob and I investigated a debris flow which entailed making our way up a steep drainage to a ridge summit at 2,800 feet. It was a very steep climb.  During a short break we found ourselves in a small cloud of mosquitos at 2,000 feet. Just below the summit ridge we came across this woolly bear caterpillar.  Bob noted […]
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2:12 AM | The Sierra Beyond Yosemite: A Stunning Impenetrable Wall of Solid Rock
Mount Whitney from the Alabama Hills in the Owens ValleyImpenetrable. The imaginary mountain barrier surrounding Mordor in the Lord of the Rings has nothing on this real-life wall of solid granite. For more than one hundred miles, from Mono Lake south to Owens Lake and beyond, there is a 10,000+ foot high crest that divides California from the rest of the country, which stops almost all precipitation from Pacific storms, and which denied immigrants an easy path to the gold-fields of the Mother […]
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1:10 AM | More pillow basalt at Rodeo Cove
I promised photos of the second part of my trip to see pillow basalts at the Marin Headlands, and here we are, just as the fog was lifting in the early afternoon. After exploring the Point Bonita lighthouse and its vicinity, we decided to hike down through the abundant succulents (Carpobrotus edulis, if I've got it right) to Rodeo Cove and its beach.
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1:01 AM | Wednesday’s Whimsy
I stayed home sick today. I’m still sick. I hope that I’m un-sick tomorrow. This sick business stinks. In the meantime, I laid around a lot, and fiddled on Twitter (and Facebook, too). This tweet caught my eye: Wow. I … Continue reading →
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12:58 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #5A
As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes Climate and population are linked — but maybe not the way you thought Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms Climate change will hit Australia harder than rest of world, study shows Global warming spells disaster for tropical Andes glaciers Greenland’s melting ice sheet mapped in unprecedented 3D […]
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12:53 AM | Geo 1095: January 28, Day 758: Off to Oregon Caves!
I never did get around to writing a "reflections" post for this past year, but one item that was on my mind was that, while doing chronologically ordered photos from a single trip (or multiple trips to the same spot) makes it much easier to make each day's choice, it also makes for a certain monotony on my end, and, I worry, also on the reader's end. With that in mind, I'm breaking off from Silver Falls State Park, and skipping off to a rather unusual type of geology in Oregon: carbonate rocks. […]

January 28, 2015

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11:30 PM | Commercial Crew Rivalries: Fun to Watch, Everybody Wins
Now that Boeing and SpaceX have won the high-profile privilege of carrying astronauts to the ISS, they must start making public appearances as reluctant equals.
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9:12 PM | Ein Haus wird von einem Erdrutsch zerstört (Video)
Videos von Erdrutschen hatte ich hier ja schon ein paar mal vorgestellt. Bewegte Bilder helfen dabei, die Abläufe und Entwicklungen besser zu verstehen. Besonders interessant wird es, wenn menschengemachte Strukturen in das geschehen einbezogen sind. Wir verhalten sich Häuser, die in einen Erdrutsch geraten? Ich mag mich täuschen, aber die Zerstörung von Gebäuden in einem Erdrutsch dürfte wohl ein nur sehr wenig verstandener Vorgang sein. daher dürfte dieses […]
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8:52 PM | Childcare at LPSC – what solutions have you found/heard of?
HI All There is no formal childcare program sponsored by LPSC for liability reasons.  However, there are quite a few people who are in need of such services :).  What solutions have you used or heard of from past conferences?   Note there will be a mother’s room available at the conference starting Sunday – […]
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7:00 PM | Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth
Thunderstorms allow ozone, a potent greenhouse gas, to trickle down from the stratosphere, new research finds. And severe storms are likely to increase as the planet warms.
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6:00 PM | What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ‘Bust?’
Why the nor'easter forecast was off for New York and what we can learn from that for the future.
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3:46 PM | Writing cross-county with the Amtrak Residency Program
Taking a train ride soon? No matter your destination, Amtrak is encouraging people to get their creative writing juices flowing and... well, write while on the train!
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3:46 PM | Writing cross-country with the Amtrak Residency Program
Taking a train ride soon? No matter your destination, Amtrak is encouraging people to get their creative writing juices flowing and... well, write while on the train!
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2:20 PM | Arctic sea-ice decline erratic as expected
Imagine a ball bouncing down a bumpy hill. Gravity will ensure that the ball will head downwards. But, if the ball hits a bump at a certain angle it might move horizontally or even upwards for a time, before resuming its inevitable downward trajectory. This bouncing ball is an analogy for the behaviour of Arctic … Continue reading Arctic sea-ice decline erratic as expected →
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1:29 PM | Tschüss JR!
In ein paar Stunden gehen wir in Singapur von Bord, dann ist unser großes Abenteuer auf der JOIDES resolution beendet. Wir möchten allen Wissenschaftlern, Technikern, der Schiffscrew und dem Catering für sechzig wunderbare, schöne und aufregende Tage danken! Dank allen, die uns auf Facebook, Twitter und Instagram gefolgt sind. read more
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1:20 PM | Goodbye JR!
In a few hours we will leave the JOIDES resolution in Singapore. This will be the end of a great adventure! Thanks to all scientists, technicians, crew and catering for beautiful, intense and exciting 60 days on the Indian Ocean. Thanks to all of you who followed us on facebook, twitter and instagram. read more
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12:00 PM | EGU Photo Contest 2015
If you are pre-registered for the 2015 General Assembly (Vienna, 12 – 17 April), you can take part in our annual photo competition! Winners receive a free registration to next year’s General Assembly! The sixth annual EGU photo competition opens on 1 February. Up until 1 March, every participant pre-registered for the General Assembly can submit up three original photos and one moving image on any broad theme related to the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. […]
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8:28 AM | Full STEAM Ahead......
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8:00 AM | Effective International Engagement (1) – Introduction
Many geologists will have to, and indeed want to, work overseas at some point in their careers. The global opportunities offered by research and working within the geosciences is a big attraction when deciding to study geology and join the profession. In many cases working internationally will often mean partnering with host-country agencies and industries (e.g., universities, geological surveys, water ministry, volcano observatories, mining companies). […]
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7:55 AM | An Offensive Strategy for Dealing With Creationist Attacks on Science
I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading about the failures of young earth creationist attempts at doing geology. Many people have come before me, tearing this nonsense down bit-by-bit.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:33 AM | Sam Crawford to Leave Whatcom County Council
I saved this picture from a post Sam Crawford put up a bit over a year ago. It captures what being on the Whatcom County Council could be like. This particular meeting had a big turn out for folks on an issue that was not on the Council agenda. The picture also captures the scale of work that was on the agenda with the thick Council packet in the foreground. Whatcom County has the only part-time legislative county government in the State. The part time nature of the work presents some […]
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6:35 AM | Climate researcher Bart Strengers wins wager with climate sceptic Hans Labohm
This is a re-post from My View on Climate Change Guest post by Bart Strengers. Originally appeared as a news item on the PBL website. Late 2009, in the run-up to the international climate conference in Copenhagen, PBL climate researcher Bart Strengers had an online discussion with climate sceptic Hans Labohm on the website of the Dutch news station NOS (in Dutch). This discussion, which was later also published as a PBL report, ended in a wager. Strengers wagered that the mean global […]
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4:12 AM | Predicting the Weather is Tricky Work
This is a guest post by long-time Raleigh North Carolina Meteorologist (and friend) Greg Fishel of WRAL-TV During Tuesday’s 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. news, I talked about ensembles, how they outperformed the deterministic models for New York City last night and that they appear to be performing better for the local area with regard to a storm arriving on Sunday. First, what are ensembles and why are they so …
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12:26 AM | Ceres: Just a little bit closer (and officially better than Hubble)
Last week's Dawn images of Ceres were just slightly less detailed than Hubble's best. This week's are just slightly better.

January 27, 2015

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11:35 PM | Geo 1095: January 27, Day 757: A Bit Closer
This photo is a little bit closer to the cliff than yesterday's shot of Winter Falls, and the ovoid forms look a little bit more pillow-like, but there's still just too much moss and other vegetation for me to be very confident about identifying them. It's more like "suspicious." During the Miocene, when these basalt flows erupted, there was definitely still a marine inlet in the Willamette Valley, though my sense is that sediment deposition wasn't as heavy as during the Oligocene, so pillows […]
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11:23 PM | Making Snowfall Forecasts More Accuarate
We are at the cusp of some amazing technology that will hopefully make forecasting snowstorms, like the one predicted yesterday, much more accurate. I was on a local program produced by the TV station I work for (WBOC-TV) last week, and I showed a couple of smart phone apps that may eventually make a real difference in forecasting. Making better forecasts requires higher resolution models and that means more data …
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10:41 PM | Small Spaced Garden Tips And Ideas
Insufficient room doesn’t imply you can't benefit from the backyard or even the actual view associated with greenery. You will find a large number of methods to produce a small-spaced backyard for the house. To begin the backyard estimation just how much room you've. Can there be sufficient room for any path towards the doorway along with blossom bedrooms close to? Or even could it be only a windowsill? Blossom bedrooms could be grown within the box-like planters or even additional […]
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10:05 PM | Der Vetlesen Preis 2015 geht an Stephen Sparks
Der Vetlesen Preis 2015, quasi das Pendant der Geowissenschaften zu den Nobelpreisen, geht an den Vulkanologen Stephen Sparks von der Universität Bristol. Jedes Jahr im Herbst wird in vielen Medien und Blogs spekuliert, wer die aktuellen Nobelpreise gewinnen könnte. Und nach der Bekanntgabe werden viele Artikel dann viele Beiträge über die preiswürdigen wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse und ihre Wissenschaftler verfasst. Vermutlich wird man mir gerne zustimmen, dass ein […]
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