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September 02, 2014

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10:38 AM | Come on, AAAS. You can do better than this.
A couple of weeks ago, more than hundred scientists sent an open letter to the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) about their new open-access journal Science Advances, which is deficient in various ways — not least the absurdly inflated article-processing charge. Today I learn from email that there has finally been a […]
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6:32 AM | Northern Convergence: The Mystery Photo Explained
Thanks for all of your conjectures about yesterday's mystery photo! The Earth is such a fascinating place, and there are so many different kinds of strange patterns that have different origins. Let's review some of the guesses (and they were very good, by the way):a. Sinkholes and karst topographyb. Bison wallowsc. Ground squirrel or prairie dog workingsd. Periglacial patterned grounde. Dried marshes, evaporative processesf. Pithouses Take a look at the depressions from ground level. The rocks […]
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6:25 AM | Human Evolution - Out Of Africa, Assimilation, Multi-Regionalism
So much has happened in the field of human evolution in the last few years!Two end member theories have been popular for some time. The Out Of Africa theory says that modern humans originated in Africa around hundred thousand years ago and then spread all over the world replacing local populations of humans from older migrations. On the other hand the multiregional scenario said that modern humans did not originated exclusively in Africa. Rather modern humans evolved from local populations […]
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3:31 AM | Elinor Ostrom on mistrusting easy answers
The resource institutions that research has documented as working well in the field differ substantially in their detailed design but can usually be characterised as adaptive, multilevel governance systems related to complex, evolving resource systems. We need to overcome the tendency to recommend panaceas and encourage, instead, considerable experimentation at multiple levels to reduce the ...Continue reading ‘Elinor Ostrom on mistrusting easy answers’ »
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2:28 AM | Out of Stupid Comes Humor
Five weeks ago, I tore my finger wide open mostly because I was hot, hangry, and frustrated. Yeah, it was stupid. My finger is doing tons better now, so I don’t feel quite so obligated to keep telling the story. … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Dicranurus monstruosus Trilobite Fossil
Here is a picture of a Dicranurus monstruosus trilobite fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Devonian Period. Fossil was found in Alnif, Morocco. Image taken in June 2014.

September 01, 2014

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10:31 PM | Northern Convergence: Moving Pictures of the Canadian Wilderness, from Whistler to Lillooet
I PROMISE to reveal the origin of yesterday's mystery picture SOON! In the very next post, in fact, barring any major earthquakes in Northern California, or other major geologic distractions. It's just that I value continuity and order...I wrote about our journey up the Sea to the Sky Highway yesterday as well, and I complained mildly about the rainstorm and overcast conditions that prevented us from seeing the mountains of the Coast Belt. I was looking at my photographs, and from Whistler to […]
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10:19 PM | Geo 730: September 1, Day 609: Quartzville
This is, to me, the "iconic" Quartzville spot. The "Snowstorm" tunnel is supposed one of three, but I've never found the other two. Nor have I looked that hard. But sometime in the last ten years or so, they gated the entrance. If I wanted to, I'm pretty sure I could get through that gap. The warning sign on the wall behind the gate says something about hazardous materials, but unless some idiot was trying out mercury or cyanide extraction, I can't imagine what it would be. My personal […]
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10:00 PM | Meet the scientists…Who? Me?
By Kelly Just recently I was given a healthy reminder that some stereotypes are really hard to break. I am very open about the fact that I was always interested in science, however when I hit 16 I was more … Continue reading →
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7:23 PM | Update on Bárðarbunga volcano and eruption at 19:23 UTC
This is a short update on current status in Bárðarbunga volcano and the eruption. This information is going to get outdated quickly. Current status in Bárðarbunga volcano Earthquake activity remains reactively high at the moment. Strongest earthquakes today … Continue reading →
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7:09 PM | Just Let It Rest
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing Prompt – Do you find it more helpful to talk things out or to let things quietly rest? —— I admit it tend to fall silent when something is troubling me. … Continue reading →
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5:54 PM | A fissure near Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland, has erupted
Location of the fissure eruption at Bardarbungafrom www.bbc.com hereOn Sunday, a "curtain of fire" developed along a fissure near Bardarbunga, causing a brief alert and a banning of planes flying within 6,000 feet of the volcano. The eruption was described as "calm but continuous."A detailed chronology of the current activity is being maintained on Wiki. Seismic activity has been continuous, with lava erupting on August 29th in the Holuhraun lava field. The active fissure was about 600 m long, […]
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5:01 PM | ESA invites amateurs to produce portraits of comet 67P
After a pause of about a week in daily image releases from Rosetta, ESA has begun sharing four-image sets of photos of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and invited the public to help produce pretty pictures from them.
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2:00 PM | 50 Years of the Wilderness Act: Photos
Created in 1964, the National Wilderness system now covers about 5 percent of the United States. See National Geographic photographer Michael Melford's photos of current and proposed National Wilderness areas.
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1:13 PM | Keystone XL: Oil Markets and Emissions
Estimates of the incremental emission effects of individual oil sands projects like the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline are sensitive to assumptions about the response of world markets and alternative transportation options. A recent Nature Climate Change paper by Erickson and Lazarus concludes that KXL may produce incremental emissions of 0-110 million tonnes of CO2 per year, but the article has provoked some controversy. Comments by industry leaders and the recent shelving of a new bitumen […]
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1:10 PM | Field work on the Grinnell Formation at Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Callan's Rockies field course students document faulting and jointing in Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
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11:40 AM | Early Morning Smoke
The sun is about to rise through thick smoke blanketing thesouthern Humboldt Range. Here, the sun is up, and the smoke is so thick that the high part of the Humboldt Range, which would normally be visible in the distance on the left part of the photo, is completed covered by the smoke layer.Looking off to the southwest, layers of smoke over a green field. A screeching hawk on a phone pole. Not sure exactly where this smoke, smoke so thick I could smell it most of the day even when […]
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11:40 AM | Early Morning Smoke
The sun is about to rise through thick smoke blanketing thesouthern Humboldt Range. Here, the sun is up, and the smoke is so thick that the high part of the Humboldt Range, which would normally be visible in the distance on the left part of the photo, is completed covered by the smoke layer.Looking off to the southwest, layers of smoke over a green field. A screeching hawk on a phone pole. Not sure exactly where this smoke, smoke so thick I could smell it most of the day even when […]
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11:00 AM | Imaggeo on Mondays: A massive slump
One of the regions that has experienced most warming over the second half of the 20th century is the Potter Peninsula on King George Island in Antartica. It is here that Marc Oliva and his collaborators are studying what the effects of the warming conditions on the geomorphological processes prevailing in these environments. “Permafrost is […]
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9:00 AM | Guest Blog: Volcanology in Vanuatu!
Ben Clarke and Eleri Simpson are about to start their 4th year at the University of Leicester. Having shown a strong interest in applying geoscience to development through the conversations we’ve had with them over the past two years – we were really pleased to hear they has successfully arranged some work experience in Vanuatu. We’re also […]
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7:00 AM | ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. 6th November 2014, 19:30 to 21:00, Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham City. Presenters: Prof Michael Goldstein and Dr Camila Caiado, Dept of Mathematical Sciences Health problems, from cardiovascular disease to the AIDS epidemic, present major social challenges that require [...] The post ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society appeared first on […]
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6:28 AM | From rainclouds to silver linings
We’ve been hanging by a thread for some time now.  read more
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6:13 AM | We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of Climate
This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master’s in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last year tracked New Zealand’s climate negotiators as an Adopt a Negotiator Fellow. Nicky Hager’s Dirty […]
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2:00 AM | Hemiptera heteroptera Insect Fossil
Here is a picture of a Hemiptera heteroptera insect fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the upper/late Cretaceous Period (ICS geological timescale: Cenomanian). Fossil was found in Cearà, Brazil. Image taken in June 2014.
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12:12 AM | One Offset in the Dabob Bay Fault Zone
Last year the Washington State Department of Natural Resources published the Geologic map of the the Seabeck and Pouslbo 7.5-minute Quadrangles, Kitsap and Jefferson Counties, Washington (Polenz and others 2013). At a personal level it has been great to have this map as it covers an area where I have done a fair number of projects. The map confirms a number of observations I have made, but also clarifies some features that were well beyond the scope of what I was specifically working on. […]

August 31, 2014

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10:00 PM | Monday paper: Use of phytoremediation and biochar to remediate heavy metal polluted soils: a review
Paz-Ferreiro, J., Lu, H., Fu, S., Méndez, A., and Gascó, G.: Use of phytoremediation and biochar to remediate heavy metal polluted soils: a review, Solid Earth, 5, 65-75, doi:10.5194/se-5-65-2014, 2014. Soil heavy metal pollution Due to increased extraction and use by various industries, heavy metals come easily to the environment in various ways. Unlike organic substances, heavy metals can not […]
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9:47 PM | How Hot Is Your City?
You’ve probably heard about the urban heat island effect, but I bet you do not realize is how much it affects your weather (and how much it costs you in cooling costs). The folks at Climate Central put out a report this month that breaks down how large the temperature differences are between some cities, and the rural areas surrounding them. The report makes it obvious that we are paying a …
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9:33 PM | “Sharing Water: What an Environmental Experiment in Mexico can Teach us About the Future of the Colorado River”
I’m excited to be giving a talk on the Colorado River Delta environmental pulse flow Sept. 8 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. If you’re in the neighborhood, please come by, say “hi”, and, if possible, ask questions when I explain things poorly. The talk is a snapshot of a work in progress, so no ...Continue reading ‘“Sharing Water: What an Environmental Experiment in Mexico can Teach us About the Future of the Colorado River”’ »
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9:31 PM | Geo 730: August 31, Day 608: Cinder Pit
As indicated by the topo map I posted yesterday, this was an active gravel pit until fairly shortly before I started visiting the area in the early 80's. It was only getting started being recolonized by vegetation the first few times I stopped here, and it was easy to spot from the road. But on moist to wet ground, such as we have here on the north side of the cinder cone, alders move in fast, and can get big surprisingly quickly. As you're driving the road up toward the historical town site, […]
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9:09 PM | Hayabusa 2 complete, ready to begin its journey to asteroid 1999 JU3
The excitement is building for Hayabusa 2! The spacecraft is now complete and ready to be shipped to its launch site. JAXA unveiled its next interplanetary traveler to the media in a special event on August 31.
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