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October 15, 2014

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12:07 PM | Make every week Earth Science Week!
Why restrict the celebrations to one week? Let's make every effort to engage students in Earth Science content every week!
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12:02 PM | A fossil book
We're proud to announce the latest book from Agile Libre. Woot! I can't take a lot of credit for this book... The idea came from 52 Things stalwart Alex Cullum, a biostratigrapher I met at Statoil in Stavanger in my first proper job. A fellow Brit, he has a profound enthusiasm for all things outside, and for writing and publishing. With able help from Allard Martinius, also a Statoil scientist and a 52 Things author from the Geology book, Alex generously undertook the task of […]
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11:22 AM | In search of Santorini’s blueschist, part 2: finding fault
As mentioned last week, I took a solo field trip north of Perissa, Santorini, Greece, in search of subducted rocks. The contact between the two main rock types (marble and schist) was prominent and visible from a great distance (see photos in previous post), but what was the nature of this contact? Did it represent conformable stratigraphy? Was it a fault? Here’s a closer look at the contact: In places, …
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9:39 AM | Here’s that wallaby-skull multiview you ordered
After the sheep skull ten days ago, here is Logan the wallaby in all his glory: As always, click through for the full-sized version (6833 × 5082).  
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6:57 AM | Three great new landslide videos, including a surfing backhoe!
I have come across three really interesting and high quality new landslide videos, including one that shows a backhoe surfing a landslide
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5:42 AM | Scientist in focus – Arctic adventurer Will Steger
As readers know, I often focus on the story, and history, of someone who makes an impact in climate change. This is the third such article and I think you will agree, it shows that it isn’t just lab scientists and academics that are shaping the conversation about climate change. Will Steger really rose to prominence as he led ventures to explore the polar regions of our planet. But those adventures were years in the making; they began in his childhood. Will was one of nine kids raised by […]
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1:30 AM | Eozoon canadense Pseudofossil
Originally this fossil was identified in 1864 or 1865 by John William Dawson as a Precambrian foraminifera. As it turns out it was metamorphosed bands of calcite and serpentine thus a pseudofossil. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image was taken in June 2014. Learn more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eozoon_canadense
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1:05 AM | Phobos over Mars
Today the Mars Orbiter Mission released a nice four-image animation of teeny dark Phobos crossing Mars' huge orange disk. Mars Orbiter Mission joins a long line of Mars missions that have produced images of Mars and Phobos together.
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12:56 AM | 600 posts
Once again, I've gone through and compiled the last 100 posts for a word cloud. Someday I'll figure how to save everything at once, instead of copying and pasting from blogger to make an almost 60-page file."Environmental," "field," and "work" are always big. I think that "drilling" and "safety" are a little more prominent than in past post compilations.For comparison, here's the previous word clouds: 500, 400, 300, 200, and 100.
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12:31 AM | For Modesto Area Friends: Celebrating the Art of Science at the Science Community Center of MJC, Oct. 15, 2:00PM
If you are in the Modesto region, you are invited to a reception for the artists of the Science Community Center. We have a number of interesting works that are being celebrated tomorrow at 2:00 PM. I would love to run in to some of you!I didn't sculpt anything, but I have a number of my bird photographs mounted on the walls in some of the meeting rooms. I've been exploring the rather diverse population of native birds who inhabit the wilder corners of our campus, and discovered some three […]
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12:30 AM | Bárðarbunga volcano update for 14-October-2014
This update is going to be a short one. Since not much change has taken place in Bárðarbunga volcano since yesterday. Activity continued in Holuhraun same as yesterday, there was a new video of the erupting crater in … Continue reading →

October 14, 2014

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11:48 PM | Where'd Everyone Go? Why is it so Quiet? Dealing with Dinosaurs in Drumheller
We continued our Northern Convergence exploration of British Columbia and Alberta by heading over the Great Plains for several hours to reach Drumheller, the self-proclaimed (and fairly reasonably so) Dinosaur capitol of the world. On a field trip, our students would normally expect to spend time in the field, but sometimes there are museums that simply must be seen. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology at Drumheller is one of those places. It's worth the long drive over the flat […]
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10:45 PM | Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes
Some 400 micro-earthquakes near the town of Canton, Ohio, are connected to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wells.
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9:38 PM | Two in Row- September Follows August as Hottest on Record. 2014 May Be Hottest Ever.
Just like August, September was the hottest on record globally (according to NASA). NOAA maintains a different record, and will report their number any day now. The data sets use slightly different methods, but it’s a good bet that they will show a new record as well. NASA also has a graph showing the heat anomalies by latitude: NOAA’s National Climate Data Center created a very good info graphic that …
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9:00 PM | Synchrotron or megatron? These 7 questions should help you find out!
By Mike As I write this I am in a sort of…academic hangover. Days of excessive research has led to a groggy feeling, general tiredness and probably a lingering smell of beer. I have been at the European Synchrotron Radiation … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Geo 730: October 14, Day 652: Sea Lion Cave Sans Sea Lions
Friday, we drove down to Florence, and after lunch, stopped briefly at Darlingtonia Wayside. Then we wound our way up onto the headland. Dana was not particularly enthusiastic about Sea Lion Cave, perceiving it- accurately, to an extent- as "just a tourist trap." I also have mixed feelings about it, often describing it as a very expensive elevator ride. On the other hand, it truly is a world-class sea cave. Whether it is, as they claim, the world's largest is debatable, and certainly depends on […]
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6:10 PM | Deep Mystery: Are the Seas Warming or Cooling?
The oceans are warming, no wait they’re not … what’s the story?
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5:06 PM | Geosonnet 14
New biostratigraphic data may Help Cryogenian stratigraphy The timing’s known from rhenium decay The vase shaped fossils match from every sea. Were they amoebas wearing armor plate? Or protist tanks, cilia on the brink? Eukaryotic arms race tempted fate Destabilizing carbon source and sink. Darwinian selection did not give Thoughtful reflection, cool restraint, or mirth. Organics
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4:29 PM | Seminar – Exploring disaster responses in the Philippines
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. 20th October 2014, 13:00 to 14:30, W007, Dept of Geography, Dr Ines V. Danao, Asian Social Institute A seminar considering lessons to be drawn from the disaster risk reduction and management responses to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013; the 1990 Baguio [...] The post Seminar – Exploring disaster responses in the Philippines appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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3:20 PM | Harley Garbani exhibit opens at WSC
Last night more than 70 WSC members and supporters attended the sneak preview of our new permanent exhibit “Harley Garbani: Dinosaur Hunter”. Harley Garbani grew up in the San Jacinto Valley, and it was during his childhood here that he … Continue reading →
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2:47 PM | Eye on the Storm
Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel is author of the new book Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.  Sobel, a native New Yorker, was at the center of the historic 2012 storm in more ways than one. As an expert in extreme weather and its relation to climate, he [...]
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2:00 PM | There’s always the last minute…
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – What do you always put off to last minute? —— This prompt is timely. I was just looking at my to-do list and noticing what I had listed for … Continue reading →
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12:40 PM | EGU Awards and Medals 2015
Yesterday, the EGU announced the 35 recipients of next year’s Union Medals and Awards, Division Medals, and Division Outstanding Young Scientists Awards. The aim of the awards is to recognise the efforts of the awardees in furthering our understanding of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The prizes will be handed out during the EGU […]
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11:00 AM | Photos: When Earth Wows
Take a tour of some of the most impressive geological features around the world.
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9:52 AM | A Small Note On Animal Fossils Before The Cambrian "Explosion"
Every now and then there appears a news story about metazoan fossil findings that expresses great astonishment and surprise that there is NOW... THIS TIME.. new evidence that multicellular animals evolved long before their celebrated preservation in the Chengjiang and Burgess shale Lagerstatte. But we have known that for a long time.  The Neo-Proterozoic and early Cambrian fossil record is so much better and is improving and paleo-biologists and palaeotologists have recognized in it the […]
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9:01 AM | Bay Area Chance of a Lifetime: See Tanya Atwater at the Randall Museum!
This Thursday, Tanya Atwater will be speaking at San Francisco’s Randall Museum. For free! Her talk is about Living in the Plate Boundary, and it sounds awesomesauce: Superstar Geophysicist... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:32 AM | Invertebrate of the Week #11 – ‘Venus’s Flower Basket’ (Euplectella aspergillum)
Up to this point, arthropods have dominated the Invertebrate of the Week series so I am going to give them a rest and head over to a different invertebrate lineage: the sponges […]
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8:00 AM | Landscapes of Ladakh (2)
  Further photographs showing the varied landscapes of Ladakh, India. Photographs were taken as part of our hazards education work in the region. To see and learn more – why not come to this event at The Geological Society. (Credit: Geology for Global Development)
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8:00 AM | Things I wish I knew when I started my PhD…
As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite lost at the start, not knowing what to do or where to be. I’m […]
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6:33 AM | Ocean Warming has been Greatly Underestimated
Key Points: The oceans are by far the largest heat reservoir on Earth, absorbing 93% of global warming. Because of this, accurate assessments of heat uptake are essential to balance the sea level budget, and for observationally-based estimates of climate sensitivity.      Prior to 2005, when the Argo global array of submersible floats became operational, ocean temperature was much more sparsely sampled, especially in the southern hemisphere, leading to larger […]
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