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October 23, 2014

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1:23 PM | SEG 2014: sampling from the smorgasbord
Next week, Matt and I will be attending the 2014 SEG Annual General Meeting at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver. Join the geo-tweeting using the hashtag #SEG2014 and stay tuned on the blog for our daily highlights. Fitness training I spent a couple of hours yesterday reviewing the conference schedule in an attempt to form an opinion on what deserved my attention. The meeting boasts content from over 1600 abstract submissions which it has dispersed over three formats: oral […]
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11:00 AM | EGU 2015: Call-for-papers is now open!
From now, up until 7 January 2015, you can submit your abstract for the upcoming EGU General Assembly (EGU 2015). In addition to established scientists, PhD students and other early career researchers are welcome to submit abstracts to present their research at the conference. Further, the EGU encourages undergraduate and master students to submit abstracts […]
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11:00 AM | Monster Mushrooms Could Hold Key to New Meds
The massive Agarikon mushroom shows promise for treating diseases such as tuberculosis, cowpox, bird and swine flu.
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10:53 AM | Understanding culture to improve disaster risk reduction
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Anyone who does work in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), humanitarian aid, emergency management, resilience planning or related fields likely knows that how people respond to and perceive disaster is largely influenced by culture. This includes the role of religion (see [...] The post Understanding culture to improve disaster risk reduction appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and […]
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7:45 AM | Paleontology "kickstarter": relationships of Allodesmus
A mount of the partial holotype skeleton of Allodesmus kelloggi, a junior synonym of Allodesmus kernensis (at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles).My colleague Reagan Furbish - a master's student under Dr. Annalisa Berta at San Diego State University, has started a kickstarter campaign to fund some of her master's thesis research. Reagan is studying the phylogenetic relationships of the fossil pinniped Allodesmus: controversy exists whether or not it was more closely related to true seals […]
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7:42 AM | Riverbank collapse: a fascinating new video
A nice new video has appeared on Youtube showing a progressive riverbank collapse event, although the location is not certain
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6:41 AM | Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels as a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report identifying the confluence of fossil fuel companies, governments and investors which givers momentum to the […]
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6:00 AM | Lakes and lahars at Mt Ruapehu
Mt Ruapehu is the largest mountain on the North Island of New Zealand. As well as being a popular ski resort, Ruapehu is an active andesitic stratovolcano. Formed approximately 200,000 years ago, activity is currently confined to the Crater Lake vent; this deep depression fills with water from snow melt between eruptive episodes. Similarly to […]
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5:34 AM | 2014 Arctic sea ice extent - 6th lowest in millennia
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as it’s come to be known, is due to human-caused global warming. Natural factors play a role in the extent of the Arctic sea ice as well, especially changes in weather conditions on a year-to-year basis. For example, 2012 shattered the previous record low Arctic […]
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3:35 AM | Why Are the Paleos Talking About Laundry?
I think I just had one of the more entertaining Twitter conversations ever. I have to share. It started with me whining a bit, because I can: I really ought to do some laundry. Only I don’t want to. — … Continue reading →
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2:11 AM | Maestre Lab: Behind the scenes of the Maestre lab (V): Miguel B...
Maestre Lab: Behind the scenes of the Maestre lab (V): Miguel B...: We continue with the series of posts describing the “behind the scenes” of the research presented in the articles we publish (you can ...
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12:55 AM | Forecasters and Science Writers Knock Weather.Com For Hype
A low-end nor’easter is bringing wind and rain to much of the Northeast U.S. this evening, and Gale Warnings have been posted in the Atlantic as well. As nor’easters go, this is not really a big one, and we will see far worse over the coming months, with some of them bringing snow instead of rain.This is what I told my viewers here in Maryland/ Delaware, and so did many …

October 22, 2014

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9:46 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano daily update for 22-October-2014
Donations: Please remember to support my work with donations or by using Amazon to buy stuff or streaming service from them. Thanks for the support. Bárðarbunga volcano eruption in Holuhraun has not changed much from yesterday. Latest news … Continue reading →
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9:26 PM | Dimetrodon
Einer meiner Kindheitshelden hörte auf den schönen Namen Dimetrodon, was soviel wie „der mit den zwei unterschiedlich großen Zähnen“ heißt. Nicht, dass ich das als Kind schon wusste. Es war eigentlich auch egal. Mich faszinierte an dem Wesen etwas anderes. Zum einen, dass es ausgestorben ist. Und das schon sehr, sehr lange. Schon weit vor den Dinosauriern verschwand es von der Erde (obwohl mir das als Kind auch noch nicht ganz klar war, ich hielt ihn […]
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9:26 PM | Northern Convergence: Leaving a Beautiful Country
How will we deal with the hordes of people from the U.S. trying to invade our borders?Our trip, the Northern Convergence tour, was not over, but the time had come to cross the border back into the United States from Canada. The trip thus far had been an eye-opener. We had been exploring the "crowded" part of Canada in British Columbia and Alberta, but the land itself exuded wildness and isolation. We were on the High Plains east of the Rocky Mountains, and had spent the morning at the Head […]
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9:10 PM | What’s the Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?
European leaders are set to make important decisions this week about the continent's energy future.
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9:05 PM | Interview with Open Access Nigeria
Last night, I did a Twitter interview with Open Access Nigeria (@OpenAccessNG). To make it easy to follow in real time, I created a list whose only members were me and OA Nigeria. But because Twitter lists posts in reverse order, and because each individual tweet is encumbered with so much chrome, it’s rather an […]
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8:48 PM | Maysville Kentucky Trace Fossils
Here are some pictures of trace fossils found recently (October 2014) in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. The Upper Ordovician Period formations found there are Grant Lake (Maysvillian) and Bull Fork (Richmondian). Thanks to Kenny for the images. Learn more at: Kentucky Paleontological Society (KPS) web site http://www.uky.edu/OtherOrgs/KPS/pages/jackson.html#maysville Dry Dredgers web
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8:39 PM | Top Notch Photorealistic Invertebrate Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo
London-based illustrator Carim Nahaboo knocked my socks off this afternoon with his fantastic invertebrate illustrations. At first glance, it would be easy to mistake many of his illustrations for photographs.  The level of […]
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7:32 PM | Eco-Theater Engages Visitors at Lamont-Doherty’s Open House
Saturday, October 11th, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory celebrated another successful Open House at the Lamont Campus in the Palisades. Among the many scientists and curious guests in attendance was Superhero Clubhouse, a collective of artists and environmental advocates working at the intersection of science and theater.
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5:59 PM | Geo 730: October 22, Day 660: Punchbowl Strata
All three major components of the stratigraphy at Devils Punchbowl are visible here: the Astoria Formation forms the bedrock of the punchbowl itself. Contemporaneous Columbia River Basalt forms Otter Rock, offshore, as well as the headland on the far right horizon. Finally, flat-lying, probably Pleistocene, terrace sands have created the eroding bluff along the right and bottom edges. The role of plant cover in assisting the latter unit maintain some degree of coherence is evident in the grassy […]
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4:26 PM | Herschel observations of Comet Siding Spring initiated by an amateur astronomer
The European satellite Herschel acquired images of Comet Siding Spring before its death in 2013 — thanks to an observing proposal from an amateur astronomer!
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3:40 PM | How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevented Ebola Spread
The rate of Ebola cases in a part of Liberia where one rubber tree plantation operates is far lower than in other parts of the country.
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2:30 PM | Cliffs of the Ruby Mountains: Mt. Gilbert
The glacially carved cliffs around Camp Lamoille are truly spectacular — and while we were, now nearly a month ago — they provided us with constant fascination and wonderment amid the ever-changing light and cloud effects. To the south of us, besides Ruby Spire and the Wolf's Ear (seen in this earlier post), Mt. Gilbert towered over us at 11,120 feet.A view of Mt. Gilbert, the highest point near an unnamed spire, as seen on the second day from the trail near the South Fork beaver […]
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2:30 PM | Cliffs of the Ruby Mountains: Mt. Gilbert
The glacially carved cliffs around Camp Lamoille are truly spectacular — and while we were, now nearly a month ago — they provided us with constant fascination and wonderment amid the ever-changing light and cloud effects. To the south of us, besides Ruby Spire and the Wolf's Ear (seen in this earlier post), Mt. Gilbert towered over us at 11,120 feet.A view of Mt. Gilbert, the highest point near an unnamed spire, as seen on the second day from the trail near the South Fork beaver […]
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2:21 PM | Administrative Internship in the Executive Director’s Office
The Office of the Executive Director at the Earth Institute is seeking an intern to provide administrative support during the work week. Intern tasks include administrative work such as correspondence, scheduling, phone and desk coverage, photocopying, mailings, and errands. The intern may also be asked to provide research support to the team, including compiling and editing reports and presentations, as well as support in planning and executing Executive Director’s events, meetings, […]
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2:11 PM | A Few Easy Hours On The Kolob Plateau
This past weekend I found myself at loose ends. I am the proud owner of a new pair of birdwatching binoculars but had become weary of looking at flocks of house finches from my backyard patio perch. I wanted to go on a hike, but not one that was too strenuous or that involved packing much more than a bottle of water and an apple. With these simple criteria in mind, I decided to drive up to the Kolob Plateau area of Zion National Park and have a look around. It has been years since I’ve […]
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1:40 PM | Wordless Wednesday – Fall’s Leaves
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – A Wordless Wednesday: take and post a picture of the fallen leaves outside. ——
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12:25 PM | Tuesday dispatches from GSA: Vancouver
Poster time for Chris! Cool science for everybody! Continue reading →
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11:05 AM | Warm October, cold winter?
A tweet flashed by a couple of days ago hoping that a warm October might indicate a cold winter: It’s a straightforward enough hypothesis, although one I think we all can agree seems… Continue reading →
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