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October 15, 2014

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6:38 PM | 'Beyond the Stream Table' and 'Using the Emriver Em2' at GSA 2014 Vancouver
Next week in Vancouver at the Geological Society of America annual meeting there will be two Emriver-related digital posters included in the Pedagogical Use of Physical Models topical session.Using the Emriver Em2 Geomodel in the Classroom to Simulate Impacts of Land Use and River Management Techniques on Fluvial Geomorphology https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/webprogram/Paper249457.html Kansas State University; Claire M. Ruffing, Kyleen Kelly, Bartosz Peter GrudzinskiBeyond the […]
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6:02 PM | Finally! New Horizons has a second target
What a huge relief: there is finally a place for New Horizons to visit beyond Pluto. A team of researchers led by John Spencer has discovered three possible targets, all in the Cold Classical part of the Kuiper belt. One is particularly easy to reach. New Horizons would fly past the 30-45-kilometer object in January 2019.
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5:38 PM | MPA Alum Named to City and State’s 40 Under 40
Alison Miller, a 2011 alumna of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, was recently named one of 2014 City & State's top 40 under 40 Rising Stars. The media company, devoted to covering New York politics and policies, nominates 40 exceptional individuals each year who are leaving their mark on New York City.
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5:00 PM | Fracking Makes Climate Change Worse, Not Better
The natural gas boom, even though it burns cleaner, will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term, a big new study reports.
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3:22 PM | Field Report from Mars: Sol 3808 — October 10, 2014
Opportunity will become a comet flyby mission beginning in mid-October. The comet Siding Spring will zoom past Mars at a distance of about 135,000 km on October 19.
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2:02 PM | Could Jerry Brown become “the most important water manager on Earth”?
Brett Walton evaluates Jerry Brown’s drought and water governance, comes away impressed: The last ten months are an impressive record of achievement, evidence of a governor taking seriously the duties of governing. What Brown is orchestrating in California is distinctive, perhaps unique in the United States during this frustrating age of division. In most other ...Continue reading ‘Could Jerry Brown become “the most important water manager on Earth”?’ »
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2:00 PM | Never Late. Never. Never. Never.
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Do you usually run late, early, or on-time? —— I’m one of those people. I’m rarely late. I was raised by an early person. My mother was insistant that … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Four California Faults Are Ready to Rupture
With several faults slicing through the San Francisco Bay Area, forecasting the next deadly earthquake becomes a question of when and where, not if.
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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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