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October 14, 2014

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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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3:00 AM | AZGS hazard viewer added to Arizona Emergency Information Network
The AZGS online hazards viewer is now linked in throught the Arizona Emergency Information Network - https://ein.az.gov/.The viewer currently inlcudes information on earth fissures, active faults, earthquake epicenters, flood potential, and wildfire risk.
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1:30 AM | Pyrite Strobeus Snail Fossil
This is one beautiful and shiny fossil! It appears to be a Strobeus pyrite gastropod fossil. It was found in a coal mine at a depth of 60-250 meters. More pictures below show some more specimens that were found. My identification source is Fossils of Ohio (Bulletin 70, Rodney M. Feldmann Editor, State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, Columbus Ohio 1986)
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12:38 AM | Wordless Wednesday – Peace at Last?
This week, the RocNaNo blog offered this image as a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ writing prompt: Let’s make a short story with it. Peace at Last? It was quiet. That blissful quiet that made Hanna feel momentarily hopeful. The pond was still. … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | Bárðarbunga daily update for 13-October-2014
Current activity in Bárðarbunga volcano is around the same as it has been for the past weeks with no sign of change coming. The eruption in Holuhraun continues at the same rate as before with no change taking … Continue reading →

October 13, 2014

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11:59 PM | Powerful earthquake activity deep on the Reykjanes ridge
During the weekend there was an earthquake activity deep on the Reykjanes ridge. Largest earthquake in the swarm had the magnitude of 5,5 (EMSC information here). Second largest earthquake had the magnitude of 5,4 (EMSC information can be … Continue reading →
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11:41 PM | Minor earthquake swarm in Katla volcano during the weekend
During the weekend there was a minor earthquake swarm in Katla volcano. This was a minor earthquake swarm that lasted for few hours and then stopped. The earthquake activity in Katla volcano last weekend. Green star is a … Continue reading →
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11:15 PM | Salinger: New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why
In this guest post Jim Salinger (currently working in Italy, but soon to return to these shores), takes a look at the climate influences on last year’s severe New Zealand drought. It first appeared on The Conversation. Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is […]
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10:14 PM | Video Introduction to Comet Siding Spring’s Near Miss at Mars
On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring will fly very close to Mars. Here’s a 5 minute video introduction to get you up to speed on this planetary near miss, and some suggestions on how to find out more now, during, and after the encounter.
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10:12 PM | Carbon News 13/10/14: foresters in firing line
Anxious foresters await review of foreign credits ban A controversial decision to make foresters the only emitters banned from using cheap foreign carbon credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions is under review. The provision was slipped through without warning as part of the Government’s Budget in May, and came into effect immediately. Business poser: […]
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10:03 PM | Icebergs Once Drifted All the Way to Florida
About 20,000 years ago, icebergs may have drifted as far south as Florida. Continue reading →
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8:00 PM | Pentagon: Climate Change Poses Immediate Security Risk
Global warming poses immediate risks to U.S. national security, the Pentagon warned on Monday.
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7:19 PM | The New A-380 Airbus Is Indeed Amazing
I’ve been rather quiet here for over a week for good reason: I’ve been on holiday in the UK, and Cornwall in particular. I’ll have some more to write about in the week ahead, but I thought I would share a few comments about the new A-380 airbus. It’s the biggest passenger plane in the World and British Airways just put it into service. I was lucky enough to fly …
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6:34 PM | Geo 730: October 13, Day 651: A Break From The Coast
I'll be taking a quick break from our coast trip this past July to preview some of the spots Dana, B. and I visited on our geogalavanting last week. Anne Jefferson introduced us to Upper Proxy Falls last year on her hydrology tour of the upper McKenzie, and I had been back to it with Hollie Oakes-Miller later in the summer, but I had never gone down to the lower falls. Oh. My. It is completely glorious. The upper viewpoint is quick and easy to get to, and I was content to just sit and space out […]
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5:50 PM | Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon
To protect a river, you must preserve its headwaters. Agricultural development is warming streams at the headwaters of the Xingu River, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Rising temperatures have local impacts that could cascade into regional changes, highlighting the importance of responsible land use outside of protected areas.
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5:24 PM | Prehistoric OC
I spent several hours yesterday at Prehistoric OC, a science festival organized by The Cooper Center and held at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park. Over 25 different information booths and attractions were available for visitors, as well … Continue reading →
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5:11 PM | What Do Wildfires Have to Do With Climate Change?
“While no single wildfire can be said to have been caused by climate change, climate change has been making the fire season in the United States longer and on average more intense,” said John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor. But wildfires are not only intensified by climate change, they also exacerbate it.
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