Posts

July 21, 2014

+
6:21 AM | I'm Sorry, This Trench is Full; Those Rocks Will Have to Go Elsewhere
Looking south from Hurricane Ridge into the heart of Olympic National ParkThere will be few detailed blogs these next few weeks; I'm on the road leading our Canada/Pacific Northwest field class, and I will be just a bit busy. But I can't help putting up a few photos here and there. In today's pictures we see what happens when subduction zones get out of control, so to speak.Subduction zones are places where oceanic crust sinks back into the Earth's mantle to be recycled at some future time as […]
+
5:34 AM | Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles
Predicting global surface temperature changes in the short-term is a challenge for climate models. Temperature changes over periods of a decade or two can be dominated by influences from ocean cycles like El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño phases, the oceans absorb less heat, leaving more to warm the atmosphere, and the opposite is true during a La Niña. We can't yet predict ahead of time how these cycles will change. The good news is that it doesn't matter from a […]
+
3:43 AM | Pteranodon Flying Reptile Stamp
Here is a picture of the Pteranodon flying reptile stamp. It was issued in 1965 by the small republic of San Marino (located on the Italian peninsula). It had a value of 3 lire but the country now uses the euro as their currency. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) website has a 1965 listing of currency rate exchanges. One United States dollar was equivalent to 625 Italian lire. So this
+
2:38 AM | The Only Thing More Amazing Than The Moonwalk 45 years Ago Tonight
Exactly 45 years ago tonight, everyone who could see a TV, was in front of one. The clip below is the actual coverage from CBS News that evening. You can actually watch all of the Moonwalk online, and if you were not born yet, I highly recommend you do so. A lot of folks do not realize that when the camera came on (and a lot of folks doubted it …
+
2:03 AM | Large drilling program announced for St. John's CO2-helium field
A Kinder Morgan  representative told the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission on Friday that the company is on track to complete their current evaluation drilling in the St. John's, Arizona carbon dioxide and helium filed [right, credit, Kinder Morgan] by year's end.  Then they anticipate filing permits for 14 additional wells.Kinder Morgan propose a roughly $1 billion investment in the field, with three-quarters of it for drilling and field development and one-quarter for a […]
+
12:58 AM | Latest M 3.0 Duncan aftershock close to New Mexico border
I seem to have missed another magnitude 3.0 aftershock last Thursday from the June 28 magnitude 5.2 Duncan earthquake. This latest event occurred at 2:12 am, and was almost on the New Mexico border, further east than the other large aftershocks.  [Right, orange star marks the epicenter.  Credit, USGS]

July 20, 2014

+
11:45 PM | Field work travelog – Day 9, So much measuring.
It was a hot one today. Running out of water was a theme, not one I like to have. Ever. But we survived and successfully completed the needed tasks. We finished measuring the reference section needed for a project I’m … Continue reading →
+
11:10 PM | Whatcom Rural Element: Water Quality Struggles
I have periodically posted on Whatcom County's long and complex struggles with rural planning and the Growth Management Act - long and wonky and local issues that shape the landscape. Whatcom County is just one county, but being local I know the GMA planning here better than elsewhere. Whatcom County lost on water quality and water quantity issues on appeals before the Growth Hearings Board last year.  The County has appealed the Boards rulings on water quality and quantity planning […]
+
10:15 PM | Geo 730: July 20, Day 566: 9 to 5, and Nighttime, Too
Interzone's sundial is marked from nine AM to five PM, and oddly, "Night" is marked, too. How does that work? When the sun goes down, the street light comes on, and casts a shadow along the marked path. We're on a spnning ball of rock, which means the sun appears to move through the sky, but the lamp spins with it, so it appears fixed.Photo unmodified. July 18, 2014. FlashEarth location.
+
6:42 PM | The Horrors of Seven Mile Hole
A smoky haze filled the skies, drifting across Yellowstone from forest fires burning to the west of us. I did not bring binoculars, nor did I bring my bigger “good” camera. The idea was to carry as little weight as possible, down into and up out of Seven Mile Hole.Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone RiverWe both carried bear spray, of course, and hiker buddy ranger Brian brought a park radio (since there have been one or two occurrences lately in which we were involved, concerning […]
+
2:04 PM | Taking a short break--no post his week
I'm taking a short break. I expect to post again on Sunday, July 27.
+
11:53 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #29
SkS Highlights Dana's Rupert Murdoch doesn't understand climate change basics, and that's a problem understandably generated the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Is global warming causing extreme weather via jet stream waves? by John Abraham attracted the second highest number of comments. Both articles are very topical and informative.   El Niño Watch A Super-Strong El Niño Is Now Off the Table. Here’s What That […]
+
6:41 AM | Nation's Birds at the Northwestern Corner of the Lower 48
Just a nice moment from my day. We were scouting out our impending field studies route with a trip to the Makah Nation's lands near Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the lower 48 states. The Makah have a museum housing artifacts from America's version of Pompeii, a village that was overwhelmed by a mudflow about 500 years ago. The fine-grained mud protected and preserved fabrics and wood artifacts, which are usually quickly decayed in this wet environment.We were driving the […]
+
4:54 AM | Courtland Creek cut
Courtland Creek runs just south of High Street; presumably the valley was a footpath long before High Street was laid out in the 1800s. It has the peculiarity of crossing the old alluvial fan without cutting out a floodplain, as shown here in the geologic map. I visited it a few weeks ago. As you […]
+
12:58 AM | A meeting for the Kullorsuaq Community
It seems that many of the local fishermen have gone to hunt Narwal further north but there are several good prospects for boats that Søren will scout further as several of the fishermen are sleeping as the fishing is better right now at night. With 24 hours of daylight day or night fishing doesn’t really seem to matter.
+
12:34 AM | Field work travelog – Day 8, More section and hobby indulgence.
Today was a very productive day for us. We measured 213 meters of section, all the while collecting rock samples at 1.5 meter intervals. End result: lots of rock samples. It’s great to have a crew of myself and three … Continue reading →

July 19, 2014

+
10:46 PM | Now you see it, now you don’t: the disappearing and reappearing waters of the River Manifold
We’re just back from a couple of weeks in the UK, which included a week exploring the scenic Peak District in northern England. Interesting geological features abounded from day one, when we took a hike along part of the very … Continue reading →
+
7:08 PM | Mars and Europa: Contrasts in Mission Planning
Several announcements for proposed missions to Mars and on the planning for a NASA return to Europa that highlight the contrasts in planning missions for these two high priority destinations.
+
6:50 PM | Geo 730: July 19, Day 565: Lavender Garnished with River Gravel and a Bonus Butterfly
Prior to chalking in the sundial in yesterday's photo, Tim and his son removed the cheatgrass that normally dominates the base of the pole, brought in some good soil, and planted a number of lavender starts. Then they tiled the bare areas with some river gravel. It's a refreshing change from the nasty invasive. A passing butterfly appears to agree.While the angle of the shadow with respect to 16th and Monroe is not evident in this photo, I'll first admit, I threw out a bit of a deceptive […]
+
5:11 PM | UA plots of Duncan earthquake seismograms
The University of Arizona's Global Seismology and Tectonics group in the Geosciences Dept. created a webpage for the magnitude 5.2 Duncan (southeast Arizona) earthquake of June 28. One of the graduate students in the research group, Jon Delph, put together plots of the earthquake record from the Tucson permanent station [right] as well as several other North American permanent stations.
+
4:34 PM | Very Brief Notes on Pateros
NASA image of Washington State wildfiresThe passage of thunderstorms across the east slopes of the Cascade Range ignited numerous wildfires. Forest fires on the east slope of the Cascades are a common event. In rural residential areas within the dry forests home loss is also not uncommon. I am fairly cognizant of fire hazard areas, but have to admit a bit of surprise at the damage that directly hit Pateros, a town on the Columbia River outside the forest zone and with orchards on the […]
+
3:22 PM | Brian Devine on ag-urban transfers
Ag-to-urban water transfers are one of the ways it’s easy to make the Colorado River Basin’s water math balance. Seventy percent of the water is currently consumed by agriculture. Just a fraction of that, transferred to use in cities (AMI, or “agriculture to municipal and industrial”), should make solving the problem relatively straightforward, right? Brian ...Continue reading ‘Brian Devine on ag-urban transfers’ »
+
2:00 PM | Climate Records Shattered in 2013
The planet shattered several climate records in 2013, from greenhouse gases to roasting Arctic heat to extreme storms.
+
2:00 PM | Invasive 'Jumping' Earthworm Found in the Midwest
The invasive species native to Japan and the Korean peninsula is no friend to forests or gardeners.
+
7:54 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #29
America's oil consumption is rising, not falling, outpacing China's Biodiversity hotspots get hotter (and that’s not good) Carbon price repeal a victory for fossil fuels, ideologues and climate science denial Climate scientists see 'very rapid declines' in annual NOAA report Eight ways climate change is making the world more dangerous Environmentalists denounce repeal of Australia’s carbon tax Germany sets example, pledges $1 billion to U.N. climate fund NY Times’ climate […]
+
1:04 AM | State Of The Climate 2013
Tom Karl NOAA NCDC Director: “The climate is changing more rapidly in today’s world than at any time in modern civilization.”  (to CBS News ) Entire report here. The ABSTRACT: and this one sidebar is particularly interesting:  

July 18, 2014

+
11:49 PM | Field work travelog – Day 7, Part 1 complete.
A successful second full day in The Breaks. We’ve completed one measured section (about 180 meters) and have one more similar-lengthed section to go. We spent a little time at a couple of my favorite fossil localities, searching for additional … Continue reading →
+
11:29 PM | Global Warming, Climate Change
It seems to me that Roger Pielke Jr. is now persona non grata at Nate Silver’s 538 blog. Silver, whose statistics-based predictions of the last presidential election were stunningly accurate, hoped to capitalize on his celebrity by starting a blog … Continue reading →
+
11:09 PM | Eating the Colorado River shortage elephant, one bite at a time
This line from a paper a few years back by Edella Schlager and Tanya Heikkila may seem obvious, but in the context of current discussions over the future of Colorado River management, it bears repeating: A water allocation rule that allocates more water than is available in a river is not well matched to its ...Continue reading ‘Eating the Colorado River shortage elephant, one bite at a time’ »
+
10:06 PM | New Horizons to take new photos of Pluto and Charon, beginning optical navigation campaign
Technically, Pluto science observations don't begin for New Horizons until 2015, but the spacecraft will take a series of photos of Pluto and Charon from July 20 to 27 as it begins the first of four optical navigation campaigns.
456789101112
573 Results