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November 09, 2014

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3:49 AM | Art Every Day – Day 8
Weekends are hard. They should actually be a great time to do art, but… no. There are no fish to share today. I would have to fire up my ‘big’ computer, and I just don’t feel like it. But it’s … Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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10:49 PM | We’re using less water
The latest USGS “Estimated Use of Water in the US” is out. It says we’re using less water. From 2005-10, a 13 percent drop. “Peak water” happened back in 1980:   There are lots of caveats. This analysis uses “withdrawals” rather than “consumptive use”. So if a power plant sucks up river water for cooling, ...Continue reading ‘We’re using less water’ »
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8:35 PM | Geo 730: November 8, Day 677: Blurry Beacon
Sitting below and a bit to the right of the peak on the central skyline, Beacon Rock, a Washington State Park, rises nearly 850 feet from the edge of the Columbia River. Despite the post title, this is actually a pretty clear view, and if our recent experiences with the smoke and haze hadn't been so frustrating, we might have considered crossing the river and climbing it. There a crazy system of trail segments, staircases and switchbacks that allow non-climbers like me to get right up to the […]
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7:42 PM | Gold, Lies and Scandal - The Bre-X Saga
In 1997, a discovery of over 2000 tonnes of gold was reported from Busang on the island of Borneo, Indonesia. With an estimated worth of over $70 billion USD, this was called the ‘discovery of the century’. However, the dream quickly turned into a disaster as it emerged that the entire operation was a fraud. The consequences for the commodities market and the legislation of mining were widespread. The Busang mine was operated by a small Canadian company, Bre-X Minerals Ltd., […]
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4:16 PM | Yesterday, I Met a Man…
Last night I sat at Writers & Books, a local shop devoted to the literary arts, writing feverishly on my NaNoWriMo novel. Though it is not my store, I positioned myself close to the main entrance to greet passers-by and … Continue reading →
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2:27 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #45C
Biggest Brazil metro area desperate for water Climate change is messing with pollination Climate economics expert urges "critical" investment shift Climate talks grapple with regional carbon markets Environmentalists mostly counting election losses Higher temperatures may result in fewer bees Mitch McConnell feels a “deep responsibility” to block climate action Poland rejects IPCC target of zero emissions by 2100 Surprise! This GOP Senator's theory about volcanoes and climate […]
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7:18 AM | What happens when a Canadian Goose goes on a tropical vacation?
Can you imagine a four foot long goose? That's what happens when a Canadian Goose decides to take a tropical vacation and chooses to stick around.I've been developing another blog over the last few months as an outlet for my new hobby, bird photography (Geotripper's California Birds). I'm not an expert (yet), nor a hard-case birder (yet), but my friends and coworkers have come to recognize that if I'm walking around somewhere, I am inevitably carrying a camera. The blog is mostly about my bird […]
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4:41 AM | The Greening of China
China became the world's largest carbon polluter in 2006, surpassing the U.S. But it is also rapidly becoming greener through cutting coal use, investing heavily in renewable energy and launching the world's largest carbon trading system.
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4:01 AM | Sewage treatment plant, Albuquerque
Water is photogenic, even at a sewage treatment plant. This is from a tour this afternoon of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant with a couple of University of New Mexico faculty colleagues and a bunch of students, including the graduate students in the Water Resources Program, where I’m an ...Continue reading ‘Sewage treatment plant, Albuquerque’ »
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2:55 AM | Note to National Media- Stop Using the Term Polar Vortex!
In spite of valiant attempts by my fellow broadcast meteorologists to stop it, the so-called polar vortex is back and being blamed for just about everything again. Let me show you why this is dead wrong, and if you see a story in mass media blaming a cold air outbreak on the polar vortex, I can say categorically that it’s wrong. DEAD WRONG. There IS such a thing as a polar …
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1:45 AM | 'Deadliest Catch' Fishing Boats to Ride Out Killer Storm
Three Alaskan fishing boats on Discovery Channel's award-winning program 'Deadliest Catch' will be riding out a massive Bering Sea storm that is powering hurricane force winds and waves up to 50 feet high.

November 07, 2014

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11:58 PM | Friday Headlines: 11-7-14
Friday Headlines, November 7, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: A Rare Mineral Found in Meteor Craters Iapetus was the Impetus A Pregnant Eocene Mare   Rare Mineral Discovered in Ancient Meteorite Impact Crater There are two … Continue reading →
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11:31 PM | Hunting Binary Asteroids
Thanks to The Planetary Society’s Shoemaker NEO Grant program, a new telescope has been brought to bear focusing on searching for and understanding the properties of binary asteroid systems.
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11:31 PM | social media/networking
Geologists/environmental folks, do you use social networking sites to keep in touch with colleagues? And how do you use them?I do use linkedin, as I alluded to in this post when I was trying to find old classmates. I keep facebook strictly personal, although I may have an odd ex-coworker/close friend there. I've also been invited into ResearchGate, but I'm not an academic and I have a hard enough time keeping track of anyone on the two social media sites I do have accounts with.I think this […]
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10:51 PM | Between Migdol and the Sea
Between Migdol and the Sea is the book, by Carl Drews, of the paper Dynamics of Wind Setdown at Suez and the Eastern Nile Delta, by Carl Drews and Weiqing Han. Just so you don’t get confused, its subtitled “Crossing the Red Sea with Faith and Science”. Those with long memories will recall the Great…
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9:22 PM | Geo 730: November 7, Day 676: Murky Multnomah
It was here that the second consequence of a late, dry autumn made itself evident: the waterfalls were mere trickles. So both of the outstanding scenic qualities of the Columbia River Gorge, the vistas and the waterfalls, were at low ebbs. We parked in the central island of I-84, and walked over to Multnomah Falls for a couple quick photos, but we decided that this was not really a good day to spend in the gorge. Dana wanted to get a better look at Bridge of the Gods, which I was familiar with, […]
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9:17 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano update Friday 07-November-2014
Bad weather in Iceland has been making monitoring of Bárðarbunga volcano difficult at best. Information for that reason is a bit limited at the moment. Earthquake activity continues in Bárðarbunga volcano as it has been doing for the … Continue reading →
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7:12 PM | Art Every Day – Day 7
The fish are multiplying. Maybe that’s why they’ve been so successful over geologic time. I spent perhaps a little too long working on this, but I kind of like the results. Dinovember continues. I thought I’d lost track of them, … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | New Article in EOS – Women Count by Dr. Dana Hurley
Dr. Dana Hurley – planetary scientist at the Applied Physics Lab – has recently published the following article and call to action in EOS.  Check out the article to see some good suggestions and stats. A gender imbalance exists in science and is harmful to our community as a whole.  Awareness is one of the […]
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5:24 PM | An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage
NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.
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5:13 PM | IAB blog: Simposio de Botanica Criptogamica. Porto, 2015
IAB blog: Simposio de Botanica Criptogamica. Porto, 2015: É com enorme prazer que anunciamos o XX Simpósio de Botânica Criptogâmica a decorrer pela primeira vez no Porto, nos dias 22 a 25 de Julho...
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5:02 PM | Fossil Friday – bison cervical vertebra
For today’s Fossil Friday we have a vertebra from one of the more common Pleistocene animals in the region, the bison. The vertebral column (backbone) in mammals is typically divided into five separate regions, based on common characteristics and the … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Geology In Pop Culture - Geological License Plate
I have been on the look out for geological based license plates recently and I captured this one the other day. A but blurry (from the phone) but you can still see that it says "Karste" quite clearly.I am not sure the rules of posting the images of license plate but I don't think there is really anything wrong with it, especially since we see them on the road everyday. And I figured that if I don't post any of the other information of the car owner, make, model, etc. along with the license […]
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3:25 PM | Images of Guatemala (5) – Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. A picture we’ve shared on this blog before – but well worth including in our Images from Guatemala series. Taken from Panajachel, and looking across to the volcanoes of Atitlan (right) and Toliman (left). The small mound in front of Toliman is known as Cerro de  Oro. The lake fills a significant […]
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9:59 AM | A roundup of recent landslide events
An roundup of recent landslides, including an update on the Mannen landslide in Norway, a fatal landslide in Switzerland and a rockslide in Canada that has left a train driver missing
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6:32 AM | New study questions the accuracy of satellite atmospheric temperature estimates
Over the past decades, scientists have made many measurements across the globe to characterize how fast the Earth is warming. It may seem trivial, but taking the Earth’s temperature is not very straightforward. You could use temperature thermometers at weather stations that are spread across the globe. Measurements can be taken daily and information sent to central repositories where some average is determined. A downside of thermometers is that they do not cover the entire planet – […]
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5:57 AM | Random Encounters with Port Townsend's Water System
While on a forest slope above Discovery Bay I heard what I took to be a loud boat out in the water. But it turned out to be a pipe discharging a jet of water into the bay. When I reached the shore I noted the sound and white water. The rock lined shore is rip rap associated with a former railroad to Port Townsend along the coast on this shore reach.Water under high pressure shooting out of a steel pipe.The pipe is a relief pipe for water that supplies Port Townsend with water from the […]
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5:50 AM | Japan Will Restart First Reactor Since Fukushima
Japanese officials grant approval for the first nuclear plant to go back online, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.
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5:40 AM | If These Cliffs Could Talk: The Cathedral Rocks vs.the Cathedral Spires
Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall from the Gateway View (April 2014)Yosemite Valley has such a richness of sheer and spectacular cliffs that I imagine any one of them would rate being a national park or monument of its own in any other setting. Looking at the most famous cliffs, one can be distracted from recognizing the awesomeness of cliffs that loom behind. . We began yesterday with a look at Leaning Tower and Bridalveil Fall at the west end of Yosemite Valley on the south side of the […]
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4:15 AM | El Nino Threat Diminishing?? Modoki El Nino Coming?
NOAA released an update on the El Nino Southern Oscillation this week, and the odds of an El Nino are down to 58%. One of the main reasons for this is that the atmosphere has not responded to the rather weak warming in the Eastern Pacific. El Nino is not just an ocean warming, it is an ocean atmosphere interaction and so far the atmosphere has just not picked up …
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