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December 11, 2014

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9:40 PM | Twelve Months of LFD 2014
I missed this retrospective meme last year (as I also did in 2011), but here it is, back again, per DrugMonkey:The rules for this blog meme are quite simple.-Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch. Prior editions include 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.Previous takes on this Twelve Month meme at LFD were […]
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9:40 PM | Twelve Months of LFD 2014
I missed this retrospective meme last year (as I also did in 2011), but here it is, back again, per DrugMonkey:The rules for this blog meme are quite simple.-Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch. Prior editions include 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.Previous takes on this Twelve Month meme at LFD were […]
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7:30 PM | Talking Climate: a New Guide to More Effective Communication
What motivates people to accept or reject climate change? Do financial incentives prompt us to change behavior, or are public recognition and belonging to a social trend more effective? What do personal and political values have to do with attitudes toward climate change? A new guide to climate change communication comes out this week with some of the answers.
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7:15 PM | Summer 2015 SEE-U Study Abroad Experience
Apply now to the Summer 2015 Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates program. Undergraduate students of all majors can apply for the opportunity to conduct field work and study unique ecosystems abroad.
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6:40 PM | Climate Talks in Lima Set for Contentious End
Environment ministers faced mounting time pressure to shape a blueprint for the most ambitious environmental accord in history.
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5:46 PM | The race for useful offsets
We've been working on a 3D acquisition lately. One of the factors influencing the layout pattern of sources and receivers in a seismic survey is the range of useful offsets over the depth interval of interest. If you've got more than target depth, you'll have more than one range of useful offsets. For shallow targets this range is limited to small offsets, due to direct waves and first breaks. For deeper targets, the range is limited at far offsets by energy losses due to geometric spreading, […]
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5:09 PM | Update on Washaway
With winter high tides combined with very stormy conditions, the Pacific Ocean is taking some more of Washington State along with a few homes at Washaway Beach kirotv.com/videos/news/watch-it-ocean-undercut-home-on-washaway-beach/vCkfR/.This has been an ongoing erosion problem that I wrote up after a visit in 2010. cape-shoalwater-or-washaway-beachmore-on-shoalwater.htmlHS also has a set of posts http://gravelbeach.blogspot.com/search?q=washaway 
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4:31 PM | InSight assembly begins
NASA's next Mars lander is becoming real, now under construction at Lockheed Martin.
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4:23 PM | Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”
Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.
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3:11 PM | Climate, Security and Development Nexus Linked to Fragility in Haiti?
As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers gathered to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti.  Participants addressed key questions such as: How are evolving climate risks linked [...]
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3:08 PM | AGU Fall Meeting Poster on SCIMAP
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. My presentation at the AGU Fall meeting this year is on SCIMAP Multi Pressures (SCIMAP-MP). The aim of SCIMAP-MP is to integrate simple risk based models for fine sediment, flood risk, FIOs and stream temperature into a framework whereby mitigation locations with [...] The post AGU Fall Meeting Poster on SCIMAP appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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2:01 PM | Dr. G’s AGU14 Spotlight – The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic
Comic books, the science classroom, and #AGU14 - see the connection? Read this post to find out how you can begin your incredible plate tectonics journey in San Francisco at the conference!
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1:50 PM | Oceans May Hold 250,000 Tons of Trash
The world's oceans may contain about 10 times more plastic than the most recent studies suggest.
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1:23 PM | How To Be A Dunkleosteus
Back in January 2014 I wrote about How To Be A Megalodon Shark which was about the popular smartphone game Hungry Shark Evolution. In that posting, I was hoping they would create an arthrodire or mosasaur creature to play in the game. Well they have created a Dunkleosteus. It is one fearsome creature with some artistic gaming license added in. The creature has been given a double mouth with
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12:47 PM | Holiday Road Trip? Compelling Reasons to Stuff a Geologist in Your Car – But Do Your Own Driving
“‘If I’m going to drive safely, I can’t do geology.’” -Geologist quoted by John McPhee in Basin and Range There’s nothing like roadtripping with geologists.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:24 AM | Guest Blog: Christopher and Logan cycle Britain’s Water for Burkina Faso’s Water
Yesterday we shared a blog written by Christopher Barry (University of Birmingham), outlining previous work in Burkina Faso with the charity ‘Friends in Action’. Christopher and Logan Mills (University of Warwick) are cycling 270 km from Bristol to Birmingham on the 12th and 13th December, in aid of ‘Friends in Action’, and here write about their latest contribution to this important work to provide clean water. Friends in Action We are excited to be supporting […]
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8:34 AM | The Holidays Come Early at the Great Valley Museum: A Big Toothy Predator Arrives
So, I got a call the other day from Receiving..."You've got a giant crate that's been delivered. Where do you want it? And I think "Huh? I don't remember having anything on order". And then in the fog of my brain (it's finals week; I'm more addled than normal), a vague memory emerges: we ordered something a year ago! And it finally arrived!The crate was indeed huge. We had to remove close to two dozen screws, and like the father in the movie "A Christmas Story" ("fra-gee-lay"), we found a great […]
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8:05 AM | Reconstructing the skull of Aquilops
As I mentioned in my first post on Aquilops, I drew the skull reconstructions that appear in figure 6 of the paper (Farke et al. 2014). I’m writing this post to explain that process. We’ve blogged here before about the back-and-forth between paleontologists and artists when it comes to reconstructing and restoring extinct animals (example […]
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7:08 AM | Egan Chasing Shadows
 I have accumulated some books on the Washington State Landscape that deserve a write up hence wallula-gap and geology-of-san-juan-islands.  Timothy Egan took on Edward Curtis. Curtis moved to Washington State and started a photography business in Seattle. His fame is the photographs he took of First Nations peoples. Curtis' genius was recognizing that we would soon loose multiple cultures unless he captured those cultures before they were gone. He was not the only […]
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7:02 AM | Global warming continues despite continuous denial
Human emissions of greenhouse gases cause the Earth to warm. We’ve known that for decades – actually for over 100 years. But how do we measure warming? How fast is the planet heating? Turns out, this is conceptually easy to answer, even though it is difficult to implement the required measurements. In order to measure how fast the planet is heating, we can measure the difference in incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere (just like keeping track of a bank account […]
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6:09 AM | Voller Energie
Die JOIDES resolution ist eine schwimmende Kleinstadt. Also eigentlich eher ein Dorf (etwa 120 Menschen sind auf dem Schiff), aber ein Dorf mit einer riesigen, an Schwerindustrie erinnernden Bohranlage. read more
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6:00 AM | Full of energy
The JOIDES resolution is a floating small city. To be honest, it's rather a village with a population of about 120, but a village with drilling devices very much reminiscent of a heavy industry. read more
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4:03 AM | Sustainable Development Fall 2014 Workshop Briefings
This fall, students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development unveiled innovative solutions for sustainability issues as part of their Capstone Workshop. Under the guidance of professors Stuart Gaffin and Radley Horton, students worked as consultants for organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and New York City's Office of Recovery and Resiliency. On December 5th, students gathered to present their final briefing […]
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4:02 AM | Coming, not quite so soon: Beyond the Water Wars
So the folks at Island Press will be publishing my book, tentatively titled Beyond the Water Wars, about the problems facing the Colorado River Basin and how we might fix them. I couldn’t be happier. Its basic themes will be familiar to readers of this blog – the end of the age of fat reservoirs and full ...Continue reading ‘Coming, not quite so soon: Beyond the Water Wars’ »
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2:46 AM | Atmospheric Rivers and the storms of December
Wind gusts forecast for 1:00 p.m. (tomorrow afternoon)As I logged into Cliff Mass's blog to do my homework for this post, I saw that he had updated his latest post as follows:"BIG NEWS UPDATE at 10:15 AM Wednesday:  At 10 AM, Seattle-Tacoma Airport reported 65F, the WARMEST TEMPERATURE EVER OBSERVED AT SEA-TAC FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.  I repeat this is the warmest temperature every reported for any day in December in the entire climatological record.  Amazing.  Undoubtedly […]

December 10, 2014

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11:38 PM | Solar-Powered Wi-Fi Could Keep LA Online After a Quake
Los Angeles considers a solar-powered wireless communication system capable of withstanding the big one. Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | Catholic Bishops Call for End to Fossil Fuels
Catholic bishops worldwide call for a commitment to sustainable energy and a climate treaty that protects the poor.
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9:06 PM | Geologische Wanderung um den Eibsee
Letztens hatte ich ja den großen Bergsturz beschrieben, dem die Landschaft unterhalb der Zugspitze ihren letzten Schliff verdankt (und dem die Zugspitze sicher einige Meter ihres Gipfels geopfert hat). Dieses Ereignis hat etliche Spuren hinterlassen, die man bei einer Wanderung um den Eibsee schön sehen kann. Der Weg einmal rund um den See ist knappe 7 Kilometer lang und stellt mit seinen gut 200 Höhenmetern keine außergewöhnlichen Anforderungen. Am einfachsten […]
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7:19 PM | Please welcome Aquilops americanus
Today sees the description of Aquilops americanus (“American eagle face”), a new basal neoceratopsian from the Cloverly Formation of Montana, by Andy Farke, Rich Cifelli, Des Maxwell, and myself, with life restorations by Brian Engh. The paper, which has just been published in PLOS ONE, is open access, so you can download it, read it, […]
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6:26 PM | Casting program underway
When I was at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, one of our most successful endeavors was an active molding and casting program to produce replicas of fossils in the VMNH collection. After moving to the Western Science Center one … Continue reading →
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