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January 14, 2015

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10:57 PM | Weather Forecasts Are About To Get Even Better
I asked one of my professors at OU in the mid 1970′s if we would ever be able to make reliable forecasts out to a week, and he said it was unlikely, because we would needs computers running hundreds of times faster than they did then. Well, what do you know! The computer in your iPhone is  thousands of times faster than what was in the Lunar Module on July …
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10:16 PM | The Mills College high-grade blueschist block
Longtime commenter artisancrafts reminded me, in a comment to my last post, that there’s a nice exposure of blueschist at the north edge of Mills College. Yesterday I easily located it by following his/her directions. First there’s the old railbed that once ran to Laundry Canyon. This stretch of it, which once continued down through […]
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10:12 PM | Captivating Conversations with the Caption: Part I, by JR Caption Terry Skinner
How long have you been a Captain? A long story that I will make short. I have been Captain on the JOIDES Resolution for 5 years. However before joining the JOIDES Resolution some 19 years ago I have sailed as Captain on larger offshore fishing boats. I have worked as a Ship’s Officer since 1980 (34 years) Display on Kids page read more
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9:21 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano update for 14-January-2015
The eruption in Holuhraun continues at the same phase as it has been doing this week. Far as I know there has not been any reports about changes in the news or in the reports from Icelandic Met … Continue reading →
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6:15 PM | How Greenland Got Its Glaciers
Greenland didn't always have glaciers, reports a new study that pins the region's ice-cold features on plate tectonics and a shift in the Earth's tilt.
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5:51 PM | People Erode Soil 100 Times Faster Than Nature
Destroying forests and intensively farming the land erodes as much soil in a few decades as would naturally erode over thousands of years. Continue reading →
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4:09 PM | Pretty pictures of the Cosmos: Overlooked
Astrophotographer Adam Block showcases some stunning images of lesser-known galaxies and nebulae.
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3:13 PM | Mountain monitoring system artificially inflates temperature increases at higher elevations
In a recent study, University of Montana and Montana Climate Office researcher Jared Oyler found that while the western U.S. has warmed, recently observed warming in the mountains of the western U.S. likely is not as large as previously supposed.
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2:08 PM | #NationalMentoringMonth – a celebration for students and faculty
Welcome to National Mentoring Month! Take a moment to honor and recognize outstanding mentoring practices and the people that have made a difference in your life.
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2:00 PM | Green Crab Project Update
Back in September we reported on a current research project going on at the reserve — green crab sampling! We now have an update on this project, but first to refresh your memory… Over the 2014 field season, research staff and interns participated in a green crab abundance study in hopes of getting a better understanding of population dynamics of this invasive species on marshes along the coast of Maine. We used modified eels traps baited with Atlantic herring, deployed two […]
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11:31 AM | Complexity and the collapse of the financial system
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. by Philip Garnett and Brett Cherry Finance influences everything, from the growth of businesses and employment to capital and even public services. As the world becomes increasingly subject to the all-encompassing influence of financialisation, it is confronted with problems that [...] The post Complexity and the collapse of the financial system appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk […]
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11:30 AM | Registration for the EGU 2015 General Assembly is open!
The EGU General Assembly brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting that covers all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Following from last year’s success, the EGU General Assembly will have a theme: A Voyage Through Scales. The theme is an invitation to contemplate Earth’s extraordinary variability extending from milliseconds to its age and from microns to the size of the planet. The theme does not constrain the topics to be presented […]
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6:56 AM | A Madrone Forest and other Orcas Island Observations
I did some more tree ring counting notes-on-tree-rings-and-old-forests and again on Orcas Island. This rather modest diameter Douglas fir trunk on the southwest side of Mount Constitution had approximately 100 rings.   The small diameter but old age does cause me to wonder about the age of stands of large Douglas firs that are scattered about the island.Old growth Douglas fir The more interesting aspect of my ventures was finding myself in a forest stand where the […]
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6:27 AM | The Antarctic ice sheet is a sleeping giant, beginning to stir
In a paper I just published with colleague Dr. Ted Scambos from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, we highlight the impact of southern ice sheet loss, particularly the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on sea-level rise around the world. We know that human emissions of greenhouse gases are causing the Earth’s temperature to rise and are creating other changes across the Earth’s climate system. One change that gets a great deal of attention is the current and future […]
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4:53 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #3A
2015 begins with CO2 above 400 PPM mark China vulnerable to climate change Climate change takes a village Climate leadership under China's economic domination? For the love of carbon How the U.S. and India can work together on global warming Ice researchers capture catastrophic Greenland melt Is the climate movement at a tipping point? Losing streak continues for U.S. coal export terminals Moderate Republicans believe in climate change. There just aren’t many moderate […]
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2:37 AM | What is Beer?
Since I’m jumping into brewing in a rather manic fashion, it seems only natural to take a moment to reflect upon what it is that I am making. I brew beer. Lots of beer. But what is beer? Beer has … Continue reading →
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1:33 AM | 10th Annual Los Angeles Area “Museum Free for All” Happens January 31, 2015
It’s that time of year again!  Major museums throughout the Los Angeles area are offering Free Admission on January 31, 2015 during the 10th Annual Museums Free For All. The […]
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12:14 AM | AZGS hires first-ever Deputy Director
The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) recently hired Chris Hanson as its first ever Deputy Director. Chris joins the AZGS with more than 17 years leadership experience, including senior positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers as Director of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute, and also with the National Society of Professional Engineers, International Dark Skies Association, and the Critical Path Institute. Chris' experience also includes working in state […]
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12:00 AM | Carnivorous Plant Is Clever Even Without a Brain
An insect-eating plant proves that a brain isn't needed in order to be clever.
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12:00 AM | New Gold Rush Threatens Amazon Wildlife, Climate
Driven by demand from Asian consumers, rising prices, and made possible by new technologies -- gold mining is threatening some of the most diverse tropical forests in South America.

January 13, 2015

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11:00 PM | Geo 1095: January 13, Day 743: Negative Stumps
Standing under North Silver Falls and looking up at the ceiling provides a glimpse of a helluva way to die. We're looking up chimney-like tubes that were once tree trunks. Those trees were growing on what I take to be a nearly flat alluvial plain, developed atop the previous Columbia River Basalt flow, which is visible as the sloping bedrock (not the loose boulders, which fell off the overhanging ledge) in this photo. Judging by the number and size of these casts, the trees were not as large, […]
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10:58 PM | Forest-Rangeland Soil Ecology Lab: Ph.D. Student opening in post-fire restoration usi...
Forest-Rangeland Soil Ecology Lab: Ph.D. Student opening in post-fire restoration usi...: The School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, seeks a motivated Ph.D. student to conduct field and greenhouse experiments near Fla...
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10:29 PM | cold adaptation
I finally have this cold weather thing figured out. It took ages, but now I can do fieldwork in both absolute cold (well below freezing) and wet cold (deep snow, temperature just below freezing, pouring rain) all day without misery or risking hypothermia. The factors that keep me warm, from easy to adjust to... not:Behavior:1. Breakfast is critical. I cannot have too many complex carb/protein/fat calories the morning of a long day of fieldwork in the cold. I need to get all that energy in early […]
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10:00 PM | AGU Part 2: Impressions.
By Tanja At the time of writing I am sitting at LAX (in this student’s opinion THE shittiest airport I’ve seen so far) with approximately 7 more hours to wait for my connecting flight to Sydney. I am traveling back … Continue reading →
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9:26 PM | New earthquake swarm in Tungafellsjökull volcano
New earthquake swarm started in Tungafellsjökull volcano earlier today (13-January-2015). The earthquakes start at 13 km depth and go up to around 2 km depth far as I can tell. Earthquake activity in Tungafellsjökull volcano for the last … Continue reading →
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8:26 PM | Long-tailed Tits – More than Just a Pretty Face
Long-tailed tits are adorable…they just are… They are so adorable that they will easily distract from anything I attempt to write so let’s all take-in their fluffy cuteness before proceeding, shall […]
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8:03 PM | JUICE at Europa
Europe's JUICE spacecraft will provide us with a detailed regional study of this icy moon of Jupiter.
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7:29 PM | Dino's in Pop Culture - A "Real" Dinosaur Train
Last year my wife had purchased me tickets to the "Dinosaur Train" put on by the Heber Valley Railroad, here in Utah. It was a cute event where they had a variety of dinosaur related activities, and where you could talk to volunteers from the nearby museums.  One of the activities was digging in the sand for dinosaurs. It is hard to see but here is my daughter pulling out a Pachycephalosaurus. The train that was not in use with a giant inflatable dinosaur on the front. I […]
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7:10 PM | Fossil des Jahres – Arthropleura armata
Das neue Jahr hat gerade begonnen und daher ist es Zeit, sich mit den unterschiedlichen Lebewesen und Dingen des Jahres zu befassen. Wobei es in den Geowissenschaften ja meist Gegenstände sind, da unsere Subjekte zumeist nicht mehr unter den Lebenden weilen, so sie s denn jemals getan haben. Beginnen möchte ich mit dem Fossil des Jahres 2015. Als solches werden von der Paläontologische Gesellschaft seit 2008 Fossilien gekürt, die von großer wissenschaftlicher oder […]
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6:45 PM | NASA Develops Volcano-Exploring Robots
The small bots will help researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory map fissures and learn more about how eruptions occur.
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