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August 08, 2014

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9:45 PM | This Is Why Canada and The West Are Burning
NASA posted this map of the temperature anomalies over North America for July, and you can easily see why we there is so much wildfire activity in the U.S. West and Canada North. This is why dense smoke is travelling thousands of miles to the Eastern Seaboard. The heat out west has now pushed much of California into Exceptional Drought” status.
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9:45 PM | Mars 2020 Instruments – A Plan for Sample Return
Van Kane gives us a tour of the instruments selected for the Mars 2020 rover.
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9:05 PM | Mind The Gap
Given that I have a policy of removing blogs from my RSS reader after six months of inactivity, I suspect that a gap between posts of 11 months might have lost a few readers, but I shall attempt to restart the old blogging machine.People close to me will know this year has not been particularly easy on a professional level. When you play the Game Of Thrones you win or you die, and it was very nearly the latter. With A-level, Access and HND - all very intensive, high-level courses - plus the […]
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9:05 PM | Mind The Gap
Given that I have a policy of removing blogs from my RSS reader after six months of inactivity, I suspect that a gap between posts of 11 months might have lost a few readers, but I shall attempt to restart the old blogging machine.People close to me will know this year has not been particularly easy on a professional level. When you play the Game Of Thrones you win or you die, and it was very nearly the latter. With A-level, Access and HND - all very intensive, high-level courses - plus the […]
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8:50 PM | There be rocks down there!
At the back end of my last shift, a core came up with very little recovery. This is always suspicious, because marine sediments core easily with recoveries better than 80% nearly all the time. read more
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8:17 PM | All good things…
I first started working for VMNH as an intern in 1989, shortly after the museum opened. In 1999 I started working here full time, initially as the Laboratory Manager and later as Curator of Paleontology. So it’s a little surprising … Continue reading →
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7:22 PM | MPA Alum Focuses on Energy Planning and Compliance
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, Joseph Daniel ('12), is using the skills he developed in the program to give insight into the issues his clients at Synapse Energy Economics are struggling with in an effort to help them resolve issues in the most optimal way possible. Daniel joined the program in 2011 with several years of professional experience ranging from political advocacy to consulting.
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6:00 PM | NOAA Forecasts Mild Atlantic Hurricane Season
The Atlantic is likely to see fewer-than-average named storms and hurricanes -- and possibly no major hurricanes this year.
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5:18 PM | The Rocks Remain
Victoria Beach, Lake Winnipeg, 2014 Along Lake Winnipeg in July it felt like business as usual. At Victoria Beach we rode our bikes down narrow gravel lanes through swarms of dragonflies and clouds of midges, basking in the perfect warm air and golden sunlight. The shop, bakery, tennis courts, and playground were busy. But what about […]
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4:04 PM | Arrival in Arusha Tanzania!
Street scene in Arusha Tanzania with a woman carrying bananas to marketHelen and I are now 10 time zones away from Arizona, so nearly halfway around the world. It took us about 27 hours total flying time to get here. I was lucky to get probably one hour of sleep on the plane so no wonder I slept-in until 11 AM today. But I got to watch three great movies on the way - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nebraska (twice), and Time Again. The movie scene on international flights just keeps getting better […]
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3:52 PM | A Summit for Young Climate Leaders
We created CliMates in 2011. Our dream was to find new ways for youth worldwide to work together on climate change. In less than a year, CliMates grew into a network of several hundred students and young professionals across all continents and from different academic backgrounds. This year, the 2nd CliMates International Summit will take place in New York City from Aug. 25-29. This event will experiment with new ways to educate and train participants, introducing them to new approaches to […]
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3:52 PM | August 2014 Open Thread
More thread.
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2:41 PM | David Elliot blog
I just became aware of Dr. David Elliot's (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) blog. There's a lot of nice content on his biocrust research in the Kalahari Desert (such as this), computer science, and degraded peatland ecology. I recommend having a look.More on Kalahari crusts here.
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2:17 PM | Bird Brain
A pigeon's got cells in its brain That link up with its inner ear. Despite any wind, fog, or rain, These talented birds, they can steer!
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2:00 PM | Worried about Speaking in Public? Try Toastmasters. Really.
That's right, Toastmasters, the outfit with the retro name that seems to promise insurance salesmen who shake your hand too hard, like that guy in the movie Groundhog Day who keeps pestering Bill Murray. “It’s Ned! NED RYERSON!” Yes, I was dubious, too. But then la few weeks ago I actually went to a meeting...
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12:22 PM | A much shorter review of flood stratigraphies in lake sediments
Earlier this year my PhD supervisors and I (Daniel) had a paper accepted for publication in Earth-Science Reviews entitled ‘Flood stratigraphies in lake sediments: A review’ (Schillereff et al., 2014). It’s been fairly popular in terms of downloads but it occurred to me the other day that many of those prospective readers may be put […]
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12:18 PM | Friday fold: Buckle vs. passive folding in the Chancellor Group slates
The Friday fold is an outcrop in Yoho National Park that showcases differences between buckle folding and passive folding.
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12:05 PM | Throwing Paradigms to the Wind of Climate Change
        This is a guest post by Daniil Bachkirov, a joint master’s student in the School of Environmental Sciences and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, where he studies at the juncture of the natural sciences and the humanities … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | GeoTalk: Matthew Agius on how online communication can help identify earthquake impact
In this edition of GeoTalk, we’re talking to Matthew Agius, a seismologist from the University of Malta and the Young Scientist Representative for the EGU’s Seismology Division. Matthew gave an enlightening talk during the EGU General Assembly on how communication on online platforms such as Facebook can help scientists assess the effect of earthquakes. Here […]
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5:13 AM | Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Sets Historic Distance Record and Roves On
It's official: Opportunity has traveled farther and lived longer than any other vehicle on another planet, driving to a place in history with an out-of-this-world distinction no one even imagined when the robot field geologist left Earth 11 years ago.
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5:08 AM | Why Lake Mead keeps dropping
Water released from Lake Mead, through Hoover Dam’s turbines, travels downstream about 150 miles to Lake Havasu. There, massive pumps on the river’s left bank push the water up on the start of a 336 mile journey that ends in groundwater spreading basins west of Tucson. The Colorado River’s water then recharges an aquifer, where ...Continue reading ‘Why Lake Mead keeps dropping’ »
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5:00 AM | Acervularia truncata coral fossil
Here is a picture of an Acervularia truncata coral fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. Image taken in June 2014.
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12:30 AM | Syringopora-sp and Favosites sp colonial coral fossils
Here is a picture of a Syringopora-sp and Favosites sp colonial coral fossils at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It existed in the Silurian Period. The fossils were found in Sweden. Similar fossils are found in the Louisville Limestone of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Image taken in June 2014.

August 07, 2014

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11:31 PM | An Emflume1 off to Switzerland!
We shipped an Emflume1 to Nikolaus (Klaus) Kuhn at the University of Basel today.Klaus does some amazing work, check out this video at  ZeroG flights.Props to LRRD colleagues Jim Nation and Anna Durrett, who put in extra time to get this shipment done exactly right.  And to contractor John Cotter for his work.
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11:03 PM | Geo 730: August 7, Day 584: Calcite Close Up
Several small veinlets of calcite show up here, one near the bottom with the lens cap (52 mm), another in the upper right middle, and a nubbin up near the top- that latter one may a continuation of the second. Another characteristic of this outcrop comes through well in this shot: the rock is totally rotten, essentially just a pile of clay with veins shot through it. I may have, on past field trips, referred to this sort of stuff as "metacrappite." Or not.Photo unaltered. August 5, 2012. […]
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10:40 PM | Grand Canyon is theme of national Geologic Map Day
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10:09 PM | Annals of Indian water: “hot, scorching sands”
Most of the land in these reservations is and always has been arid. If the water necessary to sustain life is to be had, it must come from the Colorado River or its tributaries. It can be said without overstatement that when the Indians were put on these reservations they were not considered to be ...Continue reading ‘Annals of Indian water: “hot, scorching sands”’ »
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9:15 PM | The Wasatch Front
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9:15 PM | The Wasatch Front
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9:00 PM | Wildfire Smoke Dims Sun Over Eastern U.S. and Canada
Dense wildfire smoke (from forest fires in Canada) has once again moved into the NE U.S. The smoke is bringing a hazy sky this evening to the Eastern Great Lakes, and across NY and into Maryland,Virginia, and Delaware. The smoke was brought southward by the cool front that passed through last night. A closer view of the smoke is below: Click the images above for a much larger version. The …
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