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December 14, 2014

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2:52 AM | The blurred line between antique chic and ruin porn
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1:12 AM | Dead rats and circumcision
Saturday afternoon in Lima. On the good side, the one place selling good coffee is still open (the proper machines, rather than the horrible little Nescafe machines that the locals call ‘no es café.”) And I’ve managed to eke out my stack of kiwi Dark Ghana chocolate, saving the last big block for today. On […]

December 13, 2014

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10:10 PM | Redirecting Focus
Flooding in the UK (February 2014) cc image: UK Ministry of Defence All of our basic institutions, especially those of higher education and art/design, need to stop in their tracks and redirect/rededicate themselves.  Because, as Rebecca Solnit put it in the NYT Magazine recently: “Climate change is everything, a story and a calamity bigger than […]
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9:48 PM | Torture
Some in the US have now admitted that others in the US tortured some other people: see for example [[Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture]]. But on the whole, the people in charge at the time aren’t admitting it, and the CIA can’t even bring itself to use the T-word. Bystander pointed me at…
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8:40 PM | Geo 730: December 13, Day 712: On the Flank of Hood
Turning around in the same spot as yesterday's photo of Mount Jefferson, there was Mount Hood, looming over us. I think the White River drainage is the valley near the center that runs off the right side of the photo. The valley running down the left center toward the road is the Salmon River.Photo unmodified. October 10, 2012. FlashEarth Location.
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7:46 PM | Aquilops in today’s LA Times
Hey, just a quick announcement this time: today’s LA Times has a nice little article on Aquilops on page A6. It’s also available online here. Good luck tracking down a hardcopy – our local Barnes & Noble doesn’t carry the LA Times (not sure which party that reflects worse on), and I got the last […]
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6:14 PM | Finding Castor Canadensis
I have located my little buddies here in southwest Utah! Well, I have not located them, exactly, but I have found clear evidence of their existence. Now it is just a matter of time before I catch the little rascals in action. And just who do you think these little rascals might be, industriously re–engineering their short stretch of the Santa Clara River?Santa Clara River -  more here than meets the eye!Beavers! That’s who I’m talking about. Take a closer look. Do you see […]
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5:35 PM | Through Rhonda’s Window
Rhonda and I were at a provincial watershed planning meeting the other day when she shared this photo of a mid-day winter sky. She took it through the window on her farm near Donnelly, Alberta. I didn’t know where Donnelly was, so I google mapped it. (Rhonda had said, “it’s in real northern Alberta, not […]
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1:00 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #50B
Building climate equity and international consensus from the ground up Canada ‘flies under radar,’ skirts Oilsands issue at COP20 climate talks Debate heats up on risk of frozen fossil fuel assets Fighting for the climate in the Heart of the World First El Niño in five years declared by Japan's weather bureau Global warming continues despite continuous denial Global warming isn't causing California drought? Report triggers storm Green Climate Fund to back energy "paradigm […]
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4:48 AM | Snow and Spire: Just Right for the Season
A bit of an opinion and a strong one at that: There is no better "coffee table" book featuring the Washington State Landscape than Snow and Spire. Washington State has been blessed with some remarkable photographers that have been inspired by our landscapes and have successfully passed that inspiration on to others.  The images in Snow and Spire surpass words. There is one image in the book of a place I had once been. I recognized the location immediately. I had […]
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3:10 AM | Getting There (November 28/29, 2014): On the plane from Washington to Tokyo
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2:24 AM | Santa Fe, Christmas 2014
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2:00 AM | Extreme Calif. Storm Triggers Mudslides, Floods: Photos
On Wednesday, a vicious winter storm hit the U.S. West Coast. By Friday, flooding, high winds and fallen trees caused huge travel disruptions and property damage.
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12:37 AM | competitor advice
I gave a driller a ride to another site that his company was working at so he could borrow a particular tool. When we arrived, I introduced myself to the geologist, who worked for a firm that directly competes with mine, and we started chatting as the drillers rummaged around their rig. He seemed to be a complete newbie and unsure of himself, a position that I remember well and empathize with.He needed to install a monitoring well at the top of rock or at a target depth, whichever was first, […]

December 12, 2014

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11:59 PM | Geo 730: December 12, Day 711: Misty Mountain
If all I wanted was alliteration, "Smokey Summit" would be more accurate, but The Hobbit and everything... This is from a pullout just below the Timberline parking area, looking south to Mount Jefferson, the next major Cascade peak in that direction. Due to the haze, it's difficult to see just how deeply eroded that mountain is, which indicates it hasn't had any significant summit eruptions since the initiation of the ice ages, some two million years ago. That erosion is a little more evident […]
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11:00 PM | Grupo de Educación (9ª Promoción, 2014-2015)
En esta ocasión el grupo de Educación tendrá dos trabajos muy diferentes, a la par que interesantes.Germán CervigónAlumno de 3º de Grado en Geología con interés en la divulgación de las ciencias y la innovación educativa. Realizará un trabajo de seguimiento de salidas de campo realizadas por la empresa Geosfera, con alumnos de 4º de E.S.O. y 1º - 2º de Bachillerato, para analizar los principales problemas […]
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9:51 PM | Geminid Meteors This Weekend
Skies should be clear over some parts of the country to get a view of up to 120 meteors per hour Saturday night. If you are in the clear, then find a dark spot and bundle up! The best time to see them will be before midnight because the Moon will rise around Midnight and will wash the sky out with its light. More from NASA here! : It’s the …
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9:29 PM | MPA Alum Focuses on China’s Energy System
In his role as an Economic Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund, Sheng Yan (MPA-ESP '13) is able to combine his scientific knowledge and management skills to create long-term change in his native China.
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7:32 PM | Fossil Friday – peccary molar
The Pleistocene megafauna from Diamond Valley Lake is dominated by a few prominent groups such as horses, bison, and mastodons. But there were a lot of species of mammals in the valley that are represented by only a limited number … Continue reading →
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4:37 PM | Wie kann man außergewöhnliche Behauptungen hinterfragen?
Wenn man mit einigermaßen offenen Augen durch die Welt geht, stößt man früher oder später auf jemanden, der eine  (mehr oder weniger) außergewöhnliche Behauptung in den Raum stellt. Nun steht man schnell vor dem Problem, hier die Spreu vom Weizen zu trennen, wenn man nicht als vollkommen ignorant auf der einen oder leichtgläubig auf der anderen Seite sein will. Eigentlich gibt es dafür eine gut erprobte Technik, mit denen man sich zumindest […]
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4:27 PM | The Planetary Society’s Global Volunteer Network
The Planetary Society’s Global Volunteer Network has been busy these past few months!
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4:25 PM | Pretty pictures of the Cosmos: Strange and spooky
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares his haunting images of three different types of nebulae.
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4:19 PM | LightSail Completes Testing, Announcement Expected in January
The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.
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3:18 PM | Report: Global Shale Gas Development And Water Availability
This is something that I have written about before in the context of shale gas development from Indian sedimentary basins. The availability of fresh water might set up conflicts with agriculture demands and limit exploitation of shale gas.A report by the World Resources Institute on the global situation points out the same problem elsewhere in many areas of the world.38 percent of shale resources are in areas that are either arid or under high to extremely high levels of water stress19 percent […]
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3:00 PM | New Churyumov-Gerasimenko Shapemodel!
Mattias Malmer shares his latest shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, created using data from the Rosetta spacecraft.
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1:28 PM | Friday fold: Miette slate, Alberta
The Friday fold returns to Canada, looking at Neoproterozoic slate and quartzite at the southern terminus of the Icefields Parkway. Bonus features include ripple marks, graded beds, cross-bedding, cleavage, and boudinage.
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1:00 PM | Townhall and Splinter Meetings at EGU 2015
In addition to the wealth of scientific sessions at the General Assembly (12–17 April 2015), there is also the option to attend other meetings during EGU 2015. These include Townhall and Splinter Meetings, which are organised by conference participants.  Townhall Meetings Townhall Meetings are meetings open for all participants in the conference. During these meetings new initiatives or decisions are announced to a larger audience following an open discussion on the matter. Anyone […]
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12:50 PM | STUDENTS WANT TO KNOW: Q & A WITH CO-CHIEF STEVEN CLEMENS
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12:32 PM | iMonsoon: Das Leben eines Sedimentologen
Die Hauptaufgabe der JOIDES resolution (oder kurz JR) ist es, unter dem Meeresboden zu bohren und möglichst intakte Bohrkerne der Sedimente zu erhalten. Sedimente bestehen aus Ablagerungen, die sich im Laufe der Jahrmillionen auf dem Meeresboden angesammelt haben und dort - im Gegensatz zu den meisten Ablagerungen an Land - erhalten geblieben sind. read more
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12:00 PM | Warming Pacific Could Release Tons of Frozen Methane
The Pacific Ocean, whose waters are heating up due to climate change, may accelerate the problem by releasing millions of tons of methane gas that's stored beneath the ocean floor.
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