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May 01, 2015

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1:46 PM | Beijing Program to Tackle Energy, Environmental Issues
The Earth Institute is taking an extra step to contribute to China’s environmental future by sponsoring the first Beijing Week on Energy and Environment, a week-long program this summer for emerging leaders and professionals in the fields of energy and environment.
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1:44 PM | Lessions from Past
While we wait for further coring deep towards the basement in the Laxmi basin, we had the opportunity to learn from our past experience. read more
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12:43 PM | Friday fold: Tight syncline/anticline pair in Brallier Formation
The Friday fold shows clastic detritus (turbidites or "flysch" from the Acadian Orogeny) crumpled into tight folds due to the later Alleghanian Orogeny.
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12:40 PM | Carnival of Space #403
Back in the days before Tumblr and facebook and twitter, people wrote blogs, read other blogs, and collate series of posts about common themes into link compilations called "Carnivals."  These days, most carnivals have dies out, due to the death of independent blogging, the loss of attention span to microsocial, and the increasing automation of trend formation.  But a few still live on, and one
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10:30 AM | Communication and Education in Geoscience: Practice, Research and Reflection
In this guest blog post, an international group of researchers discusses a recent communication and education session that they convened at EGU’s 2015 General Assembly. If you are involved in any of these disciplines, we’d love to hear your opinions on how you think their practitioners are currently viewed, both within the geosciences and by the general public. We look forward to your comments. The rationale behind this session was to give educators, science communicators and […]
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7:27 AM | Coffee Master
No day on the ship can be completed by mere mortals without a decent cup of coffee to give strength and energy and especially so after 4 weeks at sea. read more
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3:59 AM | Exploring Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with the Museum of Northern Arizona Ventures Program
In late April I took nine enthusiastic Venturers to the Grand Staircaser-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The area is astounding and contains colorful and interesting rock formations, many Native sites, a few streams and waterfalls, and more scenery than one can possible assimilate in one week.Our group beginning our first big hike at Lower Calf Creek FallsThese three guardians can be seen by observant hikers along the way in After nearly 3 miles of walking, the falls come […]
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3:08 AM | From the vault: It’s opposite day
A look back at some of our most popular articles.

April 30, 2015

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10:47 PM | Geo 1095: April 30, Day 850: Aa
"Aa" (pronounced "ah-ah") lava is rubbly and often jagged on the surface. This "texture" forms as somewhat viscous, or pasty, lava flows cool and solidify on their surface, but are disrupted and broken as the still molten interior continues to flow, dragging the exterior along for the ride. This implies that the rubble we see at ground level should give way to more or less solid rock at some depth below. There are some magic asterisks after "solid rock," though. First, as the deeper lava cools […]
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10:20 PM | Global Warming Could Threaten 1-in-6 Species
One in six species is threatened with extinction if polluting practices continue unabated, researchers say.
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9:51 PM | U.S. Seismic Network Sees Nepal Quake
A big hat tip to IRIS for this. Keep in mind that the shortest distance to Nepal from the U.S. is over the North Pole, so the seismic waves come from that direction.   From IRIS: IRIS Ground Motion Visualization for the M7.9 earthquake in Nepal April 15, 2015. The visualization shows EarthScope seismic stations picking up the seismic waves generated from the earthquake. Red stations mean the station is …
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8:13 PM | Dyke intrusion in Bárðarbunga volcano
Today (30-April-2015) a minor dyke intrusion took place in Bárðarbunga volcano. This dyke intrusion was small and appears to be over for now. This does show that current activity in Bárðarbunga volcano is not over even if the … Continue reading →
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7:33 PM | Capstone Project Prepares Alum for Energy Efficiency Career
Sustainability Management alum Marisa Hanson (’14) as gone from working on a capstone team tasked with designing a national building retrofit program for Montenegro to a role as program specialist for a residential energy efficiency program in Santa Barbara, CA. Marisa has focused her sustainability career on making a significant difference on a local level.
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6:30 PM | Chile's Calbuco Volcano Erupts Again
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted Thursday, releasing a large column of smoke just over a week after it roared to life following half a century of inactivity.
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5:30 PM | Mt. Everest Shrank as Nepal Quake Lifted Kathmandu
The first good satellite view of Nepal's deadly earthquake could explain why damage in the city was so severe.
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3:17 PM | Walking Time
walking and siting the geologic along 6th avenue, April 24, 2015 As spring finally arrives in New York,  motivation to get outside has escalated and the topic of where and how to walk in New York has become an increasingly popular topic. This past weekend we had the pleasure of leading two walks through the streets of New York, with a particularly […]
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2:46 PM | NEPAL QUAKE: 'Almost Total devastation' Near Epicenter
The 15-year-old came across a jar of clarified butter that sustained him until rescuers found him
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2:44 PM | Risk of Colorado River shortage declaration rising
Tony Davis reports the Bureau of Reclamation’s latest model runs up the odds of a 2016 Lower Basin shortage declaration to one in three: The odds of a shortage in water deliveries to Arizona and other Lower Colorado River Basin states in 2016 are now 33 percent, up from 21 percent as predicted in January, ...Continue reading ‘Risk of Colorado River shortage declaration rising’ »
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2:00 PM | Z is for Zymurgy
Z is for Zymurgy Zymurgy is a cool word. I like it. It is a synonym of zymology, which is also cool, but not as cool. Zymurgy makes me think of alchemy, which makes me want to change lead into … Continue reading →
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1:59 PM | Early Paleozoic fossils in Nealmont Formation, Germany Valley, West Virginia
Looking at Ordovician carbonates in Germany Valley, West Virginia, a few weeks ago on Rick Diecchio’s GMU sedimentology and stratigraphy course field trip: Lots and lots of brachiopods… Crinoid columnals mized with brachiopods: A set of coarsely-infilled trace fossils: Crinoid stem: Nice strophomenid brachiopod: Bryozoan? Receptaculid?
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1:10 PM | My name is Giraffatitan, king of kings
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! [Giraffatitan brancai paralectotype MB.R.2181 (formerly HMN S II), mounted skeleton in left anteroventrolateral view. Presacral vertebrae sculpted, skull scaled and 3d-printed from specimen T1. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.]
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12:18 PM | Famous City ID'd as Top Energy Hog
An international team of researchers has figured out which cities squander the most resources, and which are the most efficient.
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11:40 AM | Kilauea Volcano's Lava Lake Overflows
For the first time in more than 30 years, lava is flowing on the floor of Halema'uma'u crater in Hawaii.
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9:42 AM | Nepal Earthquake – Further Reading
At the weekend we published a selection of reading on the geological and humanitarian aspects of the Nepal earthquake. Over recent days much has been written reflecting on aspects of disaster relief and learning lessons as soon as possible from this awful event, to reduce the impact of future geohazards. These articles are accessible and give geoscientists much to consider: Ilan Kelman (UCL IRDR) How earthquake safety measures could have saved thousands of lives in Nepal. Sam Jones (Guardian, […]
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9:26 AM | New book review by Andrew Goudie
Well, sometimes you just have to throw modesty to the dusty winds and shamelessly take on a little self-promotion. The desert book was just reviewed for The Geological Society by Andrew Goudie, Emeritus Professor in Geography at Oxford, a leading...
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8:34 AM | Upper Bhote Kosi: videos of the damage and rockfalls in northern Nepal
Bhuwan Sharma has posted a series of videos on his youtube channel showing rockfalls and building damage in the Upper Bhote Kosi valley in Nepal
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5:23 AM | The View From A Window at Le Gras Keeps Changing How We See the World
You must admit, It’s not a very good photo, but there is good reason for that, because it’s the first one. Ever. Joseph Neipce took it in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes in France, and he called it “A view from a window at Le Gras”. That photo was made a few weeks after the death of Thomas Jefferson in the summer of 1826, and while it may not look like much the science …
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5:21 AM | Overlooked evidence - global warming may proceed faster than expected
It’s known as “single study syndrome”. When a new scientific paper is published suggesting that the climate is relatively insensitive to the increased greenhouse effect, potentially modestly downgrading the associated climate change threats, that sort of paper will generally receive disproportionate media attention. Because of that media attention, people will tend to remember the results of that single paper, and neglect the many recent studies that have arrived at very […]
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3:05 AM | Slowdown Skeptic
I’m skeptical. In particular, about this idea that the rate of global warming at Earth’s surface has recently exhibited a slowdown. Even more extreme claims have been promoted, such as an actual “pause” or “hiatus” in warming of earth’s surface … Continue reading →
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3:00 AM | My life becomes self-parody
In Las Vegas for a two-day conference on the Colorado River law and policy. Checked into my hotel room, looked out the window to see the Bellagio Fountains: My life has become self-parody.
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