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December 16, 2014

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10:07 PM | Like A Bad Penny: Methane on Mars
With the announcement of Curiosity's detection of methane on Mars, Nicholas Heavens gives us a guide to the history of methane detection on Mars, a discussion of its scientific significance, and a few things to consider when hearing about and asking about the detection.
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10:02 PM | Scientists use drones to monitor surf zone
When ocean scientists visit the beach they pack more than sunscreen and a towel – they pack drones. Researchers show in a new study that drones can be used to cheaply and accurately monitor the movement of water in the surf zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The drones provide a new way of documenting the movement of plant and animal plankton, sediments and pollutants, including spilled oil, near the shore.
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10:00 PM | AGU Part 1: The preparation frenzy
By Tanja It is that time of the year. Everyone goes crazy, we are all busy but no one wants to work. We crank up the air conditioner and we are determined to ….. not wrap up the gifts. It … Continue reading →
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9:47 PM | Foundation and Empire, part II
Following up on my brilliantly prescient Foundation and Empire from April, the current economic situation in Russia is worth commenting on. The Russian rouble [is] in free-fall despite [a] shock 17% rate rise says Auntie (and she really does, doesn’t she, which is silly: rates rose to 17%, not by 17%), and Timmy has some…
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9:06 PM | My new paper on Haplocanthosaurus is out
Right on the heels of Aquilops last week, my paper with John Foster on the new specimen of Haplocanthosaurus from Snowmass, Colorado, was just published in Volumina Jurassica. I’ll have more to say about it later, but right now I am up against a deadline on a big project and I need to go work […]
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7:41 PM | Photo Essay: Sleeping Giant off West Africa Awakes
Nearly 20 years after its last eruption, in 1995, Fogo volcano off West Africa awoke on Nov. 26. Within a week, it had buried two villages under scorching lava, leaving 1,200 people homeless. Lamont-Doherty geologist Ricardo Ramalho was there to document the action and help advise local government.
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7:28 PM | Drucksondier-LKW – Besuch bei FUGRO
Neulich hatte ich das Glück, im Rahmen eines Treffens des Arbeitskreises Umweltgeologie die Fugro Consult GmbH in Lilienthal besuchen zu können. Die Fugro Consult GmbH bietet ingenieurtechnische Dienstleistungen im Bereich der geophysikalischen und geotechnischen Untergrunderkundung an. Der Standort Lilienthal ist dabei hauptsächlich auf die Baugrunduntersuchung mit Hilfe von Drucksondierungen spezialisiert. Die Drucksondierung, auch CPT (Cone Penetration Test) dient der […]
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7:15 PM | Ocean Acidification Causing Pacific Oyster Die Off
Oysters are sensitive to increasingly corrosive seawater, and it's causing commercial oyster operations to fail.
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6:33 PM | Scientists trying to create “exoplanet zoo”
Scientists are working to simulate and catalogue the properties of Earth-like planets to create an “exoplanet zoo,”—a collection of worlds with similar compositions but different levels of habitability. That’s the goal of a new modeling approach presented by Cayman Unterborn during a poster session Monday morning at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
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5:34 PM | #EGU15 – Some Sessions of Interest (2) – Natural Hazards and Society
We’re expecting a strong GfGD presence again at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in 2015 and look forward to meeting some of you there. Last week we noted some great sessions on natural hazards education, communications and geoethics (all with exemption from abstract processing charges). Here we note some sessions from the ‘Natural Hazards and Society’ session within the natural hazards division. Each of these may give people some novel ways […]
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5:30 PM | November in Books, 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year
With November data recorded, 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record.
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5:00 PM | AGU Fall Meeting 2014: Day 1
And we're off! Monday was a mixed bag of service and science for me - I started off as a panelist for the first-ever workshop on Honors nominations, talking about the successful nominations I've seen while serving on the Science For Solutions committe
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4:40 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano update for 16-December-2014
This is a short update on Bárðarbunga volcano. Due to weather I won’t be able to do full regular updates on Bárðarbunga volcano today. Since bad weather prevented me from getting the computer table that I need to … Continue reading →
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3:15 PM | Heading northwards through the Bay of Bengal
Since last night we've been heading north towards the east coast of India, which we will read in about 2 more days. We've been drilling at Site U1443 for about one week now, and most scientists have been using this transit time as a welcome opportunity to write their first Site reports. read more
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2:25 PM | Minor earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes Ridge
Today (16-December-2014) there was a minor earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes Ridge. Only one earthquake had the magnitude of 2,9. Other earthquakes where smaller in magnitude. The earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes Ridge. Copyright of this image belongs … Continue reading →
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2:01 PM | Geosonnet 23
On Mars and Venus air is CO two, While on the Earth it is but a trace gas. Our rocks and water scrub the gas into The stable carbonates, which won’t degas. In torrid climates, weathering is fast. Cold rivers transport unreacted grains Fluvial temperature in eons past Can be deduced with XRF and brains. The elements in sediments explain An early Permian heats up and thaws. Jokulhlaups
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1:13 PM | Safety First!
No one has ever called me graceful.  In read more
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12:57 PM | Buzzard Rocks
Back in 2011, when we were still living in D.C., Lily and I made a hiking trip out to Buzzard Rocks. It was a destination. Now that I live out here in the Fort Valley, I see Buzzard Rocks all the time, and I love it. It’s such a cool feature – a spot on the crest of the hill where you can see the slabby expression of steeply-dipping beds …
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11:31 AM | A Short Georney with Doctor Evelyn, Complete With Geology-Themed Christmas Gift Ideas!
A few weeks ago, I put together a cornucopia of geoscience blogging for ye, but I saved Doctor Evelyn for her own post. She’s one of the first geologists I got to break rocks with, and the only... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:05 AM | Two degrees: Will we avoid dangerous climate change?
This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Simon Evans Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the internationally accepted target for climate policy, as we saw in  the first blog of our series of pieces looking at the two degrees limit. Scientists think the risks of climate change increase as temperatures rise. Two degrees isn't a 'safe' level of climate change, but nor is it a red line with only chaos beyond, as we'll see in part three. It is a readily understood and useful […]
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8:31 AM | Oso: The SR 530 Landslide Commission report
The Commission set up to investigate the Oso / SR 530 landslide released its report yesterday. The recommendations include a proper hazard mapping program, the formation of a geological hazards institute and forensic investigations of this and other large landslide events in the state
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7:03 AM | Descent into Siberia's mystery crater
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6:42 AM | SR 530 (Hazel/Oso) Landslide Commission Report
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee set up a landslide commission to review the Hazel/Oso Landslide. The commission report came out on December 15: SR530 Landslide Commission Final Report.pdf One of the recommendations is to further fund landslide hazard mapping, "The SR 530 Landslide highlights the need to incorporate landslide hazard, risk, and vulnerability assessments into land-use planning, and to expand and refine geologic and geohazard mapping throughout […]
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4:04 AM | As Lake Mead drops, Las Vegas plays the long game
Even with the release of extra water from upstream reservoirs, Lake Mead outside Las Vegas is forecast to continue dropping in 2015 and into 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s latest monthly “24-Month Study” (pdf). At this point, as Lake Mead drifts deeper into record emptiness, it goes without saying that the big ...Continue reading ‘As Lake Mead drops, Las Vegas plays the long game’ »
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2:24 AM | Cells of the century
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2:21 AM | 2014 SkS News Bulletin #6: LIMA COP20 / CMP10
This News Bulletin is a compilation of articles about the just concluded meeting of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and of and the 10th session of the Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The meeting was held in Lima, Peru begining on Dec 1 and ending on Dec 14 with the adoption of a report dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action. A climate accord based on global peer pressure At climate talks in Lima, […]
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2:01 AM | Growing forests with fire
In the summer of 2012, Heather Alexander traveled to a remote larch forest in eastern Siberia, gathered together piles of dry twigs and branches, and lit a match. Alexander, a biologist at the University of Texas at Brownsville, is a fire starter. Her work aims to understand whether increasingly common fires in the boreal larch forests of north-eastern Siberia are unleashing more carbon into the atmosphere or, paradoxically, helping the forests capture and store atmospheric carbon by promoting […]

December 15, 2014

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9:51 PM | 2015 Internships at Center for Sustainable Investment
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is accepting applications for internship positions for the spring 2015 and summer 2015 semesters. Interns are staffed to one or more specific research projects depending on the background and interests of the particular applicant. Internships are generally unpaid, though some paid opportunities are available. Select work-study administrative positions are also available, and course credit can be granted in some cases.
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9:20 PM | Geo 730: December 15, Day 714: Timberline Chimney
Inside Timberline Lodge, the lighting is dim, and it's not easy (especially as I get older) trying to hold my camera steady for good clarity. Above is the best shot I have of the chimney over the great hearth. This is native stone; I don't know if there was a dedicated quarry for the stonework in the lodge, or if they just used loose blocks laying around on the surface. Goodness knows, there's plenty of those. The lodge was built as a part of the WPA program in the late 30s, and dedicated by […]
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8:53 PM | Carbon News 15/12/14: smoke and mirrors
English goes silent on carbon deficit costs The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury. Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed to Carbon News that Treasury is predicting carbon prices of between $10 and $165 a tonne between 2021 and 2030, […]
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