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October 16, 2014

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2:49 AM | As Deadlines Loom, LightSail Bends but Doesn't Break
The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.
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2:46 AM | National Fossil Day - Arizona's state fossil is petrified wood
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2:15 AM | The Ebola Outbreak Is Proof That We Humans Are Terrible at Evaluating Risk
There are at least 5,000 dead of Ebola in Africa and it is a real human tragedy no doubt, but when I turned on CNN Tuesday to get the latest on what is happening there, I ended up watching nearly two hours of news about two patients who have contracted the disease in America. They are still alive, and hopefully with good care will beat the disease, but I must …
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1:41 AM | Northern Convergence: We'll Call it "Rock": The Okotok Erratic
There is a big rock out on the high prairie near Calgary, Alberta. That all by itself is a bit of strangeness. It's even more strange because it is around a hundred miles (160 km) from the cliff in which it originated, up in the Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park. The Blackfoot Indians had a creative name for the rock, Okatok, which in their language means, um, "rock". These names always sound better in the original language! For whatever reason, the spelling changed a bit to Okotok.The […]
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1:30 AM | Lithothamnium Fossil
This picture shows a Lithothamnium calcareous algae fossil. It was found in Cagliari Sardinia Italy. The fossil dates to the Quaternary Period. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image taken June 2014.
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12:45 AM | Bárðarbunga volcano update for 15-October-2014
Far as I know there has not been a big change in the activity in Bárðarbunga volcano today (15-October-2014). Largest earthquake today had the magnitude of 5,4 and was felt in Akureyri. When the magnitude 5,4 earthquake happened … Continue reading →
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12:13 AM | SeAVP Day 2, Museum Hopping, and National Fossil Day!
Day 2 of SeAVP: Field trip day! Kat Turk, former VMNH intern, and I attended the field trip to Smith County Lime Pit, Sylvarena, MS. This quarry containing 4 Oligocene formations: Marianna, Byram, Glendon, and Bucatunna. The majority of the … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

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9:26 PM | Videos von Erdrutschen
Ich stelle ja immer wieder gerne Videos von geologischen Ereignissen ein, denn bewegte Bilder zeigen meist mehr als jedes Wort oder jede Grafik. Und manchmal sind geologische Ereignisse so schnell, dass sich die Aufnahme bewegter Bilder lohnt. Der Geologe Derek Ager hat einmal gesagt, Geologie wären lange Zeiträume voller Langeweile und kurze Zeiträume voller Schrecken. Das mag vielleicht nicht immer so sein, aber gerade die kurzen und erschreckenden Zeiten sind die, die wir als […]
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8:45 PM | Earth Just Had the Warmest September on Record
September 2014 was the hottest September since instrumental records began being taken in 1880.
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8:41 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #42A
15 years from now, our impact on regional sea level will be clear California heat delivers a costly blow to coastal San Diego Deep Argo: Probes in ocean abyss explore mysteries of global warming Expanding Antarctic sea ice is flooding ‘warning bell’ Global climate deal should be legally binding in parts: U.S. Owen Paterson’s objections to the Climate Change Act: Some context Pentagon signals security risks of climate change Plants absorb more CO2 than we thought, […]
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8:26 PM | Watch ‘Scotty the T-Rex’ take shape at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
I love how Te Papa has been using Youtube to bring viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their natural history work.  For instance, on September 16th they broadcast an examination of a Collossal […]
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8:03 PM | Geo 730: October 15, Day 653: The View for a Twofer
I figured there must be a spot like this somewhere, and there are probably others as well. But I found a place right next to the parking lot on the top of Marys Peak where you can see from the Cascade Arc all the way out to the subduction zone, simply by turning around. Above, you should easily be able to pick out Mount Jefferson on the horizon above the right end of the sign.And in this one, the glint off the Pacific Ocean is partly swamped by the glare from the setting sun, but is most […]
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6:38 PM | 'Beyond the Stream Table' and 'Using the Emriver Em2' at GSA 2014 Vancouver
Next week in Vancouver at the Geological Society of America annual meeting there will be two Emriver-related digital posters included in the Pedagogical Use of Physical Models topical session.Using the Emriver Em2 Geomodel in the Classroom to Simulate Impacts of Land Use and River Management Techniques on Fluvial Geomorphology https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/webprogram/Paper249457.html Kansas State University; Claire M. Ruffing, Kyleen Kelly, Bartosz Peter GrudzinskiBeyond the […]
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6:02 PM | Finally! New Horizons has a second target
What a huge relief: there is finally a place for New Horizons to visit beyond Pluto. A team of researchers led by John Spencer has discovered three possible targets, all in the Cold Classical part of the Kuiper belt. One is particularly easy to reach. New Horizons would fly past the 30-45-kilometer object in January 2019.
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5:38 PM | MPA Alum Named to City and State’s 40 Under 40
Alison Miller, a 2011 alumna of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, was recently named one of 2014 City & State's top 40 under 40 Rising Stars. The media company, devoted to covering New York politics and policies, nominates 40 exceptional individuals each year who are leaving their mark on New York City.
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5:00 PM | Fracking Makes Climate Change Worse, Not Better
The natural gas boom, even though it burns cleaner, will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term, a big new study reports.
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3:22 PM | Field Report from Mars: Sol 3808 — October 10, 2014
Opportunity will become a comet flyby mission beginning in mid-October. The comet Siding Spring will zoom past Mars at a distance of about 135,000 km on October 19.
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2:02 PM | Could Jerry Brown become “the most important water manager on Earth”?
Brett Walton evaluates Jerry Brown’s drought and water governance, comes away impressed: The last ten months are an impressive record of achievement, evidence of a governor taking seriously the duties of governing. What Brown is orchestrating in California is distinctive, perhaps unique in the United States during this frustrating age of division. In most other ...Continue reading ‘Could Jerry Brown become “the most important water manager on Earth”?’ »
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2:00 PM | Never Late. Never. Never. Never.
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Do you usually run late, early, or on-time? —— I’m one of those people. I’m rarely late. I was raised by an early person. My mother was insistant that … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Four California Faults Are Ready to Rupture
With several faults slicing through the San Francisco Bay Area, forecasting the next deadly earthquake becomes a question of when and where, not if.
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12:07 PM | Make every week Earth Science Week!
Why restrict the celebrations to one week? Let's make every effort to engage students in Earth Science content every week!
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12:02 PM | A fossil book
We're proud to announce the latest book from Agile Libre. Woot! I can't take a lot of credit for this book... The idea came from 52 Things stalwart Alex Cullum, a biostratigrapher I met at Statoil in Stavanger in my first proper job. A fellow Brit, he has a profound enthusiasm for all things outside, and for writing and publishing. With able help from Allard Martinius, also a Statoil scientist and a 52 Things author from the Geology book, Alex generously undertook the task of […]
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11:22 AM | In search of Santorini’s blueschist, part 2: finding fault
As mentioned last week, I took a solo field trip north of Perissa, Santorini, Greece, in search of subducted rocks. The contact between the two main rock types (marble and schist) was prominent and visible from a great distance (see photos in previous post), but what was the nature of this contact? Did it represent conformable stratigraphy? Was it a fault? Here’s a closer look at the contact: In places, …
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9:39 AM | Here’s that wallaby-skull multiview you ordered
After the sheep skull ten days ago, here is Logan the wallaby in all his glory: As always, click through for the full-sized version (6833 × 5082).  
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6:57 AM | Three great new landslide videos, including a surfing backhoe!
I have come across three really interesting and high quality new landslide videos, including one that shows a backhoe surfing a landslide
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5:42 AM | Scientist in focus – Arctic adventurer Will Steger
As readers know, I often focus on the story, and history, of someone who makes an impact in climate change. This is the third such article and I think you will agree, it shows that it isn’t just lab scientists and academics that are shaping the conversation about climate change. Will Steger really rose to prominence as he led ventures to explore the polar regions of our planet. But those adventures were years in the making; they began in his childhood. Will was one of nine kids raised by […]
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1:30 AM | Eozoon canadense Pseudofossil
Originally this fossil was identified in 1864 or 1865 by John William Dawson as a Precambrian foraminifera. As it turns out it was metamorphosed bands of calcite and serpentine thus a pseudofossil. Specimen can be seen at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Image was taken in June 2014. Learn more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eozoon_canadense
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1:05 AM | Phobos over Mars
Today the Mars Orbiter Mission released a nice four-image animation of teeny dark Phobos crossing Mars' huge orange disk. Mars Orbiter Mission joins a long line of Mars missions that have produced images of Mars and Phobos together.
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12:56 AM | 600 posts
Once again, I've gone through and compiled the last 100 posts for a word cloud. Someday I'll figure how to save everything at once, instead of copying and pasting from blogger to make an almost 60-page file."Environmental," "field," and "work" are always big. I think that "drilling" and "safety" are a little more prominent than in past post compilations.For comparison, here's the previous word clouds: 500, 400, 300, 200, and 100.
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12:31 AM | For Modesto Area Friends: Celebrating the Art of Science at the Science Community Center of MJC, Oct. 15, 2:00PM
If you are in the Modesto region, you are invited to a reception for the artists of the Science Community Center. We have a number of interesting works that are being celebrated tomorrow at 2:00 PM. I would love to run in to some of you!I didn't sculpt anything, but I have a number of my bird photographs mounted on the walls in some of the meeting rooms. I've been exploring the rather diverse population of native birds who inhabit the wilder corners of our campus, and discovered some three […]
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