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Advice to the new president?

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 26 September, 2016
When the folks at Island Press asked a bunch of their authors to offer up advice to the incoming president, whoever that might be ("If you were advisor to the president, what would your top priority be and why?"), I tried to keep in mind a fundamental principle that guides my work - the art of the possible. I tried to think of things that were not simply generally aspirational, but things a president can actually do:
Categories: Colorado River; water;

Thousands Urged to Evacuate Iowa Floods; Megi’s Threat to Taiwan Escalates

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 26 September, 2016
Water from the Cedar River will overspread a large swath of Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, on Tuesday. Fed by massive rains over northeast Iowa during the past week, the flood crest of 23 feet projected on Monday afternoon for Tuesday af...
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HiRISE: Irregular basin floor material

Red Planet Report | 26 September, 2016
Irregular basin floor material. Beautiful Mars series....
Categories: Reports; basins; Beautiful Mars; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; Noachis Terra; University of Arizona;

HRSC: Mawrth Vallis mosaic

Red Planet Report | 26 September, 2016
Sculpted by ancient water flowing on the surface, Mawrth Vallis is one of the most remarkable outflow channels on Mars. The valley, once a potentially habitable place, is one of the main features of a region at the boundary between ... Continue readi...
Categories: Reports; DLR; ESA; European Space Agency; ExoMars; ExoMars 2020; ExoMars 2020 rover; FU Berlin; High Resolution Stereo Camera; HRSC; landing sites; Mars Express; Mawrth Vallis; MEX;

Cave-in at Polish copper-mine kills two.

Sciency Thoughts | 26 September, 2016
Two miners have died and another was seriously injured following a cave-in at the Polkowice-Sieroszowice Copper Mine in Lower Silesia Province, Poland, on Friday 23 September 2016. The cause of the incident at the KGHM Polska Miedz SA owned mine is not yet clear.
Categories: Copper Mining; Europe; Health and Safety; Lowe Silesia; Mining; Poland; Silver Mining;

Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Timeline

Georneys | 26 September, 2016
Travertine layers. This week I'm featuring one of my all-time favorite geology pictures: a snapshot of layers of travertine, representing the build-up of carbonate crusts precipitated from springs over many years. This picture was taken several yea...
Categories: Monday Geology Picture; travertine;

New Findings are Conclusive: Europa is crying out for exploration

Planetary Society Weblog | 26 September, 2016
New scientific findings add to the evidence that Europa is spouting its liquid ocean into space. NASA has a mission to Europa in the works, but it wouldn't launch for at least a decade. Congress can make it faster, but it all depends on whether they ...
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Free course on remote sensing for water exploration

Earth-Pages | 26 September, 2016
250 million people who live in the drylands of Africa and Asia face a shortage of water for their entire lives. Hundreds of millions more in less drought-prone regions of the 'Third World' have to cope repeatedly with reduced supplies. A rapid and effective assessment of how to alleviate the shortfall of safe water is therefore vital. In arid and semi-arid areas surface water storage is subject to a greater rate of evaporation than precipitation, so groundwater, hidden beneath the land surface, provides a better alternative. Rainwater is also lost by flowing away far more quickly than in areas with substantial vegetation. Harvesting that otherwise lost resource and diverting it to storage secure from evaporation - ideally by using it to recharge groundwater - is an equally important but less-used strategy. Securing a sustainable water supply for all peoples is the most important objective that geoscientists can address.
Categories: Economic and applied geology; Environmental geology and geohazards; GIS and Remote Sensing; Distance learning; Drinking water; Drylands; Free course; GIS; Hydrogeology; Reconnaissance exploration; Remote sensing; WASH sector; Water supply;

THEMIS: Lava flow and crater, Daedalia Planum

Red Planet Report | 26 September, 2016
THEMIS Image of the Day, September 26, 2016. Today's VIS image shows a small portion of Daedalia Planum. Daedalia Planum was created by lava flows from Arsia Mons. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; Arsia Mons; ASU; Daedalia Planum; lava flows; Mars Odyssey; NASA; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System; volcanics;

Questions to ask about recording geological data

Earth Learning Idea | 26 September, 2016
Today's new ELI is 'Questions for any rock face 14: recording - what questions about recording geological data might be asked at any rock exposure?'
Categories: Investigating the Earth;

97L Growing More Organized as it Approaches the Lesser Antilles Islands

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 26 September, 2016
A tropical wave located about 1000 miles east-southeast of Barbados in the Lesser Antilles Islands late Monday morning (Invest 97L) was headed west at 15 - 20 mph, and has the potential to become a dangerous storm in the Caribbean later this week. S...
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Association for Women Geoscientists Breakfast at #GSA2016

Wooster Geologists | 26 September, 2016
Denver, CO - The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) held their annual breakfast at #GSA2016, where they recognized those people who make exceptional contributions to their mission. AWG seeks to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, exchange information (technical, educational, professional), and enhance professional growth and advancement. After this morning's inspirational stories, who wouldn't want to become a member? One notable part of the program was the recognition of women geoscientists from the Mongolian Chapter of AWG.
Categories: Uncategorized; #GSA2016; 2016; Association for Women Geoscientists; AWG; GSA; outstanding educator; undergraduate research;

The balsawood boulders of the Kaiser Roof Garden

Oakland Geology | 26 September, 2016
Ever since 1960 when the rooftop garden on the Kaiser Center's garage, largest in the world at the time, was built, it's been heralded by American landscaping pros, Kaiser Center employees and appreciative residents. After the garden's recent ...
Categories: Oakland stone;

The Snyder Sensitivity Situation

RealClimate | 26 September, 2016
Nature published a great new reconstruction of global temperatures over the past 2 million years today. Snyder (2016) uses 61 temperature reconstructions from 59 globally diverse sediment cores and a correlation structure from model simulations of the last glacial maximum to estimate (with uncertainties) the history of global temperature back through the last few dozen ice ages cycles. There are multiple real things to discuss about this - the methodology, the relatively small number of cores being used (compared to what could have been analyzed), the age modeling etc. - and many interesting applications - constraints on polar amplification, the mid-Pleistocene transition, the duration and nature of previous interglacials - but unfortunately, the bulk of the attention will be paid to a specific (erroneous) claim about Earth System Sensitivity (ESS) that made it into the abstract and was the lead conclusion in the press release.
Categories: Climate modelling; Climate Science; Oceans; Paleoclimate;

Imaggeo on Mondays: the rocks that look like Swiss cheese

EGU Geolog | 26 September, 2016
Over the course of centuries and millennia, the force of winds, seas, ice and rains, sculpt rock formations around the globe. From the world-famous glacier carved landscapes of Yosemite National Park, to the freeze-thawed hoodoos at Bryce National Park, through to the wind battered stone pillars of South China Karst, boundless geological formations have been transformed by the power of erosion and weathering.
Categories: Climate; Geomorphology; Imaggeo; Imaggeo on Mondays; Ocean Sciences; Regular Features; brackish; erosion; Honeycomb weathering; swiss cheese rocks; weathering; wind;

(Repost) Adventures in Christianist Earth Science Education IVc: Wherein the Climate Heats Up

En Tequila Es Verdad | 26 September, 2016
Onward, Christianist weather! We're warming up with some global warming talk today. While SPC was content to devote a mere text box to climate change, basically blowing raspberries at anyone who gives a shit about it and waving off dramatic increases in greenhouse gas emissions by proclaiming hey, plants love carbon dioxide!, BJU's Earth Science 4th Edition isn't satisfied with blurting a few facts and moving on. No, there's a whole chapter on the subject. And, people, they are the totes reasonable ones. They're right in the middle. Look: they sneer at both sides!
Categories: Adventures in Christianist Earth Sci Ed; creationism; religion; science; a beka; BJU; christian; curriculum; earth science; Earth Science 4th Edition; geology; homeschool; indoctrination; Science of the Physical Creation;

Being mindful as a public scientist

The Plainspoken Scientist | 26 September, 2016
By Shane M Hanlon One of the most important things to think about when reaching out, especially through social or classic media, or writing letters to media outlets or journals, is that these are public outlets. What you say will be able to be seen ...
Categories: blogging; Media/Press; Online outreach; Public outreach; SciComm; science and society; featured; media; science blogging; science communication; Sharing Science; social media;

Monitor app data usage: Opera Max pro tips

Olelog | 26 September, 2016
How much control do you have over your app data? It might live its own life without you even realizing. Fortunately, Opera Max can put you back in control. Opera Max is our free data-management and data-savings app for Android. It shrinks data for videos, photos and more across most Android apps.
Categories: Uncategorized; android; Android apps; app savings; data saving; data saving tips; data savings; data usage; monitor app data; monitor data usage; Opera Max;

Protected: Adventures in ACE XXVI: God Piles on the Pressure

En Tequila Es Verdad | 26 September, 2016
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Categories: ACE; Adventures in Christianist Earth Sci Ed; creationism; religion; science; 1088; christian; curriculum; earth science; education; geology; homeschool; indoctrination; PACE;

yet another try

Accidental Remediation | 26 September, 2016
So this time I took a six-month break, more or less.
Categories: on blogging;

Sandscapes of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Through The Sandglass | 26 September, 2016
I have just returned from an utterly memorable two weeks in the stunning, extraordinary, landscapes of Iceland. I have never seen anything quite like it. Iceland is, quite simply, unique - and wonderful. There will undoubtedly be further bulletins, ...
Categories: Earth; Environment; Travel;

The Australian–Antarctic connection in the Bunger Hills of Antarctica with Naomi Tucker

The Traveling Geologist | 26 September, 2016
Naomi is a PhD student at the University of Adelaide specialising in metamorphic geology and isotope geochemistry working with Professor Martin Hand.
Categories: Naomi Tucker; Recent; Antarctica; Australia; metamorphism; supercontinents; women in science;

Urban Wildlife—Celebrating the Commonplace

The Nature of Cities | 26 September, 2016
A review of Field Guide to Urban Wildlife: Common Animals of Cities & Suburbs How They Adapt & Thrive by Julie Feinstein. 2011. Stackpole Books. ISBN978-0-8117-0585-1. 453 pages. Buy the book. While it may have set a Guiness record for longest subti...
Categories: Art & Awareness; Review; Science & Tools; Biodiversity; Education/Knowledge/Learning; Experiencing Nature; What is urban nature?; Wildlife People Interactions;

Sol 1470-1472: Change of Plans

The Martian Chronicles | 26 September, 2016
Our drive went nicely and we are already about halfway to our next drill site! Our original plan to head toward an outcrop called "Karasburg" had to be changed because it turned out to be covered in sand and not very steep, making it a less-des...
Categories: Curiosity; Field Work; ChemCam; featured; mars; Mastcam; MSL; pretty pictures; USGS;

Incoming! Oblique Subduction at the Sunda Subduction Zone

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 26 September, 2016
The Indian Plate plows northeast into the Sumatra subduction zone at an angle generally less than 30º to the main plate boundary fault, at a clip of 45 mm/yr. But sliding under the Sunda Plate at an angle is not easy, so several large strike-slip fault systems help accommodate this oblique convergence. If you thought learning vectors in high school was pointless--think again. This is a perfect vector component problem!
Categories: earthquakes; Expedition 362 Sumatra Seismogenic Zone; plate tectonics; strike-slip fault; Subduction; subduction zone; subduction zones; tectonics;

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