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Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Our Tour of the Greatest National Park I Never Once Set Foot In.

Geotripper | 29 August, 2015
The western slope of the Cascades Range is green. Very green. There are trees, shrubs, mosses, grasses, just about every kind photosynthesizing plant there is. This is due of course to the mountains themselves. They provide a barrier to incoming Pacific storms, causing the moist masses of air to rise and condense, with copious amounts of rain and snow falling to the ground. We were still in the realm of the rainforest.
Categories: North Cascades National Park; Pareidolia; Picket Range; Ross Lake National Recreation Area; Skagit River; Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground;

The Hat You Didn’t Even Know You Needed.

Deep Sea News | 29 August, 2015
I now know what all the Deeplings are getting for Christmas.... This might be the best thing I have ever seen on Etsy....
Categories: Best; Biology; Cephalopods; Gadgets & Gear; Intertidal; Life At Sea; Life of Science; Organisms; Scientist!; cephalove; Hat; Octopus;

Scouring the Arctic for Traces of Fukushima and Ejections from Cosmic Impacts

State of the Planet | 29 August, 2015
Sounds like the basis for a great scifi thriller..."scientists scour Arctic, hunting for traces of nuclear fallout and ejections from cosmic ray impacts". In reality this thriller theme is the actual core of the GEOTRACES mission....
Categories: General Earth Institute; Arctic; arctic sea ice; climate change; GEOTRACES; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; TRACES of Change in the Arctic;

The Dicynodon-Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone Boundary May Not Approximate the Marine-Defined Permo-Triassic Extinction Event

Chinleana | 29 August, 2015
Wow, well this should definitely generate some discussion and a bit of research.... 
Categories: mass extinction; Permo-Triassic; radioisotopic dating;

In pursuit of resilience, it helps to be rich

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 29 August, 2015
"Resilience", as defined by these folks, is a useful framework for understanding drought and water management. The goal is a system that can withstand shock and retain its basic structure and function. For example by that metric, as Charles Fishman has pointed out, California during the current drought has demonstrated resilience.
Categories: California; cawater; water;

Collections Room, Petrified Forest National Park

Painted Desert from Kachina Point, Petrified Forest National Park
Categories: fauna; flora; geology; Non-Washington; policy;

Nisada stipitata: A new species of Cyanobacteria from the coast of Oaxaca State, Mexico.

Sciency Thoughts | 29 August, 2015
Cyanobacteria are filament-forming photosynthetic Bacteria which often form dense mats by extruding polysaccharide films, which bind the individual filamentous colonies together as well as attaching them to surfaces. These mats are among the first b...
Categories: Biodiversity; Cyanobacteria; Marine Biology; Mexico; Microbiology; Oaxaca State; Prokaryotes; Taxonomy;

Agassizocrinus Floating Crinoid Calyx Fossil

These pictures are what appear to be dorsal calyx cups from an Agassizocrinus fossil crinoid. The fossils were found in Glen Dean Member of Grayson County, Kentucky, USA. They date to Mississippian Period. I have been wanting to find this type of...
Categories: calyx; crinoid; glen dean member; mississippian;

Talking Climate

Open Mind | 29 August, 2015
There's a website,, which focuses on how to be persuasive when talking to people about climate change. Here's a taste of their approach, which I think is well worth watching:...
Categories: Global Warming;

Magnitude 1.8 Earthquake in Derbyshire, England.

Sciency Thoughts | 29 August, 2015
The British Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 1.8 Earthquake at a depth of 1 km about 1 km to the east of the town of Chapel-en-le-Frith in the Peak District in Derbyshire, England slightly before 1.30 pm British Summertime (slightly before 12.30 pm GMT) on Wednesday 26 August 2015. There are no reports of any injuries associated with this event, though it may have been felt locally.
Categories: Derbyshire; Earthquake; England; Eurasian Plate; Glacial Rebound; Peak District; UK;

Tropical Storm Erika kills at least 25 in the Caribbean.

Sciency Thoughts | 29 August, 2015
At least 36 people are known to have died and over 50 more are missing after Tropical Storm Erika swept across the islands of Dominica, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola this week. On Thursday 27 August the storm swept across the island of Dominica, bringing 38 cm of rain within 24 hours and causing widespread flooding and a number of landslides. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall. Twenty people have been confirmed dead on the island, and at least 31 more are known to be missing, with the death toll likely to rise as contact is made with remote parts of the mountainous country, where much of the transport infrastructure has been knocked out.
Categories: Caribbean; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Flooding; Haiti; Hispaniola; Landslips; Peurto Rico; Tropical Storms;

Release the River: Qwuloolt Project on the Snohomish

A big day for those that worked on the Qwuloolt project (/timelapse/tulalip/slideshow.htm). Steve alerted me to this time lapse of the opening of part of the Snohomish River estuary northeast of Everett and south of Marysville. The Snohomish estuary...
Categories: environment;

Lasst uns über sedimetologie reden (Let's talk about sedimentology)

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 29 August, 2015
Categories: Exp 356; Let's Learn German; Sedimentology; U1461;

Too Much Smoke — And Pelicans!

Looking for Detachment | 29 August, 2015
It's a little hard to tell how smoky it is from this picture, until you realize that Lassen Peak, the central feature of the Lassen Volcanic Center and Lassen Volcanic National Park, should be easily visible just to the left of the distant part of the highway. Here's what this same view looks like on Google Street View (or see the next-to-last photo of this post).
Categories: A-13; birds; california; fires; geology; highway 36; lake; parks; roadside; smoke; summer; volcanoes;

Summer adventures, part 3: a visit to Santa Cruz

The Coastal Paleontologist | 29 August, 2015
In June Sarah and I visited Santa Cruz two days in a row, and found quite a bit down there - here's  brief "slideshow" of some of what we saw, paleontological and otherwise.
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Lounge of the Lab Lemming | 29 August, 2015
Gyrations of a topsy-turvy world Could spur migration of the cryosphere No snowball Earth, just poles and tropics whorled The data which support this are unclear. Precambrian magnetic fields suggest That tropics, poles exchanged with frightful speed....
Categories: Rheologic Rhymes;

Cryptosporidium discovery at water treatment plant leaves around 300 000 without drinkable water in Lancashire, England.

Sciency Thoughts | 29 August, 2015
Around 300 000 homes were left without drinkable water after the parasitic microorganism Cryptosporidium was discovered at the United Utilities operated Franklaw Water Treatment Plant near Preston in Lancashire, northwest England, on Thursday 6 August 2015. The parasite, which causes stomach cramps and diarrhea and which can cause severe and persistent infections in small children and people with immunological disorders, is notoriously hard to remove by the use of disinfectants and is best eradicated from water supplies with exposure to ultraviolet radiation. For this reason around 300 000 customers in the Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Preston, South Ribble and Wyre areas were advised to boil all water prior to use for consumption or cleaning from 7 August onwards. On Thursday 27 August United Utilities lifted the boil water on about 80 000 homes in the Preston, Blackpool and Chorley areas, and the company hopes to restore normal water supplies to all of its customers within a week.
Categories: Apicomplexan Protists; Biodiversity; England; Lancashire; Microbiology; Parasites; Parasitology; UK; Water;

Erika Dissipates

Tropical Storm Erika charged into the teeth of Hispaniola's high mountains on Friday night, and emerged from the encounter shattered, without a closed circulation, and is no longer a tropical storm. Measurements on Saturday morning from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft failed to find any tropical storm-force winds associated with Erika, and the plane did not find any westerly winds, showing the the storm had degenerated to a tropical wave.
Categories: None

North American Arctic – icy beauty

Metageologist | 29 August, 2015
Look at this. As an abstract pattern, it looks like something Gustav Klimt might paint.
Categories: Glacial; Great Geology in Google earth; landscape;

Lonchophylla inexpectata: A new species of Nectar-feeding Bat from the Caatinga of Brazil.

Sciency Thoughts | 29 August, 2015
Nectar-feeding Bats of the genus Lonchophylla are found tropical South and Central America, where they are important pollinators of some plant groups. There are currently twelve recognized species, with a cluster of smaller species having recently b...
Categories: Bahia State; Bats; Biodiversity; Brazil; Caatinga; Chiroptera; Mammals; Museums; Nectar-Feeding Bats; Pernambuco State; South America; Taxonomy;

Paleo Profile: Pulanesaura eocollum

Laelaps | 29 August, 2015
Meaning: Pulanesaura is a combination of Sesotho and Latin meaning "rain-maker lizard", while eocollum means "dawn neck" in honor of the dinosaur's place as one of the earliest sauropods.
Categories: Anatomy; Dinosaurs; Evolution; Fossils; Paleontology; Bonnan; features; Jurassic; sauropod; traits; transitional;

Mystery structure: please help identify / interpret

Mountain Beltway | 29 August, 2015
I have a mystery for you today:
Categories: contest; silurian; structure; stylolites; valley and ridge; west virginia;

Let's Get Physical Properties

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 29 August, 2015
Categories: cores; physical properties; Scientists;

A large rockfall on the Tour Ronde, Mont Blanc

The Landslide Blog | 29 August, 2015
The Tour Ronde is a massif the Mont Blanc region of the Alps, on the border between France and Italy.  On Thursday the southeast face of this mountain suffered a significant landslide.  Planet Mountain has a nice piece providing an account of the landslide:
Categories: landslide report; Alps; Europe; featured; France; Italy; landslide video; mountain; rockfall;

Erika’s Path Shifts West; Hawaii Still Watching Ignacio

Thumbing its nose at some of the world's most skilled computer models and forecasters, Tropical Storm Erika cruised relentlessly almost due west through the northern Caribbean on Friday, failing to make a long-predicted northwestward turn toward th...
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