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Opportunity: Straightens wheel, resumes driving

Red Planet Report | 22 June, 2017
Opportunity Status Report, June 22, 2017: The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017), leaving the wheel toed out by 33 degrees. Our initial attempts to straighten the wheel failed to yield any ... Cont...
Categories: Reports; Cape Byron; Endeavour Crater; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity; Perseverance Valley;

Racing time to Explore Ocean Ecosystems: A Mother’s Work

State of the Planet | 22 June, 2017
By Gwenn Hennon, PhD As I kissed my 1-year-old son goodbye this morning at daycare it seemed like any other day. Yet as I dropped him off, I knew that I wouldn't see him again for almost four weeks. I will be returning just in time for his second b...
Categories: Climate; ecosystems; hawaii; Mesoscope; Pacific Ocean;

THEMIS: Channels across lava plains near Nirgal Vallis

Red Planet Report | 22 June, 2017
THEMIS Image of the Day, June 22, 2017. Do you see what I do? Someone on Mars is smiling at me. (THEMIS Art #131) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; fluvial channels; infrared; lava channels; Mars Odyssey; NASA; Nirgal Vallis; THEMIS; THEMIS Art; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System; volcanics;

Decoupling, Colorado style

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 22 June, 2017
Bart Miller, Western Resources Advocates, on decoupling and Colorado's push to close the gap between water supply and projected use:
Categories: water;

Planetary Society volunteers host SpaceUp London 2017

Planetary Society Weblog | 22 June, 2017
Earlier this month, The Planetary Society brought together space enthusiasts at Queen Mary University of London for "SpaceUp London 2017"--the first large-scale event organized by Planetary Society volunteers in Europe....
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Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Hugh Barron

Siccar Point, Berwickshire. Arguably one of the most important
Categories: geodiversity; Scotland; Scotland environment; Scotland's Geodiversity Charter; Scottish Geodiversity Forum;

computation allocation

Accidental Remediation | 22 June, 2017
I occasionally need to manipulate a bunch of data, either to input into another program or to pick out trends/issues, that are for whatever reason not easily reducible or have issues that are not immediately obvious. And sometimes this data manipulation takes the form of tedious and relatively simple excel crunching to simplify things.
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A recent rock avalanche in the Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, northern India

The Landslide Blog | 22 June, 2017
A team of researchers from the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU; Reginald Hermanns, John Dehls and Ivanna Penna), the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI; Rajinder Bhasin), the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT; Sengupta Aniruddha), and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG; Vikram Gupta), have recently started a joint Indo-Norwegian project focused on the occurrence of landslides along two important road corridors connecting Sikkim (northeastern part of India) with China.  They have very kindly sent some details to me of a recent rock avalanche that they have found in the Yumthang valley in Sikkim, shown below.
Categories: landslide report; featured; India; rock avalanche; South Asia;

A pair of geologists in Bhutan: mountains, mafic ‘strings of sausages’ and making the most of it all.

The Traveling Geologist | 22 June, 2017
Written by Eleni Wood, a PhD student at Open University. You can read more about Eleni's research here.
Categories: Eleni Wood; Recent; Bhutan; Himalayas; Tectonics; women in science;

Curiosity: Vera Rubin Ridge

Red Planet Report | 21 June, 2017
Sol 1732, June 20, 2017. Four Navcam shots detail the skyline of Vera Rubin Ridge. Before taking these images, Curiosity drove more than 13 meters (43 feet) to the east-southeast. Rover drivers are threading a course between sand ripple patches ... C...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Formation; NASA; Vera Rubin Ridge;

MISR Where on Earth? Quiz 29

Earth Matters | 21 June, 2017
Each month, we try to stump you with a new EO Puzzler. If you missed the latest one, or if you just want more challenges, we have a new one from our colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Categories: Where on Earth?;

Sphodromerus carapezzanus: A new species of Grasshopper from Dhofar, Oman.

Sciency Thoughts | 21 June, 2017
The Arabian Peninsula lies between the continents of Africa and Asia, providing a bridge between the two, and the area hosts a mixture of African and Asian wildlife. The area also contains a wide range of micro-habitats, particularly where large expanses of arid desert separate isolated areas with moister climates. These isolated micro-habitats are often home to endemic species, not found anywhere else.
Categories: Arabia; Biodiversity; Dhofar; Entomology; Grasshoppers; Insects; Oman; Orthoptera; Taxonomy;

Head of the American Meteorological Society To Secretary of Energy: You’re Dead Wrong on Climate.

There is just no doubt anymore that the warming of the last century is due to rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Yes, there are a ton of myths out there but no one who understands the basic science has any doubt. Even the latest surveys show ...
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MARCI weather report, June 12-18, 2017

Red Planet Report | 21 June, 2017
Local-scale dust-raising activity continued this past week with sporadic storms over the mid-to-high latitudes of both northern and southern hemispheres. Towards the beginning of the week, dust storms were spotted pushing southward over the plains of...
Categories: Reports; atmosphere; clouds; dust; haze; Malin Space Science Systems; MARCI; Mars Color Imager; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; MSSS; NASA; storms; weather; wind;

Opportunity: Rolling again

Red Planet Report | 21 June, 2017
Sol 4766, June 21, 2017. Opportunity is rolling again, this time with a drive of 4.7 meters (15 feet) to the west-northwest. The multi-frame Pancam composite (above) was taken at a local time of 4 pm in an eastward direction ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Cape Byron; Endeavour Crater; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity; Perseverance Valley;

Time of the Poppies

The Nature of Cities | 21 June, 2017
"Do you seek the highest, the greatest? The plant can teach you to do so. What it is without will of its own, that you should be with intent - that's the point!" --Friedrich Schiller Some days ago, after giving a lecture in a west German city, I arrived back at my Berlin neighbourhood subway ... Continue reading Time of the Poppies '
Categories: Art & Awareness; Essay; Art; Europe; Experiencing Nature; Resilience; Value;

THEMIS: Dunes, dust devil tracks, and wind streaks on northern polar lowlands

Red Planet Report | 21 June, 2017
THEMIS Image of the Day, June 21, 2017. Do you see what I see? Look out, a barrage of bullets is headed our way! (THEMIS Art #130) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; dunes; dust devil tracks; Mars Odyssey; NASA; northern lowlands; northern plains; sand dunes; THEMIS; THEMIS Art; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System; wind streaks;

Wednesday on the Web

Watershed Moments | 21 June, 2017
Last week I finished reviewing Science Blogging: The Essential Guide, edited by Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire and Jason G. Goldman. While it was largely written for those new to both science blogging and the online science communication ecosyst...
Categories: Watershed Moments 3.0; british columbia; cdnsci; clifi; climate change; linkfest; personal essay; pine beetle; practice; science blogging; sixth extinction; water; wildfire; writing;

Poll: where do you stand on asking for feedback on unsuccessful job applications? — Scientist Sees Squirrel

A couple of weeks ago, one of us (Steve) posted "How to write, and read, a (job) rejection letter". One piece of advice to job candidates got some interesting pushback on Twitter, including from [...]
Categories: Academia; Professional Development; Syndicated; blog; feedback; jobs; polls;

Building a statewide inventory of landslides in Arizona

Arizona Geology | 21 June, 2017
Landslide data included in AzSLIDAZGS's ' Building a Statewide Inventory of Landslides in Arizona' is now available on line courtesy of the North American Symposium on Landslides and AEG. 
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Extraordinary storms caused massive Antarctic sea ice loss in 2016

Geospace | 21 June, 2017
Antarctic sea ice at its winter maximum in September 2012. The yellow line represents the median sea ice extent in September from 1979 to 2000. New research finds that the dramatic loss in Antarctic sea ice in late 2016 was due to unprecedented storms blowing warm air and strong winds toward the South Pole.Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio and NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen.
Categories: climate change; Featured; Geophysical Research Letters; Ocean sciences; Antarctica; featured; ocean science;

Beyond the Cadillac Desert

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 21 June, 2017
Chuck Cullom, the Central Arizona Project's Colorado River Programs Manager, asked a great question during my lunch talk last week at the Universities Council on Water Resources annual meeting. It was a panel with me and Bill and Rosemarie Alley, who've written a new book on groundwater that you should click on this link and buy because groundwater is really important. I'm paraphrasing badly (sorry Chuck), but Cullom wanted our thoughts on how environmental narratives had changed in the last few decades, as compared to the world in which our books now live.
Categories: Colorado River; water;

An All-New Media Library for the WordPress iOS App

geoliterate | 21 June, 2017
We recently launched an all-new media picker for WordPress for Android. Now, iOS users, you're next! The new 7.8 release of WordPress for iOS includes a top-level Media Library section for each site you manage -- making it even easier to share your images, video, and other media with the world.
Categories: Mobile; New Features; Photos; Video; WordPress;

Light years from home – a geologist’s tale

EGU Geolog | 21 June, 2017
In a departure from the usual posts we feature on the blog, today Conor Purcell (a freelance science writer) brings you a thought provoking science fiction piece. Grab a drink and dive into this geology inspired adventure!
Categories: Energy, Resources and the Environment; Geodynamics; Science Communication; Space and Planetary Sciences; Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology; Tectonics and Structural Geology; Earth; epochs; Future Earth; geology; palaeoclimate; science fiction;

Revisiting the ice giants: NASA considers missions to Uranus and Neptune

Planetary Society Weblog | 21 June, 2017
Only one spacecraft has ever visited Uranus and Neptune: Voyager 2, in the late 1980s. A new NASA report explores the reasons to go back, and what type of mission might take us there....
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