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Visitors at Sea: Local Wildlife Observe Science in Action

Notes from the field | 22 July, 2014
Here we are ending the 4th full day aboard the R/V Endeavor, and I can hardly believe it! Time really does fly when you're having fun! Amid the rush of running cables, installing sensors, learning new and exciting science and making new friends, I couldn't be happier. I am a 3rd year Ph.D student in the Electrical Engineering department of The City College of New York, and through extremely fortunate circumstance I found myself working in the Optical Remote Sensing Lab of NOAA-CREST.
Categories: Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR); atmosphere; carbon; ocean; phytoplankton; SABOR;

Benchmarking Time: DC is all about boundaries

Magma Cum Laude | 22 July, 2014
Washington DC is an interesting city. When the original plans were being made in the 1780s and 1790s, they called for a 100-square-mile area to be allocated for the city, and George Washington (who was President at the time) wanted to include the City of Alexandria in Virginia. But the Residence Act, passed in 1791, specified that all the federal buildings had to be on the Maryland side of the river (mostly because someone realized that the law allowed the President to choose the location and some members of Congress didn't want him taking advantage of that and including his own property to the south of Alexandria). So we ended up with a diamond-shaped District 10 miles on a side, overlapping both Virginia and Maryland, with the actual city in Maryland.
Categories: DC Geology; Photography; benchmarks; featured; Maryland; virginia; washington dc;

Training and Development Questionnaire

Could you give us 5 minutes of your time this week? We'd really appreciate your help in completing this short questionnaire, helping us to understand requirements for future GfGD training and development programmes (workshops, summer schools, conferences). You can access the questionnaire by clicking the image below.
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Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

Geospace | 22 July, 2014
The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes.
Categories: Geohazards; Geology; Uncategorized; featured; landslide; natural disasters; natural hazards; Oso landslide;

Opportunity: Sol 3729, July 21, 2014

Red Planet Report | 22 July, 2014
Looking west over sand ripples onto Meridiani Planum with the Navcam (three-frame composite). At left is part of Cape Tribulation. Opportunity raw images, its latest mission status, and a location map. (A shortcut to Sol 3729 Navcam images is here.)...
Categories: Reports; Cape Tribulation; Endeavour Crater; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; Meridiani Planum; NASA; Opportunity; sand ripples;

Curiosity: Sol 696, July 22, 2014

Red Planet Report | 22 July, 2014
Rough driving ahead, as the rover rolls toward Hidden Valley (dark area at top center), its route down off the caprock of Zabriskie Plateau (two-frame Navcam composite). NASA description (left image): This image was taken by Navcam: Left B (NAV_LEFT_...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Hidden Valley; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; NASA; Zabriskie Plateau;

Women Working on Mars: Curiosity Women's Day

Planetary Society Weblog | 22 July, 2014
Just after completing the primary mission of 669 sols on Mars, Curiosity's managers planned a special day -- June 26, 2014 -- in which mostly women were assigned to the more than 100 different operational roles....
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MATMO Approaches Taiwan Coast as Atlantic TD#2 continues Westward

(By Steve Gregory - Substituting for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)
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Another day, another shale gas report

Frack-Land | 22 July, 2014
Another day, another shale gas report to dissect. Today's offering comes to you courtesy of Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. The report claims to take an "impartial, evidence based approach". I...
Categories: climate change; Earthquakes; fracking; shale gas; The crazy world of academia; Water;

Curiosity update: ‘Using every instrument’

Red Planet Report | 22 July, 2014
Sol 696, July 21, 2014, update on Curiosity from USGS scientist Ryan Anderson: "We're slowly picking our way across the rugged cap-rock of Zabriskie Plateau. Over the weekend we drove 23.4 m while also managing to use every single..." [More ......
Categories: Reports; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; MSL; NASA; Zabriskie Plateau;

Pedal Power: The Earth Institute and Climate Ride

State of the Planet | 22 July, 2014
Once again this year the Earth Institute is a beneficiary of Climate Ride, the national bike ride to raise charitable donations for and awareness about sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Participants can select the Earth...
Categories: General Earth Institute;

Coal Ash Conundrum

KQED QUEST -Geology | 22 July, 2014
What happens to the river ecosystem when tons of coal ash gets mixed into the layer of sediment on the river bottom? Photo credit: Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance.
Categories: Biology; Blog; Environment; Geology; Water; ash; biomagnification; coal; Duke Energy; featured; full-image; north carolina; QUEST; spill; unc-tv; UNCTV; water quality;

Security and risk at Sport Mega Events

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk.
Categories: HRR Summer 2014; Risk; Security; featured; risk; security; sport mega events; technology;

Has the failure of CCS at Longannet returned to haunt us?

Vitamin CCS | 22 July, 2014
Today BBC News is reporting that Longannet power station in Fife (Scotland) is among the top 30 CO2 emitters in Europe, in terms of millions of tons of CO2 emitted per annum from coal-fired power generation.
Categories: CCS; Energy; North Sea; climate change; Europe; Longannet; Stuart Haszeldine;

Environmental risks from Britain’s mining legacy

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk.
Categories: Hazard; HRR Summer 2014; coal mining; environmental contamination; hazard; risk;

A Trinket from Majuba Hill

Looking for Detachment | 22 July, 2014
Rhyolite from Majuba Hill, in the shape of Nevada (a pin).As per this little blurb (above) by the NBMG, tourmaline (the black mineral) has replaced the sanidine and plagioclase feldspar phenocrysts, leaving small blobs and fairly large eyes of translucent and very light gray to faintly yellowish or tan quartz amongst the often large masses of tourmaline. The one tourmaline mass or crystal near the center of Nevada -- right about where Kingston Canyon, south of Austin on old Highway 8A, would be -- retains the shape of a feldspar, probably a K-feldspar (sanidine).
Categories: 8A; geography; majuba; minerals; nevada; porphyry; rocks; volcanic rocks;

Letter from Admiralty to Geological Museum, 1917

BGS Geoheritage | 22 July, 2014
BGS Archive Ref: GSM/DR/St/A/20 This letter relates to materials suitable for making compasses for aeroplanes. Such compasses would have to be reliable,  able to survive the rigours of flight and not wear out. The letter is an example of the more unusual subjects that the Geological Survey was consulted about during the First World War.
Categories: Admiralty; aircraft; compasses; Geological Museum; World War I;

Erzurum: a landslide destroys an almost new ski jump facility in Turkey

The Landslide Blog | 22 July, 2014
Last Tuesday a landslide at Erzurum in Turkey destroyed an almost new, and extremely expensive, ski jumping facility.  The ski jumps were constructed for the 2011 Winter Universiade, at a reported cost of 20 million Euros. The lower part of the Kiremitliktepe ski jumps collapsed.  Three of the jumps have been completely destroyed (image from here), whilst the two larger jumps have been severely damaged:
Categories: landslide report; featured; Turkey;

Mount Cook Rockfall

Julian's Blog | 22 July, 2014
Hooker Valley rockfall. - Simon Cox / GNS ScienceSometime early last week there was a large rockfall from the western slopes of Mount Cook into the Hooker Valley.   Staff from the Department of Conservation and GNS Scientist Simon Cox flew over the area  to make assessments of the  impact. The first photo shows the view towards Mount Cook with the dark shadow of the rockfall splaying out onto the Hooker Glacier on the left.
Categories: Aoraki/Mount Cook; Erosion and transport; Glaciers;

How well is California weathering the drought?

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 21 July, 2014
Peter Gleick runs down some of the impacts of California's remarkable drought:
Categories: California; cawater; climate variability; water;


Inkstain (John Fleck) | 21 July, 2014
clouds, electronically enhanced, by John Fleck
Categories: mind;

Iguanodon Dinosaur Stamp

Here is a picture of the Iguanodon dinosaur stamp. It was issued in 1965 by the small republic of San Marino (located on the Italian peninsula). It had a value of 100 lire but the country now uses the euro as their currency. In 1965 it would be wo...
Categories: Cretaceous; dinosaur; jurassic; san marino stamp;

Barry Brill and Anonymous: U R A Fraud

Hot Topic | 21 July, 2014
People send me things. Brightening my email inbox last week was a pithy little email, headed U r a fraud. It didn't have much to say. Here it is, in its entirety, exactly as it appeared: Please take down your posts about barry brill or Anonymous ma...
Categories: Climate cranks; Climate politics; environment and ecology; Humour; Barry Brill;

Chang'e 3 update: Both rover and lander still alive at the end of their eighth lunar day

Planetary Society Weblog | 21 July, 2014
Despite the fact that it hasn't moved for 6 months, the plucky Yutu rover on the Moon is still alive. Its signal is periodically detected by amateur radio astronomers, most recently on July 19. A story posted today by the Chinese state news agency of...
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NOAA: Earth Had Its Hottest June On Record

From NOAA: "The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature abo...
Categories: Uncategorized; Climate Change; featured;

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