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Uncovering Impacts of Gold Mining in Papua New Guinea

State of the Planet | 5 February, 2016
From late December 2015 through January, a team of Earth Institute scientists and human rights lawyers from Columbia University worked in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to deliver the results of an independent study of water quality and human righ...
Categories: Sustainability; AC4; Advanced Consortium on Cooperation Conflict and Complexity; Developing Countries; drinking water quality; extractive industries; gold mining; Human Rights; Papua New Guinea; Sustainable Development; water pollution; water rights;

Opportunity report, Sol 4274, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

Red Planet Report | 5 February, 2016
February 5, 2016: Opportunity Turns 12! Embarks on Electric Slide: Opportunity, stationed along Knudsen Ridge inside Marathon Valley at Endeavour Crater, defied the brutal cold of her seventh Martian winter in January, completing the study of an outc...
Categories: Reports; Cape Tribulation; Endeavour Crater; Knudsen Ridge; Marathon Valley; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity;

HiRISE image coverage of the Curiosity field site on Mars, Version 3.0

Planetary Society Weblog | 5 February, 2016
There have been tons and tons of HiRISE images of the Curiosity landing region, and it has taken quite a lot of work for me to find, locate, and catalogue them. This post is a summary of what I've found; after five revisions and updates, it's now ver...
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Five Weathercasters Who Made History

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 5 February, 2016
Happy National Weatherperson's Day! This American holiday takes place each year on February 5, the birthdate of John Jeffries (1745-1819). Jeffries was a military surgeon during the American Revolution, and later the family physician to future President John Adams, but he gained his greatest meteorological fame by taking observations from a hot-air balloon above London.
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First day emergency drills

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 5 February, 2016
First day out included an emergency drill.  Everyone has an assigned lifeboat, 1-4, but just two can accommodate the entire shipboard complement.
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In Pictures: Orion Assembled and Shipped to Kennedy Space Center

Planetary Society Weblog | 5 February, 2016
The shell of NASA's next Orion spacecraft has been welded together and shipped to Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Here's a photo recap of the assembly and transport process....
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Safe Passage for Fish

Watershed Moments | 5 February, 2016
Road crossings over streams (often constructed using a culvert) can significantly affect fish by changing stream channel morphology, constricting streamflow, and ultimately making it difficult - if not impossible - for fish to reach upstream habi...
Categories: Watershed Moments 3.0; BC government; DFO; fish; fish habitat; forests; hydrology; knowledge translation; outreach; road crossings; salmon; streams; water;

Curiosity: RMI does a ‘Take 2′ on distant crater

Red Planet Report | 5 February, 2016
Sol 1244, February 5, 2016. The ChemCam's Remote Micro-Imager has reshot (above) the interior of a distant impact crater lying at the foot of Gale Crater's interior wall, west- southwest of Curiosity's current location. The arrow in the image a...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Bagnold Dunes; ChemCam; Chemistry and Camera; Curiosity; Gale Crater; High Dune; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Formation; NASA; Remote Micro-Imager; RMI; Stimson Unit;

Science results: special issues derived from EGU-Soil System Science sessions

G-Soil | 5 February, 2016
Sunny day at EGU2014, by Antonio Jordán. Distributed by Imaggeo.
Categories: EGU SSSD; research; science publishing;

THEMIS: Terra Sabaea – false color

Red Planet Report | 5 February, 2016
THEMIS Image of the Day, February 5, 2016. Today's false color image shows a variety of surface materials in the plains of Sabaea Terra. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in ... Continue readi...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Mars Odyssey; NASA; Terra Sabaea; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Question for the computer-savvy

Open Mind | 5 February, 2016
It's easy to get an "rss feed" for this (or just about any) blog. But I recently had a question, and I don't know the answer. Is there a way to get an rss feed for *only* the posts here ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Global Warming;

New papers on paleoseismology, tsunami, and active tectonics (Feb 2016)

Paleoseismicity | 5 February, 2016
Here's the February edition of my paper recommendations. This time we have:
Categories: Paper; 1964 Alaska Earthquake; abstract; Andalusia; Düren; greece; iran; mozambique; paleoseismology; paper; portugal; Rurrand Fault; spain; tsunami; turbidite;

Townhall and Splinter Meetings at EGU 2016

EGU Geolog | 5 February, 2016
In addition to the wealth of scientific sessions at the General Assembly (17-22 April 2016), there is also the option to attend other meetings during EGU 2016. These include Townhall and Splinter Meetings, which are organised by conference participants. 
Categories: Conferences; Early Career Scientists; EGU GA 2016; General Assembly; Sessions; Vienna; #EGU16; EGU General Assembly; splinter meetings; townhall; townhall meetings;

Friday fold: Catalina Island #2

Mountain Beltway | 5 February, 2016
Happy Friday! Here's another fold from Catalina Island, California - an antiform in metasediments, courtesy of Sarah Penniston-Dorland of the University of Maryland:
Categories: california; folds; Friday Fold;

Paleo Profile: The Shield Fortress

Laelaps | 5 February, 2016
One of the stumbling blocks in writing about prehistory is the lack of familiar names for many of the strange creatures that came before us. Or, at least, there's a lack of patience in sounding out anything that's not a dinosaur. To totally bastardize a quote from Mayor Vaughn in JAWS, "You yell 'pseudosuchian', everybody says 'Huh? What?' You yell 'dinosaur', we've got schoolchildren swarming the exhibit hall."
Categories: Anatomy; Fossils; Paleontology; Reptiles; aetosaur; Parker; Petrified Forest; Scutarx; Triassic;

Natural Systems and Processes Poster Session

Cabot Institute Blog | 5 February, 2016
Natural Systems and Processes Poster Session 2015. Image credit Amanda Woodman-HardyThe Natural Systems and Processes Poster Session (NSPPS) is, it appears, now quite an establishment in Bristol: 2016 will be the event's ninth year. What is it, and what has secured its place in the University of Bristol calendar for all these years?
Categories: Alan Kennedy; Natural Systems and Process Poster Session; NSPPS; University of Bristol;

New paper about the lunar crust by group members

Earth & Solar System | 5 February, 2016
The Lunar Highlands: Old Crust, New Ideas *
Categories: Uncategorized;

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Life Among the Lilies

En Tequila Es Verdad | 5 February, 2016
You know what I love about waterbirds? The little buggers are easy to photograph. Well, relatively. When you're standing on the boardwalk at Juanita and they're out amongst the riot of vegetation that thrives in the shallow end of Juanita Bay in the summertime, they can sometimes be a bit hard to spot. Like so:
Categories: bit o' fun; science;

Speleothems connecting East and West

EAG Blog | 5 February, 2016
It was a great honor and challenge to be asked to present the 2015 EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour in four institutes in Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. My lectures included 1) Speleothems as paleoclimate indicators; 2) Novel techniques in speleothems research for paleohydrological studies; 3) Water availability in Middle East and North Africa and the connection to human dispersal: insights from speleothems research. Abstracts and videos of the lectures are available here.
Categories: Invited contributions;

Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A bitten brachiopod (Upper Ordovician of southeastern Indiana)

Wooster Geologists | 5 February, 2016
So how did such damage occur on that Ordovician seafloor? Some predator likely took a bite out of the brachiopod as it lay in its living position with the valves extended upwards into the seawater. Most brachiopods do not survive such events, but this one did.
Categories: Uncategorized; Fossil of the Week; fossils; Indiana; Ordovician;

Going for the Moon

MyCarta | 5 February, 2016
Introduction While on a flight to Denmark a couple of years ago I happened to read this interview with Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang. Towards the end he talks about feasibility (and proximity) of [...]...
Categories: Geoscience; Photography; Planetary science; exploration; Moon; planetary science;

Geology in pictures – meanders and oxbow lakes

MyCarta | 5 February, 2016
I love meandering rivers. This is a short post with some (I think) great images  of meandering rivers and oxbow lakes. In my previous post Google Earth and a 5 minute book review: [...]...
Categories: Cartography and mapping; Geology; Geoscience; Uncategorized; airphoto; Animas River; Fraser River; geology; Geology Illustrated; John Shelton; McBride; McBride Peak; meander river; oxbow lake;

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Turns 12! Embarks on Electric Slide

Planetary Society Weblog | 5 February, 2016
On January 24th, the veteran Mars Exploration Rover (MER) wrapped the last day of her 12th year of surface operations on Mars, marking an extraordinary, historic achievement for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission....
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Possible Glacier Peak Tephra West of Puget Sound

I was recently traversing a bluff to assess geologic risk above the shores of Discovery Bay on the northeast side of the Olympic Peninsula. The bluff geology includes a glacial recessional drift unit capping the top of the bluff. Below that is a recessional outwash sand and gravel unit. Further down slope are much older non glacial sediments (Olympic) and a glacial drift unit from two ice ages ago (Possession). 
Categories: geology;

Curiosity: Forward and backward, at Namib Dune

Red Planet Report | 5 February, 2016
Sol 1243, February 4, 2016. The Navcam shot a semi-panorama, broken here into two segments: the way westerly and forward (top), and a look behind (below) at Namib Dune. Click either to enlarge. Sol 1243 raw images (from all cameras), ... Continue rea...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Bagnold Dunes; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Formation; Namib Dune; NASA; Stimson Unit;

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