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Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A rugose coral and its encrusters from the Middle Devonian of New York

Wooster Geologists | 8 October, 2015
Heliophyllum halli was named by Milne-Edwards and Haime in 1850. We've introduced Henri Milne-Edwards (1800-1885) before, and even James Hall (1811-1898) for whom the species is named. Jules Haime (1824-1856) is less known. He died too young at age 32, which may explain why we have no images of him. HIs father was a prominent physician, Auguste Haime (1790-1877). Jules, like many 19th Century paleontologists, started in medicine (studying in Tours) but gravitated toward the excitement in natural history, becoming a zoologist and paleontologist. He specialized in corals, joining up early in his career with Milne-Edwards. Haime rose fast in his new profession. One year before his death he became a professor of natural history at the Lycée Napoléon in Paris. In 1856 he was appointed vice-president of the Société géologique de France, but died a few months later.
Categories: Uncategorized; Devonian; Fossil of the Week; fossils; New York;

I’m Getting Through … and so are most of you

Open Mind | 8 October, 2015
Watch the video, and note that at the 7-minute mark (from 7:00 to 7:15) Senator Whitehouse, on the senate floor, quotes me:...
Categories: Global Warming;

MOM: Shield volcano Tharsis Tholus

Red Planet Report | 8 October, 2015
MCC image, taken on September 03, 2015 at an altitude of 6144 km with a resolution of 320 m,  shows  an intermediate sized shield volcano known as Tharsis Tholus. It is located in the eastern Tharsis region of the planet ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Indian Space Research Organization; ISRO; Mars Color Camera; Mars Orbiter Mission; MCC; MOM; shield volcanos; Tharsis Tholus; volcanics;

Opportunity: Looking upvalley

Red Planet Report | 8 October, 2015
Sol 4160, October 7, 2014. Four false-color Pancam frames show the upslope part of Marathon Valley, and yet-uninvestigated geological features. The composite uses false-color images by Holger Isenberg; the lower left image is grayscale. Click to enla...
Categories: Reports; Cape Tribulation; Endeavour Crater; Marathon Valley; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity;

Moonquakes and lobate scarps

oncirculation | 8 October, 2015
By Eleanor The surface of the Moon is covered in craters, which were formed by meteorite impacts. Meteorites have hit the Earth too, but you don't see many craters on the surface of the Earth. That's because the Earth's surface is young - it ...
Categories: Latest research; Eleanor; fault; moon; moonquake; tides;

Vegas: Hey, it’s not our fault Lake Mead is dropping!

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 8 October, 2015
This image depicting a years' worth of Colorado River water use, from an emailer I got from the Southern Nevada Water Authority:
Categories: Oh Vegas; water;

Curiosity update: ‘Full wheel imaging & bump’

Red Planet Report | 8 October, 2015
Sol 1127, October 7, 2015, update from USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: Planning is no longer restricted, but to ensure that Sol 1127 commands are ready to be sent to the rover on time, we had to start planning 1.5 hours ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Big Sky; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Formation; NASA; Stimson Unit;

Scientists in E/PO workshop at DPS – Morning of Sunday Nov. 8th

Women in Planetary Science | 8 October, 2015
Broadening your impact: A workshop for scientists engaged in education and public outreach (or who want to get involved)   Please join your fellow scientists for a half day workshop about how to get involved in education and outreach, and how to hav...
Categories: planetary science;

THEMIS: Melas Chasma – false color

Red Planet Report | 8 October, 2015
THEMIS Image of the Day, October 8, 2015. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations ... Continue rea...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; color; dunes; Mars Odyssey; mass wasting; Melas Chasma; NASA; sand dunes; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Thoughts on federal drought legislation circa October 2015

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 8 October, 2015
Some thoughts after today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on federal western California New Mexico etc. drought legislation....
Categories: California; cawater; New Mexico; water;

Ex-Hurricane Oho Going Where Few Hurricanes Have Gone Before: Alaska

Alaska and British Columbia are on alert to receive a very unusual dose of tropical weather: the remains of Hurricane Oho, which are on track to hurtle into the Alaska Panhandle on Friday evening. Oho completed the transition from a hurricane to an e...
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President Signs New Law Supporting STEM Education

Speaking of Geoscience | 8 October, 2015
Washington, D.C. - On October 8, President Obama signed a bipartisan bill supporting existing science, technology, engineering and math education programs at the National Science Foundation.
Categories: Geology and Public Policy; education; geology and public policy; stem;

Ancient “Horse” Pregnancy Frozen in Time

Some fossils are just too cool. And slightly tragic. A 48 million year old fossil from the Messel beds of Germany fits this category well, preserving a mare with her unborn offspring. Beyond macabre fascination, however, what do these fossils tell us? A detailed description of the fetus, published just yesterday in PLOS ONE, explains.  [Full disclosure: I was the handling editor for this paper.] 
Categories: Paleontology; PLOS ONE; Zoology; equoid; Equoidea; Eurohippus; horse; Messel; pregnancy;

Opportunity: Tracing patterns on the floor

Red Planet Report | 8 October, 2015
Sol 4159, October 6, 2015. As Opporutnity's Navcam shot a composite image (above) looking southeast across Endeavour Crater, the Pancam shot a mosaic (below) covering some of the enigmatic patterns in the rock outcrops on the floor of Marathon Vall...
Categories: Reports; Cape Tribulation; clay minerals; Endeavour Crater; Marathon Valley; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity; phyllosilicates;

Mirage, by Nina Burleigh

Mountain Beltway | 8 October, 2015
My latest audiobook consumed during my commute was the story of Napoleon Bonaparte's (why do we always call him by his first name?) ill-fated expedition to Egypt in 1798. Napoleon brought with him a corps of "savants," natural historians, engineers, artists, and musicians, charged with documenting the history and natural history of Egypt, and helping built structures and solve problems to make the colony work well. This was the expedition that found the Rosetta Stone, and laid down the foundations of what would become the science of archaeology, as well as its faddish subdiscipline, Egyptology. The book is about the men in this Egyptian version of the famed Parisian predecessor Institut de France, and their trials, travails, and discoveries while in the Nile Valley. Some were killed, some caught plague, but many survived and returned to France to author a 24 volume book on Egypt, copies of which survive to this day. Their story is full of zeal, patriotism, intrigue, spite, depression, and ingenuity - plenty of character elements and emotions to create a dramatic story. Burleigh tells it well. I was delighted to "make the acquaintance" of a bunch of important scientists of whom I was previously ignorant. The man who figured out the composition of ammonia was among their ranks, as was Joseph Fourier, the first person to propose a greenhouse effect for the Earth as well as a mathematician of great fame. The inventor of descriptive geometry (which makes technical drawing possible) was one of their leaders, indeed almost a lapdog of Napoleon.
Categories: africa; books; egypt; history;

Groundwater Policy: Quis Custodiet Ipos Custodes

Reporting on a Revolution | 8 October, 2015
Who regulates the regulators?In the context of groundwater policy, who will keep an independent check on government data collection methods and analysis which informs groundwater policy decisions.It would be nice if government scientist themselves ke...
Categories: deccan volcanics; geology; groundwater; policy;

Telerobotics: Unifying Human and Robotic Spaceflight

Planetary Society Weblog | 8 October, 2015
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Sandatlas | 8 October, 2015
Foyaite is a variety of nepheline syenite. It is a rare igneous rock.
Categories: Rocks;

Atmospheric and oceanic impacts of Antarctic glaciation across the Eocene–Oligocene transition

Cabot Institute Blog | 8 October, 2015
Composite satellite image of what the Earth may have looked like prior to Antarctic
Categories: Alan Kennedy; Antarctica; Cabot Institute; climate; Dan Lunt; eocene; glaciation; ice sheet; royal society;

New at Rosetta Stones: Mount St. Helens Finally Erupts!

En Tequila Es Verdad | 8 October, 2015
Don't get over-excited! We're not talking about a modern eruption, but the fourth installment of In the Path of Destruction. We get to see the May 18, 1980 eruption from the air!
Categories: books; science;

An account of the El Cambray landslide in Guatemala

The Landslide Blog | 8 October, 2015
The Wall Street Journal has a nice article providing an account of the aftermath of the El Cambray landslide in Guatemala, as described by Sarah Sky, a US citizen who is teaching English at a school located opposite to the landslide site.  This is an excerpt:
Categories: landslide report; Central America; corruption; featured; Guatemala;

Summer adventures, part 4: Montana trip II

The Coastal Paleontologist | 7 October, 2015
 More from the Montana segment of the trip!
Categories: None

The 14 beautiful cervicals of Kaatedocus

Well, I'm a moron again. In the new preprint that I just published, I briefly discussed the six species of sauropod for which complete necks are known -- Camarasaurus lentus (but it's a juvenile), Apatosaurus louisae (but the last three and maybe C5 are badly damaged), Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis (but all the vertebrae are broken and distorted), Shunosaurus lii, Mamenchisaurus youngi and Spinophorosaurus nigerensis.
Categories: cervical; diplodocids; Gratuitously awesome images; I'm stupid; Kaatedocus;

NASA challenge seeks ways to use Mars resources

Red Planet Report | 7 October, 2015
Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Red Planet. The ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; in situ materials; materials reprocessing; natural resources; reprocessing;

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