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Modelling the Vadose Zone…What fun!

Geosphere | 24 April, 2014
Sometimes our projects take stage and unexpected turns down pathways that we have no experience in whatsoever. My project on the input of Fukushima iodine-129 into groundwater has taken one of those turns. This is not a bad thing, but it is a time consuming one, as these deviations often are. However, instead of bemoaning my new lot in life as modeller of the unsaturated (vadose) zone, I thought I'd share a bit of what I'm doing. By the way, if any of you reading this have any experience modelling the vadose zone I'd love to talk in greater detail with you.
Categories: Geochemistry; Groundwater;

A culture of asking questions

Agile Geoscience | 24 April, 2014
When I worked at ConocoPhillips, I was quite involved in their knowledge sharing efforts (and I still am). The most important part of the online component is a set of 100 or so open discussion forums. These are much like the ones you find all over the Internet (indeed, they're a big part of what made the Internet what it is -- many of us remember Usenet, now Google Groups). But they're better because they're highly relevant, well moderated, and free of trolls. They are an important part of an 'asking' culture, which is an essential prerequisite for a learning organization. 
Categories: News; communication; knowledge sharing; learning; web;

Interview with Paleontologist: Mike Everhart

Today we will be looking at an interview with paleontologist, Michael Everhart.  I always admired Mr. Everhart and his work with marine fossils.  I was thrilled when he agreed to do an interview for Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs!   Michael J. Everh...
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Geotalk: Steven Smith on fossil faults and fantastic faulting

EGU Geolog | 24 April, 2014
This week in Geotalk, we're talking to Steven Smith, a Lecturer from the University of Otago. Steven takes us on an Earth-shaking journey, explaining how ancient faults reveal what's happening under the Earth's surface and delving into the future of fault zone research.
Categories: Geodynamics; Geomorphology; Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems; Geotalk; Seismology; Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology; Young Scientists; earthquake; fault; mapping;

Landslide losses – raising the profile in the USA

The Landslide Blog | 24 April, 2014
The two dramatic landslides of the last few weeks in the USA has undoubtedly raised the profile of this natural hazard.  The Oso landslide in Washington State remains high on the news agenda, and was even visited by the President earlier this week.  Meanwhile, the fascinating East Gros Ventre Butte landslide in Jackson Hole continues to creep, with devastating impacts on the family who owned the house at the crest of the slide.
Categories: landslide costs; featured; USA;

In your element round up

Propogating Waves | 24 April, 2014
Our 'in your element' feature is still alive and well, the articles are still freely available online, and the periodic table here is still being updated. Over the last few months a few more squares in that periodic table have been filled in with contributions from several authors.
Categories: In your element;

European Geosciences Union – General Assembly 2014 (Part 3)

A couple of weeks ago we outlined the ways in which we will be participating in the EGU General Assembly taking place in Vienna next week.  We're currently asking a few of the GfGD team who are attending to give us an outline of the sessions that caught their eye and to tell us more about their roles at the event. Yesterday Jane Robb outlined a number of sessions, and today it is the turn of Rosalie Tostevin.
Categories: EGU 2014;

Looking forward to EGU 2014

Geology Jenga | 24 April, 2014
This time next week EGU 2014 I'll be looking at a sea of posters and enjoying workshops, splinter sessions and talks galore and I literally can't wait!
Categories: EGU 2014; Science Communication;

How to become a climate change denier (in 4 easy steps)

Hot Topic | 23 April, 2014
Cartoon drawn by Joshua Cakeburger Drummond as a contribution to the High Water Project, and rooted in bitter experience, I suspect......
Categories: Climate cranks; environment and ecology; Humour; cranks; High Water; humour; Joshua Drummond;

TV3′s The Nation: Antarctica and public understanding of climate change

Hot Topic | 23 April, 2014
A few days have passed since Lisa Owen's interview with Antarctic scientists Chuck Kennicutt of the US and Gary Wilson of New Zealand on TV3's The Nation but I hope it's still worth drawing attention to. Programmes like The Nation tend to focus...
Categories: Climate politics; Climate science; environment and ecology; ACT; Antarctica; NZ Herald; TV3;

Beasts in the Walls

Ancient Shore | 23 April, 2014
Relief Sculptures at the Natural History Museum, London When I was a boy in the 1960s, I was very fortunate that my family spent a year living in London. We visited the museums in South Kensington many times; I particularly loved the Science Museum ...
Categories: Exhibits; Photographs; exhibit; fossils; history of science; museum; Natural History Museum; Paleontology; travel;

Earthquake rates inferred from active faults and geodynamics

Paleoseismicity | 23 April, 2014
Vanja Kastelic and Michele M. C. Carafa (INGV, L'Aquila, Italy) recently published an article in the Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica e Applicata (an international journal of Earth sciences) entitled "Earthquake rates inferred from active faults and geodynamics: the case of the External Dinarides." This article covers the area affected by the earthquake of Ml 4.7 (Mw 4.6) occurred on April 22, 2014.
Categories: Earthquake; Paper;

I-80 Yesterday: Very Windy

Looking for Detachment | 23 April, 2014
Looking from just south of the Jessup exit toward the Humboldt Sink, during a wild windstorm.
Categories: dust; highway 40; I-80; lahontan; nevada; spring; weather; wind;

Happy Earth Day from the Philippine Sea!

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 23 April, 2014
I hope you all had an excellent Earth Day on April 22nd. Did you all hug a tree, ride a bike or read the Pale Blue Dot monologue by my main man Carl Sagan? I tried to hug a tree, but my arms wouldn't reach (clearly I'm awesome at jokes). Although I'm really far away from land, being out at sea really felt like I was a part of the 'Blue' in Blue Marble.
Categories: blue marble; earth; earth day; NASA; photo; selfie; social media;

Nature Needs Half

The Nature of Cities | 23 April, 2014
Nature Needs Half is a concept under consideration in the Capital Regional District (CRD)[End note 1]. Simply put, Nature Needs Half means saving fifty percent of an area's lands and waters for nature. This concept recognizes the impact of humans ...
Categories: Awareness; Biodiverse cities; Conservation; Design; Lynn Wilson; North America; Parks; Planning;

Oh, The Things You Can See From On High

I spent a little while looking at today's images from NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites with their amazing MODIS imager that sends back true colour images from an altitude of around 700 km. Here are a few things I spotted in just a short period of...
Categories: Uncategorized; aqua satellite; featured; NASA; weather;

Curiosity: Sol 608, April 22, 2014

Red Planet Report | 23 April, 2014
ChemCam's Remote Micro-Image checks out target Cow Bore. NASA descrption: This image was taken by ChemCam: Remote Micro-Imager (CHEMCAM_RMI) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 608 (2014-04-22 20:21:54 UTC). Sol 608 raw images (from all c...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Cow Bore; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Kimberley; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Remarkable; Mount Sharp; MSL; NASA;

Proposed seawater-based air conditioning could benefit farmers

Geospace | 23 April, 2014
A proposed seawater air conditioning plant in Honolulu, Hawaii will draw cold seawater from the deep ocean, and a potential agricultural resource with it: phosphorus.Credit: Sam Kimbrel
Categories: Hydrology; Natural resources; Ocean sciences; Uncategorized; Deepwater Horizon; ocean science; pollution; water;

Curiosity: Sol 606, April 20, 2014

Red Planet Report | 23 April, 2014
Target for contact science and drilling on Sol 609 (April 23); Mastcam 100 image. NASA description: This image was taken by Mastcam: Right (MAST_RIGHT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 606 (2014-04-20 22:13:05 UTC). Sol 606 raw images (f...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Cow Bone; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Jarrad; Kimberley; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Remarkable; Mount Sharp; MSL; NASA;

Asteroid 2014 GJ45 passes the Earth.

Sciency Thoughts | 23 April, 2014
Asteroid 2014 GJ45 passed by the Earth at a distance of 10 190 000 km (roughly 26.5 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon) at about 11.35 am GMT on Thursday 17 April 2014. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though were it to do so it would present a realistic threat. 2014 GJ45 is estimated to be between 36 m and 110 m in diameter, and an object towards the upper end of this range would be predicted to be capable of punching straight through the Earth's atmosphere, impacting the planet's surface a causing an explosion roughly 2500 times as large as the Hiroshima Bomb. Such an event would create a crater around 1.5 km wide as well as causing devastation over a much wider area, and resulting in climatic effects that would probably last for several years.
Categories: 2014 GJ45; Asteroids; Aten Family Asteroids; Near Earth Asteroids; Solar System;

Blogroll: Inviting ire and iron

Propogating Waves | 23 April, 2014
Editor's note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, Tien Nguyen penned the May 2014 column.
Categories: Blogroll;

HiRISE: Aerodynamic

Red Planet Report | 23 April, 2014
Beautiful Mars series. Aerodynamic. More Beautiful Mars images....
Categories: Reports; Beautiful Mars; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; University of Arizona;

A model of planetary formation that explains the Earth’s lithophile element depletion.

Sciency Thoughts | 23 April, 2014
CI chondrites (Carbonaceous Ivuna Chondrites; Ivuna from the Ivuna Salt Flats in Tanzania where the first meteorite of this class was discovered) have a chemistry that closely matches that of the Solar photosphere, and are therefore widely taken as a model for the abundances of elements in the nebulae from which the planets condensed. The Earth is considerably depleted in lithophile elements ('rock loving' elements; elements that remain close to the Earths surface - lithosphere - as they bond easily with oxygen; mostly f and s block metals, plus the lanthanides) compared to these meteorites, something which planetary scientists have struggled to explain.
Categories: CI Chondrites; Earth; Lithophile Elements; Meteorites; Planetary Formation; Protoplanetary Disks; Solar System;

This is why we can’t have nice things…like the ocean

Deep Sea News | 23 April, 2014
I asked Professor Chris Parsons to contribute an editorial on the recent announcement by John Kerry for federal funding of a marine conservation conference this summer while ignoring the largest marine conservation conference also occurring this s...
Categories: Conservation & Environment; Industry & Government; Opinion & Editorial; Chris Parsons; conservation; International Marine Conservation Congress; International Whaling Commission; John Kerry;

That’s All, Folks!!!

Notes from the field | 23 April, 2014
By Ludovic Brucker After an unexpected phone call from the helicopter pilot on Easter Sunday, Ludo and Clem ended the second season of the Greenland aquifer campaign, with the support of Susan, Rick, Lora, Bear, the weather office, and many others. T...
Categories: Greenland Aquifer Expedition; aquifer; Arctic; climate change; Greenland; NASA; polar; radar;

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