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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014: Ancient Mother Goes Pink

Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs | 23 October, 2014
As you should know, October is national breast cancer awareness month.  The official color for breast cancer awareness is pink so for the past three years, in its honor, I have illustrated a different prehistoric animal in pink.  You may remember in 2012 Pachycephalosaurus was the first to rock the look and in 2013 Deinotherium was adorned in pink.  This year, I decided to paint a powerful meat eater which also shows evidence of being a mother according to a recent discovery of eggs in Europe.  I give you Torvosaurus in pink!
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Upside Down Ordovician Trilobite

Here is a picture of an upside down trilobite fossil found recently (October 2014) in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. The Upper Ordovician Period formations found there are Grant Lake (Maysvillian) and Bull Fork (Richmondian). Thanks to Kenny for the imag...
Categories: Kentucky; ordovician; Trilobite;

Earth and Space Exploration Day at ASU this Saturday

Arizona Geology | 23 October, 2014
ASU hosting Earth and Space Exploration DaySaturday, October 25, 2014 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) LOCATION: Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), Arizona State University, Tempe
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GSA 2014: The puzzle of Gale crater's basaltic sedimentary rocks

Planetary Society Weblog | 23 October, 2014
At the Geological Society of America conference this week, Curiosity scientists dug into the geology of Gale crater and shared puzzling results about the nature of the rocks that the rover has found there....
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Partial Solar Eclipse from California (and What a Sunspot!)

Geotripper | 23 October, 2014
Wow. Just wow. Yes there was a partial solar eclipse today that was visible across much of the country, and yes, it was pretty spectacular. But what caught my attention was the huge sunspot. It is the first time I've ever seen a sunspot with the naked eye, and it was incredible in the zoom lens. I'm told that it is more than 90,000 miles across, the width of 12 Earths. Sunspots are essentially gigantic solar storms. They look dark, but they are simply a bit less bright than the rest of the Sun's surface.
Categories: Modesto; Partial eclipse; Science Community Center; Solar eclipse;

Dinosaur Noses Are Cool

Laelaps | 23 October, 2014
Nearly a century ago, while working in the 75 million year old rock of Alberta, Canada, the professional fossil-hunter George Sternberg found a stunning skeleton. The remains belonged to a six-foot-long "bonehead" dinosaur named Stegoceras, and, best of all, the dinosaur's frame included a complete skull - a rarity for these animals. More often than not, a rough geological afterlife has reduced these boneheads - technically known as pachycephalosaurs - to little more than their sturdy skull domes. Stegoceras is an exception.
Categories: Anatomy; Dinosaurs; Fossils; Paleontology; bone-head; Bourke; Cretaceous; Ohio; pachycephalosaur; Stegoceras; Witmer;

A Remarkable Fault Zone

Watch for Rocks | 23 October, 2014
There are certainly many extraordinary natural features to see in Yellowstone National Park, but I will bet there is one hillside in particular that might not have caught your eye. In fact, you could have driven right by this seemingly innocent slope on the road between Madison Junction and West Yellowstone without even giving it a second thought. After all, it looks just like any old slumping, eroding hillside.
Categories: caldera; fault zone; Yellowstone National Park;

Geo 730: October 23, Day 661: Craggy Headland

Outside the Interzone | 23 October, 2014
A bit farther south on the path from the Punchbowl proper, we had some lovely views of the seaside cliffs. Spots like this are glorious in heavy winter storms. However, even though the wind was gusting wildly on this day, the lack of a sustained direction meant there was not much in the way of heavy surf. Though as we'll see in a few days, there was enough in the way of swells to provide entertainment for a fair number of people.
Categories: Earth; Geo 730; Geology; Oregon;

Phase 2 Alpine Fault Drilling

Julian's Blog | 23 October, 2014
Rupert Sutherland with DFDP-2 flagsWhilst researchers continue to pull together the history of past Alpine Fault earthquakes, the Deep Fault Drilling Programme is well underway in Whataroa on the West Coast of the South Island. For an introduction to this project have a look at my blog and video here, or check out the DFDP-2 Facebook page or project leader Rupert Sutherland's blog for updates over the next few weeks.
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HiRISE: Landforms in eastern Elysium Planitia

Red Planet Report | 23 October, 2014
This image shows a great deal of geologic diversity in a rather small area. In the northern section of the image, we see flat terrain that is probably an ancient lava field. This field runs up against a mesa, with ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Elysium Planitia; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; University of Arizona;

The Ebola Crisis: What It Means for West Africa and the World

State of the Planet | 23 October, 2014
"The Ebola epidemic in West Africa should be viewed akin to a world war whose outcome ... matters crucially for all of us," said Dr. Ranu Dhillon, senior health advisor for The Earth Institute. Dhillon and other health experts will speak at a speci...
Categories: General Earth Institute; Global Health; Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development; ebola; Guinea; Liberia; National Center on Disaster Preparedness; Sierra Leone;

MAVEN: Comet’s atomic hydrogen coma in UV

Red Planet Report | 23 October, 2014
The MAVEN spacecraft obtained an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring on Friday, October 17th, two days before the comet's closest approach to Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument imaged the comet at...
Categories: Reports; Comet C/2013 A1; Comet Siding Spring; Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph; IUVS; Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN; MAVEN; NASA; University of Colorado;

THEMIS: Candor Chasma

Red Planet Report | 23 October, 2014
THEMIS Image of the Day, October 23, 2014. This VIS image shows eroded materials on the floor of Candor Chasma. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Candor Chasma; canyons; Mars Odyssey; NASA; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System; Valles Marineris;

China to launch test mission for Chang'e 5 program today

Planetary Society Weblog | 23 October, 2014
China is launching to the Moon today! (Weather permitting.) The spacecraft will have a brief, 8-day mission, out to the Moon and back. It is an engineering test for the technology that the future Chang'e 5 sample return mission will need to return it...
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MS Student Advocates for Sustainable Fashion

State of the Planet | 23 October, 2014
After working in the University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Ruth Penniston joined the program with the intention of helping to bridge the gap between scientists and t...
Categories: General Earth Institute; education news; EI Student Profiles; MS in Sustainability Management News; student news;

Tropical Depression Nine Dissipates

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 23 October, 2014
Small and weak Tropical Depression Nine dissipated over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday night, shortly after making landfall near 8 pm EDT Wednesday October 22, 2014 on the western shore of the peninsula. Mexican radar out of Sabancuy and satell...
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SEG 2014: sampling from the smorgasbord

Agile Geoscience | 23 October, 2014
Next week, Matt and I will be attending the 2014 SEG Annual General Meeting at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver. Join the geo-tweeting using the hashtag #SEG2014 and stay tuned on the blog for our daily highlights.
Categories: Event; News; SEG14; conferences; geophysics;

Austre Okstindbreen Retreat, Norway

From a Glaciers Perspective | 23 October, 2014
In 1994 the glacier terminates at the red arrow, the snowline (purple dots) is at 1300 m. The width of the glacier at the eastward turn, yellow arrow is 1500 m. In 1999 the glacier has retreated a short distance and the snowline is at 1400 m. In 2006 the proglacial lake has continued to expand. The glacier width at the east turn is 1300 m. The snowline is at 1450 m. In 2014 the snowline is at 1550 m. The glacier width at the yellow arrow is down to 1100 m. The retreat from the red arrow is 400 m, which is 20 meters/year. The persistent high snowline above 1300 m in images that are not even at the end of the melt season indicate a significant rise. The 400 m reduction in the width of the glacier at the east turn, which is 1.5 km above the terminus, indicate the retreat will continue. The glacier retreat parallels that of Norway glaciers in general since 2000, with 23 of 24 glaciers examined consistently by (NVE) retreating during this interval, one was close to equilibrium. Engabreen, Tunsbergdalsbreen and Blamannsisen.
Categories: Glacier Observations; Austre Okstindbreen glacier retreat; norway glacier retreat; Norway glacier snowline rise; Okstindbreen glacier retreat;

MOOC on Planetary Boundaries from Stockholm Resilience Centre

The Anthropocene Review Blog | 23 October, 2014
A new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been launched as part of the SDSN.Edu Network by the Stockholm Resilience Centre entitled 'Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities'. While MOOCs have been growing in popularity for some time, this is t...
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EGU 2015: Call-for-papers is now open!

EGU Geolog | 23 October, 2014
From now, up until 7 January 2015, you can submit your abstract for the upcoming EGU General Assembly (EGU 2015). In addition to established scientists, PhD students and other early career researchers are welcome to submit abstracts to present their research at the conference.
Categories: EGU GA 2015; Young Scientists; abstracts; EGU 2015; Vienna;

Understanding culture to improve disaster risk reduction

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk.
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Ironing out a few problems at Beamline I08

EAG Blog | 23 October, 2014
From the 15th to the 19th of October synchrotron veteran Liane G. Benning (University of Leeds), the "iron man" legend Rob Raiswell (University of Leeds) and myself (a PhD student in glaciology at the University of Bristol) joined the I08 beamline A-team of Burkhard Kaulich, Majid Abyaneh and Tohru Araki at the Diamond Light Source, on our search for iron nanoparticles in Arctic glacial samples. Iron is a limiting nutrient in around 40% of Earth's oceans, limiting the growth of Liane inspects the new I08 beamline with Majid and myself.
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Manchester Science Festival 2014

Earth & Solar System | 23 October, 2014
Hello readers! Sorry we've been so quiet recently. Busy busy in the lab, with very little time to catch up on other things. Just a quick note to remind you that the Manchester Science Festival begins today, and there'll be 11 days of science fun ...
Categories: Events; News; #MSF14; Manchester Science Festival; ScienceIsSpectacularBecause;

Haiti – An engineering disaster

Climate and Geohazards | 23 October, 2014
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was one of the greatest seismic tragedies of the last few decades. The magnitude 7 struck late in the afternoon with an epicentre just west the capital Port-au-Prince on 12th January 2010.
Categories: Earthquake; Disaster; earthquake; Haiti; Natural Disasters; Natural Hazards;

Paleontology "kickstarter": relationships of Allodesmus

The Coastal Paleontologist | 23 October, 2014
A mount of the partial holotype skeleton of Allodesmus kelloggi, a junior synonym of Allodesmus kernensis (at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles). My colleague Reagan Furbish - a master's student under Dr. Annalisa Berta at San Diego State Uni...
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