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Door one: A calendar of Cuillins

Advent season is here again! This year, as well as the usual mix of festive geological miscellany, the geoadvent team are highlighting some of our favourites of the many entries to our recent photography competition. We received hundreds of beautifu...
Categories: 100 Great Geosites; Advent calendar; 100geosites; advent calendar; Cuillins; environment; geography; geology; islands; photography;

Reflections on a PhD viva

Volcano-Blog | 1 December, 2015
The finished article outside the Geography Department at Sheffield. The dust (or I should probably say ash) has settled and I am now over a week on from passing my viva with the "most minor of minor corrections", a most relieving and pleasing result. The lead up to a PhD viva is a little bit surreal. After spending 3 years on research, going to conferences, writing papers, drinking way too much coffee (and accompanying biscuits), and finally spending 3 months writing up your work, it is a strange feeling knowing that your research is going to be critiqued and discussed in a matter of only a few hours. Of course, the examiners spend a long time looking through your work, but having 3 years of your work condensed into a 2 hour discussion barely scratches the surface! However, something I didn't realise until participating in my own viva is that it is not all about discussing every minutiae of your work. The examiners are looking for two main things when your are in your viva: (1) Did you do the work yourself? (2) Do you know what you are talking about (i.e. do you know the science behind your work)? 
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COP21 daily report: Setting a more ambitious agenda - Bristol’s Transformative Action Plans

Cabot Institute Blog | 1 December, 2015
Cabot Institute Director Professor Rich Pancost will be attending COP21 in Paris as part of the Bristol city-wide team, including the Mayor of Bristol, representatives from Bristol City Council and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership. He will be writing blogs during COP21, reflecting on what is happening in Paris, especially in the Paris and Bristol co-hosted Cities and Regions Pavilion, and also on the conclusion to Bristol's year as the European Green Capital.  Follow #UoBGreen and #COP21 for live updates from the University of Bristol.---------------------------------
Categories: Bristol 2015; Bristol City Council; Bristol Green Capital; Bristol is Open; Cabot Institute; climate change; COP21; future cities; George Ferguson; Paris; Rich Pancost; University of Bristol;

I should have written a book about pizza cheese

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 1 December, 2015
A colleague notes an interesting bit of business in Dan Boyd's story in this morning's newspaper about the state of New Mexico's "closing fund", a state government goody bag to help fund economic development:
Categories: New Mexico; water;

Win A DSN Stocking Hat

Deep Sea News | 1 December, 2015
Stocking hat, tuke, beanie.  Whatever you call them, nothing will compare to your very own DSN branded one.  Imagine a DSN pirate, giant squid, Archie, logo all of your own.  All of your friends will be jealous.
Categories: Uncategorized;

Eokinorhynchus rarus: A Kinorhynch from the Early Cambrian of Sichuan Province, China.

Sciency Thoughts | 1 December, 2015
Kinorhynches are tiny (at most 3 mm) worm like animals found in marine sediments, with segmented tube- or barrel-shaped bodies, separate head and neck regions and evertable pharynxes. They are relcated to Pripulid Worms (large unsegmented Worms with evertable pharyxes and Loriciferas (small unsegmented animals with cup-shaped rigid bodies and evertable pharynxes), the three groups being grouped together as the Scalidophora. Molecular clock estimates have suggested that the three groups diverged during the Eidacaran, but while Priapulids are well documented from the Cambrian onwards, and a large, Loricifera-like animal (Sirilorica)is also known from the Cambrian, to date no Kinorhynches have been found in the fossil record from any period.
Categories: Biodiversity; Cambrian; China; Dengying Formation; Kinorhynches; Palaeobiodiversity; Palaeontology; Scalidophora; Sichuan Province; Taxonomy;

Organizing the Central Australia Student Field Trip

oncirculation | 1 December, 2015
By Jen Last year myself and fellow PhD Jessica Lowczak organized a geological field trip for 19 students through Central Australia. This was one of the most rewarding things I've done, and despite there being many a stuff-up along the ... Continue ...
Categories: fieldwork; Central Australia; field trip; geology; Jen; students;

Spotting Rough Air from Space

Look at those thin clouds over Florida. Those are transverse cirrus clouds, and they look like mares tails from the ground, but they can also be a clue to some rough air. The winds aloft are from the northwest over Florida, but farther north they are...
Categories: Uncategorized; featured;

Georneys Blogging Catch-up: Sneak Preview

Georneys | 30 November, 2015
I've been extremely busy the past couple of years, and as a result I haven't blogged as much as I would have liked. However, I'm itching to do some blogging catch-up, so I've made a list of some of things that I'd like to blog about over the next few months. I'll see if I can tackle two or three posts over the next two weeks. Otherwise, I'm taking the week of December 14th off for a much needed "Staycation". I'll be busy with a few other things that week, but I hope to spend part of the week catching up on some blogging.
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Winter Alfalfa Irrigation and Stateline Wind Farm

Onions are perhaps the Walla Walla valley's most famous crop. However, grapes for wine have become a much larger industry and in some circles may be eclipsing onions. The valley also has large acreage in alfalfa. The ice age flood silts and wind deposited silts combined with irrigation and generally dry air are the right combination for highly productive alfalfa fields. The fact that large tracts of range land are present on the east end of the Horse Heaven Hills and in the nearby Blue Mountains helped establish large acreage in the production of feed for livestock. In the early days of Walla Walla there was good money to be made from raising meat for mines in Idaho. 
Categories: agriculture;

As seen from space: 'Earth's connecting point to the rest of the universe' — and a fierce legal battleground too

ImaGeo | 30 November, 2015
Click on this arresting photograph of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, shot from orbit, and then see if you can make out a series of white structures on the summit. See them? They form a 'C' right at the top. (For an original, high resolution version of...
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Reflections from Paris COP – day 1

Climate Lab Book | 30 November, 2015
Today, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) began in Paris. The aim of the conference is to finalise an international 195-nation agreement to reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide, and to address issues such as deforestation & climate finance...
Categories: communication;

The Sun blows its top — again

ImaGeo | 30 November, 2015
Every once in awhile, a kind of hole blows out in the Sun's atmosphere -- a "coronal hole," as it is called. And it has happened again, this time on top of the Sun. You can see it above in a sequence of images captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Obs...
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The Catskill Watershed: a Story of Sacrifice and Cooperation

State of the Planet | 30 November, 2015
It has become so easy for us here in NYC to turn on the tap without realizing the hardship, unimaginable sacrifices and money that have allowed us this incredible resource at the mere flick of a finger. We returned to the downstream end of the aquedu...
Categories: Ecology; Education; acid rain; Catskills reservoirs; invasive species; land management; New York City; new york watershed;

HiRISE: Down in the paleochannels

Red Planet Report | 30 November, 2015
Transverse aeolian ridges -- or TARs -- are mysterious, wind-blown features that are intermediate in size between ripples and much larger sand dunes. Ripples form from hopping sand grains, and dunes form from sand grains being blown over longer dis...
Categories: Reports; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; TARs; transverse eolian ridges; University of Arizona;

How to survive a PhD thesis

Fourth Rock From the Sun | 30 November, 2015
I recently completed my PhD thesis and though it was an exhausting process having a finished physical product in front of me is a very good feeling. It took me around five months to write and during that time I learned what works and what doesn't and I thought I would share my advice in a blog post.
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Slump in progress on Corridor H

Mountain Beltway | 30 November, 2015
I was out on Corridor H last week, looking at rocks with my Honors student, and on the way back from the field work, I noticed this:
Categories: mass wasting; west virginia;

Fall issue of The Planetary Report is Here!

Planetary Society Weblog | 30 November, 2015
At last! The fall issue of The Planetary Report is off the press--or ready for Planetary Society members to download now....
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Rocks of the Chabot Reservoir northside

Oakland Geology | 30 November, 2015
The hike on the Goldenrod Trail from the Grass Valley staging area, where Grass Valley Road meets Skyline Boulevard, down to Chabot Reservoir is a lovely walk. On the geologic map below, it's the dirt road between the two O's on the right side.
Categories: oakland blueschist; oakland geology walks; oakland rocks;

The 2015 Dinosaur Gift Guide

The winter solstice rapidly approaches, and the advertising world's constant hum has risen to an insistent howl. If you've got an enthusiast of prehistory in your life and are looking for something special to give them, Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs has you covered. Last year, I posted a three-part guide to independent paleoartists (parts one, two, and three) who all deserve attention and patronage, and whose work would delight fans of paleontology. Since most of those listings are still active, go check them out.
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Paris Climate Talks Begin; Five Reasons Why They Are So Important

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 30 November, 2015
A momentous two weeks of United Nations meetings that will shape the future of Earth's climate have begun. The 21st annual UN Conference on Climate Change (also known as the Conference of Parties, or COP21) will unfold at Le Bourget, France, about ...
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THEMIS: Candor Chasma – false color

Red Planet Report | 30 November, 2015
THEMIS Image of the Day, November 30, 2015. The THEMIS 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 of ... Continue re...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Candor Chasma; canyons; color; impacts; Mars Odyssey; NASA; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Geology in the Freezer with the Antarctica360 team

The Traveling Geologist | 30 November, 2015
Thanks to the Antarctica360 team for this great update from the field. You can follow their adventures at antarctica360.net.
Categories: John Cottle; Recent; Antarctica;

Pecopteris nervous oblongata Plant Fossil

Louisville Fossils and Beyond | 30 November, 2015
This picture is of a Pecopteris nervous oblongata plant fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Plants like this existed at the time of the Carboniferous Period. The fossil was found in a unknown locality. Imag...
Categories: carboniferous; plant; sapienza university of rome;

Women don beards for documentary about inequality in the geosciences

The Plainspoken Scientist | 30 November, 2015
Lexi Jamieson Marsh (right) attaches fake facial hair to Lisa Boucher (left) a Paleobotanist Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin. "Lisa studies ancient grasslands and was very excited to show us some petrified wood while visiting her field site," Marsh said. Photo by Kelsey Vance.
Categories: Public outreach; Science and art; Video; featured; plainspoken scientist; science communication; science outreach;

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