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Palm Fossil from Arizona

During my visit to the Gallery of Natural History at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park (1300 N. College Ave, Tempe Arizona 85281) I saw fossil specimen (AHS-NH#14891) from Yavapai County, Arizona USA. It is a polished palm tree...
Categories: arizona; Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park; palm; tree;

driving and...

Accidental Remediation | 21 October, 2014
I used to talk on the phone while driving... quite often, actually, although not for very long for any given conversation. I've stopped entirely, for two reasons: in the last couple of years, more and more jurisdictions have made cell phone use illegal while driving; and when I broke down and got a smartphone and started receiving work e-mails, I had to have an "unlock" password that makes the phone a giant pain to dial with.
Categories: driving; miscellany;

TDB Today: Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b

Hot Topic | 21 October, 2014
In my post at The Daily Blog this week I take inspiration from the great Ian Dury, and reflect on the disconnect between political ambition and the state of the climate system as it continues to warm. It will be my last post at TDB for a while - fo...
Categories: Climate politics; Climate science; environment and ecology; The Daily Blog;

Curiosity update: ‘Comet Siding Spring’

Red Planet Report | 21 October, 2014
Sol 785-786, October 20, 2014, update from USGS Scientist Lauren Edgar: "Over the weekend, a number of Mars spacecraft observed a rare encounter with Comet Siding Spring. Curiosity successfully observed the comet with Mastcam, Navcam and ChemCam RM...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Book Cliffs; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; NASA; Pahrump Hills;

I have no idea what I am doing!

oncirculation | 21 October, 2014
By a PhD student The first year of this PhD is coming to an end I am not even sure what PhD stands for (pretty hard degree). I am sure I have spent (most of) my days doing something, but what do I have to show for it? A title to a project that makes ...
Categories: A day in the life...; Opinion; PhD; student;

Geo 730: October 21, Day 659: Full Punchbowl

Outside the Interzone | 21 October, 2014
I've mentioned Devils Punchbowl quite a number of times, but shown a photo of it only once before in this series. That one was at a low-ish tide, though clearly not unusually low. At negative tides, the interior is easily accessible on foot, and it looks as if in that photo, there's water in the right portal, where one would enter. But here we see it at high-ish tide, and in relatively calm conditions. Even calm, you wouldn't want to get stuck in here; the water is extremely cold. I don't clearly recall the weather on this day, but it was cool and quite gusty. I know I didn't enjoy being exposed to the wind, and I had to hold my cap down frequently. It would not be fun, in fact, quite hazardous, to get soaked in this water, then if you made it to shore safely, trying to trudge out in the chilly breeze. Hypothermia is a serious concern year-round on the Pacific Northwest coast.
Categories: Earth; Geo 730; Geology; Living Things; Oregon;

QGIS user group – presentation

scottishsnow | 21 October, 2014
I spoke today at the second Scottish QGIS user group meeting. It was a diverse gaggle of practitioners including academics, council, quango and no doubt many more. Some really interesting talks went on, a few of which I took photos of (see below). Unfortunately I was so absorbed in the best two talks (Mag Low and Heikki Versanto) that I didn't take any shots! They both demonstrated the excellent threejs plugin which allows you to create 3D fly throughs in html very quickly, Anita Graser has a good example.
Categories: Computing; Conference; GIS; Scotland; QGIS;

Standing on the San Andreas Fault

Magma Cum Laude | 21 October, 2014
I'm back to blogging! Having just arrived in California and still in the process of unpacking boxes in my apartment, I decided the most productive thing to do was go on a hike. Silicon Valley is near a lot of Open Space Preserves as well as variou...
Categories: California Geology; Photography; Travel; california; earthquakes; featured; hiking;

Meteorite Impact May Have Triggered Largest Pulse Of Deccan Basalt Eruptions

Reporting on a Revolution | 21 October, 2014
What caused the mass extinction 65 million years ago?
Categories: deccan volcanics; geology; mass extinction; meteorite impact;

Solite Excavation: Day 10

Day 10 of our excavation at Solite Quarry was all about Tanytrachelos, a small aquatic reptile from the Triassic. Much of the area we were excavating involved shale within ~2-3 inches from the top of the insect bed. It was within this range that ma...
Categories: Invertebrate Paleontology; Newark Supergroup; Vertebrate Paleontology;

Volcanic Plumbing at Mid-Ocean Ridges Goes Far Deeper than Thought

State of the Planet | 21 October, 2014
New pictures in the journal Nature Geoscience may help resolve a debate about how new crust forms at mid-ocean ridges where earth's tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart....
Categories: Earth Sciences; Earthquakes; General Earth Institute; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; mid-ocean ridges;

HiRISE: Comet nucleus smaller than 500 meters

Red Planet Report | 21 October, 2014
These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014, during the comet's close flyby of Mars and the spacecraft. Comet Siding Spring is on its first trip this close to ... Continue readin...
Categories: Reports; Comet C/2013 A1; Comet Siding Spring; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; University of Arizona;

Gulf of Mexico's 93L a Heavy Rain Threat; Ana Leaves Hawaii Alone

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 21 October, 2014
An area of low pressure over the Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche (93L) contains moisture and spin from the Eastern Pacific's Tropical Storm Trudy, which made landfall near Acapulco last weekend. 93L will bring heavy rains to Mexico's Yucatan Penins...
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Climate, Water and Hay Aligned in Kittitas Valley

Climate, available irrigation water and good soils align in the Kittitas Valley to make this central Washington valley an attractive area for growing livestock feed. Some history might play a role as well.
Categories: agriculture; climate;

Seven Hills of Seattle

Stories in Stone | 21 October, 2014
"Seattle's hills have been its pride and they have been its problem; they have given the city distinction and they have stood in the way of progress," wrote Sophie Frye Bass in her 1947 memoir, When Seattle Was a Village. As the granddaughter of city founder Arthur Denny, Bass was in a good position to witness the early history of Seattle and her book is often credited with popularizing the sentimental notion that Seattle was built on seven hills, just like ancient Rome.
Categories: Street-Smart Naturalist Blog; rh thomson; seattle; seven hills;

I’m on TV!!

Geosphere | 21 October, 2014
About a year ago I was asked to appear as a guest on a kids television show about rocks and minerals called Finding Stuff Out. I was asked to come an talk about rocks, minerals, geology in general and how I got interested in geology. The show is for 8-10 year olds and it is truly fantastic! It has a really interesting format where kids actually ask questions and the host, Harrison, answers them with the help of experts (me), goes to places to find the answers or does experiments. In the end the show concludes with an answer to the question that started it all. In the case of my episode it was about diamonds.
Categories: Humour; Miscellany;

The inevitability of Westlands’ woes

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 21 October, 2014
Bettina Boxall on the Westlands Water District:
Categories: California; cawater; water;

Slow Worms at Wormsloe

Every time I visit the Georgia coast, traces that have been there all along make themselves apparent to me for the first time. One would think these personal discoveries would stop happening after more than fifteen years (on and off) of going to that coast and studying its traces, especially after writing a 700-page book about them (Life Traces of the Georgia Coast). Nevertheless, they happen, and when they do, these insights underscore the importance of doing regular field work in the same places. However familiar it might seem, there's always something different you missed previously while there. So before each trip to the Georgia coast, I make sure to become wide-eyed and expectant, rather than jaded and bored.
Categories: Blog post; behavior; behavioral ecology; earthworm; ichnology; paleontology; salt marshes; worm burrows; worm trails;

The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record

ImaGeo | 21 October, 2014
Source: NOAA Last week, a NASA update pegged September as the warmest on record. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concurred -- and reported that 2014 is on track to be the be the warmest year since record keeping began in...
Categories: Climate Change; Environment; Global Warming; select; Top Posts; Weather; climate change; global warming; NOAA;

Geosonnet 15

Lounge of the Lab Lemming | 21 October, 2014
The ants which scuttle by between our toes Dissolve the min'rals of the Earth we tread The calcic feldspar, slipped under their nose Ten trillion insects weather, pit, and shred. The Himalayan mountains cool the Earth Though mangroves and the ...
Categories: Rheologic Rhymes;

Identifying minerals in the dark!

Earth Learning Idea | 21 October, 2014
Have you tried 'Identifying minerals - use your sense(s)! Minerals in the dark: identifying minerals when the lights fail'  In this activity, pupils use their senses other than sight to enable them to identify a range of different minerals.Lots mo...
Categories: Earth materials;

Monday dispatches from GSA: Vancouver

Highly Allochthonous | 21 October, 2014
The arrival of the long-threatened rain did not dampen lots of cool science..
Categories: academic life; conferences; geomorphology; earthquake prediction; fluvial geomorphology; GSA2014; subduction;

Human remains from the Middle Pleistocene of Normandy.

Sciency Thoughts | 21 October, 2014
Early and Middle Pleistocene Human remains are extremely rare in northern Europe, having to date been found only at a single location (Biache-Saint-Vaast) in France, as well as three locations in the UK (Swanscombe, Boxgrove and Pontnewydd) and seve...
Categories: Archaeology; France; Homo neanderthalis; Neanderthal man; Normandy; Palaeoanthropology; Pleistocene;

Why don't people use viz rooms?

Agile Geoscience | 21 October, 2014
Matteo Niccoli asked me why I thought the use of immersive viz rooms had declined. Certainly, most big companies were building them in about 1998 to 2002, but it's rare to see them today. My stock answer was always "Linux workstations", but of course there's more to it than that.
Categories: Software; Workflows; collaboration; interpretation; technology; visualization; volume interpretation;

A new species of Horseshoe Crab from the Late Jurassic Owadów-Brzezinki Lagerstätte of Central Poland.

Sciency Thoughts | 21 October, 2014
Horseshoe Crabs, Xiphosurida, first appeared in the fossil record during the Ordovician, at least 480 million years ago, and are still found today in Southeast Asia and along the east coast of North America. They are not true Crabs, nor even Crustac...
Categories: Arthropods; Biodiversity; Evolution; Horseshoe Crabs; Jurassic; Lagerstätte; Living Fossils; Owadów-Brzezinki Quarry; Palaeobiology; Palaeontology; Poland; Taxonomy; Xiphosurida;

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