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Wednesday, 08 November 2017

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Guest Blog: Africa, Groundwater and the Sustainable Development Goals 

Geology for Global Development [2017-11-08 19:00:23]  recommend  recommend this post  info
Africa faces a range of groundwater and development issues such as a lack of groundwater data, rising populations and urbanisation. On the 25th October Charlotte Copley attended the joint meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society, which included the Ineson Lecture at the Geological Society of London. With only two hydrogeology lectures on my back and a very limited knowledge of Africa, I found the experience of [...]

Weathering in komatiite 

Mountain Beltway [2017-11-02 13:40:57]  recommend  recommend this post  info
This morning on Twitter I was reminded of komatiites, those “extinct” ultramafic lavas that were relatively common eruptions during the Archean. I’ve actually got a good number of komatiite photos to share from my time last year in South Africa’s Barberton Greenstone Belt. But since time is short this morning, I’ll start with a short photo set of three images, all showing different aspects of how these ultramafic rocks weather

GfGD Annual Conference 2017 – Cities and Sustainable Development 

Geology for Global Development [2017-10-30 10:30:11]  recommend  recommend this post  info
Since the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed in 2015, Geology for Global Development has been at the forefront of mobilising and equipping the geoscience community to engage and make a positive contribution. In 2015, we organised the first major gathering of geologists/Earth scientists anywhere in the world to explore our role in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 120 geologists came together to consider how our science and skills can help ensure the successful [...]

Geoscience and Sustainable Cities (SDG 11) in Eastern Africa 

Geology for Global Development [2017-09-23 13:08:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info
Over the past seven months I’ve had the opportunity to visit four growing cities in eastern Africa: Kampala (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). The importance of geoscience in delivering SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) was evident. “More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without [...]

Fr. Louis Joachim Munoz: Farewell My Dear Friend 

The Failed Rift [2017-06-16 12:39:43]  recommend  recommend this post  (4 visits) info
This post is a 2013 Guardian article by Professor Mark Nwagwu of the Department of Biological Sciences, Paul University, Awka. It was Tuesday, March 19, 2013, a day when Roman Catholics celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph, foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ and faithful husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the faithful…

Guest Blog: Could agroforestry do more to protect Rwandans from hazardous landslides? 

Geology for Global Development [2017-05-26 12:00:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
Megan Jamer is a geoscientist from Canada, and an avid cyclist and explorer. Megan is currently travelling around East Africa on bicycle, taking in some remarkable sites and observing first hand the relationship between geoscience and sustainable development. Today Megan makes her debut on the GfGD blog site, writing on the relationship between agroforestry, landslides, and disaster risk reduction. Some landslide interventions are hard to miss along Rwanda’s highways. There are gabions, [...]

Chert-slab conglomerate from the Fig Tree Group, Barberton 

Mountain Beltway [2017-05-25 16:25:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (48 visits) info
Deep in the Archean, things suddenly got violent in the deep water of the Mapepe Formation's oceanic setting. What was a quiet precipitation of chert suddenly was torn apart and tumbled downslope. Was an earthquake to blame? A bolide impact? This is the

Accretionary lapilli from Archean volcanic eruptions 

Mountain Beltway [2017-05-01 15:16:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
Volcanic "hailstones" called accretionary lapilli rained down on South Africa 3 billion years ago, and have survived to be seen in the present day, along the R40 road through Barberton Mountain Land, near the Bulembu border crossing into

Nuovi attori alla divergenza tra uccelli e coccodrilli 

Theropoda [2017-04-13 21:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
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Ricostruzione composita dei resti di Teleocrater (da Nesbitt et al. 2017). I diversi colori nella ricostruzione scheletrica riflettono i diversi esemplari utilizzati come riferimento. Tra gli animali viventi, i coccodrilli sono quelli più strettamente imparentati con gli uccelli. Questo legame, che fonda il clade Archosauria (che, in versioni minoritarie, è detto Avesuchia, per usare

Stromatolite from Mauritania 

Louisville Area Fossils [2017-03-30 03:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (223 visits) info
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This fossil stromatolite was found at Atar Mauritania. Fossil dates to the pre-Cambrian Period. It was on display at the Musée de Mineralogie (Mineralogy Museum) located at the MINES ParisTech, 60 Boulevard Saint-Michel 75006 Paris France (August

Chenan il Barbaro 

Theropoda [2017-03-28 21:06:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
Ogni aggiunta, per quanto frammentaria, al record fossile dei dinosauri africani è sempre benvenuta. E se poi si tratta di un theropode dalla fine del Cretacico africano, è due volte benvenuta. Longrich et al. (2017) descrivono un dentale frammentario (e riferiscono due denti al medesimo taxon) dai fosfati del Marocco. I fosfati marocchini hanno un'età compresa tra il Maastrichtiano e l'Eocene

Friday fold: Sheba Mine sample 

Mountain Beltway [2017-03-10 13:52:29]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info
When touring the geology of the Barberton Greenstone Belt last August, our group visited the Sheba Mine, a gold mine high in the hills. Their geologist kindly showed us around and allowed us to visit his history-laden office. I have no idea where this sample originated, but it was the only fold I saw in the place, nestled between sepia-toned photographs and old lanterns and rusty picks. I wonder what

Come nuotava Spinosaurus? 

Theropoda [2017-03-02 20:41:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info
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Postura semi-eretta bipede per Spinosaurus, modificato da Ibrahim et al. (2014). Non mi pare sia così assurdo... In un recente post, ho discusso l'ipotesi quadrupede proposta da Ibrahim et al. (2014) su Spinosaurus, ed ho concluso che il femore e tibia di Spinosaurus, come pubblicato da Ibrahim et al. (2014, e informazioni supplementari) non mostrano particolari adattamenti per un nuoto a

The rise of the bipedal Spinosaurus 

Theropoda [2017-02-25 12:27:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (56 visits) info
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Negli uccelli a coda corta, i muscoli ileofibulari generano una forza estensoria che controbilancia lo spostamento anteriore del baricentro, mantenendo una postura semi-eretta. Il bauplan (il modello generale della struttura corporea) dei theropodi ha una serie di vincoli che incanalano la traiettoria evolutiva dei vari gruppi, anche quando questi apparentemente deviano marcatamente gli

Banded iron formation in Barberton Mountain Land 

Mountain Beltway [2017-02-02 15:41:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (8 visits) info
Banded iron formation is an "extinct rock" that can be found in ancient marine strata such as those found in the Barberton Greenstone Belt. Visit an outcrop on the Barberton GeoTrail and contemplate the bizarre anoxic world that Earth used to

Y-shaped joints on a basalt flow, Lake Mývatn, Iceland 

Mountain Beltway [2017-01-25 15:31:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
A basalt flow in Iceland shows both enticing pahoehoe and fractures with a Y-shaped intersection pattern. Comparisons to bread loaves and east Africa suggest a reason

More Messengers from the Mantle 

Mountain Beltway [2017-01-11 13:00:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
Since I showed off the 3D kimberlite intrusion breccias yesterday, I feel as if I owe you some other photos from that lovely exhibit at the IGC. I apologize for the poor quality of these photos – the gorgeous samples were behind glass and brightly lit, which made photography difficult. But the rocks are sooooooooo pretty, I think you’ll enjoy viewing them just the same. Let’s start with a gargantuan

An Anthropocene Journey 

dot Earth [2016-11-08 17:08:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
Humans have become a planet-scale disruptive force. What

An Anthropocene Journey 

dot Earth [2016-11-08 17:08:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (4 visits) info
Humans have become a planet-scale disruptive force. What

Vascoceras Ammonite Fossil 

Louisville Area Fossils [2016-11-08 06:42:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (7 visits) info
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This image is of a Vascoceras (Paravascoceras) cauvini Chudeau ammonite fossil.  Animal existed in Cretaceous Period. The fossil was found in Damergou Niger Africa. Displayed at Muséum National D'Historie Naturelle Jardin Des Plantes Paléontologie et Anatomie Comparée in Paris, France (August
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