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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 5 - Down From the Mountain - Days Eight and Nine 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-27 01:59:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info

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And so, after 16 months of planning, preparing, and participating, the Mt. Kilimanjaro adventure was almost complete. Surprisingly, I did not feel a great sense of personal accomplishment. My competitive days are long in the past and wasn't about to be disappointed if my body could not handle the thin air or the rigors of mountaineering. I considered this trip to be a success based only on my acceptance to undertake it and spending quality time with good friends in exotic places. Acheiving the [...]

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 3 - Skirting the Mountain's Base - Days Three, Four, and Five 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-26 00:18:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

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Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut - August 15 Leaving Shira 1 Camp, the porters set out for their destination - Moir Hut Camp.The landscape has definitely changed since the rainforest.The Shira Plateau is a lava flow-filled caldera. The Shira Volcano was likely the first cone built in this area, less than one million years ago. It is incredible young for being so large. Trekkers are walking on the lava-flow surface here.This is a close-up of the main type of rock seen on Kilimanjaro - the rhomb porphory [...]

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 2 - The Approach - Days One and Two 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-25 23:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

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In spite of the inevitable delays on such a grand undertaking, we were trekking by about 4 PM on August 13. At first we walked on a 4X4 road, then a bonafide trail. Our route up the mountain would be the Lomosho Route.Near the start of the trek, we travel through carrot and potato fields.After entering the National Park, the forest is preserved and quite beautiful.One of our porters carrying eggs for the trip.Forest hiking.Colubus monkeys were quite numerous in the trees overhead. The are [...]

Running Out of Ground - Trekking to the Roof of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro - Part 1 - The Set-Up 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-25 20:27:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

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Many of you know that I have been in Africa this August traveling with my wife Helen. We have been on safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as partaking in a trek with friends to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We have just returned home and are beginning to process the myriad emotions, information, photographs, and memories. A blog posting seems too simple a venue to express all that we have experienced in these 19 days. In a word, the trek was hard but doable, especially with the [...]

Coming Soon: Spinosaurus Revolution 

Theropoda [2014-08-09 11:07:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (93 visits) info

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Artwork (c) Davide Bonadonna Pensavo che tutto dovesse rimanere ancora in silenzio per un po', ma noto che il sito della National Geographic Society ha di fatto già aperto la breccia, e quindi si può iniziare a menzionare l'evento (ed ho chiesto conferma in proposito). Il 12 settembre prossimo, a Washington, sarà inaugurata una mostra relativa a Spinosaurus, organizzata proprio dalla

Arrival in Arusha Tanzania! 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-08 18:04:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

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Street scene in Arusha Tanzania with a woman carrying bananas to marketHelen and I are now 10 time zones away from Arizona, so nearly halfway around the world. It took us about 27 hours total flying time to get here. I was lucky to get probably one hour of sleep on the plane so no wonder I slept-in until 11 AM today. But I got to watch three great movies on the way - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nebraska (twice), and Time Again. The movie scene on international flights just keeps getting better [...]

Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro Adventure Begins! 

Earthly Musings [2014-08-05 21:49:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

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The time has arrived for my long awaited trip to Tanzania and an attempt to trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, highest place in Africa at 19,340 feet! I will try to post images and stories while on the trip so keep watching Earthly-Musings. Thank you for reading. Until then look at some photos of the top of Kili that I took on an Around the World trip in 2013.Approaching the mountain from the east and northIt looks mighty steep on the way to the crest. Yikes!This feature is called the ash-pit [...]

Una vertebra di theropode dal Marocco risolve l'enigma proporzionale di Spinosaurus? 

Theropoda [2014-07-06 16:10:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (40 visits) info

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Perché le vertebre dorsali di Spinosaurus hanno lunghezza comparabili a quelle dei grandi tyrannosauridi e carcharodontosauridi, mentre le faccette articolari e gli archi neurali sono marcatamente più piccoli? Come spiegare questa anomalia? Nell'istituire Sigilmassasaurus, Russell (1996) incluse tra il materiale riferibile a questo taxon varie vertebre dorsali isolate, appartenenti ad

The Vredefort Gabbronorite ? 

Geology.com News [2014-06-25 15:19:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info

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“It is definitely a rock that crystallized from the mini-sea of magma, which was created by the impact crater.” “One of the reasons Moser said other geologists kept missing the point is “it doesn’t look like what you expect it to look like.” Quotes from Western News. Related: What is the Vredefort

Coming Soon: Giant theropod Kem Kem bites 

Theropoda [2014-06-20 11:47:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
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Carcharodontosaurus, Sauroniops o Spinosaurus?

L'omero di "Spinosaurus gigante" appartiene a... 

Theropoda [2014-06-15 08:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

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Nel precedente post, ho discusso le affinità di due omeri parziali dal Cenomaniano del Marocco. Un omero distale mostra caratteri in comune con Baryonyx e può essere riferito a Spinosaurus, come già ipotizzato da Russell (1996). Usando l'olotipo di Baryonyx come riferimento, l'esemplare marocchino risulta ampio circa 85% del theropode inglese. Il tema principale del post era comunque un altro

Mea Culpa: l'omero di Spinosaurus non è di Spinosaurus 

Theropoda [2014-06-14 09:07:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

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Questo post vuole rimediare ad un altro post scritto anni fa, quando il blog era giovane. Mea Culpa! In quel post, accennai ad un omero parziale di dinosauro descritto brevemente da Russell (1996) e proveniente dal Cenomaniano del Marocco. Nel mio post di quei tempi giovanili, ipotizzai chequell'omero potesse appartenere a Spinosaurus, e completai leparti mancanti usando Baryonyx come

Quitting Instead of Losing their Shirts 

Geology.com News [2014-06-11 22:08:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
“Only a fraction of the natural gas export projects being developed around the globe will become reality as high costs and weakening gas prices torpedo those that until recently promised huge returns on

Lake Goo Clue 

State of the Planet [2014-06-06 18:53:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info
The lands of Africa's Horn, Great Valleys sliced by a Rift, By drought and famine are torn ... What drives such a large rainfall

I Theropodi dal Cretacico Inferiore Tunisino: una storia di filogenesi, ontogenesi e stratigrafia 

Theropoda [2014-06-02 17:47:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

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Nell'estate del 2013, freschi freschi dalla pubblicazione di Tataouinea, e con lo studio sui resti di titanosauriformi tunisini pronto per essere mandato ad una rivista scientifica, Federico Fanti ed il vostro paleo-blogger di fiducia si incontrarono per discutere su cosa fare con altri fossili, sempre rinvenuti dal team di Federico in Tunisia. I fossili in questione, sebbene non spettacolari

China’s Global Energy Reach 

Geology.com News [2014-05-25 13:51:34]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

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To diversity its sources of energy “China now has operations, investments or projects across the globe in Africa, the Middle East, South America and North America.” Quote from the New York Times

Marine Reptile Fossil Bed on Africa’s West Coast 

Geology.com News [2014-05-22 21:18:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

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Researchers from Southern Methodist University investigate a marine reptile fossil bed outcropping on the west coast of Africa that was deposited during the early opening of what is now the South Atlantic

Selling Shale Drilling Expertise Abroad 

Geology.com News [2014-05-22 13:17:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info

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Companies in the United States have made major advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing over the past several years. Now, governments and energy companies in other countries would like to benefit from that

Platinum-Group Resource Assessment 

Geology.com News [2014-05-16 13:14:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info
“The first-ever inventory and geological assessment of known and undiscovered platinum-group element resources estimates that more than 150,000 metric tons of PGEs may exist in the two southern African countries that produce most of the global supply of these critical elements. The potential global PGE supply is nearly double what we understood from previous studies,

How can some soil be older than other soil? 

SOILS MATTER, GET THE SCOOP! [2014-05-14 15:00:44]  recommend  recommend this post  (44 visits) info
Question: I just read something that said Africa south of the Sahara has some of the “oldest soils in the world.” But I thought all Earth’s land was once one
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