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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

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Heliolites coral from Germany 

Views of the Mahantango [2014-04-09 09:01:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

 Devonian,Silurian; DE,US,SE
Heliolites is an interesting coral that I thought was confined to the Silurian period, So I was surprised when my friend Nils sent me a specimen from the Devonian of Germany in a recent exchange. The specimen below comes from the Junkerberg Formation (Devonian, Eifelian stage) near Rommersheim, Germany.Previously I've blogged about specimens from the Silurian of Gotland, Sweden and Louisville, Kentucky. A search of the Fossilworks site (formerly shows that Heliolites is known up [...]

The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake News [2014-03-28 03:22:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake and The Washington Post has an article titled: “Remembering the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, the largest in U.S.

Permafrost Studies News [2014-03-27 12:54:33]  recommend  recommend this post  (7 visits) info
“In the next 50 years, as arctic systems warm, the release of carbon and nitrogen in permafrost could greatly exacerbate the warming phenomenon. Thawing is impacting ecosystems on land and offshore.” Quoted from the USGS

The Biggest Infrastructure Project Ever Built in Alaska? News [2014-03-20 16:11:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

The Alaska Senate is debating a large project that would involve a natural gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope coastline, a natural gas pipeline system and a natural gas processing plant. The State might have a stake in the project. Presently, lots of natural gas on the North Slope is being flared because it

M9.2: The Great Alaska Earthquake News [2014-03-20 12:58:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

March 27 is the 50th anniversary of The Great Alaska Earthquake – America’s largest recorded earthquake. Geological information about the earthquake is presented in this eleven minute

A Where in the West Revisited: Rose Spit, B.C. 

Looking for Detachment [2014-03-07 19:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

Flying back from Alaska on yet another recent trip, I was able to spot Rose Spit, which featured as a Where in the West challenge back in October of 2010. The shape of the northeastern tip of Graham Island — an island in the Haida Gwaii, or Queen Charlotte Islands, off of the coast of British Columbia up near Prince Rupert — always fascinates me. The northern portion of Graham Island, with

The Nenana Ice Classic and climate 

Real Climate [2014-03-07 16:51:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

I am always interested in non-traditional data sets that can shed some light on climate changes. Ones that I’ve discussed previously are the frequency of closing of the Thames Barrier and the number of vineyards in England. With the exceptional warmth in Alaska last month (which of course was coupled with colder temperatures elsewhere), I

Oil Reserves Growth News [2014-03-06 12:32:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

These charts show how proved oil reserves have been increasing in some parts of the United States – especially in North

Hunting Landslides in Alaska News [2014-03-02 13:23:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info

“You might think it’d be hard not to notice 68 million tons of rock and debris suddenly crashing down a mountainside. But when one of the biggest landslides of the past four years occurred in a remote region of Alaska, researchers knew almost everything about it except its exact location.” Quoted from Adam Mann’s blog

Rock Avalanche at Mount La Perouse News [2014-02-25 13:23:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

The Landslide Blog has aerial photos and commentary on a rock avalanche that ran out about three miles over a glacier along the flank of Mount La Perouse in southeastern

Plane Views: Denali 

Georneys [2014-02-24 19:47:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Three out of the four times that I have flown between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska, the weather was overcast and clouds covered much of the landscape below. However, when I flew from Nome to Anchorage in August 2013 I was fortunate enough to fly on a day when skies were clear. I was thrilled to obtain a spectacular view of Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in

No Earthquake Deaths in Alaska Since 1964 News [2014-02-23 13:15:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

The last deadly earthquake in Alaska occurred in 1964. It killed 131 people in Alaska and 16 more by tsunamis in Oregon and California. In the last 50 years there have been no earthquake deaths in Alaska even though several large earthquakes have occurred. Has that been

Breaking news: a very large landslide in Alaska on Sunday 

The Landslide Blog [2014-02-20 08:42:50]  recommend  recommend this post  (45 visits) info

Using seismic data, Colin Stark and colleagues have detected a new, very large landslide in Alaska on Sunday. At about 68 million tonnes, this may have been the largest natural landslide since

Perspectives on Exporting US Crude? News [2014-02-13 13:00:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info

A US Senator from Alaska says… “Opening up world markets to U.S. crude oil will lower the global price, which will in turn lower the global prices for petroleum products.” A US airlines industry VP says… “Exporting U.S. crude makes little sense. [...] If we allow for the export of U.S. crude, we’ll have to

Feb. 7 Bertha update: Two factors contributed to tunnel stoppage [2014-02-11 08:40:34]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info
WSDOT released an update on February 7 with some conclusions regarding the blockage that has stopped the Alaska Way Viaduct Tunnel Boring Machine, Bertha's progress since December 6. Now they don't think it was necessarily the well casing after all. They cite two factors that contributed to the blockage. First, the cutterhead was clogged with material. You can see an cool short video of a worker unclogging the cutterhead. Not terribly dramatic, but still cool. The second factor was [...]

The Keystone Canyon avalanche in Alaska, and its large ice-dammed lake 

The Landslide Blog [2014-01-29 19:53:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

The Keystone Canyon avalanche, a very large snow and ice avalanche on the Richardson Highway in Alaska has blocked the road and impounded a

Monday Geology Picture: An Early Map of Arabia 

Georneys [2014-01-27 22:12:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

Back in September 2013 I visited Dubai for one day during a layover when I was flying from Alaska back to South Africa. I was fortunate enough to be able to sleep on the flight from New York to Dubai, so when I arrived in Dubai I took a quick shower at the hotel then headed out to explore for a few hours. I spent some time at the Dubai

New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-01-27 18:02:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

 US,IN One of the biggest earthquakes in U.S. history didn’t occur in California. Or Alaska. It happened in the country’s midsection some 200 years ago in an area where today seven states straddle the Mississippi River Valley. READ

The Largest US Earthquake News [2014-01-21 13:09:44]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

USGS has released a new video that looks back at the Magnitude 9.2 event now known as “The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami”. This event changed scientific understanding of earthquakes because it was the first major earthquake that was studied from a plate tectonics

2013 - The year in volcanic activity 

Geology in the West Country [2014-01-11 16:53:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

2013 was a particularly eventful year for the world's volcanoes. Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, 50 or so erupt every year, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava. In 2013, erupting volcanoes included Italy's Mount Etna, Alaska's Mount Pavlof, Indonesia's Mount Sinabung, Argentina's Volcán Copahue, and a new island emerging off the coast of Nishinoshima, Japan. In Hawaii, the famed Kilauea volcano continued to send lava flowing toward the sea.Collected here are scenes from the [...] | Impressum