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Friday, 19 December 2014

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New Zealand watersheds show the dirt on logging and grazing 

AGU Meetings [2014-12-19 23:33:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (43 visits) info

 Triassic; NZ,US
Grazing animals and logging trees in New Zealand could affect water quality there, according to scientists working to determine how water quality problems in the country relate to land use. The results could help guide water-friendly policy in New Zealand and other parts of the world, according to Jason Julian, a geographer at Texas State

Silt fills reservoir’s inlets after flooding in southern Utah 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-10-02 19:13:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info

 US Cities in southern Utah are still cleaning up the mess from a flash flood that fell in the area on Saturday. The storm brought down a lot of water, but it also brought down a lot of dirt. READ

Mama, don't buy Windows 8! 

Ontario-geofish [2014-07-14 19:10:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
Got a new laptop for the daughter, who wanted professional word and project.  The neato Asus laptop came with win8 and a touchscreen, which the girlie loved.  Then it was left to Dad to get the dang thing working.  We got the packages through the wife's employee thing, and they are dirt cheap because of the bazillions that the company pours into MS. But I tore my hair out trying to get

The ‘indescribable’ fun of digging dinosaurs in Utah 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-06-24 01:40:10]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

 US Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist is also pretty handy with a dentist’s drill. READ

Is pottery really made from dirt? 

SOILS MATTER, GET THE SCOOP! [2014-06-02 15:00:06]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info
Question: Is pottery really made from dirt? Is it safe to use? Answer: Yes, it’s true. When you set your table every night, you’re setting it with dirt. Pottery is

The ‘indescribable’ fun of digging dinosaurs in Utah 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-05-27 22:51:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

 US Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist is also pretty handy with a dentist’s drill. READ

Digging in the dirt: Getting to know the Dimetrodon of the Texas Permian Red Beds 

BEYONDbones [2014-05-15 17:27:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

 Permian; US
I love my job. Not everyone can say that. My avocation and vocation are as two eyes with one sight (paraphrasing Robert Frost). Part of that job was taking a group of 15 patrons up to the Museum’s dig site outside … Continue reading

A look back on the Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-04-14 23:03:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (46 visits) info

 US This date in science: Landslide at Bingham Canyon Mine April 10, 2013. On this date – a year ago today – a towering wall of dirt and rocks gave way and crashed down the side of Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. The landslide was to be one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the

Last Mountain Lake: Oldest Bird Sanctuary in North America 

Lake Scientist [2014-03-18 21:25:43]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info
The Algonquian Indians believed that Last Mountain Lake was formed by a great spirit who dug out the lake’s valley to build mountains with its dirt. That may be the[...]The post Last Mountain Lake: Oldest Bird Sanctuary in North America appeared first on Lake

The Pentax WG-3: Point-and-Shoot Field Camera Recommendation 

Research at a snail\'s pace [2014-03-08 16:44:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

My biggest problem with photography during field work is the issue of water and dust. Neither of which are really good for expensive cameras. So I usually have to separate my time into "digging in the dirt" time and "taking pictures" time. Not a big problem, but also not terribly convenient. My wife and I went down to Belize over winter break and I was looking for a camera to take

Dirt Detective 

Netzwerk für geowissenschaftliche Öffentlichkeitsarbeit [2014-02-04 12:53:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info
Eine englischsprachige Plattform informiert ganz wunderbar interaktiv zu Wald und

Lasers and radar find typhoon risks in the Philippines 

AGU Meetings [2013-12-12 21:00:40]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

A new way to identify areas at risk for landslides will help countries avoid tragedies like super-typhoon Bopha. The storm slammed into the Philippines in 2012, killing 1,200 people and causing $1 billion in damage. Scientists from the University of the Philippines are using lasers and radar to identify alluvial fans: sediment deposits resulting from streams or debris flows. Debris flows are landslides with rocks and dirt wet enough to

Mima Mounds: A Report from AGU 

About Geology [2013-12-10 17:16:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

I'm in the middle of a week at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in San Francisco. This is typically a whirl of talks, posters, refreshment breaks (coffee in the morning, beer in the afternoon) and throngs of geoscientists. I typically don't cover the meeting like a journalist does, although I share the press room with them. A lot of what I seek out is background stuff that I hope is ahead of the cutting edge—at least, it's ahead of my cutting edge. A talk I saw [...]

Analog Geography – German soil of the year 2014 is the vineyard soil 

Digital Geography [2013-11-18 13:31:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (79 visits) info

Sometimes you need to replace bits and bytes with dirt and soils, and today’s news are really pushing me to leave the desk and to go for a walk. Every year, the Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (German Pedological Society) announces the Soil of the Year. Next year’s soil is the Vineyard Soil! It’s not only one,

Sherritt International Mine Containment Wall Failure 

I think mining [2013-11-17 03:11:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info
Here is how one source describes the spill: About 100 employees and contractors working for Sherritt [International Mine] are at the site trying to determine how a wall in the containment pond was breached, propelling a plume of clay, coal dust, dirt, sandstone and shale through two creeks and into the Athabasca River. The company

Mars Icebreaker Life Mission 

The Dragon’s Tales [2013-07-25 20:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info
The Sample Handling System for the Mars Icebreaker Life Mission: From Dirt to Data Authors: 1. Arwen Davé (a,b) 2. Sarah J. Thompson (a,c) 3. Christopher P. McKay (a) 4. Carol R. Stoker (a) 5. Kris Zacny (d) 6. Gale Paulsen (d) 7. Bolek Mellerowicz (d) 8. Brian J. Glass (a) 9. David Willson (a,e) 10. Rosalba Bonaccorsi (a,f) 11. Jon Rask (g) Affiliations: a. NASA

Nature Tip #1: Engage the Senses 

The Whirlpool of Life [2013-07-01 05:28:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
Whenever possible, head outside and explore the multisensory world of nature in all its glory. Too often these days, we are overly dependent on our eyes and, as a result, closed to luscious scents, birdsong, or the feeling of dirt between our toes. An emotional connection with nature is built on a foundation of firsthand experience that taps into the full sensory range. For kids, consider setting up a short outdoor rope course and invite them to navigate it barefoot and blindfolded, [...]

Among Geologists, Older Is Often Better 

About Geology [2013-03-05 02:02:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info
Older geologists are better geologists, according to a 3 March Wall Street Journal article. John W. Miller reports from South Africa that the old guys (and they're still almost all men) know a lot of little tricks they don't teach in school any more, like looking for gold in the dirt of termite mounds, excavated from meters below the surface. "Mining executives say that while they chuckle about the quirks of older geologists, they recognize the business value of their memory of previous [...]

Games Played in the Dirt: Baseball and Cricket 

About Geology [2013-03-04 02:30:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
It's that time of year again . . . baseball time! And as with so many things in modern civilization, geology has a fundamental part. In the case of baseball, the game is played on dirt, and not just any old dirt but a specifically engineered soil. I've had this article on baseball dirt up for some years now, but the soils of cricket wickets are a matter of intense interest to the engineers of that popular sport, too. Baseball rubbing mud — Geology Guide

“The evolution of creationism,” by David Montgomery 

Mountain Beltway [2012-12-13 12:47:02]  recommend  recommend this post  (57 visits) info
The cover story in the November issue of GSA Today was by David Montgomery, MacArthur “genius” award winner and author of Dirt. Montgomery has a new book out on creationism and “flood geology,” and the article is a précis of the historical roots of creationism that appears in that book. The article is titled “The Evolution of Creationism,” and the book it’s derived from is The Rocks Don’t Lie. I’ve | Impressum