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Thursday, 17 April 2014
“Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.” Quoted from the NASA press
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography features Lihini Aluwihare: “In my field I’m called an organic geochemist. In a very basic sense, I’m using molecules to tell a story about the processes on Earth that involve organisms. If you think about the number of different molecules that are on Earth most of them are organic, meaning they
In geological terms, a “rift” is an area of Earth where the planet’s crust is separating from the mantle beneath. One of the most extensive rift systems is found in[...]
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With life, legged and finned, Earth had been teeming,
Slitherers, predators, graceful trees tall …
Now, of these species, we are only dreaming:
Glossopteris, trilobites, eurypterids,
Guest commentary from Drew Shindell There has been a lot of discussion of my recent paper in Nature Climate Change . That study addressed a puzzle, namely that recent studies using the observed changes in Earth’s surface temperature suggested climate sensitivity is likely towards the lower end of the estimated range. However, studies evaluating model
huffingtonpost.com Earth’s tectonic plates may have taken as long as 1 billion years to form, researchers report today in Nature. READ
A few academics from the department were invited to mission control in Germany to watch the launch of the first of a suite of earth observation satellites as part of the European Space Agency‘s flagship Copernicus program. Sentinel-1a, launched yesterday, … Continue reading
Carolina Cavazos-Guerra, Germany The Saharan desert has one of the most extreme climates on Earth. The dust loading and thermodynamics over this region are unique, and have major impacts on the climate of North Africa, Europe and the Atlantic. Fennec is a large-scale programme designed to tackle one of the world’s key climate regions by delivering
For many people, the island of Aruba probably generates images of Caribbean vacations and sunny beach resorts. However, those images should also include wind turbines, solar panels and renovated infrastructure, to capture the sustainability agenda that is moving Aruba towards a fossil fuel-free economy.
Last week, Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen hosted the prime minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, for a discussion on Aruba’s Vision for Creating Sustainable Prosperity. The talk [...]
This month, Jupiter remains well placed for evening observing all spring. Look for it high in the west at dusk. Mars is up virtually all night long this month. On April 8, Earth passes between the Sun and Mars. This … Continue reading
This week Earth will overtake Mars in its orbit and will be at one of its closest positions to the planet. That will make Mars especially large and red in the night sky. Then, after midnight on April 15th a lunar eclipse will occur. (Details on the lunar eclipse in a Washington Post
'The 2010 Eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland, and the impacts of volcanic ash on aviation'Dr. Jeremy Phillips. reader in Physical Volcanology, School of Earth Sciences, University of BristolThe relatively moderate eruption of Eyjafjallajokull from March to May 2010 produced widespread dispersion of fine volcanic ash over Northern Europe resulting in airspace closure for six days and significant economic losses.Further details from Bath Geological Society website 7.30 BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, [...]
The WMO has a report out this week about the climate of 2013, and while you can read the whole thing in 20 minutes, a special edition at the end is a must read. You can get the entire report here, but I am reproducing the last section, because it is a short but fascinating discussion of an attribution study. In atmospheric science, an attribution study looks at the causes
“NASA is developing an Asteroid Redirect Mission — a first-ever mission to identify, capture and redirect an asteroid to a safe orbit of Earth’s moon for future exploration by astronauts in the
Hutton (June 3, 1726 - March 26, 1797) is considered to be the father of modern geology. He is accredited with proposing that observed geologic processes have been occurring at a uniform rate since the creation of earth, also know as the theory of unconformities. This led to his controversial suggestion that the earth is incredibly old.
Hutton began to notice geologic processes on his land
This past Sunday in India the second episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos was broadcast on National Geographic. The title was "What Molecules Can Do" and it was all about the evolution of life on earth. I quite enjoyed it. .. Just a couple of quibbles.
Dog evolution was showcased as an example of artificial selection which then Dr. Tyson used to argue for the efficacy of natural
Here is an interesting fossil that resides in the Bellarmine University Geoscience Collection located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a tortoise shell fossil found in the Brules Formation of Nebraska. The fossil appears to be from the Stylemys nebrascensis. The creature roamed the Earth during the Oligocene Epoch (about 30 million years ago.Learn more about this type of fossil at the University of Colorado Boulder Museum of Natural History web
Oso, Washington, is at the marker. Arlington is tothe left, Darlington is to the right by the magnifier bar.The slide at Oso cut off Highway 530 betweenArlington an Darlington.Take I-5 north from Seattle about 50 miles through Everett toward Arlington, and turn east onto Highway 530, which takes you south of Mount Baker. Along this road is the small town of Oso, population about 200. At about 11:00 this morning, a massive slide of mud, rocks and trees travelled a mile down near Oso, taking down [...]
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Earlier this year we launched the Communicate Your Science Video Competition, a great opportunity to share research in the Earth, planetary and space sciences with the general public. What’s more, there’s a free registration to the 2015 General Assembly up for grabs and we’ve just extended the deadline to give you more time to get