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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Making Dramas: The Secret Workings of Science 

earth-literally [2014-08-22 12:10:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (46 visits) info

From: Earth Dramas: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Controversies (2014), by Philip A. AllenThe Frontispiece and Chapter 1 of Earth Dramas is reproduced below. For more information and purchase of Kindle and print versions, go to painter's portrait and the physicist's explanation are both rooted in reality, but they have been changed by the painter or the physicist into something more [...]

Paleoseismological field work in Kazakhstan 

Paleoseismicity [2014-08-13 16:43:10]  recommend  1 recommendations  (74 visits) info

During the last three weeks I have been to Kazakhstan for paleoseismological field work and to summarize this journey: It was amazing! The trip was part of the Earthquakes without Frontiers project (EwF). This research project is funded by NERC and ESRC and aims on increasing the knowledge on earthquake hazards in Central Asia. The field work was lead by Richard Walker and scientists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the UK had a close look at fault scarps in the

Seismic Stomp 

State of the Planet [2014-08-12 15:27:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory graduate student Natalie Accardo recently returned from Tanzania and Malawi, where she installed seismic instruments in both countries alongside Lamont seismologists Donna Shillington and Jim Gaherty. Natalie produced this video, which shows the scientists and their Tanzanian colleagues conducting a “stomp test” at one of their sites in the Tanzanian village of

GeoTalk: Matthew Agius on how online communication can help identify earthquake impact 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2014-08-08 13:00:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info

In this edition of GeoTalk, we’re talking to Matthew Agius, a seismologist from the University of Malta and the Young Scientist Representative for the EGU’s Seismology Division. Matthew gave an enlightening talk during the EGU General Assembly on how communication on online platforms such as Facebook can help scientists assess the effect of earthquakes. Here

Andes may give clues to Utah quake researchers 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-08-04 22:46:33]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

Happy Monday! We hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s an article for your afternoon read—sometimes scientists will go the distance to learn about our local surroundings. Adolph Yonkee is traveling to the Andes Mountains, to learn more about the Rocky Mountains. READ

Reassessing Cascadia Subduction Zone Hazards News [2014-08-03 14:07:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (67 visits) info

“Nearly forgotten research from decades ago complicates the task of quantifying earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new report from scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Washington, and other universities. The report focuses on the Cascadia subduction zone—a giant active fault that slants eastward beneath the Pacific coast of

Help the IVM-Fund replace monitoring equipment at the Santiaguito Observatory 

Magma Cum Laude [2014-08-01 15:59:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info

The IVM-Fund exists to assist volcano observatories with the smaller expenses that may not make it into a grant or a large instrumentation campaign, but which are nonetheless crucial to the day-to-day work of the scientists. In the last few years, they’ve been able to supply OVSAN and INSIVUMEH (the Guatemalan geologic survey) with a variety of pieces of field equipment – things like GPS units, digital cameras, thermal sensors, and rangefinders. They’ve also assisted the observatory in [...]

Solving the Mysteries of Carbon Dioxide 

State of the Planet [2014-07-31 02:38:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (58 visits) info
About 50 percent of the CO2 produced by human activity remains in the atmosphere, warming the planet. But scientists don’t know where and how oceans and plants have absorbed the rest of the manmade CO2. To try to answer these questions, on July 2, 2014, NASA launched the $468 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), its first Earth remote sensing satellite dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide from

Investigating Water Quality and Arsenic in Bangladesh 

State of the Planet [2014-07-30 18:22:44]  recommend  recommend this post  (66 visits) info

Postcard from the Field: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory graduate student Rajib Mozumder, who works with Lamont scientists Lex van Geen and Ben Bostick, has spent part of his summer drilling water wells and collecting samples in

From Finding Nemo to minerals – what riches lie in the deep sea? 

Gunnars Geo-Blog [2014-07-29 20:40:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
     As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world’s largest environment. “This is the time to discuss deep-sea stewardship before exploitation is too much farther underway,” says lead-author Andrew Thurber. In a review published today in

World Trade Center Ship Traced to Colonial-Era Philadelphia 

State of the Planet [2014-07-28 14:57:31]  recommend  recommend this post  (45 visits) info

Four years ago this month, archeologists monitoring the excavation of the former World Trade Center site uncovered a ghostly surprise: the bones of an ancient sailing ship. In a new study, scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say that an old growth forest in the Philadelphia area supplied the white oak used in the ship’s frame, and that the trees were probably cut in 1773 or so—a few years before the bloody war that established America’s independence from

Dropped cell phone calls become rain gauges in West Africa 

AGU Meetings [2014-07-24 22:53:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
A shaky cell phone connection during a rainstorm can be an annoying nuisance. But now scientists are showing that these weakened signals can be used to monitor rainfall in West Africa, a technique that could help cities in the region better prepare for floods and combat weather-related

Calling all scientists: Artify your Abstracts! 

The Plainspoken Scientist [2014-07-24 20:18:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Abstracts are the quintessential means of getting the gist of your research out there to other scientists. But what if you want to reach a broader audience? What if you want to give your abstract that extra oomph that will combine its scientific rigor with some artistic creativity? Why, in that case you artify your

Thoughts on the Ham - Nye Creation Debate 

The Geology P.A.G.E. [2014-07-24 17:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

This is going to be my first in a bunch of Creationist-Evolutionist topics that I have in mind. More to come in the future (at some point).Back in February there was a much politicized debate between Bill Nye (the science guy) and Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis CEO). Previously I had not had the time to sit and watch the 2.5 hour debate but recently I had and I have marked down my comments below. Pretty much they follow the course of the "debate" but I have not marked out clearly for the most case [...]

How can we weigh a cloud? 

Climate and Geohazards [2014-07-17 11:58:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
CGS air quality expert Dr Jim McQuaid has been filming a BBC two-part documentary Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the Skies. The documentary follows a team of scientists as they explore the earth’s atmosphere, travelling in an airship. The expedition … Continue reading

Fieldwork: Applying 'the present is the key to the past' 

Earth Learning Idea [2014-07-07 19:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
The new ELI today is 'Fieldwork: Applying 'the present is the key to the past'. This five-phase outdoor activity is used to explain how Earth scientists use the Principle of Uniformitarianism, often simply stated as ‘the present is the key to the past’, by considering the present environment and thinking how it might be preserved geologically. It is one of many outdoor ELIs - all listed on

Serving Two Masters: Science and Profession 

earth-literally [2014-07-07 10:48:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
It was with slight embarrassment that I read of the Geological Society of London’s successful drive to increase take-up of chartership and accreditation among its Fellows (Geoscientist, 23/11, p.7). It is unambiguously a good thing, in my view, for practitioners of geoscience to be certified according to rigorous professional standards. Then why have I, along with many others in the academic community, resisted applying for chartership despite having spent 40 years since graduation [...]

Drilling into New Zealand's most dangerous fault 

Julian\'s Blog [2014-06-24 05:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info

The Alpine Fault forms the plate boundary in New Zealand's South Island, and is a very significant fault on a global scale. It last ruptured in 1717 AD and appears to produce large earthquakes on average every 330 years. Its next rupture has a high probability (28%)  of occurring in the next 50 years.Each time the Alpine Fault ruptures, there is roughly 8 metres of sideways movement and about 1 to 2 metres of vertical uplift on the eastern side. These magnitude 8 (M8) earthquakes can [...]

Imaggeo on Mondays: Shaken, not stirred – sediment shows signs of past earthquakes 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2014-06-23 13:00:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

Nore Praet, a PhD student from Ghent University in Belgium, brings us this week’s Imaggeo on Mondays. She sets the scene for an investigation into past earthquakes and explains how peering through a lake’s icy surface and its murky waters, and into the sediment below can help scientists find out more about the impact of

The Movement of Carbon in Large Rivers News [2014-06-18 14:30:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

“A recent study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey [...] found that a combination of climate and human activities (diversion and reservoirs) controls the movement of carbon in two large western river basins, the Colorado and the Missouri Rivers.” Quoted from the USGS press | Impressum