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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Accidental Remediation [2014-07-23 02:20:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
I've been able to post more regularly for a while now, and I attribute that to a few specific changes: 1. Every time I have a thought for a blog post while working in the office, I write it on a post-it note. Then I immediately stuff it in a pocket and bring it home, where it gets added to a pile of other post-it notes. I do something similar in the field or while in transit - I rip off a

Benchmarking Time: DC is all about boundaries 

Magma Cum Laude [2014-07-22 20:13:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

Washington DC is an interesting city. When the original plans were being made in the 1780s and 1790s, they called for a 100-square-mile area to be allocated for the city, and George Washington (who was President at the time) wanted to include the City of Alexandria in Virginia. But the Residence Act, passed in 1791, specified that all the federal buildings had to be on the Maryland side of the river (mostly because someone realized that the law allowed the President to choose the location and [...]

Training and Development Questionnaire 

Geology for Global Development [2014-07-22 19:01:27]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
Could you give us 5 minutes of your time this week? We’d really appreciate your help in completing this short questionnaire, helping us to understand requirements for future GfGD training and development programmes (workshops, summer schools, conferences). You can access the questionnaire by clicking the image

New Round Of Warnings For Mt Fuji 

Volcano Science And News Blog [2014-07-22 17:36:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

Apparently the news media wants to remind you of the dangers posed by Mt Fuji, who's magma chamber has been pressurized to unprecedented levels following 2011's major 9.0 earthquake in Japan. A 6.4, and 5.0 quake followed, centered under Mt Fuji, which has caused some concern for scientists and nearby cities. I reported on this over two years ago, and while not much has changed, it seems that this is back in the headlines again, so I thought I'd set the record straight, lest the news media [...]

Monday Geology Picture(s): Rocks Flanking the Entrance to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum 

Georneys [2014-07-21 20:50:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

My apologies for the light blogging recently. I was traveling in the US for three weeks, and now I am traveling for work for 6 weeks. I will do my best to blog when I can, but blogging may continue to be light for a little while longer since I’m currently working 12 hour shifts in the field. However, when I return in September I will be taking some time

Margarine mountain-building 

Earth Learning Idea [2014-07-21 16:45:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info
Have you tried making mountains every time you make a sandwich? Try this ELI 'Margarine mountain-building'  The activity uses materials that pupils use every day to remind them how folds and mountain belts are formed, as surface and near surface materials are scraped up during plate subduction. Many more free-to-download activities can be found on our

State Of The Climate 2013 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-07-19 03:04:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
Tom Karl NOAA NCDC Director: “The climate is changing more rapidly in today’s world than at any time in modern civilization.”  (to CBS News ) Entire report here. The ABSTRACT: and this one sidebar is particularly interesting:

Back From The Dead 

Geo Slice [2014-07-16 22:09:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info

I figure it's about time to resurrect this blog and develop a new purpose. At the moment I (Ken Fergason) am the Vice President/President-Elect of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and I will become President at our Annual Meeting in September (It's in Scottsdale, AZ and it's going to be an awesome meeting). I am going to utilize this blog to document my

1st Order Effects of Climate Change Becoming Evident in Miami Beach 

Earthly Musings [2014-07-16 17:15:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

In November 2013, a full moon and high tides led to flooding in parts of the city, including here at Alton Road and 10th Street. Photograph: CorbisFor those of us in the earth sciences it is kind of mind-boggling to believe that some people still think that climate change is a hoax foisted on us only by liberals or communists. There is a billion-year record of climate change that exists in the rock record and it clearly shows that Earth's climate is subject to change. And there is a [...]

Sea Cucumber Skin Up Close! Bizarre & Beautiful! 

Echinoblog [2014-07-16 06:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

Via Wikipedia commons. Photo by Nick Hobgood Cool Crowdsourced Photo time! This week..some gorgeous closeups of the neat skin textures on tropical sea cucumbers! Some of these give you an idea of how colorful and unusual the skin in sea cucumbers can be. This one is called  Thelenota rubolineata (the species name literally means "red lines"). This is an example of what the whole animal

The Son of a Hunter 

State of the Planet [2014-07-15 04:36:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

A visit to the Upernavik museum brought us to ‘Edvard’ a young Greenlandic and the local museum curator. Embracing the opportunity to practice his English he enthusiastically spent time sharing the historic art and past of the community and his experiences as a young adult growing up in a Greenland that is shifting from one set of cultural norms to

Australia Through Time - iPad App Internals [2014-07-14 07:07:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (55 visits) info

On the weekend 11-13 July 2014 various Australian government institutions had invited to join GovHack 2014. Governments collect and publish enormous amounts of data, but have limited resources to get it into the hands of their citizens in engaging ways. GovHack is an event to draw together people from government, industry, academia and of course, the general public to mashup, reuse,

Did You Miss Me? 

Prerogative of Harlots [2014-07-12 15:54:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

I guess the answer to this question is "no," since in the two years I haven't been posting regularly only two of my regular readers asked me when I was going to write again (thank you, Beth Merritt and Carl Zimmer). Not that I care. Like most bloggers, I suspect, I write for myself, to rehearse arguments and develop ideas that I use elsewhere. If the rest of you enjoy it, so much the better. But it's an essentially selfish pursuit.Why did I stop? Well, I'd like to tell you that it was because [...]

New (but very old) preprint: A survey of dinosaur diversity by clade, age, place of discovery and year of description 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-07-11 13:00:07]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info
Today, available for the first time, you can read my 2004 paper A survey of dinosaur diversity by clade, age, place of discovery and year of description. It’s freely available (CC By 4.0) as a PeerJ Preprint. It’s one of those papers that does exactly what it says on the tin — you should be able

Lab work with Students 

Seismos [2014-07-11 05:04:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

I'm spending time this summer with MS students Thomas Liner (blue shirt) and John Guist (red hat). Recently we had a day in the lab trying to get the EM–31 conductivity meter figured out. Thomas worked through every manual we have and found out that batteries were dead or depleted, the system had been stored with power on, and we were missing some software on the PC. After a drydock experiment in the lab, we took it out in front of Ozark Hall for a couple of test lines. Returning to the [...]

Geological Fact - Update on the Most Common Mineral 

The Geology P.A.G.E. [2014-07-08 17:54:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info
Previously I had posted on "What is the most common mineral on Earth?", well some recent discoveries have come to light that have made me go back to that original post and update it. When I had originally published the post I had stated that:"Looking at the bulk composition of the Earth the most common mineral is generally regarded as olivine since the mantle makes up the bulk of the Earth and olivine makes up the bulk of the mantle." That statement had produced a couple of comments (not [...]

A Swell Time 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2014-07-06 18:42:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
It seems as there is a bit of excitement here each and every day. read

Will we be losing our crops to climate change? 

Climate and Geohazards [2014-07-04 11:04:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
With the World’s population now past 7 billion and projected to increase to 9 billion by 2050, stress on the food production system is at an all time high. To make matters worse it appears that our crop yields may … Continue reading

Leiorhynchus multicostus brachiopods from the Levanna Shale 

Views of the Mahantango [2014-07-02 09:01:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

 Devonian; US
I came upon this plate of shale in a small quarry near the town of Fayette in New York. It comes from the Levanna Shale of the Skaneateles Formation and is covered with brachiopod fossils called Leiorhynchus multicostus (aka Eumetabolatoechia multicostatum). Leiorhynchonellid type brachiopods are often common in black shales which indicate that they were tolerant of conditions with lower oxygen content. In this case there must have been a period or time where the conditions were right and the [...]

TetZooCon Approaches! 

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs [2014-07-01 18:09:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

 Mesozoic; GB,IT,IE
Darren Naish and John Conway will be hosting the first TetZooCon in eleven short days, at the London Wetland Centre. I have been drooling over the announced speaking lineup since I learned of it, but with an ocean between us, it's just not in the cards for me. The deadline for booking your place at the event is this Friday, July 4. At £40, the price is very reasonable (if only airfare and lodging didn't cost anything). John opens the conference with his welcome, followed by Darren on [...] | Impressum