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Friday, 31 October 2014

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being famous 

Accidental Remediation [2014-10-31 22:52:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (9 visits) info
When I had my very first annual review, my manager asked where I wanted to go with my career. I had no idea: at the time, I was just focused on learning everything I could about the basics of fieldwork, analysis of results, and writing reports. I'd never thought of myself as particularly ambitious, but as my career gained steam, I did develop Ideas about where I'd like to end up. I'd like to

I'm back... 

Raptor's Nest [2014-10-31 10:28:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

After a long, long hiatus, I'll be slowly getting back to blogging, hopefully more on palaeo, R and data analyses (and the occasional scribbles and doodles - I won't call them palaeoart!).I shan't go into detail in this post but I spent about 18 months away from academic research, doing data analyses in the private sector as a 'data scientist', a buzz-word profession which has been all the rave for some time now. It was an 'interesting' experience, and one that gave me a lot of opportunities to [...]

Mine Water Management–Research Opportunities 

I think mining [2014-10-31 02:13:01]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Today we completed a three-day EduMine webcast on  Mine Water Management.  Some thirty people from all over the world joined in.  Maybe you can join us next time we do this.  But for now, here are a few ideas on research opportunities in mine water management that came up during discussions. Risk Assessment in Mine

Cerro Negro de Mayasquer Has Large Quake Swarm 

Volcano Science And News Blog [2014-10-29 16:36:00]  recommend  1 recommendations  (23 visits) info

 Quaternary; CL,CO,EC,KM,ER,,US
On the Columbia-Argentina border, a volcano that has not had an eruption for over quite some time. There is a report of activity in 1936, however this is now assumed to have been from nearby Reventador volcano. The volcano itself does not appear to have been active during the Holocene, so it would be another in a line of eruptions of volcanoes with no historical eruptions.Fumeroles, and hot springs are found on the volcano.The Smithsonian GVP reports the following:Cerro Negro de Mayasquer | [...]

CC-By documents cannot be re-enclosed if their publisher is acquired 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-10-29 09:46:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Just a quick post today, to refute an incorrect idea about open access that has unfortunately been propagated from time to time. That is the idea that if (say) PLOS were acquired by a barrier-based publisher such as Taylor and Francis, then its papers could be hidden behind paywalls and effectively lost to the world. For example,

Shotcrete Made From Tailings Could Insulate Underground Mines [2014-10-27 07:30:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

Underground metal mines can have extremely high temperatures, making it hazardous for employees to work there for more than a few minutes at a time. Researchers from my alma mater, the University of Arizona, are studying the possibility of using a common mining waste product, tailings, as aggregate in shotcrete with good insulation properties that will be used to coat rock surfaces that readily conduct heat. [Source: Arizona Engineer. Image: Arizona

Partial Solar Eclipse from California (and What a Sunspot!) 

Geotripper [2014-10-24 00:38:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Wow. Just wow. Yes there was a partial solar eclipse today that was visible across much of the country, and yes, it was pretty spectacular. But what caught my attention was the huge sunspot. It is the first time I've ever seen a sunspot with the naked eye, and it was incredible in the zoom lens. I'm told that it is more than 90,000 miles across, the width of 12 Earths. Sunspots are

University of Washington graduate research in Paleobiology 

WeBlog Aragosaurus [2014-10-23 15:29:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info

 Neogene; US
The Strömberg lab ( in the Biology Department at the University of Washington, Seattle, is seeking motivated prospective graduate students with an interest in paleoecology, paleobotany, and climate change. The UW has a growing paleobiology program ( with ten faculty and several other active researchers in paleobotany, vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, and [...]

Northern Convergence: Leaving a Beautiful Country 

Geotripper [2014-10-22 23:26:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

How will we deal with the hordes of people from the U.S. trying to invade our borders? Our trip, the Northern Convergence tour, was not over, but the time had come to cross the border back into the United States from Canada. The trip thus far had been an eye-opener. We had been exploring the "crowded" part of Canada in British Columbia and Alberta, but the land itself exuded wildness

2015 AEG Shlemon Specialty Conference – “Time to Face the Landslide Hazard Dilemma: Bridging Science, Policy, Public Safety, and Potential Loss” 

The Landslide Blog [2014-10-20 08:48:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (303 visits) info
The 2015 Shlemon Specialty Conference, organised by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, is entitled "Time to Face the Landslide Hazard Dilemma: Bridging Science, Policy, Public Safety, and Potential

More Effecient Drilling From Fewer Pads News [2014-10-19 14:53:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (27 visits) info
Developments in drilling methods and technology are leading to efficiency gains for oil and natural gas producers. For example, “pad” drilling techniques allow rig operators to drill groups of wells more efficiently, because improved rig mobility reduces the time it takes to move from one well location to the next, while reducing the overall surface

MET’s Marriage of Figaro 

I think mining [2014-10-19 01:53:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

It is that time of the year age when Saturday mornings and early afternoons are taken up with a visit to the movie house in Coquitlam and another MET opera.  Unusually sunny start to the season.  Still just cool enough to feel good to head indoors and settle back to opera. Today was Mozart’s The

[jules' pics] ocean #1 

James’ Empty Blog [2014-10-16 22:38:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

Some rain stopped us mountain biking on the way over to Scotland's east coast, but it had stopped by the time we got to the seaside. -- Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 10/16/2014 09:31:00

Where we’ll be at GSA 2014 

Watershed Hydrogeology Blog [2014-10-13 23:18:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

It’s crunch time before GSA in Vancouver next week. If you want to stop by and see what we’re up to, cheer us on, or ask difficult questions, here’s where to find us. Tuesday Kimm’s poster is #205-6 in a competition session for environmental and engineering geology (T98). She’ll be

National Fossil Day 2014 

Spineless Wonders [2014-10-10 17:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

 Mesozoic; US
I just looked at my calendar and realized that it was about time for National Fossil Day!This year celebrates the Mesozoic ecosystems, and we have evidence of one of these right here in Connecticut! Head out to visit Dinosaur State Park in Rocky

Iereopsis Sponge Fossil with Bioclaustration? 

Louisville Area Fossils [2014-10-08 03:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

 Cretaceous; DE,IT,US
The picture displayed is of an Iereopsis polystoma sponge fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the Upper Cretaceous Period (Campanian). The fossil was found in Misburg, Hannover, Germany. There appears to be a trace fossil on this sponge that I have seen something like before. We find these marks sometimes

Phreatic eruptions – the silent assasins 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place [2014-10-07 08:00:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

The recent eruption of Mt Ontake, Japan tragically killed at least 50 hikers who were on the volcano at the time. Within hours of the eruption taking place, social media was flooded with first-hand video footage illustrating just how close many survivors came to perishing in an onrushing pyroclastic flow. Despite having a sophisticated seismic

Geography through time: doctoral dissertation trends 

Earth Sciences and Maps Library Blog [2014-10-06 20:27:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
How has the discipline of Geography changed over time? David Kaplan and Jennifer Mapes - two professors from Kent State University - are analyzing geography dissertation titles from the past 125 years or so to explore this question. Inside Higher Ed posted an article a few weeks ago describing the professors' research and some of their preliminary findings. Keep an eye out for an early 2015 article on their research in Geographical Review!Original post blogged on

Scytalia laevis Fossil 

Louisville Area Fossils [2014-10-04 03:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

 Cretaceous; DE,IT
The picture shown is of a Scytalia laevis sponge fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the Upper Cretaceous Period (Campanian). The fossil was found in Nettlingen, Hannover, Germany. Image taken in June 2014. Another German specimen can be seen at this fossil web site:

Sigillaria Plant Fossil 

Louisville Area Fossils [2014-10-03 03:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info

 Carboniferous; IT,US,DE
This picture is of a Sigillaria sp. plant fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Plants like this existed at the time of the Carboniferous Period. The fossil was found in Westfalia, Germany. Image taken in June | Impressum