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Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Baker Beauty

En Tequila Es Verdad | 31 July, 2015
No, I didn't make it to Mount St. Helens today. Didn't have set plans, of course, and Misha was actually being super-sweet. She decided to cuddle upon my lap in the 90° heat. Well, when your kitty is over 21 and you know time is short, when she wants to cuddle, you cuddle. So we did. And then Boo was busy on the bathmat, giving herself a bath, when I attempted to take a shower. And then Pipa wanted a walk. And then I went to get the car serviced, and then bought cat litter, and ended up leaving my tablet at the store, but happily some wonderful soul turned it in to customer service, so that was a little bit of all right. By the end of all that, though, I was done, and hadn't even packed yet, so I decided I'd risk the party. I'm currently in the yard listening to a dude relate how he was interviewed by the FBI as an Unabomer suspect. This is an interesting bunch. The music's good, too.
Categories: bit o' fun; science;

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: Northern California's Tsunami Central

Geotripper | 31 July, 2015
Crescent City Harbor from the southIn the far northwestern corner of California beyond Eureka and Arcata, the coast is lonely and wild, but there is one outpost of civilization, the small village of Crescent City. There are around 7,000 people, a small harbor with a fishing fleet, and a beautiful lighthouse, constructed in 1856 for pretty good reasons. The region around the harbor is peppered with dozens of jagged rocks called sea stacks (see the photo below). The town is a crossroads of sorts, with highways connecting with Grants Pass and Brookings in Oregon, and Redding and Eureka in California.
Categories: 1700 Cascadia earthquake; Alaska Earthquake 1964; Battery Point Lighthouse; Cascadia Subduction Zone; Crescent City; tsunami; Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground;

The Meaning of Toast

atquake | 31 July, 2015
The recent New Yorker article about Cascadia earthquakes generated a ton of talk around the region and the country in the last couple of weeks. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one?
Categories: Uncategorized;

Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A conulariid revisited (Lower Carboniferous of Indiana)

Wooster Geologists | 30 July, 2015
This summer I've been updating some of the photos I placed in the Wikipedia system (check them out here, if you like; free to use for any purpose). I was especially anxious to replace a low-resolution image I had made of an impressive conulariid (...
Categories: Uncategorized; Carboniferous; Fossil of the Week; fossils; Indiana;

Remembering Bill Dickinson

Arizona Geology | 30 July, 2015
The Arizona [Tucson] Daily Star ran a page-2 story on the passing of Bill Dickinson last week, calling him "a leader in the plate tectonics revolution that re-formed our view of how geological forces transform Earth..."
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New Mexico’s 2015 San Juan-Chama Project allocation goes up

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 30 July, 2015
Our remarkably rainy spring and summer in New Mexico and southern Colorado has increased the allocation of San Juan-Chama Project water, which brings some of New Mexico's Colorado River Basin water to the central part of the state. After a bad start to the year, flows have been above average basically continuously since the first of May:
Categories: Colorado River; water;

Geology of the National Parks in Pictures - Fossil Butte

The Geology P.A.G.E | 30 July, 2015
The next up on my tour of the geology of the National Parks in pictures is 
Categories: Fossil Butte; National parks;

Stromatolites of the Helena Formation, Grinnell Glacier Cirque, Montana

Mountain Beltway | 30 July, 2015
My favorite place to have lunch in Montana is at the Grinnell Glacier cirque in Glacier National Park. This is the dining room table:
Categories: limestone; mesoproterozoic; montana; primary structures; proterozoic; stromatolites;

Getting model-data comparison right

Open Mind | 30 July, 2015
One of the favorite criticisms harped on by deniers is that global temperature isn't rising as fast as computer models have predicted. So far, comparisons have shown that observed temperature is on the low end, even skirting the significantly low ...
Categories: Global Warming;

Amazonia Before Columbus

This is an interesting article published in the Royal Society's Proceedings B.
Categories: agriculture; anthropocene; anthropology; archaeology; charles mann; columbian exchange; domestication; my book shelf;

Babibasiliscus alxi: A Casquehead Lizard from the Early Eocene of Wyoming.

Sciency Thoughts | 30 July, 2015
Casquehead Lizards, Corytophanidae, are a group of Iguanid Lizards found from the tropical forests of southern Mexico, through Central America to the northwest of South America. They belong to a group of Iguanians, the Pleurodonta, found today almos...
Categories: Biogeography; Bridger Formation; Casquehead Lizards; Eocene; Iguanid Lizards; Lizards; North America; Palaeobiodiversity; Palaeobiogeography; Palaeontology; Squamates; Taxonomy; Uinta County; US; Wyoming;

What to Expect from El Niño: How Much Snow Back East?

Some of the impacts from El Niño across the United States are fairly straightforward: hurricane suppression in the Atlantic, for example. Then there's snowfall in the Northeast, where El Niño is just one of several big factors at work. We touched...
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Glacier Bay 2015

Wooster Geologists | 30 July, 2015
Guest Blogger: Dan Misinay This summer Dr. Wiles, Nick, Jesse Wiles, and myself traveled to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. We spent our six days in upper Muir Inlet at Wolf Point. Our purpose this summer was to bridge a crucial gap in the tr...
Categories: Uncategorized; Glacier Bay; Tree Rings;

Last night on (dry) Earth

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 30 July, 2015
Hi! I'm Tom Lang, one of the onboard educators for Expedition 356. read more...
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Erosion in northern Spain (Ebro Basin)

Retos Tericolas | 30 July, 2015
The previous post dealt with the erosion of the Ebro Basin after its colmatation with sediment, about 10 million years ago. The journal Geology has just chosen the following picture to illustrate the cover of their August volume:
Categories: erosion; isostasy; modeling; sedimentary basins;

Dawn Journal: Descent to HAMO

Planetary Society Weblog | 30 July, 2015
With a wonderfully rich bounty of pictures and other observations already secured, Dawn is now on its way to an even better vantage point around dwarf planet Ceres....
Categories: None

Rooted in Time

As a paleontologist and geologist, time is always on my mind. Nonetheless, such musings do not always connect with millions or billions of years, the so-called "deep time" that earth scientists love to use whenever shocking people who normally ponder shorter time intervals used when, say, measuring the life of a fruit fly, or the length of a cat-themed video.
Categories: Blog post; fossilization; geoscience education; ichnology; paleoecology; relict marsh; salt marsh; Sapelo Island; taphonomy;

An apples to apples comparison of global temperatures

Climate Lab Book | 30 July, 2015
When comparing global temperatures estimated from observations with climate model simulations it is necessary to compare 'apples with apples'. Previous posts have discussed the issues of incomplete observational data, but a new paper by Cowtan et...
Categories: GCMs; observations; projections; temperature;

Little Change to 94L; Hawaii Watching Guillermo; TC 2 Kills 27 in Myanmar/Bangladesh

A strong tropical wave that pushed off the coast of Africa on Wednesday (Invest 94L) was located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands on Thursday morning, and was headed west at 15 mph. 94L does have conditions that favor some slow...
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On answering questions

Agile Geoscience | 30 July, 2015
On Tuesday I wrote about asking better questions. One of the easiest ways to ask better questions is to hang back a little. In a lecture, the answer to your question may be imminent. Even if it isn't, some thinking or research will help. It's the same with answering questions. Better to think about the question, and maybe ask clarifying questions, than to jump right in with "Let me explain".
Categories: Teaching; Career;

I Am Abandoning Y’all For My Favorite Volcano. Yes, Again.

En Tequila Es Verdad | 30 July, 2015
Between various things going on both in my personal life and online, my ability to cope with people is nearing absolute zero. Alas, our house is being invaded by a great many people starting tonight. I may stick around for the big par-tay, but I am most definitely cutting out for the rest of the weekend. Already got me reservations at a nice little place on the Lewis River, don't I just? Already made plans to explore the air-conditioned wonders of the various west-side Mount St. Helens visitors' centers with Suzanne, haven't I? Ja, you betcha!
Categories: adventures; science;

Final deadline for international workshop “Advances in Active Tectonics and Speleotectonics” in Vienna tomorrow!

Paleoseismicity | 30 July, 2015
Just as a reminder for all interested in visiting Vienna in September 21-24, 2015 and participate on the international workshop "Advances in Active Tectonics and Speleotectonics":
Categories: Meeting;

ASI 2015 update 5: late momentum

Arctic Sea Ice Blog | 30 July, 2015
During the melting season I'm writing (bi-)weekly updates on the current situation with regards to Arctic sea ice (ASI). Central to these updates are the daily Cryosphere Today sea ice area (SIA) and IJIS sea ice extent (SIE) numbers, which I compare to data from the 2005-2014 period (NSIDC has a good explanation of sea ice extent and area in their FAQ). I also look at other things like regional sea ice area, compactness, temperature and weather forecasts, anything of particular interest.
Categories: Air temperature; ASI update 2015; Atmospheric pressure; Baffin; Canadian Archipelago; CAPIE/compactness; Cryosphere Today; DMI; East Siberian Sea; IARC-JAXA (IJIS); Ice extent and area; SST; Weather forecast;

Vagabonding on Dangerous Ground: A Geologist Walks Onto a Bar in Cascadia...

Geotripper | 29 July, 2015
A very strange-looking sandbar at Big Lagoon in Humboldt Lagoons State Park on California's north coast.A geologist walks INTO a bar. She may get hammered, vulcanized, laminated, stoned, cemented, bombed, or petrified. And all her drinks will be on t...
Categories: baymouth bar; Cascadia Subduction Zone; Crescent City; Eureka; Humboldt Lagoons State Park;

Where most of us live (with apologies to southern-hemisphere readers)

Open Mind | 29 July, 2015
Almost all of us live on land, not the ocean. And, most of us live in the northern hemisphere, not the southern. For the benefit of most of us, let's take a closer look at how temperature has changed, in ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Global Warming;

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