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THEMIS: Craters within craters in Terra Cimmeria

Red Planet Report | 28 September, 2016
THEMIS Image of the Day, September 28, 2016. This VIS image shows two craters in Terra Cimmeria. The inner crater impacted at some time after the outer crater was created. The rim of the smaller, interior crater has several gullies ... Continue readi...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; craters; gullies; Mars Odyssey; NASA; Terra Cimmeria; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Virginia Museum of Natural History specimens in GIGAmacro view

Mountain Beltway | 28 September, 2016
One of the small sub-projects of my 2015-2017 Chancellor's Commonwealth Professorship is to create some GIGAmacro images of cool fossil specimens from the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. Curator of paleontology Alex Hastings was good enough to loan us a few specimens to image, and hopefully there will soon be more where they came from. Here are three examples: a fossil plant, and two fossil vertebrates:
Categories: fossils; GEODE; gigapan; m.a.g.i.c.; museums; virginia;

Tropical Storm Matthew Forms in the Lesser Antilles Islands

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 28 September, 2016
Tropical Storm Warnings are flying in the Lesser Antilles Islands thanks to newly-formed Tropical Storm Matthew. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft found on Wednesday morning that Invest 97L had finally developed a closed circulation, and had sur...
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SpaceX and the Blank Slate

Planetary Society Weblog | 28 September, 2016
SpaceX's plans to colonize Mars differ considerably from NASA's Journey to Mars ambitions. But direct comparison is difficult. SpaceX is able to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a bold new approach to humans in space. NASA has no such luxury...
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Bob Newton: Building the Next Generation of Scientists

State of the Planet | 28 September, 2016
Bob Newton, an oceanographer who leads the SSFRP, an intensive summer fieldwork program for high school students at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, just won Lamont's 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award. His students explain how he has changed their ...
Categories: Education; Bob Newton; education; fieldwork; Lamont; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; science education; Secondary School Field Research Program; SSFRP; youth education;

Red Flags Over the Arctic’s Future

State of the Planet | 28 September, 2016
A new white paper reviews climate impacts already underway in the Arctic, and examines further changes expected to take place even if the world meets the goals of the Paris Agreement. It will be presented today at a meeting at the White House of nati...
Categories: Earth Sciences; Arctic; climate change; climate matters; Climate Policy; Climate Science; Columbia Climate Center; International Research Institute for Climate and Society; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory;

Last Day of GSA 2016: An empty room awaits

Wooster Geologists | 28 September, 2016
DENVER, COLORADO -- The last day of the Geological Society of America meeting has finally arrived. Early this morning the above room will begin to gather a few of the remaining participants for a series of talks, including my own. As always I am very much looking forward to it being over, which will happen precisely at 10:15 a.m. I will then rush out of the room, the Convention Center and my hotel to start the journey home.
Categories: Uncategorized; fossils; GSA Meeting (2016);

Stop the press!: How to pitch your research to a journalist or editor

EGU Geolog | 28 September, 2016
Why does some research make it into the main stream media, while so many stories languish in the expanse between the lab bench and research papers? The answer isn't straightforward. A variety of factors come into play: is the research newsworthy; is it timely; does it represent a ground-breaking discovery; or is it of human and societal interest?
Categories: Early Career Scientists; EGU GA 2016; General Assembly; Media; News; Outreach; Science Communication; Sessions; Short Courses; Social Media; how to pitch your research to a journalist; journalism; media; science communication; social media;

Rizhao rockslide: a narrow escape in a new public park in Shandong, China

The Landslide Blog | 28 September, 2016
The city of Rizhao in Shangdong, Eastern China has had an exceptionally lucky escape this week when a rockslide occurred in a new public park, shortly before it was due to open.  The location is Phoenix Mountain in the centre of the city; the Park was due to open "later this month".  The rockslide itself is somewhat dramatic, as this image from The Nanfang shows:-
Categories: landslide report; china; East Asia; featured; risk; rockslide;

Dinosaur Footprints

Julian's Blog | 28 September, 2016
Greg Browne. Image Julian Thomson @ GNS ScienceIn New Zealand there is only one area (with six individual locations not far from each other) in which dinosaur footprints have been identified. This is in NW Nelson in the South Island. They were discov...
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A million people in 40 to 100 years: SpaceX unveils plan to colonize Mars

Planetary Society Weblog | 28 September, 2016
After much anticipation, Elon Musk revealed his plans to colonize Mars. Here are the details, some questions yet to be answered, and a few thoughts on how this could change the way we think about human spaceflight....
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It’s the Ice, Stupid

Open Mind | 28 September, 2016
Earlier this month the WUWT blog treated us to a bizarre post about how this year didn't set a new record for lowest Arctic sea ice extent (it only came in 2nd-lowest), in spite of "two very strong storms." Doubling ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Global Warming;

Sol 1474: Murray cross-bedding

The Martian Chronicles | 28 September, 2016
The 16-meter drive on Sol 1473 completed perfectly, placing the rover in position for contact science on an outcrop of cross-bedded Murray bedrock. The primary goal for Sol 1474 is to characterize the cross-bedding and measure grain sizes using MAH...
Categories: Curiosity; Field Work; ChemCam; featured; mars; Mastcam; MSL; pretty pictures; USGS;

Cluster of Orthotetes Brachiopod Fossils

Louisville Fossils and Beyond | 28 September, 2016
Fossil plate was found in the Edwardsville Formation of Floyd County, Indiana, USA. The fossils date to the lower Carboniferous (Mississippian) Period. The brachiopods on the plate appear to be Orthotetes keokuk. It is somewhat rare to find so many ...
Categories: brachiopods; indiana; keokuk; mississippian;

Day Three of Wooster Geology at GSA 2016: Structure, lakes and John Muir

Wooster Geologists | 28 September, 2016
DENVER, COLORADO -- Cole Jimerson started us off in the poster session today at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
Categories: Uncategorized; GSA Meeting (2016);

97L Approaches Tropical Storm Strength

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 27 September, 2016
Air Force Hurricane Hunters were unable to find a closed circulation in the midst of Invest 97L, but the system is still on the verge of becoming a tropical storm. Flight-level winds at 2034Z (4:34 pm EDT) were sustained at up to 36 knots (41 mph) on...
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Curiosity: Outlook, fore and aft

Red Planet Report | 27 September, 2016
Sol 1473, September 27, 2016. After all the recent driving, including 16 meters (53 feet) today, Curiosity is now well away from the Murray Buttes seen in the rear Hazcam view, below right. Meanwhile, at near right, the front Hazcam ... Continue read...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Buttes; Murray Formation; NASA; Stimson Formation;

Adventure in Iceland with Smithsonian Journeys - Part 2

Earthly Musings | 27 September, 2016
Our Smithsonian Journey's Adventure in northern Iceland continues with a trip to the fishing village of Husvik. Everything is centered on the harbor and boys here.We saw adverts for whale watching throughout the country and that is what we did wi...
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Brachycoraebus aeneus & Metasambus circularis: Two new species of Jewel Beetles from Singapore and Sumatra.

Sciency Thoughts | 27 September, 2016
The Tribe Coraebini is the largest subgroup within the Buprestidae (Jewel Beetles). These are small Beetles found within the forest canopy in both temperate and tropical regions, though both their biology and true diversity is poorly understood, due to the inaccessible nature of their prefered habitats.
Categories: Beetles; Biodiversity; Buprestidae; Coraebini; Entomology; Indonesia; Insects; Jewel Beetles; Singapore; Sumatra; Taxonomy;

5th International Tsunami Field Symposium, 3-7 September 2017, Lisbon/Algarve

Paleoseismicity | 27 September, 2016
The 5th International Tsunami Field Symposium will be held from 3-7 September, 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition to the scientific sessions an interesting 3-days field trip will take the participants to the tsunami hot spots of the Algarve coast. Visit the official website for more information and make sure to save the date!
Categories: Meeting; Tsunami; abstract; Algarve; Conference; Lisbon; meeting; portugal; tsunami;

NYC’s Heat Waves: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

State of the Planet | 27 September, 2016
As global temperatures rise and heat records are broken, many wonder if New York City's heat waves this summer were a result of climate change, and if we will experience more of them in the future....
Categories: Climate; General Earth Institute; Health; Urbanization; climate change; cool roofs; event attribution; extreme event attribution; health fatalities; heat stroke; heat wave; hottest temperatures; Million Trees NYC; urban heat island effect;

The trail of post-debate, fact-checking breadcrumbs reveals multiple falsehoods put forward by Donald Trump

ImaGeo | 27 September, 2016
Last night's climate claim was just one of many going back years. Others include falsehoods on energy, China and climate change, and drought in California. Science came up explicitly just once during the debate last night, as Dan Satterfield ad...
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Didymodon hengduanensis: A new species of Moss from the Hengduan Mountains of southwest China.

Sciency Thoughts | 27 September, 2016
The Hengduan Mountains form the southeastern tip of the Himalayas, stretching from eastern Sichuan Province through northern Yunnan and southeaster Tibet into southern Myanmar. The range comprises a series of parallel north-south mountain ridges with south-flowing rivers between. The area is considered to be one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, with sharp divisions in flora and fauna both between the valleys of the range and at different altitudes on the mountains, leading to a very high number of endemic species.
Categories: Biodiversity; Botany; Bryophytes; Gongshan County; Hengduan Mountains; Heqing County; Himalayas; Lushu County; Moss; Plants; Shangri-la County; Sichuan Province; Yajiang County; Yunnan Province;

Rosetta end-of-mission event schedule

Planetary Society Weblog | 27 September, 2016
A schedule of what to expect during Rosetta's final hours September 29 and 30, and how you can follow online....
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THEMIS: South polar ice cap textures

Red Planet Report | 27 September, 2016
THEMIS Image of the Day, September 27, 2016. This VIS image shows part of the South Polar cap. As spring moves into the summer the surface frost is reduced and the surface texture of the ice is revealed. More THEMIS ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Mars Odyssey; NASA; south polar ice cap; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

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