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These are a few of my favorite species: almost zombie like brachiopods

Deep Sea News | 30 October, 2014
The lowly brachiopod.  They make my list because they represent the antithesis of a charismatic organism. Today the attention they get is mostly by mistake. Brachiopods are often confused for mollusks because of their superficial resemblance to ...
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Two sides to every story?

Agile Geoscience | 30 October, 2014
We all have our biases. Ovation, a data management company, set up a sexy shoeshine stand again this year at the SEG Annual Meeting, a science & technology meeting for subsurface professionals. This cynical and spurious subordination of women by a...
Categories: Event; SEG14; collaboration; community; conferences;

The Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium starts Nov. 14

Riparian Rap | 30 October, 2014
As the daughter of a teacher, education is at the core of my being, and for a few weeks now I've been looking forward to an upcoming event.
Categories: CNN; conference; environmental education; Living Land & Waters; Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium; National Geographic; National Great Rivers Research and Education Center; STEM;

Agreement with NY State Protects Black Rock Forest

State of the Planet | 30 October, 2014
New York State will acquire a conservation easement for the Black Rock Forest, protecting the 3,800-acre preserve 50 miles north of New York City for both public use and scientific research....
Categories: Earth Sciences; Ecosystems; Education News; biodiversity; Black Rock Forest; Black Rock Preserve; Environment; forest ecology; land conservation; New York City;

Bully for Camarasaurus

Dinosours! | 30 October, 2014
The story of the mismatched head of "Brontosaurus" is one of the best known tales from the history of paleontology. I think I first heard it while watching my tattered VHS copy of More Dinosaurs - scientists had mistakenly mounted the skull of Camarasaurus on an Apatosaurus skeleton, and the error went unnoticed for decades. The legend has been repeated countless times, perhaps because we revel in the idea that even experts can make silly mistakes. Nevertheless, I think it's time we set the record straight: nobody ever mistakenly placed a Camarasaurus skull on Apatosaurus. The truth is a lot more nuanced - and a lot more interesting - than a simple case of mistaken identity.
Categories: dinosaurs; history of science; museums; reptiles; apatosaurus; brontosaurus; Henry Osborn; O.C. Marsh; paleontology; sauropod;

‘A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself’

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk.
Categories: Pollution; Technology; agriculture; brownfield; land; land regeneration; soil;

95L Little Threat; TD 21E a Long-Range Threat to Mexico's Pacific Coast

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 30 October, 2014
An area of disturbed weather (95L) just north of the Virgin Islands is headed northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Satellite loops show that 95L has large, sloppy surface circulation and moderate amount of heavy thunderstorm activity that is mostly disconnecte...
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Hayabusa 2 nearly ready for launch: Photos from Tanegashima, and new artist's renderings

Planetary Society Weblog | 30 October, 2014
On October 27, JAXA provided media with an opportunity to view the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft at the Tanegashima space center, where it's making final preparations for launch. Koumei Shibata was there, and took several photos. And artist Go Miyazaki has s...
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Hochalm Glacier Retreat, Austria

From a Glaciers Perspective | 30 October, 2014
Hochalm Glacier is Austrian Alps. The glacier drains into the Malta River, which hosts a 40 MW run of river hydropower plant. Fischer et al (2014) note that the Ankogel-Hochalmspitzegruppe glacier area has declined from a Little Ice Age extent of 39.7 square kilometers, 19.2 square kilometers in 1969 to 16.0 square kilometers in 1998 and 12.1 square kilometers in 2012. They note the disintegration and separation of many glaciers in the region. The World Glacier Monitoring Service reported the terminus retreat of 80 m for Hochalm Glacier from 2001-2010.
Categories: Glacier Observations; Austria glacier global warming; austria glacier hydropower; austria glacier retrea; Hochalm Glacier retreat;

Parasite infections in German soldiers from the Kilianstollen First World War archaeological site.

Sciency Thoughts | 30 October, 2014
The science of palaeoparasitology involves the study of parasite remains from palaeontological and archaeological sites. This rarely involves the recovery of whole parasite fossils; the presence of parasites being more commonly determined from eggs,...
Categories: Alsace; Archaeology; France; Nematodes; Palaeoparasitology; Parasites; Parasitology; Roundworms; Tapeworm; Whipworms;

Magnitude 2.8 Earthquake in southwest Nottinghamshire.

Sciency Thoughts | 30 October, 2014
The British Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 2.8 Earthquake at a depth of 7 km between Nottingham and Mansfield in southwest Nottinghamhire, England, slightly after 7.15 pm GMT on Tuesday 28 October 2014. An event of this size is highly unlikely to have caused any damage or injuries, but people have reported feeling the event across southwest Nottinghamshire.
Categories: Earthquakes; England; Eurasian Plate; Glacial Rebound; Nottinghamshire; UK;

A New Paper and New Planet Discoveries

Planet Hunters | 30 October, 2014
Today we have a  post from Joey Schmitt, a graduate student in the Astronomy department at Yale University, where he is  working with the exoplanet group led by Debra Fischer, and in particular he has been working on the follow-up of Planet Hunters planet candidates.
Categories: Papers; Planets;

October 2014 picture

Earth-Pages | 30 October, 2014
The 1200 m Montserrat mountains in Catalonia, NE Spain (credit: Xavier Varela)
Categories: End of year summaries, general musings; Catalan geology; Conglomerate;

Easily plot data on a Google Maps background with the QGIS OpenLayers plugin

Volcan01010 | 30 October, 2014
It has never been so easy to overlay your data on a background of satellite images.  This post explains how to do it using QGIS, which is free/open-source software. This gives it the huge advantage that you can download it and install it on as many computers as you want. It is very easy to use, and once you have your data into a Geographic Information System, you can then perform other analysis.
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Geomystery: what are these white lines?

Mountain Beltway | 30 October, 2014
Esteemed readership, I've got a mystery for you. What are these white lines, inclined consistently at a high angle to bedding? I picked up this sample below the "Wall of Death," on the trail from Wapta Lake below Mount Wapta, en route to the Walcott Quarry of the Burgess Shale. The "zebra-striped" rock is of the Eldon Formation of the Cambrian section in Yoho National Park.
Categories: cambrian; canada; contest; minerals; primary structures;

The Antares Accident: Who's Rocket Was It?

Planetary Society Weblog | 30 October, 2014
Despite some in the media declaring it a NASA rocket disaster, Antares represents a new way of doing business. It's owned by a private company providing a service to NASA to resupply the space station. How is this different from other rockets NASA us...
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Building Stones of Clifton – A Walking Trail

In my opinion, there aren't many finer ways to spend an autumnal afternoon than ambling round the historical suburb of Clifton in Bristol. Bounded to the west by the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Avon Gorge and the bucolic open downs of Clifton and Durdham, Clifton Village is a Bristol rarity, in only having been only partly subsumed by the neighbouring metropolis.
Categories: Random science; building stones; Clifton; urban geology;

Blogging all over the place

Watershed Moments | 29 October, 2014
It's been a few weeks since I've blogged here, but it's not as though I'm not blogging at all. In fact, most of my posts lately have been appearing on the Canadian Science Publishing blog. Thanks to CSP for letting me share some ideas on scie...
Categories: Watershed Moments 3.0; Canadian Science Publishing; Cowichan; CSP; deforestation; Geological Society of America; geoscience; GSA2014; science culture; science in society; Vancouver; women in science;

2014 SEG Annual Meeting

Seismos | 29 October, 2014
Geology MS student Kevin Liner in 3-day ExxonMobil SEG education course, a worldwide competitive program that admits 30 students per year. Kevin gives first EVER Arkansas Geoscience student presentation at SEG. 2914/5 SEG President Chris Liner and ...
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Mid-latitude Cyclone or Cinnamon Roll?

Dr. Keah Schuenemann's Blog | 29 October, 2014
 I just found this in one of my animations folders and had to bring it back!
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Disney Princesses Reimagined as Dinosaurs

Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs | 29 October, 2014
One of the most popular Halloween costumes you will no doubt see every year is Disney princess.  They are everywhere.  (FYI: This year get ready for enough kids in Frozen costumes to literally invade a country.) If you happen to use the internet on a fairly regular basis you might notice that there is this creative fad going around where an artist will illustrate Disney princesses as...something different.  It's really popular actually.  They change their race, sex, costumes, they show them as superheros, villains, high school students, steampunk...the list goes on.  It started off as "wow that's clever!" and now its been going on for a while and I am starting to get really annoyed.  I'm annoyed because NOT ONCE HAS A DISNEY PRINCESS BEEN REIMAGINED AS A DINOSAUR.  Well this artist got out his handy dandy sketch pad and did something about it.  I shall now share with you a few doodles I did of Disney princesses if they suddenly poofed into a dinosaur (or other prehistoric beast) right in the middle or during the climax of each of their movies.  You're welcome.
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Here is a picture of a Sphaeurilitides (Cusman) fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. It was found in the Alps. Image taken in June 2014....
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Five Things To Know About 2014 Global Temperatures

Deke Arndt at NOAA's has a good Q&A that is worth sharing. Reproduced below: Five things to know about 2014 global temperatures Author: Deke Arndt Friday, October 24, 2014 Deke Arndt is Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA's...
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1960s Video Explaining Longshore Sediment Transport in Southern California

Clastic Detritus | 29 October, 2014
After seeing my post the other day of a turbidity current caught on video, a good friend of mine sent me the link to this wonderful little film called Beach: A River of Sand. I didn't see a production date on it, but I'm guessing it's from the 1960s.
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MARCI weather report, October 20-26, 2014

Red Planet Report | 29 October, 2014
This past week extensive dust-lifting in numerous areas of the planet contributed to expansive regional scale storms and dust mobilization. Early in the week several storms formed along the Acidalia storm-track, crossing the equator and moving into c...
Categories: Reports; atmosphere; dust; Malin Space Science Systems; MARCI; Mars Color Imager; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; MSSS; NASA; storms; weather;

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