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The solution to the Lake Mead bathtub ring – Photoshop!

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 8 February, 2016
In the gift shop at Hoover Dam, I found this:
Categories: Colorado River;

Suspicious Collapse of Twin Towers

Seismo Blog | 8 February, 2016
Categories: Earthquake special reports;

60 Minutes of Real Climate Science

It's almost impossible for the average person with no science background to get good basic info about climate change (on TV or online). So, here's some information that you can rely on. First dispelling a popular myth, and then a lecture by Dr. M...
Categories: Uncategorized; Climate Change; science education;

The decline in California’s cotton acreage

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 7 February, 2016
In his keynote at last week's Law of the Colorado River conference in Las Vegas, Metropolitan Water District General Manager Jeff Kightlinger pointed out something that's not gotten a lot of attention in discussions of California's drought - the extraordinary decline in that state's acreage of cotton. Cotton's gotten a bad rap in irrigation circles, because it's subsidized and thirsty. Despite those subsidies, as I've written, cotton acreage in Arizona has plummeted, which is why I don't see the cotton subsidy as a big piece of the western water problem. But I didn't realize the size the decline of California's cotton industry.
Categories: agriculture; economics; water;

Version 3 of the Quaternary Active Faults Database of Iberia (QAFI) available

Paleoseismicity | 7 February, 2016
Great news reached us from Spain! Our colleague Julián Garcia Mayordomo spread the news that an updated version of the Quaternary Active Faults Database of Iberia (QAFI) is now available online. QAFI has a GoogleMaps-based interface with clickable features providing loads of content on fault geometry, fault mechanism, slip-rate, historical and pre-historical seismicity, geomorphology, compilers, further references and much more. Truly a wonderful tool, congratulations!
Categories: Centerfault; Paper; active fault; falla; fault; Iberia; portugal; QAFI; spain; terremoto;

Pete's on watch

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 7 February, 2016
I just realized that with the lost blogs of the first week, I also lost my tag photo, and sadly me with Safety Penguin was someone else's photo.  But this is a good one of me in my office here on the JR.  Today the Chief Scientists gave an excellent overview to all the crew of just exactly what we're looking for on this expedition and why.
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Man killed in sinkhole collapse in Queen Creek

Arizona Geology | 7 February, 2016
A 60-year old male farm worker died when a sinkhole opened up under him in an agricultural field in Queen Creek, Arizona, south of Phoenix, on Friday afternoon.We are investigating whether the sinkhole could be part of a larger earth fissure that cou...
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Do baby dolphins hear their parents?

Deep Sea News | 7 February, 2016
La Plata Dolphin Yes, according to a recent study by Lancaster and colleagues.  Many marine mammals are precocial in that the young are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth. Juvenile dolphins for example are independently swim, s...
Categories: Adaptations; Biology; Development; Evolution; Mammals; Anatomy; development; dolphins; hearing;

Curiosity update: Analyzing Murray Formation bedrock

Red Planet Report | 7 February, 2016
Sol 1245-7, February 5, 2016, update from USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1244, Curiosity bumped 2 meters forward to get to a nice patch of bedrock.  The focus of the weekend plan is to study typical Murray formation bedrock, ... Continue readin...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Kudis; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Formation; NASA; Naukluft Plateau; Stimson Unit; Tinkas;

Politics in a full world

Resource Insights | 7 February, 2016
When Scientific American published Herman Daly's "Economics in a Full World" in September 2005, few people knew what lay ahead: oil climbing to $147 a barrel, the relentless rise in global temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions, the food riots of 2008 sparked by rising food prices, the economic crash that followed, and the development of an increasingly yawning gap between the rich and everyone else in subsequent years. For the vast majority of people on the planet, growth effectively stopped in 2008. Their incomes have essentially flatlined or declined.
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Feb. 6, 2016 - hopefully the end of the technical difficulties!

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 7 February, 2016
The faithful followers might have noticed that my blog disappeared for a day or so, and now the last half dozen dates are dated rather than titled.  There was a minor glitch in transferring from Exp. 360 to 361, so I've had to replace the entries (luckily I had them recorded elsewhere).  But now we're good to go.
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Carbon Capture Gardens: A Nature-Based Solution for Managing Urban Brownfield Soils for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Nature of Cities | 7 February, 2016
I may have (just) missed the 2015 International Year of Soils, so please forgive me for jumping on the soils bandwagon somewhat belatedly. Before I go further, a disclaimer--I am no expert on soils, having only relatively recently begun working on a...
Categories: Essay; Place & Design; Science & Tools; Carbon; Climate change; Design; Ecosystem services; Sustainability; Tools; Vacant lots;

Eruption on Sakurajima volcano, Japan.

Sciency Thoughts | 7 February, 2016
Sakurajima, an active volcano on Kyushu Island, Japan, underwent a spectacular eruption on Friday 5 February 2015, producing an ash column about 2.2 km in height as well as throwing incandescent material (glowing hot ash and/or rocks) several hundred meters from the crater. There are no reports of any damage or injuries following the event, but local authorities have placed a 2 km exclusion zone around the volcano as a precaution. 
Categories: Eurasian Plate; Geohazards; Japan; Kyushu Island; Philippine Plate; Ryukyu Trench; Sakurajima; Subductive Plate Margin; Volcano;

Twenty four confirmed deaths following Taiwan Earthquake.

Sciency Thoughts | 7 February, 2016
Twenty four people have been confirmed dead and over five hundred have been injured with over a hundred more are still missing following an Earthquake in Taiwan that led to the collapse of a seventeen story residential building. The event happened slightly before 4.00 am local time on Saturday 6 February 2016 (slightly before 8.00 pm on Friday 5 February GMT), and was measured by the United States Geological Survey as having a magnitude of 6.7 and occurring at a depth of 10 km beneath the eastern part of the city of Tianan in the southern part of the country.
Categories: Earthquake; Eurasian Plate; Geohazards; Philippine Plate; Subductive Plate Margin; Tainan; Taiwan;

These Lands Belong to All of Us - Domestic Terrorism and National Wildlife Refuges

Geotripper | 7 February, 2016
Beauty and ugliness...A Meadowlark is singing in the's early February in California which actually means that spring is practically here. In other places, biplanes are spraying pesticides and fungicides, beekeepers are setting out hives i...
Categories: Ammon Bundy; Domestic terrorism; Great Valley; hawk; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Meadlowlark; San Luis National Wildlife Refuge;

Global Warming Basics: Signal and Noise — and Trend

Open Mind | 7 February, 2016
Even when climate is constant, unchanging, the weather is not. Temperature is one aspect of weather (and therefore of climate), so it's in constant flux, whether we're looking at a single location or an average over the whole globe. The ... Conti...
Categories: Global Warming Basics;

If Journalism is About Truth, Then Why Are Top Newspapers Knowingly Publishing This Lie

Astrology is bunk. Hopefully you know that, but it really does beg the question of why almost every Sunday paper in America will publish a load of silly lies tomorrow, and yes it does matter. Science literacy is a serious issue in the U.S. How do I k...
Categories: Uncategorized; astrology; astrology is bunk; Climate Change; science education;

The Principal Cordillera of the Argentine Andes with Sebastián Ramírez

The Traveling Geologist | 7 February, 2016
Sebastián Ramírez is a Ph.D. student at UT Austin. You can read more about his research here.
Categories: Recent; Sebastián Ramírez; Andes; Argentina;

Three still missing following collapse at South African gold mine.

Sciency Thoughts | 7 February, 2016
Three people are still missing following a collapse at the Vantage Goldfields operated Makonjwaan Lily Gold Mine near Low's Creek in Mpumalanga at about 8.40 am local time on Friday 5 February 2015. The incident was reportedly caused by the failure of an underground pillar, which in turn led to a roof collapse, trapping 87 miners below ground. All of these workers have now been rescued successfully with only miner injuries, however the collapse also led to the formation of a sinkhole (surface hole created by the formation of a void bellow ground)which swallowed a mobile office building in which two women and a man were working, It is these three mine employees, understood to have been involved in issuing miners with safety equipment, that are still missing and are still being actively sought by rescue teams. All production at the mine has ceased until further notice, and workers are being offered trauma counseling.
Categories: Africa; Barberton Group; Gold Mining; Health and Safety; Kaapvaal Craton; Mining; Mpumalanga Province; Sinkhole; South Africa;

A likely hurricane-force cyclone spinning up in the Pacific is captured in this stunning satellite image animation

ImaGeo | 6 February, 2016
I spotted this beautiful animation of a powerful Pacific Ocean cyclone in the Twitter feed of Scott Bachmeier from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. It's so awesome that I just had to share it. The storm, as seen in t...
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Dramatic imagery from space and on the ground captures 10 days of extreme weather fueled by El Niño

ImaGeo | 6 February, 2016
Juiced up by El Niño, extreme weather raked the United States from the last week of January through the beginning of February. And thanks to satellites above, as well as cameras on the ground, we can witness all of the action -- with synoptic vi...
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Asteroid 2016 AK193 passes the Earth.

Sciency Thoughts | 6 February, 2016
Asteroid 2016 AK193  passed by the Earth at a distance of 9 157 000 km (23.8 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon, or 6.12% of the average distance between the Earth and the Sun), slightly before 2.00 a m GMT on Saturday 30 January 2016. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though had it done so it would have presented a considerable threat. 2016 AK193 has an estimated equivalent diameter of 71-240 m (i.e. a spherical body with the same mass would be 71-240 m in diameter), and an object towards the upper end of this range would pass through the atmosphere and directly impact the ground with a force of about 500 megatons (about 30 000 times the explosive energy of the Hiroshima bomb), causing devastation over a wide area and creating a crater over 3 km across, and resulting in global climatic problems that could last for years or even decades.
Categories: 2016 AK193; Asteroids; Aten Family Asteroids; Near Earth Asteroids; Potentially Hazardous Asteroids; Solar System;

Deregulation of geologists in Arizona

Arizona Geology | 6 February, 2016
A bill was just filed in the Arizona House to deregulate geologists and landscape architects, removing those professions from the AZ Board of Technical Registration and replacing positions on that board with two public members.   HB2613, if passed...
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Sols 1245-1247: Analyzing Murray formation bedrock

The Martian Chronicles | 6 February, 2016
On Sol 1244, Curiosity bumped 2 meters forward to get to a nice patch of bedrock.  The focus of the weekend plan is to study typical Murray formation bedrock, do some targeting remote sensing, and then drive towards the Naukluft Plateau. The 3-sol ...
Categories: Curiosity; Featured; ChemCam; featured; mars;

New On-line Classes and Models

RealClimate | 6 February, 2016
My free online class on entitled Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change has already served 45,000 people (started, not finished) in the four times that it's run. Now it's set up in a new format, called "on demand mode", which allows people to start, progress, and finish on their own calendars. This would be an advantage if a teacher wanted to use the material to supplement a class; there are no longer any time constraints built into the Coursera system to prevent that.
Categories: Climate Science;

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