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Better management of wildfires in Arizona

Arizona Geology | 3 July, 2015
It's been a good year for fire management in Arizona, says AZGS geologist Dr. Ann Youberg. Ann is our resident expert on dealing with post-fire effects including debris flows, mudslides, and related hazards. She's often on the ground before the fires...
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Judith Curry responds … sort of (v2)

Open Mind | 3 July, 2015
Well, Judith Curry has "responded" to my last blog post ... sort of. Here's what she has to say about it: Tamino's argument is essentially a quibble about how heat waves are defined, there are various definitions
Categories: Global Warming;

What’s up? The Friday links (84)

Paleoseismicity | 3 July, 2015
Isn't it too hot to be inside and reading? For the night here are some short news on the top 100 paper of all time, the Landers earthquake and Landsat data. Today is Friday and here are your links!
Categories: The Friday Links; 1992 Landers EQ; earthquake;

Governor appoints members to Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Arizona Geology | 3 July, 2015
Gov. Doug Ducey reappointed four members and one new member to the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.  This is the first time in a number of years that all the positions are filled.
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All-time July National Heat Records Fall on Three Continents

Brutally hot conditions fried portions of three continents during the first three days of July, and four nations have already set all-time July national heat records this month: the Netherlands, the U.K., Thailand, and Colombia. Below is a break-down of the July national heat records set so far this month, courtesy of weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera.
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Public Policy Institute of California water mailing list

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 3 July, 2015
The work of Ellen Hanak and her colleagues at the Public Policy Institute of California's water project is a model for provision of a crucial public good in water policy processes: independent information to help build a shared understanding of the resource and its use.
Categories: California; cawater; water;

Wollangambe River severely affected by mine runoff following wall collapse at Clarence Colliery.

Sciency Thoughts | 3 July, 2015
The New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency is assessing damage to the Wollangambe River ecosystem near Lithgow in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, following the collapse of a wall of mine waste at the Centennial Coal operated Clarence Colliery on Thursday 2 July 2015. The river is showing signs of being clearly impacted within 150 m of the incident, which led to several tonnes of coal fines entering the river, and there is concern that the incident could impact the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, which is less than two kilometers downriver of the incident.
Categories: Australia; Coal Mining; Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area; Law Enforcement; New South Wales; Pollution; Wollangambe River;

What’s wrong with this picture?

Open Mind | 3 July, 2015
In her recent blog post Judith Curry gave her reasons for not believing that global warming is exacerbating heat waves. Her conclusion was summarized thus: Bottom line is that the intuitively reasonable attribution of more heat waves to a higher ... ...
Categories: Global Warming;

Selenium & the Prince’s Plume – an unfinished tale

Did an errant prince from days of yore in search of El Dorado1 drop his helmet?
Categories: Colorado botany; prince's plume; Stanleya pinnata;

Pluto's progression: Third-to-last Pluto day before encounter

Only two days remain until New Horizons' historic encounter with Pluto....two Pluto days, that is. Pluto and Charon rotate together once every 6.4 days, so as New Horizons has approached the pair over the last week, we've been treated to one stately ...
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The BGS Open Day - 27 June 2015

Iain Stewart gets captured in 3D!The BGS 2015 Open Day was held in Keyworth, Nottingham on Saturday 27th June. This year, not only did we have our very own staff on site demonstrating their science, we also had staff from our sister centres (British Antarctic Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, National Oceanography Centre, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, National Centre for Earth Observation and of course NERC) to help NERC celebrate their 50 year anniversary.
Categories: BGS Keyworth; British Antarctic Survey; CCS; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; geology; iain stewart; national oceanographic centre; open day; outreach; photos; tours; volcanoes;

Series of landslides kills at least 30 in Darjeeling, India.

Sciency Thoughts | 3 July, 2015
At least 30 people have died and at least sixteen more are still missing following a series of landslides which struck the Darjeeling District of West Bengal State, India, in the first few days of July 2015. At least 25 separate landslides have occurred, several hitting homes in towns and villages and others blocking roads and railways, thereby hampering rescue efforts. The highest death toll occurred in the resort town of Mirik, where seventeen people have now been confirmed dead and over 200 are currently living in temporary accommodation due to damage to or destruction of their homes. Deaths have also been confirmed in Kalimpong, Lava, Sukhia and Gorubathan.
Categories: Darjeeling; Geohazards; India; Landslips; Monsoon; West Bengal;

Friday fold: Opal Range, Alberta

Mountain Beltway | 3 July, 2015
Howard Allen is the Friday folder who keeps on giving... Here's his latest:
Categories: alberta; canada; folds; Friday Fold; limestone;

Magnitude 1.1 Earthquake in south Derbyshire, England.

Sciency Thoughts | 3 July, 2015
The British Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 1.1 Earthquake at a depth of 7 km between the villages of Sutton on the Hill and Marston on Dove in south Derbyshire, England slightly before 2.35 pm British Summertime (slightly before 1.35 pm GMT) on Friday 27 June 2015. There are no reports of any injuries associated with this event, though it may have been felt locally.
Categories: Derbyshire; Earthquake; England; Eurasian Plate; Glacial Rebound; UK;

Unforced variations: July 2015

RealClimate | 3 July, 2015
This month's open thread. How about a focus on cimate science this time? Data visualizations anyone?
Categories: Climate Science; Open thread;

GeoEd: Social Communications

EGU Geolog | 3 July, 2015
We all know that social media is an excellent way in which we can communicate our research (and indeed our rants, dreams, and favourite cat pictures) to the general public, but can we also use it to communicate our research in the classroom? From kindergarten to higher education, social media can be a fantastic learning tool, which can help to open up digital windows into the world of geosciences.
Categories: Blogging; Education; GeoEd; Jobs; Outreach; Regular Features; Science Communication; Social Media; Young Scientists; facebook; Google+; Linkedin; social media; teaching; twitter;

Driving Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World: A Tale of Two Subduction Zones

Geotripper | 2 July, 2015
To many people, the Sierra Nevada means granite. The Sierra Crest, with towering peaks of granite carved by glaciers. Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy valleys, with vertical walls of granitic rock. Lake Tahoe, surrounded by granite peaks. Those who visit the mountains find "granite" to be three-quarters true. A quarter of the mountain range is composed of other rocks. Some slopes are covered by the volcanic rocks mentioned in the previous post. But in the Mother Lode, that of California's legendary Gold Rush, the slopes are composed of metamorphic rocks. And the story told by the rocks is fascinating.
Categories: Calaveras Complex; cemetery rocks; Foothills Terranes; Melones fault; Merced River; Shoofly Complex; Sierra Nevada foothills; Western Sierra Metamorphic Belt;

Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: An Upper Ordovician cave-dwelling bryozoan fauna and its exposed equivalents

Wooster Geologists | 2 July, 2015
This week's fossils were the subject of a presentation at the 2015 Larwood Symposium of the International Bryozoology Association in Thurso, Scotland, last month. Caroline Buttler, Head of Palaeontology at the National Museum Wales, Cardiff, brilliantly gave our talk describing cryptic-and-exposed trepostome bryozoans and their friends in an Upper Ordovician assemblage I found years ago in northern Kentucky. They were the subject of an earlier Fossil of the Week post, but Caroline did so much fine work with new thin sections and ideas that they deserve another shot at glory. We are now working on a paper about these bryozoans and their borings. Below you will find the abstract of the talk and a few key slides to tell the story.
Categories: Uncategorized; Fossil of the Week; fossils; hardgrounds; Kentucky; Ordovician;

Natural History Museum of Utah: Barosaurus

Brian Engh (bottom left, enthusing about the Ceratosaurus just off-screen) and I are recently returned to civilization after a stint of fieldwork in Utah. On the way home, we made a detour to Salt Lake to visit the new Natural History Museum of Utah...
Categories: Barosaurus; diplodocids; museums; Natural History Museum of Utah; People we like; public galleries; stinkin' mammals; stinkin' ornithischians;

Physics Girl Talks Quarks

THIS is cool science communication! I didn't know that strange and charm quarks could be inside a Proton/Neutron. Neat!...
Categories: Uncategorized; Physics; physics girl; science education;

On “water wars” rhetoric and policy options

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 2 July, 2015
This, by OtPR, on the why the "water wars" "fight or die" rhetoric in the midst of California drought is not only wrong but harmful:
Categories: water;

Open wells and urban resilience

The Nature of Cities | 2 July, 2015
What happens to a city's traditional foundations of service delivery when it expands boundaries and enhances its infrastructure? Does the city still concern itself with the maintenance of the supply structures that were once essential for the city?...
Categories: Essay; Place & Design; Science & Tools; Awareness; Development; Resilience; Value; Water;

Saberkittens Were Double-Fanged for 11 Months

Laelaps | 2 July, 2015
The La Brea asphalt seeps have me trapped. It seems I can't visit Los Angeles without stopping by the Ice Age treasure trove to pester the paleontologists at Project 23 about what they're finding and wander among the chocolate-colored skeletons inside the Page Museum. And in those halls, there's one exhibit that never ceases to amaze me. Lined up behind glass are Smilodon skulls with two sets of fangs.
Categories: Anatomy; Animals; Carnivores; Cats; Fossils; Mammals; Paleontology; california; canine; growth; kitten; La Brea; ontogeny; sabercat; sabertooth; smilodon; tar pits; tooth;

Let them eat curry

Open Mind | 2 July, 2015
It has often been rumored that when Marie Antoinette was told that the people of France faced starvation because they had no bread, she replied "Let them eat cake." The story isn't true, but it does encapsulate the kind of ... Continue reading ...
Categories: Global Warming;

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2016 CJS Bill

Congress has made good progress so far this year in moving the annual appropriations bills that fund the government. However, a looming budget battle over the sequestration and budget caps threaten to sideline progress until Congress and the White Ho...
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