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Quick multimedia roundup: China's new rocket blasts off on inaugural mission

Planetary Society Weblog | 25 June, 2016
China's new Long March 7 rocket successfully blasted off on its inaugural mission today at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time (12:00 UTC, 7:00 a.m. EDT)....
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The Deer Invasion

Lots of diverse field work ventures over the past week. Deep geo probe drilling, urban settings and work in wet cloud enshrouded forest. Camping in the rain with a good book and hearing the vibration of knight hawk wings as they made a dent in the local insect population.
Categories: fauna;

Ninety-eight confirmed deaths as storms batter Jiangsu Province, China.

Sciency Thoughts | 25 June, 2016
Ninety-eight people have been confirmed dead and around 800 injured following a series of storms that battered coastal areas of Jiangsu Province, China, on Friday 24 June 2016. Windspeeds of 125 kilometers per hour were recored in Funing County, and witnesses reported seeing a tornado near the city of Yancheng. A factory belonging to GCL System Integration Technology Co Ltd has also been partially destroyed, including a store for hazardous chemicals, leading to concerns that water supplies could be contaminated.
Categories: China; Jiangsu Province; Storms; Tornado; Weather;

Asteroid 2016 MA passes the Earth.

Sciency Thoughts | 25 June, 2016
Asteroid 2016 MA passed by the Earth at a distance of 999 900 km (2.60 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon, or 0.66% of the average distance between the Earth and the Sun), slightly before 4.35 am GMT on Sunday 19 June 2016. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though had it done so it would have presented no threat. 2016 MA has an estimated equivalent diameter of 5-19 m (i.e. it is estimated that a spherical object with the same volume would be 5-19 m in diameter), and an object of this size would be expected to explode in an airburst (an explosion caused by superheating from friction with the Earth's atmosphere, which is greater than that caused by simply falling, due to the orbital momentum of the asteroid) in the atmosphere between 40 and 25 km above the ground, with only fragmentary material reaching the Earth's surface.  The calculated orbit of 2016 MA. JPL Small Body Database. 2016 MA was discovered on 16 June 2016 (three days before its closest approach to the Earth) by the University of Arizona's Mt. Lemmon Survey at the Steward Observatory on Mount Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. The designation 2016 MA implies that the asteroid was the first object (object A) discovered in the second half of June 2016 (period 2016 M). 2016 MA has a 658 day orbital period and an eccentric orbit that takes it from 0.92 AU from the Sun (i.e. 92% of the average distance at which the Earth orbits the Sun) to 2.03 AU from the Sun (i.e. 203% of the average distance at which the Earth orbits the Sun, considerably outside orbit of the planet Mars). It is therefore classed as an Apollo Group Asteroid (an asteroid that is on average further from the Sun than the Earth, but which does get closer). This means that close encounters between the asteroid and Earth are fairly common, with the last thought to have happened in May 2007 and the next predicted in October this year.
Categories: 2016 MA; Apollo Group Asteroids; Asteroids; Near Earth Asteroids; Solar System;

A virtual field trip to the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Mountain Beltway | 25 June, 2016
The Giant's Causeway, on the coast of Northern Ireland, is a classic site for beautifully-developed cooling columns in basalt. It should be a stop on any geologist's Grand Tour of the world's most important geological locales. Battered by the waves of the Irish Sea, the columns are exposed in three dimensions, and visitors can wander all over them. It's an excellent way to gain an appreciation for the shape of the columns, and their detailed features - vesicles, ball and socket joints subdividing columns, laterite horizons between flows, spheroidal weathering, etc.
Categories: 360 panoramas; 3D; basalt; GEODE; gigapan; ireland; m.a.g.i.c.; primary structures; united kingdom; weathering; featured;

A peat bog landslide in Galway, Ireland

The Landslide Blog | 25 June, 2016
Various news agencies in Ireland are reporting a peat bog landslide at Clifden in Galway on Thursday night.  Reports suggest that 4000 tonnes of material have shifted, blocking the N59 Connemara to Galway city road.  Reports suggest that the slope was still moving on Friday.
Categories: landslide report; Europe; featured; Ireland; peat; peat bog; peatslide;

The Hawai'i That Was: Walking a Lake of Fire in "the Little Source of Great Spewing"

Geotripper | 25 June, 2016
Kilauea Iki eruption in 1959. The prevailing winds caused debris to pile up behind the fountain, forming the Pu'u Pau'i cinder cone. Source: US Geological SurveyKilauea is one of the five major shield volcanoes making up the Big Island of Hawai'i. As we found in the last post in this series on the "Hawai'i That Was", Kilauea is the most active of the island's volcanic centers, with an ongoing eruption dating back to 1983. On our first full day on the island, we had a look at the smoking pit of Halemaumau, but in the afternoon, we headed over to Kilauea Iki ("little source of great spewing").
Categories: 1959 Kilauea eruption; Caldera; cinder cone; Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park; Kilauea Iki; lava fountain; Pu'u Pua'i; The Hawai'i that was;

HiRISE: Southwestern Elysium Planitia

Red Planet Report | 24 June, 2016
Southwestern Elysium Planitia. Beautiful Mars series....
Categories: Reports; Beautiful Mars; Elysium Planitia; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; lava flows; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; pseudocones; University of Arizona; volcanics;

ABoVE and beyond the call of duty: the value of a great field team

Notes from the field | 24 June, 2016
As our 2016 field campaign comes to an end, I find myself proud of all the great data we collected. Our primary objective was to sample enough sites of different ages, land use, and species composition to be able to say something meaningful about changing fire regimes and the interactions between wildfire and timber harvest. I'm confident we accomplished this. In a way though, the work has just begun. Now we must conduct laboratory tests on many coolers worth of soil, count hundreds of tree rings, pour over the data, interpret the results, and write it up for publication. But none of this would be possible without collecting the amount of high-quality field data we did.
Categories: Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE);

Curiosity: And check the tires, please

Red Planet Report | 24 June, 2016
Sol 1380, June 24, 2016. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), fresh from shooting a scenic view, switches to another of its roles: checking the state of wear on the wheels. Right side above, left side below; click either image ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Curiosity wheels; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; Murray Formation; NASA; Naukluft Plateau; rover wheels; Stimson Formation; wheel wear;

Big Becomes Great

Geospace | 24 June, 2016
This is the latest in a series of dispatches from scientists and education officers aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute's R/V Falkor, currently on an expedition measuring nutrient fluxes to the South China Sea. Read more posts here, and track the Falkor's progress here.
Categories: Ocean sciences; ocean science;

Gila River diversion being significantly downscaled

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 24 June, 2016
We now have an answer to the question of where the money will come from for a billion dollar diversion to take water from the Gila River, a Colorado River tributary in southwestern New Mexico.
Categories: Colorado River; New Mexico; water;

WISE Views in Infrared

Planetary Society Weblog | 24 June, 2016
Amateur image processor Judy Schmidt explains the process of creating gorgeous views of the cosmos from infrared data from the WISE telescope....
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I am ashamed of my country

Through The Sandglass | 24 June, 2016
I'm not going to apologise for departing, once again, from the theme of this blog. I am appalled that my country has betrayed its younger generation, insulted its European friends, and revealed itself as a stupid, ignorant, self-centred and rac...
Categories: Current Affairs;

An Exceptionally Slow-Starting Typhoon Season; 95L Fizzles

Residents of the Northwest Pacific have enjoyed an unusually late start to the typhoon season this year, despite the fact that ocean temperatures have been running about 1°C (1.8°F) above average. Though there has already been one tropical depressi...
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THEMIS: Pyrrhae Chaos – false color

Red Planet Report | 24 June, 2016
THEMIS Image of the Day, June 24, 2016. Today's false color image shows Pyrrhae Chaos. The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false ... Continue re...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; chaotic terrain; landslides; Mars Odyssey; NASA; Pyrrhae Chaos; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Nyal Niemuth, the eyes and ears of Arizona mining, retires after 35 years

Arizona Geology | 24 June, 2016
Nyal Niemuth retired yesterday, after more than 35 years with the State of Arizona, most with the Dept. of Mines & Mineral Resources, and the last 5 years with AZGS after the two agencies were merged.   [Photo credit, Mining Foundation of the Southwest]
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Cassava virus: Journey from the lab to the field - Learning the ropes

Cabot Institute Blog | 24 June, 2016
Weeks 2 - 3It's been a bit of blur the last two weeks, getting to grips with all the activities that go on at the National Agricultural Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). I've spent time with Dr. Emmanuel Ogwok (Emmy), learning about the ea...
Categories: cassava; food; Katherine Tomlinson; security; Uganda; virus;

Environmental Peace-Building in the Middle East

State of the Planet | 24 June, 2016
The next part of our tour provided an excellent example of the challenges people working toward environmental peace-building in Israel, Jordan and Palestine face: a site that we were unable to visit....
Categories: Education; Sustainability; Columbia Global Centers; Environmental Sustainability in the Middle East; Israel; jordan; Jordan River Peace Park; Sharhabil Bin Hasnah Eco Park;

The Death Crawl of a Jurassic Crinoid

Think of a crinoid, and you will likely visualize one of these gorgeous echinoderms looking like a colorful, delicate flower on a brightly lit seafloor, aptly justifying its nickname as a "sea lily." Take your crinoidal fantasy just a bit further, and imagine its fine, feathery arms gently waving in harmony with ocean currents passing through them, its stalk bending with each current, but otherwise staying firmly attached to a sea bottom. If you know a little more about crinoids, though, you also might also think of one without a stalk - a "feather star" - swimming above the ocean floor, performing an aquatic dance reminiscent of the Hindu Mother Goddess Durga.
Categories: Blog post; crinoid; crinoid trail; echinoderm; ichnology; Jurassic; Portugal; trace fossil;

BGS Hackathon... by Patrick Bell

BGS developers Wayne Shelley and Steve Richardson
Categories: @britgeosurvey; hackathon; iGeology; Informatics; onegeology; OpenGeoscience; recruiting; UKSO;

Gender equality in the geosciences: is it a numbers game?

EGU Geolog | 24 June, 2016
Here's a tricky question for you. Try and name a woman in geoscience who has won an award for their studies in the last 5 years? How about a man? Chances are it is much easier to think of a male geoscientist who has won an award than a female one, but is that because more men win awards in geoscience than women (compared to the number of male and female geoscientists)?
Categories: Early Career Scientists; Education; EGU; EGU GA 2016; General Assembly; Imaggeo; News; Outreach; Sessions; Short Courses; EGU Awards; EGU Awards Committee; European Research Council; Gender equality;

Why is Glastonbury so muddy? ... by Rachel Dearden

The Glastonbury festival is famous for turning into a quagmire seemingly every year. It's almost an expected highlight of the event!
Categories: clay; festival; geology; Glastonbury; mud; mySoil; quagmire; silt; soil;

Friday fold: Dalradian schist at Cushendun, Northern Ireland

Mountain Beltway | 24 June, 2016
Same beach as the Cushedun conglomerate post earlier in the week - but here we see the schist into which the rhyolite dikes intruded:
Categories: folds; Friday Fold; ireland; metamorphism; united kingdom;

An Astronomer Learns to Make His CASE

Planetary Society Weblog | 24 June, 2016
Science in America depends on federal funding, yet many young scientists don't understand how the U.S. government decides to spend its money on science, nor are they encouraged to use their new degrees to advise the process. This is changing with sup...
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