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Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake in Payne County, Oklahoma.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 July, 2014
The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake at a depth of 4.5 km in northeast Payne County, Oklahoma, slightly before 5.20 pm local time (Slightly before 10.20 pm GMT) on Sunday 27 July 2014. There are no reports of any damage or injuries associated with this event, though it was felt locally.
Categories: Earthquake; Hydrocarbons; Injection Wells; North American Plate; oil; Oil Industry; Oklahoma; Payne County; US;

New Zealand’s Southern Alps have lost a third of their ice

Hot Topic | 28 July, 2014
This article by Jim Salinger, University of Auckland; Blair Fitzharris, University of Otago, and Trevor Chinn, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, was first published at The Conversation. The photo at left shows the calving face of ...
Categories: Climate science; environment and ecology; glaciers; NIWA; NZ; sea level; Tasman glacier;

TNOC Encore: Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits

The Nature of Cities | 28 July, 2014
(This encore publication originally appeared at TNOC on 21 August 2012.) Walk through any major city and you'll see vacant land. These are the weed lots, garbage strewn undeveloped spaces, and high crime areas that most urban residents consider bl...
Categories: Activism; Agriculture; Awareness; Biodiverse cities; Communities; Data and Information; Design; Social justice; Timon McPhearson; Vacant lots;

Dino's in Pop Culture - Salt Lake Comic Con

The Geology P.A.G.E | 28 July, 2014
Here are some more dinosaurs in pop culture (I call this catching up on things):
Categories: Comic Con; Dino's in Pop Culture;

Opportunity rolls past Meridiani milepost 25

Red Planet Report | 28 July, 2014
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover. "Oppo...
Categories: Reports; Cape Tribulation; Endeavour Crater; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; Murray Ridge; NASA; Opportunity; Solander Point;

Major fire out of control at Libya's largest oil storage facility.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 July, 2014
A fire is burning out of control at a fuel storage facility in Tripoli, after a tank holding 6 million liters of oil was hit by a rocket during fighting between militia groups on Sunday 27 July 2014. The fire was initially brought under control by firefighters, but the were forced to withdraw when fighting resumed early on Monday 28 July, shortly after which a second oil tank was ignited by shrapnel. The fire is now described by the Libyan National Oil Company as 'out of control', provoking fears of a major explosion or environmental catastrophe. Local officials are recommending that residents evacuate the area within five kilometers of the facility, but with ongoing fighting in the area it is unclear whether many people will be able to comply.
Categories: Africa; Hydrocarbons; Libya; oil; Oil Explosion; Oil Industry; Tripoli;

Dark mountain on Vesta: Aricia Tholus

Planetary Society Weblog | 28 July, 2014
Newly processed images of one of the more puzzling features on the surface of Vesta: a dark mountain named Aricia Tholus....
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HiRISE: Lonely ridge in desolate land

Red Planet Report | 28 July, 2014
A lonely ridge in desolate land. Beautiful Mars series....
Categories: Reports; Beautiful Mars; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; University of Arizona;


Earth Learning Idea | 28 July, 2014
Earthlearningidea is moving to a new and more powerful server.
Categories: Project Development;

Granites, Glaciers and the Ocean: a hike

Earth Science Society | 28 July, 2014
We hiked, the other day - a well-known coastal trail, but new to me. So much still to discover here and it's not like we haven't been trying. The trail is in Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park and takes the hiker all the way around the Pennant Point peninsula in about 4 hours.
Categories: General geoscience; Nova Scotia; Atlantic; batholith; Canada; continent break-up; earth science; geology; geoscience; granite; Ice Age; Quaternary; Sea Level;

Curiosity: Sol 702, July 28, 2014

Red Planet Report | 28 July, 2014
The Navcam looks at the head of Hidden Valley, Curiosity's route down off rock-strewn Zabriskie Plateau. NASA description: This image was taken by Navcam: Left B (NAV_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 702 (2014-07-28 11:58:57 UT...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Hidden Valley; Mars Science Laboratory; Mount Sharp; MSL; NASA; Zabriskie Plateau;

Sangihe Dwarf-kingfisher classified as Critically Endangered.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 July, 2014
Birdlife International published an assessment of the conservation status of 350 newly described Bird Species for the  International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species on 24 July 2014, the first such assessment by ...
Categories: Alcidines; Biodiversity; Birds; conservation; Coraciiformes; Deforestation; Indonesia; Kingfishers; Ornithology; Red List of Threatened Species; Sangihe; Taxonomy;

Return to the Massif Central

The Rocks Remain | 28 July, 2014
Just a very quick post to say I'm officially back from maternity leave, and have rolled straight into fieldwork! I'm back in the Haute-Loire region for a month. We will be starting excavations at the Saint-Pierre-Eynac silcrete source, which is excit...
Categories: fieldwork; Marie Curie; Massif Central; photography; TRACETERRE;

Escape from the July 20 Haboob in Western Nevada

Looking for Detachment | 28 July, 2014
At 3:37 pm, July 20th, my phone made a strange and loud noise in my pocket, and I took it out to find the first of two emergency alerts that I would receive from the National Weather Service.
Categories: dust; geography; highway 40; I-80; nevada; summer; weather; wind; wnmca; work;

Asteroid 2014 OP2 passes the Earth.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 July, 2014
Asteroid 2014 OP2 passed by the Earth at a distance of 199 700 km (0.52 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon), at about 8.35 am GMT on Thursday 24 July 2014. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though had it done so it would have presented no threat. 2014 MG6 has an estimated equivalent diameter of 3-9 m (i.e. it is estimated that a spherical object with the same volume would be 3-9 m in diameter), and an object of this size would be expected to break up in the atmosphere between 45 and 32 km above the ground, with only fragmentary material reaching the Earth's surface.
Categories: 2014 OP2; Apollo Group Asteroids; Asteroids; Near Earth Asteroids; Solar System;

One more hummingbird picture

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 28 July, 2014
Sorry, can't resist posting one more hummingbird picture. The rufous, on the left, have just finally arrived at our house. They're usually earlier in the summer, and they're very aggressive, driving away the black-chins who have been here since late spring. Moments after this picture was snapped, the rufous drove the black-chin away:
Categories: birds;

THEMIS: Colles

Red Planet Report | 28 July, 2014
THEMIS Image of the Day, July 28, 2014. The term "colles" means hills. The hills in this VIS image are located on the northern plains near Phlegra Dorsa. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; hills; ice-rich mantling; Mars Odyssey; NASA; northern lowlands; northern plains; Phlegra Dorsa; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

93L in Eastern Atlantic Growing More Organized

An area of disturbed weather located near 10°N, 33°W at 8 am EDT Monday, about 500 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, was designated Invest 93L by NHC early Monday morning. This disturbance is a more serious threat than Tropical Depression ...
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Pearls of wisdom: The importance of knowledge exchange when facing environmental uncertainty

Cabot Institute Blog | 28 July, 2014
Dame Pearlette Louisy at the Living
Categories: Amanda Woodman-Hardy; Community Based Learning; Dame Pearlette Louisy; earthquake; environmental uncertainty; hurricane; landslide; Saint Lucia; Small Island States; volcano;

The Difference between Night and Day

Elegant Figures | 28 July, 2014
(Repost of an article on the Exelis Vis Imagery Speaks blog.)
Categories: satellite data;

Want to Really Communicate Your Science to the Public? Go on a Journey and They’ll Follow

Nicole Davi, a William Paterson University researcher who studies tree rings, cores a white oak tree in Hutcheson Memorial Forest in Somerset County, N.J., to learn about past droughts. These trees are some of the last remaining "old growth" in New Jersey and date back to the 1600s. Photo Credit: Lizette Gesuden.
Categories: Science in plain English; AGU; featured; plainspoken scientist; science communication; science outreach; storytelling;

A pilot’s life at 65,000 feet over Alaska

Notes from the field | 28 July, 2014
As the ER-2 pilot got ready for his first flight out of Fairbanks, I wondered what it's like piloting the aircraft, all by himself, 65,000 feet up.
Categories: NASA in Alaska 2014; aircraft; Arctic; NASA;

World Trade Center Ship Traced to Colonial-Era Philadelphia

State of the Planet | 28 July, 2014
Four years ago this month, archeologists monitoring the excavation of the former World Trade Center site uncovered a ghostly surprise: the bones of an ancient sailing ship. In a new study, scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say that an ol...
Categories: Climate; Earth Sciences; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Tree Ring Lab; tree rings; World Trade Center;

New book: Intraplate Earthquakes

Paleoseismicity | 28 July, 2014
Intraplate earthquakes are those that occur far away from plate boundaries in what is often also referred to as slowly deforming regions or stable continental regions (SCR). Seismicity there is comparably low and earthquake recurrence intervals can easily exceed thousands of years for individual faults. However, intraplate quakes do account for a significant number of earthquake fatalities and killed more people than those that happened at plate boundaries during the last 100 years (England & Jackson , 2011). A new book has been published a few days ago, dedicated to summarizing our knowledge of these seismic events. 
Categories: Earthquake; Paper; abstract; book; earthquake; intraplate; stable continental regions; talwani;

Urban Butterflies

I have mentioned before that Changi Airport in Singapore is a step above your average travel hub, to the point of seeming almost magical to the sleep-deprived, Jetlagged traveller.. But this is the first time I have been here in the daytime.  So I m...
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