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Elinor Ostrom on mistrusting easy answers

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 1 September, 2014
The resource institutions that research has documented as working well in the field differ substantially in their detailed design but can usually be characterised as adaptive, multilevel governance systems related to complex, evolving resource systems. We need to overcome the tendency to recommend panaceas and encourage, instead, considerable experimentation at multiple levels to reduce the threats of massive collapses of valuable resources. (emphasis added)
Categories: economics; water;

Dicranurus monstruosus Trilobite Fossil

Louisville Fossils and Beyond | 1 September, 2014
Here is a picture of a Dicranurus monstruosus trilobite fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed in the Devonian Period. Fossil was found in Alnif, Morocco. Image taken in June 20...
Categories: devonian; morocco; sapienza university of rome; Trilobite;

Northern Convergence: Moving Pictures of the Canadian Wilderness, from Whistler to Lillooet

Geotripper | 1 September, 2014
I PROMISE to reveal the origin of yesterday's mystery picture SOON! In the very next post, in fact, barring any major earthquakes in Northern California, or other major geologic distractions. It's just that I value continuity and order...I wrote about our journey up the Sea to the Sky Highway yesterday as well, and I complained mildly about the rainstorm and overcast conditions that prevented us from seeing the mountains of the Coast Belt. I was looking at my photographs, and from Whistler to our next stop at Lillooet I didn't take any pictures. I was driving after all, and we weren't able to stop, due to a tight schedule. There was a good 120 kilometers of what I recall was a pretty spectacular drive through the Coast Mountains and the Cadwellder Range.
Categories: Brew Mountain; Cadwellder Mountains; Coastal Belt; Fountain Ridge; Lillooet; Northern Convergence; Pemberton; Seton Dam; Whistler;

Geo 730: September 1, Day 609: Quartzville

Outside the Interzone | 1 September, 2014
This is, to me, the "iconic" Quartzville spot. The "Snowstorm" tunnel is supposed one of three, but I've never found the other two. Nor have I looked that hard. But sometime in the last ten years or so, they gated the entrance. If I wanted to, I'm pretty sure I could get through that gap. The warning sign on the wall behind the gate says something about hazardous materials, but unless some idiot was trying out mercury or cyanide extraction, I can't imagine what it would be. My personal suspicion is that it's a pro-active attempt to control white-nose syndrome among bats... I've never noticed any here, but this would be a good winter refuge for them. And whoever controls this land (BLM or Forest Service) might correctly guess that many people don't understand or care enough to respect that issue, decided to go with a scare tactic. Whatever the reason, when this much effort has been put in, I'll pay attention to No Trespassing signs.
Categories: Earth; Geo 730; Geology; Oregon;

Meet the scientists…Who? Me?

oncirculation | 1 September, 2014
One very good scientist and four dressing the part
Categories: A day in the life...; In the news; education; Kelly; marine science; science communication; students; women;

Monday Geology Picture: Black Basalt on the Beach, Mauritius

Georneys | 1 September, 2014
Black basalt on the beach, northern Mauritius, March 2014.
Categories: basalt; Dodo; Mauritius; Monday Geology Picture;

Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book

It's a very good day for those interested in palaeoart - its history, trends over time, the current consensus on restoring certain animals, and where it might be going. Firstly, there's Mark Witton's article in Palaeontology Online, in addition to on...
Categories: Doctor Who; George Underwood; tiny hands on the end of long spindly arms; vintage dinosaur art;

MAVEN nearing arrival at Mars

Red Planet Report | 1 September, 2014
[MAVEN status update, August 29, 2014]  MAVEN continues on a smooth journey to Mars. All spacecraft systems are operating nominally. Since we are now in a "pre-Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) moratorium", all instruments are powered off until after w...
Categories: Reports; Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN; MAVEN; NASA; University of Colorado;

A fissure near Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland, has erupted

Geology in Motion | 1 September, 2014
Location of the fissure eruption at Bardarbunga
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ESA invites amateurs to produce portraits of comet 67P

Planetary Society Weblog | 1 September, 2014
After a pause of about a week in daily image releases from Rosetta, ESA has begun sharing four-image sets of photos of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and invited the public to help produce pretty pictures from them....
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THEMIS: Lava channel

Red Planet Report | 1 September, 2014
THEMIS Image of the Day, September 1, 2014. The lava flows and channel in this VIS image are located on the eastern margin of Olympus Mons. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; channels; lava; lava channels; lava flows; Mars Odyssey; NASA; Tharsis; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Invest 99L Organizing Over Gulf of Mexico

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 1 September, 2014
The center of a broad area of low pressure associated with tropical wave 99L is now over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche, and the disturbance is growing more organized as it heads west-northwest at about 10 mph. Heavy rains ar...
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Curiosity update: ‘Rapid traverse planning’

Red Planet Report | 1 September, 2014
Sols 735-737, August 31, 2014, update from USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff:"The volume of data sent from MSL to Earth has been less than usual over the past few days because the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter went into "safe mode".... [More at ... C...
Categories: Reports; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; MSL; NASA;

Field work on the Grinnell Formation at Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Mountain Beltway | 1 September, 2014
While in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, my field class visited beautiful Red Rock Canyon to practice our field observation skills. This is a deep gorge cut into red and green argillite of the Grinnell Formation. Here is the view across the middle of Red Rock Canyon, at Tony, Kaatje, and Tom on the opposite side:
Categories: alberta; canada; chemistry; faults; joints; mesoproterozoic; primary structures; proterozoic; structure; featured;

Early Morning Smoke

Looking for Detachment | 1 September, 2014
The sun is about to rise through thick smoke blanketing the
Categories: birds; fires; morning; nevada; smoke; summer; sunrise;

Imaggeo on Mondays: A massive slump

EGU Geolog | 1 September, 2014
One of the regions that has experienced most warming over the second half of the 20th century is the Potter Peninsula on King George Island in Antartica. It is here that Marc Oliva and his collaborators are studying what the effects of the warming conditions on the geomorphological processes prevailing in these environments.
Categories: Climate; Cryospheric Sciences; Geomorphology; Imaggeo; Imaggeo on Mondays; Antartica; deglaciation; geomorphology; paraglacial; permafrost; Potter Island; slump;

Guest Blog: Volcanology in Vanuatu!

Geology for Global Development | 1 September, 2014
Ben Clarke and Eleri Simpson are about to start their 4th year at the University of Leicester. Having shown a strong interest in applying geoscience to development through the conversations we've had with them over the past two years - we were really pleased to hear they has successfully arranged some work experience in Vanuatu. We're also delighted that Ben and Eleri agreed to write about their experiences for the GfGD blog.  
Categories: Geohazards; Guest Blogs; Volcanoes;

Watch Stromboli erupt - Volcanic Monday

The Way of the Geophysicist | 1 September, 2014
via EGU...
Categories: Nerdtalk; Volcano; Volcano Monday;

Latitude and its affect on solar radiation

Earth Learning Idea | 1 September, 2014
The latest ELI is 'Hot or not? - investigating how latitude affects the amount of solar radiation received'. After doing the activity, pupils will be able to:-
Categories: Earth in space;

ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk.
Categories: Tipping Points; ESRC; health; research; science; tipping point;

From rainclouds to silver linings

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 1 September, 2014
We've been hanging by a thread for some time now. 
Categories: fiber optic; reentry; telemetry; VIT Camera;

We Play Dirty at the Climate Talks Too: New Zealand’s Dirty Politics of Climate

Hot Topic | 1 September, 2014
This guest post is by David Tong, an Auckland based community lawyer working on his Master's in Law on the UN climate talks. He chairs the P3 Foundation and co-chairs the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association, and last year tracked ...
Categories: Climate politics; environment and ecology; Climate Voter; Generation Zero; John Key; Nick Smith; Nicky Hager; Russel Norman; Tim Groser; UNFCCC; Whale Oil;

Cristobal Whirls Toward Iceland

ImaGeo | 31 August, 2014
Formerly a hurricane, Cristobal takes aim on Iceland in this image captured by NASA's Aqua satellite on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (Source: NASA)
Categories: Earth Science; Extreme Weather; select; Top Posts; Tropical Cyclones; Weather; Cristobal; Iceland; warm seclusion cyclone;

Hemiptera heteroptera Insect Fossil

Here is a picture of a Hemiptera heteroptera insect fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the upper/late Cretaceous Period (ICS geological timescale: Cenomanian). Fos...
Categories: Brazil; Cretaceous; insect; sapienza university of rome;

First Wooster paleontology field trip of the year: the glorious Ordovician of Ohio

Wooster Geologists | 31 August, 2014
Today the Invertebrate Paleontology class at The College of Wooster drove south to one of our favorite outcrops: the Waynesville, Liberty and Whitewater Formations (= Bull Fork Formation) at the emergency spillway in Caesar Creek State Park. I enjoy taking students to this extensive exposure because it has diverse fossils, is easy for beginners, and it is hard to get lost here! The rain was unrelenting on our drive down, and it continued well past our arrival at the Visitor Center. The park manager very helpfully showed us a new park movie and gave us a talk about the Army Corps of Engineers (which runs the dam and lake). This occupied us as the rain slowed and finally ended soon after we approached the rocks. You'll see surface water as a theme in these photos because the spillway turned into meandering streams and wetlands.
Categories: Uncategorized; fossils; Ordovician;

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