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Childcare at LPSC – what solutions have you found/heard of?

Women in Planetary Science | 28 January, 2015
HI All There is no formal childcare program sponsored by LPSC for liability reasons.  However, there are quite a few people who are in need of such services :).  What solutions have you used or heard of from past conferences?   Note there will be...
Categories: planetary science;

Curiosity: Mojave2 mini-drill

Red Planet Report | 28 January, 2015
Sol 881, January 28, 2015. Mini-drilling proves successful: The rock slab containing the Mojave2 target doesn't move, doesn't crack under drilling. Two-frame MAHLI composite at top; single frame below. (Click on the images to load larger versions...
Categories: Reports; Aeolis Mons; Curiosity; Gale Crater; Mars Science Laboratory; Mojave2; Mount Sharp; MSL; NASA; Pahrump Hills;

HiRISE: High terrain between Sinai and Solis Plana

Red Planet Report | 28 January, 2015
The terrain in this observation looks like an ancient uplifted crustal block. The area is riddled with faults (big cracks that allow rocks to slide) and ridges that look like uncovered magma dikes. A Mars Orbital Camera picture shows the ... Continue...
Categories: Reports; faults; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; Sinai Planum; Solis Planum; tectonics; University of Arizona;

SMAP Set to Investigate Earth

Notes from the field | 28 January, 2015
SMAP's ready to go! The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, which will map the water content of soils worldwide, passed its Launch Readiness Review January 27 with a favorable forecast for a launch on January 29. And the SMAP team is ready. "I...
Categories: Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP);

Photograph from the Frederic William Harmer collection. Above Runton Gap

BGS Geoheritage | 28 January, 2015
BGS Image ID: P680269Above Runton Gap, Norfolk, 3rd October 1907.  Two names noted Gottsche and Tietze. Photograph from the Frederic William Harmer collection.Runton is the main outcrop of the type deposit of the Cromerian warm stage  the West Runt...
Categories: 1907; geologists; Gottsche; Harmer; Norfolk; photograph; Runton; Tietze; West Runton;

MARCI weather report: January 19-25, 2015

Red Planet Report | 28 January, 2015
The weather on Mars this past week was fairly typical for this time of season. The seasonal south polar ice cap continued to defrost, with small local dust storms along the cap edge contributing to the hazy conditions over Aonia. ... Continue reading...
Categories: Reports; atmosphere; clouds; dust; Malin Space Science Systems; MARCI; Mars Color Imager; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; MSSS; NASA; storms; weather;

“Growing Place” Revisited: After 12 Years, Children’s Activity in the School Biotope Project

The Nature of Cities | 28 January, 2015
There has been a rapid decrease in the amount of open or natural space in Japan in recent years, particularly in urban areas due to the development of housing. Preserving these areas as wildlife habitats and spaces where children can play is a very i...
Categories: Essay; People & Communities; Place & Design; Biophilia; Children; Design; Experiencing Nature; Value of nature;

Blizzard of 2015 Brings 2 - 3' of Snow and Questions About Forecast Accuracy

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 28 January, 2015
The snows from the Blizzard of 2015 have finally ended over most of New England, leaving some truly historic snowfall totals. The biggest snows hit Central Massachusetts, with three feet measured at Auburn, Hudson, and Lunenburg. More than two feet o...
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Night flight

Polluting the Internet | 28 January, 2015
After what has seemed like an eternity (or more than one post-doc post, which is essentially the same thing), I've got a new paper published. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, I'm going to write about it.
Categories: Aerosols; Air Pollution; Climate; Health; Nitrate; RONOCO; Aerosol; Air pollution; Air quality; Climate change;

South Canal Seattle Photo

Stories in Stone | 28 January, 2015
Of all the crazy schemes that didn't come to fruition in Seattle, the South Canal through Beacon Hill is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I know of only one photograph of it and it's not very good, but I have decided to look at it anyway. (Just wish I knew how to make provide one of those magnifying things so it can be looked at more closely.) As I noted in a previous post, little of the South Canal was built. Here is that story.
Categories: Street-Smart Naturalist Blog; eugene semple; hydraulic giant; hydraulicking; seattle; south canal;

The Triassic Paleoclimate.

Letters from Gondwana | 28 January, 2015
Early to Middle Triassic (240Ma) From Wikimedia Commons.
Categories: Uncategorized; Earth Sciences; paleoclimate; paleontology; Triassic event; volcanic eruptions;

Arctic sea-ice decline erratic as expected

Climate Lab Book | 28 January, 2015
Imagine a ball bouncing down a bumpy hill. Gravity will ensure that the ball will head downwards. But, if the ball hits a bump at a certain angle it might move horizontally or even upwards for a time, before resuming its inevitable downward trajector...
Categories: Arctic; GCMs; IPCC AR5; observations; projections; sea-ice; uncertainty; variability;

Modelling Rain to River over Africa - A Paper Review

GEES-ology | 28 January, 2015
By Chris Skinner @cloudskinnerI recently had my first research article published - "Hydrological modelling using satellite rainfall estimates in a sparsely gauged river basin: The need for whole-ensemble calibration". It has been accepted by the ...
Categories: Bakoye; calibration; ensemble; flooding; hydrology; hydrometeorology; Journal of Hydrology; Mali; modelling; Pitman; satellite rainfall; Senegal; TAMSAT; validation;

Why we must Bridge the Gap

Cabot Institute Blog | 28 January, 2015
Much of the climate change of the past century has been caused by our burning of fossil fuels. And without a change in that fossil fuel use, continued climate change in the next century could have devastating impacts on our society. It is likely to bring increased risk and hazards associated with extreme weather events. Refugee crises could be caused by rising sea levels or droughts that make some nations uninhabitable. Climate change will also make our world a more uncertain place to live, whether that be uncertainty in future rainfall patterns, the magnitude of sea level rise or the response of global fisheries to ocean acidification.  This uncertainty is particularly problematic because it makes it so much harder for industry or nations to plan and thrive.  Or to grapple with the other great challenge facing humanity - securing food, water and energy for 7 billion people (and growing).  Because of this, most nations have agreed that global warming should be held below 2°C.
Categories: Bristol; Bristol 2015; climate change; energy; extreme weather; flooding; fossil fuels; geoengineering; renewables; Rich Pancost; sea level rise;

Easily plot magma compositions (TAS diagrams) in Python

Volcan01010 | 28 January, 2015
I recently made a total alkali vs silica (TAS) plot to compare the magma of the Hekla 1947 eruption with the compositions of magmas from previous eruptions.  This post contains the code to draw the plot, including a module that draws the different compositional regions for you.
Categories: Uncategorized;

Tschüss JR!

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 28 January, 2015
In ein paar Stunden gehen wir in Singapur von Bord, dann ist unser großes Abenteuer auf der JOIDES resolution beendet.
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EGU Photo Contest 2015

EGU Geolog | 28 January, 2015
If you are pre-registered for the 2015 General Assembly (Vienna, 12 - 17 April), you can take part in our annual photo competition! Winners receive a free registration to next year's General Assembly!
Categories: EGU GA 2015; Imaggeo; Photo Competition; #egu15; conference; contest; General Assembly; photography;

A new species of Giant Swallowtail Butterfly from North and Central America.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 January, 2015
Swallowtails, Papilionidae, are among the most conspicuous of American Butterflies, due to their large size and conspicuous colouration. The group has been extensively studied by taxonomists and evolutionary biologists, revealing a complex biologica...
Categories: Biodiversity; butterflies; Central America; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Entomology; Evolution; Honduras; Insects; Lepidoptera; Mexico; North America; Panama; Papilonidae; Swallowtail Butterflies; Taxonomy; US;

Biologic Weathering on Iceland with Ria Mitchell | Iceland

The Traveling Geologist | 28 January, 2015
Ria is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Natural History Museum in London who uses new physical and chemical analytical methods to characterize modern-day primitive soils and mineral substrates associated with cryptogamic ground covers - You can read more about here research here.
Categories: Recent; Ria Mitchell; Iceland;

Name That ExoWorld!!

Planet Hunters | 28 January, 2015
This is exciting! The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is working Zooniverse, astronomical clubs and the public at large to name some number of exoworlds and host stars. Some of the work has already been done, some work is yet to do. The exciting part is that Planet Hunters will be assisting in some of the next steps! Let's break down their milestones:
Categories: Site News;

Magnitude 2.9 Earthquake near Winchester in Hampshire, England.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 January, 2015
The British Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 2.9 Earthquake at a depth of 3 km, roughly 3 km to the north of Winchester in Hampshire, England, at about 6.30 pm on Tuesday 27 January 2015. There are no reports of any damage or injuries associated with this event, but people have reported feeling the event from as far away as Bath, roughly 80 km to the northwest of the epicenter. 
Categories: Earthquake; England; Eurasian Plate; Glacial Rebound; Hampshire; UK;

The American snow storm

Climate and Geohazards | 28 January, 2015
Categories: Climate; Extreme Weather; NASA; Snow;

Full STEAM Ahead......

JOIDES Resolution Blogs | 28 January, 2015
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Effective International Engagement (1) – Introduction

Many geologists will have to, and indeed want to, work overseas at some point in their careers. The global opportunities offered by research and working within the geosciences is a big attraction when deciding to study geology and join the profession. In many cases working internationally will often mean partnering with host-country agencies and industries (e.g., universities, geological surveys, water ministry, volcano observatories, mining companies). These partnerships can fall on a spectrum between fruitful long-term relationships and difficult, fractious relationships. In this latest series of blogs we will explore this theme of best-practice when engaging internationally.
Categories: GfGD General; GfGD News; Professionalism & Responsibility;

Sam Crawford to Leave Whatcom County Council

I saved this picture from a post Sam Crawford put up a bit over a year ago. It captures what being on the Whatcom County Council could be like. This particular meeting had a big turn out for folks on an issue that was not on the Council agenda. The p...
Categories: odds and ends;

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