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Invest 94L in Western Caribbean Little Threat to Develop

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 24 October, 2014
The remains of Tropical Depression Nine, which dissipated over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday night, were moving offshore of Belize into the Western Caribbean on Friday morning. This disturbance is being labeled Invest 94L by NHC. Belize rad...
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An Evening with the Writers of the Clean Air Act: Insight into the ‘Golden Age’ of Environmental Law

State of the Planet | 24 October, 2014
On October 22, 2014, the Earth Institute hosted a panel discussion on the Origins of Environmental Law, featuring Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, the two senior majority and minority staff members who led the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Po...
Categories: General Earth Institute; center for climate change law; clean air act; Climate Policy; congress; education; education news; Environment; Environmental Law; environmental policy;

Hurricane Sandy restoration saves shorebirds, ‘living fossils’ they rely on

Geospace | 24 October, 2014
By Kate Wheeling Red Knots feast on horseshoe crab eggs in the Delaware Bay, fueling the last leg of their 14,500 kilometer (9,000 mile) journey from the tip of South America to the Arctic.Credit: Gregory Breese/USFWS When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S...
Categories: climate change; Geohazards; natural hazards; Science Policy; Uncategorized; Weather; featured;

California quake aftermath seen from space

The Trembling Earth | 24 October, 2014
As Northern Californians picked up the pieces and cooled their nerves on the afternoon of August 24th, just hours after being jostled or lurched from bed by the 3:20am magnitude 6.0 South Napa quake, a satellite whizzing by overhead snapped a shot of the scene. Check out some of these remarkable scenes within it that show damage, response, and recovery.
Categories: Current developments in seismology; Earthquake Management and Mitigation; Earthquake News; Browns Valley; earthquake; emergency response; featured; Google Earth; napa; Napa quake; rapid response; satellite; West Napa fault;

Friday Fact – 24th October 2014

Climate and Geohazards | 24 October, 2014
Friday 24th October 2014 Worldwide in 2013, 330 reported natural disasters caused the death of more than 21,610 people, made 96.5 million victims and caused a record amount of US$ 118.6 billion of damages! More information: [1] CRED Annual Disaster ...
Categories: Disaster Risk Reduction; Natural Hazard; Disaster; Natural Disasters; Natural Hazards;

Open Access: Access to knowledge

EGU Geolog | 24 October, 2014
"Access to knowledge is a basic human right." Yet sadly as scientists we are often forced to operate in a framework in which this is not always the case. This week sees the celebration of the eighth Open Access Week, and whilst there have undoubtedly been many achievements by the Open Access (OA) movement since 2009, there is still a long way to go before mankind's basic human right to knowledge is restored.
Categories: Education; GeoEd; Open Access; Outreach; Publications; Young Scientists;

Shark vs. CTD. Shark 1, CTD 0.

Deep Sea News | 24 October, 2014
There is a common saying amongst oceanographers, "if you put something in the water, there is no guarantee you will get it back." I've been in that situation before and it sucks. Unlike these guys, I've never had to actively fight the ocean...
Categories: Biology; Gadgets & Gear; Sharks; Weird;

Land Beneath The Waves........... by Carol Cotterill

Any talk about submerged landscapes has the tendency to bring Atlantis to mind. However, the importance of our submerged landscapes and archaeology was brought to the fore at the Eurocean Conference in Rome earlier this month with the launch of a joi...
Categories: archeology; BGS Marine; Eurocean; marine habitats;

Images of Guatemala (3) – Lahar Deposits at Fuego

Lahars at Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala. This image captures a lahar [mudflow] deposit close to Volcan de Fuego. These deposits are formed when rain mobilises ash and pyroclastic material on the volcano to form a fast moving, powerful mudflow with the...
Categories: Fundraising; Geohazards; Guatemala; Photos; Volcanoes;

New book on Karst & Paleoseismology: Dynamic Tectonics and Karst

Paleoseismicity | 24 October, 2014
Springer has recently published the book Dynamic Tectonics and Karst in the series Cave and Karst Systems of the World, edited by our colleagues S. Shanov and K. Kostov. The book focusses on the influence of tectonic processes on the formation of karst and karst caves and one chapter is devoted to karst cave paleoseismology. The authors present studies from the Balkans, Cuba, and France. 
Categories: Paper; active tectonics; cave; karst; karst cave; paleoseismology; stress field;

Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A pair of molded nautiloids from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky

Wooster Geologists | 23 October, 2014
Two nautiloids are preserved in the above image of a slab from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky. (I wish I knew which specific locality. This is why paleontologists are such fanatics about labeling specimens.) The top internal mold (meaning it is sediment that infilled a shell now dissolved away) has been covered in a previous blog entry. This week I want to concentrate on the nautiloid at the bottom.
Categories: Uncategorized; Fossil of the Week; fossils; Kentucky; Ordovician;

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014: Ancient Mother Goes Pink

Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs | 23 October, 2014
As you should know, October is national breast cancer awareness month.  The official color for breast cancer awareness is pink so for the past three years, in its honor, I have illustrated a different prehistoric animal in pink.  You may remember in 2012 Pachycephalosaurus was the first to rock the look and in 2013 Deinotherium was adorned in pink.  This year, I decided to paint a powerful meat eater which also shows evidence of being a mother according to a recent discovery of eggs in Europe.  I give you Torvosaurus in pink!
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Upside Down Ordovician Trilobite

Here is a picture of an upside down trilobite fossil found recently (October 2014) in Maysville, Kentucky, USA. The Upper Ordovician Period formations found there are Grant Lake (Maysvillian) and Bull Fork (Richmondian). Thanks to Kenny for the imag...
Categories: Kentucky; ordovician; Trilobite;

Earth and Space Exploration Day at ASU this Saturday

Arizona Geology | 23 October, 2014
ASU hosting Earth and Space Exploration DaySaturday, October 25, 2014 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) LOCATION: Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), Arizona State University, Tempe
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GSA 2014: The puzzle of Gale crater's basaltic sedimentary rocks

Planetary Society Weblog | 23 October, 2014
At the Geological Society of America conference this week, Curiosity scientists dug into the geology of Gale crater and shared puzzling results about the nature of the rocks that the rover has found there....
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Partial Solar Eclipse from California (and What a Sunspot!)

Geotripper | 23 October, 2014
Wow. Just wow. Yes there was a partial solar eclipse today that was visible across much of the country, and yes, it was pretty spectacular. But what caught my attention was the huge sunspot. It is the first time I've ever seen a sunspot with the naked eye, and it was incredible in the zoom lens. I'm told that it is more than 90,000 miles across, the width of 12 Earths. Sunspots are essentially gigantic solar storms. They look dark, but they are simply a bit less bright than the rest of the Sun's surface.
Categories: Modesto; Partial eclipse; Science Community Center; Solar eclipse;

Dinosaur Noses Are Cool

Laelaps | 23 October, 2014
Nearly a century ago, while working in the 75 million year old rock of Alberta, Canada, the professional fossil-hunter George Sternberg found a stunning skeleton. The remains belonged to a six-foot-long "bonehead" dinosaur named Stegoceras, and, best of all, the dinosaur's frame included a complete skull - a rarity for these animals. More often than not, a rough geological afterlife has reduced these boneheads - technically known as pachycephalosaurs - to little more than their sturdy skull domes. Stegoceras is an exception.
Categories: Anatomy; Dinosaurs; Fossils; Paleontology; bone-head; Bourke; Cretaceous; Ohio; pachycephalosaur; Stegoceras; Witmer;

A Remarkable Fault Zone

Watch for Rocks | 23 October, 2014
There are certainly many extraordinary natural features to see in Yellowstone National Park, but I will bet there is one hillside in particular that might not have caught your eye. In fact, you could have driven right by this seemingly innocent slope on the road between Madison Junction and West Yellowstone without even giving it a second thought. After all, it looks just like any old slumping, eroding hillside.
Categories: caldera; fault zone; Yellowstone National Park;

Geo 730: October 23, Day 661: Craggy Headland

Outside the Interzone | 23 October, 2014
A bit farther south on the path from the Punchbowl proper, we had some lovely views of the seaside cliffs. Spots like this are glorious in heavy winter storms. However, even though the wind was gusting wildly on this day, the lack of a sustained direction meant there was not much in the way of heavy surf. Though as we'll see in a few days, there was enough in the way of swells to provide entertainment for a fair number of people.
Categories: Earth; Geo 730; Geology; Oregon;

Phase 2 Alpine Fault Drilling

Julian's Blog | 23 October, 2014
Rupert Sutherland with DFDP-2 flagsWhilst researchers continue to pull together the history of past Alpine Fault earthquakes, the Deep Fault Drilling Programme is well underway in Whataroa on the West Coast of the South Island. For an introduction to this project have a look at my blog and video here, or check out the DFDP-2 Facebook page or project leader Rupert Sutherland's blog for updates over the next few weeks.
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HiRISE: Landforms in eastern Elysium Planitia

Red Planet Report | 23 October, 2014
This image shows a great deal of geologic diversity in a rather small area. In the northern section of the image, we see flat terrain that is probably an ancient lava field. This field runs up against a mesa, with ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Elysium Planitia; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; University of Arizona;

The Ebola Crisis: What It Means for West Africa and the World

State of the Planet | 23 October, 2014
"The Ebola epidemic in West Africa should be viewed akin to a world war whose outcome ... matters crucially for all of us," said Dr. Ranu Dhillon, senior health advisor for The Earth Institute. Dhillon and other health experts will speak at a speci...
Categories: General Earth Institute; Global Health; Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development; ebola; Guinea; Liberia; National Center on Disaster Preparedness; Sierra Leone;

MAVEN: Comet’s atomic hydrogen coma in UV

Red Planet Report | 23 October, 2014
The MAVEN spacecraft obtained an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring on Friday, October 17th, two days before the comet's closest approach to Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument imaged the comet at...
Categories: Reports; Comet C/2013 A1; Comet Siding Spring; Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph; IUVS; Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN; MAVEN; NASA; University of Colorado;

THEMIS: Candor Chasma

Red Planet Report | 23 October, 2014
THEMIS Image of the Day, October 23, 2014. This VIS image shows eroded materials on the floor of Candor Chasma. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Candor Chasma; canyons; Mars Odyssey; NASA; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System; Valles Marineris;

China to launch test mission for Chang'e 5 program today

Planetary Society Weblog | 23 October, 2014
China is launching to the Moon today! (Weather permitting.) The spacecraft will have a brief, 8-day mission, out to the Moon and back. It is an engineering test for the technology that the future Chang'e 5 sample return mission will need to return it...
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