Analysis of samples from San Andreas Fault borehole suggest creeping sections lubricated by clays.
Rather impressive for a 5.0: 50 ft-wide chasm opened by quake-triggered landslide in Quebec
Italy puts seismology in the dock. [Wow. Who knew it was a crime to fail to predict the unpredictable?]
Finally, a discussion of [Gulf of Mexico] oil spill in relation to inevitable risks associated with deep sea drilling
Depressing statistic from David Archer: our CO2 ems = 5k #oilspills/day, every day
(via @morphosaurus, @KHayhoe)
BBC interview with rig worker claiming faulty BOP control pod was shut off, not fixed in weeks before explosion
Richard Heinberg on #oilspill’s Worst Case Scenario. [subsurface damage could stymy relief well? Scary.]
Not convinced solution to iron fertilisation not working is to order a bigger experiment.
Bacteria could boost CO2 sequestration? [Ironically, end quote about need for massive scaling up relevant to all CCS]
Nice review in Science of mechanisms driving last deglaciation. Large, unstable N Hemisphere ice sheets key threshold
Ouch. Spherules cited as evidence for Younger Dryas impact ‘fossilized balls of fungus, charcoal, fecal pellets’
[I have previously blogged about this debate here and here]
New weather and climate podcast – the Barometer
(via @dr_andy_russell, @TheBarometerPod)
Conveyor model for ocean circulation a bit too simplistic to be useful?
[Although I would skip the appallingly opaque press release and read a far superior discussion by @olelog]
Nice post on history of Hockey Stick by @dr_andy_russell proves crank-magnetism of anything w/ Hockey Stick in title.
Was Venus once habitable? [Seems there was once lots of water, but lost to space q early]
New Clues Suggest Wet Era on Early Mars Was Global [Hydrated clay minerals now seen in N & S hemispheres]
New way to detect mantle plumes: diffraction effects instead of travel times. Doubt it will convince ‘no plumes’ gang.
Great blog post by @clasticdetritus)t: Rapid canyon formation and uniformitarianism.
At the edge of the intrusion [Awesome field photo of intrusive contact]
Infrastructure and Mineral Wealth [Good point: finding & extracting are two entirely different things]
A way to think about channel patterns.
Facebook & twitter mobile updates have contributed to decline of traffic to Blogger & WordPress blogs
[Seems more like a maturation to me; makes sense that people who just want to post links, photos, status updates are moving to tools better suited to these tasks.]
The psychological trauma caused by the devastation in Haiti:
Economist has v. interesting special report marking 10 years since the human genome sequenced.