Stuff we linked to on Twitter last week

A post by Chris RowanA post by Anne JeffersonBut first, we have some non Twitter links to share.

Blogs in Motion

We haven’t been the only people to change their blog addresses in the past couple of weeks. In fact, there’s a whole feed to keep track of most of them, courtesy of Chris Clarke at Coyote Crossing. We would particularly recommend keeping track of:

We now resume our usual link-sharing service.

Earthquakes

Very interesting article about low-frequency tremor at subduction zones, particularly focussing on an ‘annual’ swarm on the Cascadia subduction boundary.
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100714/full/466312a.html

1/2 a year after the Haiti quake, only 28k of 1.5 million displaced people have new homes. Real life, real problems.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/world/americas/11haiti.html
(via @Revkin)

A Sierra Nevada fault running beneath a dam has been active in last few thousand years, and could produce a M 6.5-7.5 quake
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/10/BAG51EBH9B.DTL
(via @tpenews)

Volcanoes

Interesting: linking volcanism & deformation away from plate boundaries to mantle flow. Although it seems that ultimately the mantle flow is linked to turbulence caused by subducting lithosphere…
http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/geoscientist/geonews/page8051.html
(by @geoscientistmag)

Eruptions Word of the Day: Tuya [Sub-glacial volcanism. Sexy.]
http://scienceblogs.com/eruptions/2010/07/eruptions_word_of_the_day_tuya.php
(via @Geoblogfeed)

A volcanic cruise through the Mariana Islands: Pt 1. An Excellent tectonic & volcanic overview of the region.
http://scienceblogs.com/eruptions/2010/07/a_volcanic_cruise_through_the.php
(via @Geoblogfeed)

Fossils

Chris Nedin expands some more on why he thinks the 2.1 Ga fossils from Gabon are not multicellular, but microbial mats.
http://ediacaran.blogspot.com/2010/07/21-ga-multicellular-colonial-organisms_13.html
(via @Geoblogfeed)

Planets

A thing of beauty: compare Lutetia’s size to all the other asteroids (& comets) visited by spacecraft
http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00002585/
(via @elakdawalla)

Cassini sees Lakes in Titan’s southern hemisphere shrink as its summer progresses.
http://www.physorg.com/news198386810.html
(via @physorg_com)

(Paleo)climate

Coastal cities attract hurricanes? Technically, rough small-scale topography, which can deflect storm paths by ~30km.
http://blog.agu.org/geospace/2010/07/14/cities-magnets-for-disaster/
(via @theAGU)

Correlating 2000 years of Chinese history & climate shows war & unrest driven by temp changes.
http://www.physorg.com/news198301240.html
(via @physorg_com)

Environmental

Can the Amazon Thrive in the 21st Century? Surprisingly, some optimism. Justified? Who knows?
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/can-the-amazon-thrive-in-the-21st-century/
(via @nytimesscience)

Ixtoc I spill nr Mexico 30yrs ago; study of impacts stopped too soon, but some clues for the future in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100714/full/466304a.html

More than 4 years after Lusi mud volcano began to erupt, mud still flowing, exploration company still trying to escape blame.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-indonesia-mudslide-20100710,0,6418019,full.story

Fallout from Hurricane Alex continues, as these @NASA_EO images of flooding in northern Mexico show:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=44649

Clear Waters, Cloudy Future For California Wetlands, as sea levels rise and the Gold Rush sediment pulse in San Francisco bay wanes
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128113664&f=1007

General Geology

New geological study has set a more accurate age for planet Earth: down from 4.537 to 4.467 billion (this article explains the science very well).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10577055
(via @bbcscitech)

If the earth stood still: the result of stopping Earth’s rotation is an eye-popping redistribution of the oceans.
http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0610/nospin.html
(via @drjerque)

Incredible post from @WanderingGaia on the centuries of horrors of silver mining in Bolivia. Geology meets human tragedy
http://wanderinggaia.com/2010/07/11/an-encounter-with-the-devil/

Interesting Miscellaney

Two recent studies show that being an academic mom can be a lot harder than being an academic dad:
http://chronicle.com/blogPost/The-Search-for-Sanity-in-a/25539/
(via @KateClancy)

Tricky ethical choices ahead: whither welfare in the post-peak world?
http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2010/07/whither-weak-in-post-peak-oil-world.html
(via @geotripper)

Great post by @morphosaurus: Science education is “helping children realise that science is something that people like them do.”
http://www.ethicalpalaeontologist.com/2010/07/dinosaurs-in-space-how-not-to-get-kids.html

How does a magnet work? With added vuvuzela analogy! Nice analogy, shame about the instrument…
http://somebeans.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-does-magnet-work.html
(via @SmallCasserole)

Fascinating post by @drskyskull: “Freaks & geeks: optical freak waves in the laboratory” with bonus discussion and video of rogue ocean waves
http://skullsinthestars.com/2010/07/13/freaks-geeks-optical-freak-waves-in-the-laboratory/

This article on confirmation bias has great explanation of science as process of idea destruction testing.
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/07/confirmation-bias-how-to-avoid-it.ars
(via @edyong209)

Musings over at RealClimate about different levels of sci communication – should articles be differentiated based on the required level of expertise?
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010/07/information-levels/

South Africans ponder life after the World Cup. SA, as ever, flickers between inspiring highs and depressing lows.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/11/south-africa-world-cup

Once more, because it’s important: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning –
http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/
(via @writingasjoe)

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Comments (5)

  1. Dana Hunter says:

    Huzzah! It’s back! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

  2. cope says:

    Hmmm, tried to leave a “farewell” message at the old place but it told me I had to register. I never got that response before.

    Anyway, my observation was that it is very allochthonous of you both to detach from one entity and become attached to another.

    The best of luck to you both, I really enjoy your blogging efforts.

  3. Thanks for the shout out, but just to clarify, The Gam is not exclusively a ocean bloggers network, but is rather focused on building up smaller, newer, and less well known science bloggers.