I suppose it was only a matter of time before water-related linkage merited it’s own separate category….
Blogs in motion
- Extremely cool Friday ‘field’ photo from @clasticdetritus): an aerial view of Mt. St. Helens during a flight from Vancouver to Oakland.
- The Hawaiian Lava Daily blog has great pictures of recent Kilauea lava flows.
And awesome video footage too.
- Recent Al Jazeera report on Lusi mud volcano, with some footage of vent at 1:10
- Deepest ever hydrothermal ecosystem found 16,000 ft (>4 km) down on Cayman Rise, Caribbean. More accurately, a plume has been detected; not yet visited by submersibles.
- The new Torosaurus=Triceratops study. Have to wonder, is adults and juveniles being classified as different species a common paleontological problem?
- Larry Witmer’s top-notch paleo lab has just launched a new blog, Pick & Scalpel –
- Geoenginerering by atmospheric aerosol injection ‘an even more temporary [climate] fix than expected’ : will cause long-term decline in rainfall, effects will vary significantly by region.
The Economist also discusses on practical & political difficulties arising from aerosol injection (agreeing to action may be just as difficult as negotiating emissions cuts. Shocking…
- Modelling suggests white ‘cool’ roofs help mitigate AGW. Interesting: last year’s Royal Society geoengineering report was rather dismissive of any potential benefits..
- ‘The Earth will survive’ is a true but meaningless statement when talking about climate change. Why do people not see that civilisation is far more vulnerable than planet?
- Lake Superior, a Natural Global Warming Gauge, Running a Fever. Water temperature is currently 15C higher than normal for this time of year. Scary.
- “hot is the new normal” : and yet the US Senate can’t get its act together on climate legislation.
- Hotter summers in North Carolina, ugh. Southeast is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. New EPA Report
- New NRC report: emissions choices today have implications for global climate on the scale of millennia.
- Confidence in China’s Three Gorges dam is waning, as floods raise questions on its capacity.
(via @argillic, @Eye_On_Earth)
Wow at photos of flood hunters beside the Three Gorges Dam.
- Interesting piece on Nile water rights dispute & the ignored ecological consequences. Egypt & Sudan have Nile water rights; upstream nations like Ethiopia do not. Treaty drawn up in 1959. By Britain. Sigh.
- Inflatable dam in Arizona bursts. Literally, it seems.
Why have an inflatable dam, you ask? So can be lowered when water released from upstream dams, preventing flooding
- Rafters Push For ‘Right To Float’ In Colorado [Water is public, but if you touch rock, it’s tresspassing.]
- 8 freely available global datasets on flood and drought hazards – [Sweet!]
- First in time,first in time. How groundwater can change the West’s water doctrine.
(via @WaterWired, @loticwater)
- Chile plans seven big dams in Patagonia wilderness
Gulf of Mexico oil spill
- A huge relief: Gulf oil dispersants unlikely to be endocrine disruptors and have relatively low cell toxicity .
(via @rivrchik, @greenforyou)
- Stop the Sand Berms, Scientists Plead – In an open letter to Thad W. Allen.
(via @argillic, @WaterSISWEB)
- A timely ponderable from (via @olelog): oil spill in Gulf of Mexico is small beer compared to ongoing oil spills in Nigeria"
- Oil industry lobbying to keep on deepwater drilling as if Gulf of Mexico oil spill never happened.
- Forensic geology: from Sherlock Holmes to war crimes investigations.
- Is the concept of deep time becoming a culturally significant ‘meme’ ? I can’t say I’m convinced it’s particularly entrenched in popular thinking: it still needs geologists out there pushing.
- Big Bend National Park [Gorgeous geology image]
- Great post on why none of the advanced civilizations in the New World used wheeled vehicles
- Is there anywhere left for the Higgs boson to hide? [Are there sofas at CERN? I’d look there]
- Jules Verne, in new translations repairing the cuts and idiocy of earlier ones, is suddenly a hot sci-fi writer.
- Some worrying signs UK research councils may start squabbling for scraps of much smaller funding pie (via )
- Fascinating stuff from @edyong209: How I got my genes tested, and the birth of Science Writer Disease Risk Top Trumps
- "Agora." A pagan woman mathematician fights to save the Library of Alexandria. My review is now online.
- Fascinating post by Prof Like Substance on tenure track hiring in ecology with BEST EVER analogy for academic science
- How scientists see the world [seems about right!]
(via @YSJournal, @PolymerPhD, @JacquelynGill)