Blogs in motion
The Scienceseeker blog aggregator aims to act as a general portal for all science blogging, everywhere. It has a Geoscience section which is obviously still lacking a fair number of the geoblogs out there; I have submitted the blogs on the allgeo feed to be added to the database, but it may take a while as they run through the backlog of a deluge of submissions in the last week.
Earthquakes and Volcanos
- Impressive photos of aftermath of April 2010 Mexicali Earthquake – damage, triggered landslides.
The photos remind me of this video of the Sierra Mayor mountains just after quake:
- Some close-up photos of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajokull, scourge of Transatlantic jet engines.
Floods and Landslides
- Some very dramatic shots of floods around the globe from the Guardian.
(via @rivrchik, @EcoInternet)
- Mudslides and floods have killed 787 people (with ~400 still missing), making this the deadliest natural disaster in Brazil since 1900.
- Landslides in Brazil: Some nice views of the scarps, flood deposits, and devastation from Boston Globe’s @big_picture.
- A discussion of the economic roots of the Brazilian disaster, making the case for reducing income inequality and better hazard mapping/land-use planning
- "Earth is cloudy. Especially in the tropics." Why there’s not (yet) any satellite imagery of the Brazilian floods.
US West Coast
- Lockwood Dewitt adds his perspective on floods in Oregon and elsewhere \n-water.html
- Brian Romans contributes a post the the QUEST blog: Rivers in the Sky Lead to Flooding on the Ground
- Before and after Brisbane flooding pictures
- A satellite instrument that can measure water in soil and may help with future flood warnings.
- Arctic sea ice declining faster than models predict from RealClimate’s annual ‘how is reality doing compared to climate model predictions?’ piece.
- Corals migrate to higher latitudes in response to climate change. Can’t run away from ocean acidification though. Another important caveat from @rmacpherson: this assumes there is a suitable substrate for new coral to grow on.
- Post-publication peer review in action: ‘habitable exoplanet’ claim attracts the nit-picky scientific horde
- This is going to be good: Stardust probe preparing to fly by comet Tempel 1 (the one Deep Impact…impacted) next month
- The "all stars" of Phanerozoic marine predators, summarized in a beautiful timeline from the Smithsonian:
- Take-home: distinguishing species from bones difficult. Triceratops may not be Torosaurus after all
- Death by 1000 cuts:Hypocentre highlights a major setback for UK Geo- and Bioconservation due to a quiet change in some funding rules.
- Even if we fully commit to it, transitioning from coal & oil to renewable energy will be a formidable challenge.
- Great post on a fundamental geological concept: L is for Lithosphere
- be sure to download the EarthObserver app for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch while it’s free #scio11
- Pretty geo-pictures: From the ground,
From the air,
From a fold axis!
- Awesome. Alaskan Surfers Riding catch the tidal bore – for 45 minutes! (video)
- To honor victims of Tucson tragedy, fund leadership in Earth & space sciences, engineering & policy.
(via @geographile, @AlanMLadwig)
- The Myth of Progress: Why rich countries’ disasters get far more media play than poor countries’
- Fix The System, Not The Women – summary from Science Careers for women in science –
- For those interested in the issues around discussion of published research online, the ‘Trial by Twitter’ article in Nature is definitely worth reading
- Possibly of interest to people at the ‘Technology in the Wild’ session at ScienceOnline: Project HiJack uses iPhone audio jack to make cheap sensors
- A resource for participatory science projects:
- James Cameron building a sub to return to Challenger Deep (includes an interesting account of original dive).
Unsurprisingly, this week has seen lots of summaries, reflections, and new conversations inspired by the ScienceOnline conference. Even Chris could not resist the siren call of navel-gazing.
- Ed Yong provides great advice on reaching beyond natural sciblogging audience. He also sets out why he ‘keeps yammering on about writing for broad audiences’.
- Two good write-ups of the Women in the Science Blogosphere panel at ScienceOnline 2011, which Anne co-moderated with Kate Clancy, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and Joanne Manaster
- Good advice for tenure-track bloggers from @drskyskull : "Blogging on the career path" at ScienceOnline 2011:
- Blogging with the Invisible Community – and Why It Matters
(via @Colo_kea, @BoraZ)