- Anne’s wonderful post, ‘Levees and the illusion of flood control‘, has been nominated for the 2011 3 Quarks Daily Prize in Science. There is currently a round of public voting, with the 20 most popular of the 79 entries going forward to the judging panel. As Lab Lemming has noted, there are a number of other earth science posts also up for the prize. Please consider heading over to vote for your favourite here:
- Chris has been playing around with Storify and Tumblr, with the result being a new project to archive more permanently some of the interesting discussions amongst the geological community on Twitter:
If any other people would like to participate in this archiving effort, drop Chris a line.
Earthquakes & Tectonics
- Stress transfer from Japan earthquake appears to increase earthquake risk elsewhere – including for Tokyo
- Nice post on the Landslide blog on Rupture mechanics of the Japan Earthquake, and landslide problems in the aftermath http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2011/05/31/rupture-mechanics-of-the-japan-tohoku-oki-earthquake-and-landslide-problems-in-the-aftermath/
- Earthquake education, plans saved students in Japan earthquake. Preparation works, people!
(via @CPPGeophysics, @upi_top)
- It seems the latest seismic hazard assessment for Christchurch has been a tad overblown by the media. Don’t panic, New Zealand!
- A new study claims that the death toll of the Haiti earthquake was much lower than has been claimed. Of course, any method of sample-based, counting, including this new tally, is going to have its flaws. And 60-80,000 is hardly low…
(via @CPPGeophysics, @nprnews)
- 3 Gorges Dam triggered 3,000 earthquakes (mostly
- Nice article on GPS network monitoring deformation of Pacific NW and Cascadia subduction zone http://bit.ly/lUn8TK
- Sickening. Death threats towards Australian climate change scientists
(via @podblack, @szvan)
- I like this post by @WanderingGaia: Now we are gods: Welcome to the Anthropocene
- The Economist on the Anthropocene: ‘piecemeal actions can quickly add up to planetary change.’
- Great @newshour with @KHayhoe & Jeff Masters on climate change, tornadoes, and floods. What links can’t we draw?
- Nice clear explanation by @UncoveredEarth on why Portland has the wet reputation, but is really drier than many US cities http://uncoveredearth.com/2011/05/31/it-may-usually-rain-but-its-not-as-wet-as-you-think/
- Study maps global ‘hotspots’ of climate-induced food insecurity. India and W Africa are especially vulnerable.
- Record CO2 emissions last year. “The only people who will be surprised by this…have not been reading the situation properly”. Quite.
- Increased flood risk in California under climate change by @jfleck
- Drought in China, and downstream impacts of the Three Gorges Dam [NY Times]
- Plans For Dams In Patagonia Draw Ire From Chileans-More at
- The landscape/architecture blog ‘mammoth’ has been posting about rivers for past week, here’s a link to one of the posts:
- Some scary facts in this presentation: Tapped Out: The Drying Up of Atlanta.
- Funding from @NSF_GEO helps discover the mystery behind "rock snot" – algae blooms in pristine streams.
- In Pierre, river views go ‘from beautiful to scary’ as Missouri floods
- Iowa towns brace for record flooding along Missouri River. River could stay high until December!
- Lower Mississippi River Remains Swollen
- Cool (big) image of western US snowpack (with implications for floods in Western US)
- Trends in the timing and magnitude of floods in Canada – a nice paper analysis at Pawn of the Pumice Castle
- The Columbia River is in flood, and there’s been far worse in the past. http://www.kgw.com/news/local/High-water-creates-anxious-moments-for-Vanport-Flood-survivors-122778989.html
- Fantastic video demonstration of laminar flow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=p08_KlTKP50#t=36s
(via @ProfessorFunk, @Sciencegoddess)
- UK report estimates the substantial hidden economic value of parks, lakes, forests, wildlife. But will it alter policy?
- Depressing in so many, many ways: Madagascar fears repeat of Canada’s tar sands devastation
(via @geographile, @Earth_News)
The incredible shrinking public attention span. BP oil spill: Forgotten but not gone
- Indonesian Mud Volcano Marks 5 Years
- Unexpected methane source – biodegradable products in landfills. Oops.
(via @naturenews, @NatureGeosci)
- Gulf dead zone & link to Midwest agrochemicals known for years. Question is how to solve problem. Mississippi flood carrying so much #pollution downstream that this year’s dead zone is likely to break its size record
- Sinkhole formed by leaking pipe "swallows" soccer player in NC h/t Dave Petley [Urban hydrogeology hazard!]
- Great summary of some interesting recent studies: subsurface life on Earth, Mars is an embryo, and the Moon may not be so unusual.
- The latest edition of the Accretionary Wedge geoblog carnival looks at the weird corners of the geological world: http://entequilaesverdad.blogspot.com/2011/05/accretionary-wedge-34-weird-geology.html
and the call for the next edition is already out: Evelyn wants your Favorite Geology Words:
- The stratigraphic architecture of sandwiches . Definitely some folding on Feb 6 & cross-bedding on Feb 28
- Loss of life in seismic landslides from the Landslide Blog [fascinating data]
- Geology paper on how we may have been under-estimating paleo-elevations using isotopes because of climate change
- The deep biosphere expands: nematodes found 1.3 km deep in South African gold mine. Fascinating stuff from Ed Yong. The story that launched a thousand Lord of The Rings analogies.
- Why blogs can cover the sciencey parts the mainstream media will never reach. A great post from Brian Romans.
- Extremofiles: "It’s not a safety issue; people are being inattentive"… Or a plea for lab safety by @Annie_Onymous
- @geogirldi muses on recruitment in geology with her post on"The Glamorous Paleontologist" with TMBG for a soundtrack
- Obstacles to the recruitment of minorities into the geosciences: A call to action Open access from @geosociety
- Helpful list of SI unit rules. I’ll be giving this to my students next year. http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/checklist.html (via @JacquelynGill)
- John Hawks has an enjoyable take-down of the undying ‘Internet makes us stupid’ meme. Of course, in my experience, when someone says ‘the Internet makes us stupid’ they really mean ‘the Internet makes YOU stupid’.
- Is a kettle or the hob the most efficient way to boil water? I knew the result of this experiment, although I was surprised by how much the difference was.
- Great post by Lockwood on hubris, the one true universal human trait
- As the arsenic life controversy rears its head in the news again, here’s a great outline of why it is so chemically unlikely, even if ‘geologists’ are tarred with a rather broad brush.