- Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist studying for her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has launched her blog, ‘The Contemplative Mammoth’ with a cool geo-word: gyttja. Head over and welcome her to the geoblogosphere!
- 5000 Christchurch quake homes will not be rebuilt, as tough decision made not to rebuild on liquefaction-prone areas.
The rebuilding maps can be found here:
- Pre-publication copy of National Academy of Science report on US Earthquake Resilience is available for (free PDF) download
- Cool video showing flow of Twitter @ replies in and out of Japan after March 11 earthquake
- Video of a ‘Mild tsunami’/surge – possibly caused by an underwater landslide – moving up-river in SW UK .
Dave Petley on the Landslide blog has more: it’s still not clear what caused it.
- Excellent post by @aboutgeology at KQED’s QUEST blog about Salton Sea paleoseismology paper in @NatureGeosci
- The NASA Earth Observatory has been putting out some spectacular images of the eruption of Nabro in northeast Africa. It’s like a window into Mordor.
This relatively cloud-free infra-red image of the lava flow is spectacular.
- Great video of pillow basalt formation. This is how the oceanic crust gets built. The top bit, anyway.
- Interesting new paper on how localised convection at base of Pacific plate interacts with upwelling Hawaiian plume
- Climate statistics are calculated for 30 year periods, and the “new normal” (1981-2010) U.S. temperatures released on 1 July average 0.5° F warmer than the 1971-2000 normals.
- Also, interesting to see that nighttime low temperatures increased by more than daytime highs in NOAA’s "new normals".
- Groundwater is being depleted very quickly in China and there’s no easy solution. “China told to reduce food production or face ‘dire’ water levels”
- A new court ruling gives Atlanta a win in over fight to water rights from Lake Lanier, for now:
- El Paso as a "model city" for dealing with drought but growth in desert is still a bad idea
- Before & after photos of way down Suwannee River: Drought & overuse [Springs drying up, for good?]
- Klamath River dam removal plan won’t solve all problems for salmon, they need to reduce phosphorus & algae too
- A natural gas bubble? ‘Shale plays are just giant Ponzi schemes and the economics just do not work’. A must-read.
- Check out the polysyllabic symphony of geological terminology that is the latest Accretionary Wedge.
- Bayesian statistics for dummies: Making reliable predictions of unlikely geology.
- Ooh, lovely. 50 Stunning Masterpieces Of Geological Photography
(via @mihaela4021, @SmashingApps)
- OK, Chris is jealous. Callan Bentley got to hold a piece of the world’s highest outcrop – which started out a LOT lower (warning: the title is the but the start of a high concentration of puns).
- A great accessibility boost: Map based interface to BGS’ geological photograph archive.
(via @hypocentre, @BGSwebEd)
- Gorgeous lava landscape photos by @helenasrox of her summer haunt at Craters of the Moon: :
- Could be fun: a new column in Nature Geo: a journalist on why/how he finds certain Earth Science stories interesting.
- Am I a science journalist? Ed Yong at the World Conference of Science Journalists. Great stuff.
- Milestones in Photography: a cool collection of photographic ‘firsts’ at National Geographic. The 1884 shot of a tornado is a particular standout.
- Fascinating survey results: Minorities in Ocean Sciences: The LGBT Pride Weekend Edition