- From Callan Bentley comes the “xenobomb”: an amazing natural mash-up of deep earth and surface magmatic processes.
Although his neologism has kicked off a small terminology debate in the geoblogosphere:
- Clever. China tests active subsurface monitoring of a fault by firing regular airgun pulses though it.
- It looks like the L’Aquila quake trial is going downhill fast as it becomes lost in arcane debates about the best methodology for assessing seismic hazard. I fear for the outcome.
- Meanwhile, here’s another controversial trial of public officials after a deadly disaster, although in this case it’s about about the response rather than prediction.
- And it’s just been reported that the CTV building that collapsed in last February’s Christchurch earthquake, killing 115 people, did not meet the mandated building standards.
- An event like the Christchurch quake in Wellington could cost NZ$37 billion; >400 unreinforced buildings at risk.
- Cool stuff – using LIDAR to measure post earthquake deformation: write-up of Science paper:
- Based on seasonal patterns of bone growth, it seems that polar dinosaurs stayed in the Arctic through the long winter nights.
- Boo. NASA budget guts planetary science programme, AKA the part of NASA’s space programme that actually achieves things.
- Weird. The rotation of Venus has noticeably slowed in the last couple of decades.
- The water footprint of humanity: 92% goes to crops
(via @thirstygecko, @jfleck)
- Florida’s aquifer adventure – great images of springs, caves, etc. and discussion of connections between groundwater & the surface.
- India’s barefoot water scientists: helping with water supply & sustainability problems for farmers’ shallow wells .
- The schadenfreude is strong when reading the leaked documents from top climate science-muddiers the Heartland Institute – but will it influence people who didn’t already ‘know’ this stuff?
- A very interesting analysis of why clean energy is still struggling to take off in US. China and shale gas are two major factors.
- Adding people, ships & oil rigs to the melting Arctic is a recipe for environmental & political chaos.
- Is protecting the environment incompatible with social justice?
(via @ddimick, @guardianeco)
- Neutralising Africa’s ‘exploding lake’ Kivu.
- Words for every geologist to live by: ‘If I stopped at every road cut I came across I’d never get anything else done.’
- The latest geologic time nitpickery: Should Ma indicate duration as well as a point in time (million years ago)?
- Fascinating stuff. ‘Human wormholes': still-living people who remember distant historical events
- Mooresville School District, a Laptop (and Learning) Success Story:
- Baby steps in the right direction for female scientists.
- But meanwhile, in what is unfortunately the real world: the ever-articulate Emily Willingham on what it’s like to be a woman right now.
- And then there’s what stock thinks a young female scientist looks like. What the *&^% happened to her clothes?
Evelyn has some good commentary on this apparent misconception: