Other posts on All-geo
- On Earth Science Erratics, Erin Parker talks about the challenge of making geology relevant to students. Join the discussion!
- At Metageologist, Simon Wellings shows how there is more of geological interest in Sicily than just Mount Etna.
- Simon also has an update on his quest to find out if earth science is populated by an unusually high proportion of left-handers.
- At her lab blog, Anne writes about how she uses social media.
This was in preparation for a social media workshop, which also led her to ask Twitter: what do you use Twitter for?
- “Where will the next mega-tsunami hit? (based on recent events, not where we expect it)
(via @CPPGeophysics, @NatGeo)
- Very cool: Detecting storm-triggered landslides using seismic data.
- Santorini showing signs of life – but any eruption would likely be minor.
- 50 Years of the Blue Marble: a visual history of NASA’s imaging if the Earth from space.
- Jeff Masters on the March Midwest heatwave: it’s due to a jet stream blocking pattern, which is uncommon in spring
- Ice on U.S. Great Lakes Has Decreased by 71 Percent Since 1973
- Nice re-framing of our carbon/energy problem into the economic language of deficits and bankruptcy.
- This week was National Groundwater Awareness Week: what can you do to help protect this valuable resource?
- Water tables in China falling >2m/year: pumped for irrigation, which also has energy/climate cost.
- Naomi Klein argues that real, transformative change of our economic system required to deal with climate change.
A related, but more top-down vision than Klein’s: a “constitutional moment” in world politics & governance is needed to meet challenges of climate change and sustainability.
- Shocking: Scores of UK environmental regulations set to be slashed
- The oil industry is moving from (depleted) ‘easy’ to ‘tough’ reserves – meaning high petrol prices are here to stay.
- Something I worry about: the narrowing window for a transition to a sustainable industrial society
- Some amazing photos from the shores of the Dead Sea: examples of tectonic & sedimentary processes involving halite.
- Some great visualisations of differences between accuracy, precision, reproducibility, uncertainty from Matt Hall.
- A spectacular GigaPan of mafic cumulates from the Rum Layered Intrusion in Scotland: Stunning geologic beauty!
- Californians, this is what you will lose when state parks close: a priceless collection of minerals:
- The first 14 photos are definitely very pretty! : 15 (well maybe only 14) reasons to go to Death Valley.
- Chronozoom: Cool for getting a sense of the immensity of time, but wish there was more info embedded.
- The recent chalk cliff rockfall in Dover put in context by Dave Petley: occur every 80 years on average?
- Thought-provoking discussion of concept-driven versus data-driven visualizations. An especially good point: when you present an ‘ideal’ dataset, you’re being quite conceptual. “Real data have warts.”
- Worlds without us, at In Focus. Stark photos of abandonment.
- Amazing video: a booster’s-eye view of a space shuttle launch.
- Citizen science taps into extreme adventuring crowd.
(via @SnowHydro, @paulstoy)
- Excellent post by Jacquelyn Gill discussing how scientists can effectively and constructively engage with the media
- I LOL’d. A field guide to scientific publishing:
(via @andyfarke, @mattmight)
- Behold the Baloney Detection Kit u2013 a 10-point checklist for science literacy. With a well-done video.
- What happens if you breed flies in total darkness for 57 years? Imagine trying to get this experiment funded today…
- 1000 reasons why feminism still matters: Depressing that (a) the need is so clear and (b) this needs to be pointed out.
- Good resources & thinking for “escaping the gender trap” for kids.
- This resignation of a Goldman Sachs exec via NYT op-ed is a fun read, if a little self-aggrandising
And here’s a perfect riposte by the Daily Mash: Why I am leaving the Empire, by Darth Vader