A bit late with the link-fest this week: it turns out that when you spend the whole weekend under a sprinkler to avoid overheating in the midwest’s current heatwave, laptop and internet usage go down substantially…
Other posts on All-geo
- On Metageologist: great post on the evidence for orbitally controlled glacial-interglacial cycles in the Carboniferous.
- On Volcan01010: On the geology of #Prometheus (Hint: it’s Iceland, but only just).
- Maybe the people planning to toss tsunami debris into a Pacific volcano should heed Erte Arle’s reaction to littering…
- New paper in Nature Geoscience linking hydrothermal activity above & seismicity/magma injection below on ocean ridge.
- Another *very* cool-looking earthquake visualisation: global M4+ quakes since 1898 by
- New book identifies earthquake “time-bombs”: megacities with high population and hazard, low preparedness.
- Very cool: two new papers on Tohoku tsunami identify possible geochemical markers for mapping extent of paleotsunami.
- Wow! 18 kyr earthquake record from turbidites off E Coast of NZ. Interesting long-term frequency variations…
- Excellent write-up from Trembling Earth blog marking 20 years since M7.3 Landers earthquake
- Quake safety still underplayed? : Scientists worry about Japan’s decision to restart nuclear reactors
Wildfires in the Western US
- Holy cow, those are big fires. Satellite aerosol measurements pick out the smoke-wreathed Rocky Mountains
- Colorado Wildfires Explained in One Chart – note how upper and lower snowpack outliers are 2011 and 2012.
- Pondering a Link Between Forest Fires and Climate Change.
- Long-term context of fires in W US: by warming climate & suppressing wildfires, humans have built up a “fire deficit”.
- Intersection of Wildfire and Natural Gas Drilling, happening now in Colorado.
- The journalist meets fire behind her house: “Then I grabbed my camera … and walked toward the fire.”
(via @jfleck, @cragcrest)
- At least one branch of North Carolina’s government is redeemable: House shoots down ridiculous sea level rise bill: (by )
(via @SpinyDag, @JohnFBruno)
And of course, where else would some of the best evidence for accelerating sea level rise come from but peat bogs on the NC coast?
- Pollen from potshards: a neat collaboration where pollen in datable artefacts provides paleoclimate data.
- Siberian lake core provides 2.8 my of climate data useful for understanding role of complex feedbacks in climate change
- Proxies are tricky: Oxygen isotopes in Greenland ice cores prob exaggerate amount of Younger Dryas cooling
- Long-term: Arctic sea ice is declining. Short-term: a lot of variability in shrinkage/growth rates. Why claims of “record lows” need to be treated with care.
- Tropical Storm Debby may be gone, but Florida’s rivers will remain swollen for days, flooding homes nearby.
(via @craigtimes, @johnwoodrowcox)
- Flooding and forecast uncertainty in Florida’s Tropical Storm Debby
- 1 million flee floods (27 dead) in India’s Assam state
- Dams will continue to be built for economic gain, but how can we limit their environmental damage? (nonUK)
- Interesting table of fecal coliform per gram & per day for diff species and the connection to water quality.
- Superb opinion piece on Cadiz water scheme for the Mojave by KCET journalist Chris Clarke http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/opposition-mounts-to-cadiz-water-plan.html
(via @chanceofraincom, @kcet)
- Alaska Glacier Studied For Clues On Water Supply (NPR) [Great project including undergrads]
- Good news: EPA greenhouse gas regulations survive court challenge.
- BBC News – Polluted legacy: Repairing Britain’s damaged landscapes
- Californian condor not extinct yet, but still regularly poisoned by lead.
(via @jgold85, @edyong209)
- Great stuff: blogging ecosystem recovery in wake of dam removal in Olympic National Park.
- NREL Study Shows 80% Renewables Possible By 2050 – with commercially available technology.
- Dinosaur’s patterns of bone growth more similar to large mammals than thought, supporting theory they were warm-blooded. Or alternatively, large mammal bone growth pattern is more similar to dinosaurs’ than thought (thanks to Thomas Holtz for the inversion
- Changes in the shape of Titan as it orbits Saturn indicates it has a global subsurface ocean
- 100km wide, 3 billion year-old impact crater found on the west coast of Greenland.
- Geology is (political) destiny! How voting in the southern US is controlled by the patterns of Cretaceous chalk deposition.
- The Periodic Table, geochemistry edition: a clue why geochemistry makes most sane peoples’ heads hurt.
- Nice description of the karst landscape of southeastern Minnesota: close to home for Anne.
- Galapaagos Monday by @virginiahughes. Apparently. the geology + climate isinhospitable for some colonists and tourists.
- Detailed magnetostratigraphy finds 13 short Late Cretaceous polarity subchrons not obvious in ocean floor ‘stripes’
- If Earth had a Facebook, would it ‘unfriend’ humans? Earth’s status updates over the millenia.
(via @EuroGeosciences, @sciencealert)
- It’s complicated down there: structure of the European upper mantle revealed by adjoint tomography
- I’m jealous, and you will be too: Seven Days of Geology and Hiking on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
- RIP Lonesome George, Galapagos tortoise the last of his kind.
- Placing wind turbines in the arches of a viaduct? Seems pretty genius to me…
- Cool and strangely hilarious: possible cause of mysterious AD 774 14C spike in Japanese trees found by Googling.
- xkcd on Moon Landing being a hoax: ‘if NASA were willing to fake great accomplishments, they’d have a 2nd one by now.’
- Why is ‘having it all’ just a women’s issue? h/t Pat Campbell
- This is a sweet story: Students volunteer and fundraise to fix vandalized Ohio museum.
- Interesting post on challenges of producing good scientific figures, especially need to tailor for talk/poster/paper.