Anne is heading of to a conference this weekend, so Chris has taken responsibility for culling this week’s link collection. Hopefully he did not filter out all the watery goodness…
- USGS Natural Hazards budget being cut by 20%. Absolutely nothing natural disaster-ish has happened recently, after all.
- Aerial gravity and magnetic surveys over epicentre of last year’s M5.8 Virginia quake to investigate regional structure.
Meanwhile, the Washington Monument, damaged by that earthquake, may not be reopened until 2014.
- Last tsunami-generating rupture on the Seattle fault system in ~930 AD may have been larger than currently thought.
- Newly released photos show tsunami overwhelming Fukushima nuclear power plant. Things really kick off around #9
- Detailed review of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, including the possible link between foreshocks, fluid migration and the main shock.
- Why last week’s deep earthquake in NZ was reported locally as a M7 when USGS said M 6.2: slab guides seismic energy.
- Vladimir Keilis-Borok’s career-long quest to predict large earthquakes from statistical analysis of foreshocks.
- Studying the structure of volcanoes buried under ice & rock on the Antarctic peninsula, using aeromagnetic surveying.
- Attempt to account for effect of unrecorded eruptions on volcanic hazard estimates. Could you do this for quakes?
- Best “supervolcano” line ever? “Visit Yellowstone before it visits you!”
- This is a very interesting chart. Extreme weather affecting more of US this year than any year on record
- First attempt to do relatively rapid post-hoc attribution of weather extremes to Global Warming just published
- New research suggests that global sea level 5-6m higher 125,000 yrs ago, when it wasn’t much warmer than today.
- Great piece by Myles Allen: The climate of the climate change debate is changing.
- More cool core from the Joides Resolution’s latest ocean drilling expedition: Cretaceous ocean anoxic events!
- Miami didn’t use to flood with high tides and full moons: we’re living with #LoadingOfWeatherDice
- Post-Colorado wildfire hydrology: water-repellent soils, loss of vegetation, risk of flash floods.
(via @SnowHydro, @FireInfoGirl)
- Thousands flee Japanese floods, 20 dead in northern Japan after 30 inches!!! of rain in 72 hrs
- Tensions Rise With Plan To Flood Grand Canyon [We play god with regulation of rivers].
(via @mollyis, @nrpnews)
- Modeling Study: fracking fluids can migrate into groundwater much faster than previously believed.
- NPR: Texas Seeks New Water Supplies Amid Drought – good story about water shortage and quest for solutions
- Some hard truths on sustainability (or our civilisation’s lack thereof) from Paul Ehrlich.
- Warming the planet to cool our homes: electricity used for air conditioning will rise 8 to 10-fold globally by 2050.
- This heat is killing fish by lowering dissolved oxygen in water
(via @MichaelEMann, @bjkingape)
- Scary thought: what happens if wildfires hit the radioactive pine forests around Chernobyl?
- The problem of unreported oil spills – and the general lack of petroleum industry oversight – in developing countrys.
- Fascinating story from the dawn of geology – 17th century ‘fossil wars’
- Paleobotanist (and Anne’s friend) Reagan Dunn explains how modern Costa Rica helps to understand 40 Ma fossils in Patagonia
- Mars crater image beamed back by Nasa rover Opportunity
- Earth’s water came from meteorites, not comets?
- Call for Posts: Accretionary Wedge 48: Geoscience & Technology
(via @meagenpollock, @EarthlikePlanet)
- Cool – the BGS now has a staff geoblog.
- Geoscientist bloggers looking for more exposure may want to consider the nascent EGU Blog network:
- Amazing photos: wildfire smoke meets storm system and gets pumped up into the troposphere.
- Absolutely massive landslide onto glacier in Alaska. Possibly biggest in North America:
- How geology played an important role in preparing sites for the Olympics.
- The ‘Anthropocene’ remains a powerful concept that is difficult to precisely define.
(via @palaeo_isotopes, @mammuthus)
- Possible geomagnetic superchron – long period with no field reversals – in 1 billion yr-old rocks in Siberia
- The AGU’s upcoming handover of its publication arm to an as-yet-unannounced commercial publisher continues to generate concern. The only information available is sparse, and buried in a lot of meaningless verbiage.
- The final hammer blow on the arsenic life saga? Rosie Redfield presents the final results of her open notebook refutation of last year’s controversial Science paper. Chris is getting a little fed up with journalists running around declaring how this has changed science, when it’s more a change in the channels it was discussed in, and the way it was reported as a result. But if it means more of this sort of thing, then it’s a net good.
- How can you create lab culture to support diversity?
(via @GertyZ, @labroides)
- Hmmm. Lumping together oil and natural gas liquids has boosted production figures, but latter not substitute for former.
- The house always wins… 4 golden rules financial crisis has taught us about the banking industry
- The ultimate indoor GPS: Earth’s magnetic field. Neat idea, but fields inside buildings often fluctuate.
- ‘Doing science is mostly about performing mundane, repetitive tasks’. You must earn the intellectual payoff: to paraphrase Edison, Science is 90% perspiration, 9% inspiration, 1% how f***ing cool is that!?