- 67 Killed, 100,000 Displaced by Yunnan Quakes – China Digital Times:
- Quake location matters: 40km deep M7.6 kills 1 in Costa Rica: 9km deep M5.6 kills 80 in China
- Photos from Costa Rica post-quake.
(via @volcanojw, @drrocks1982)
- Good discussion of the criteria used when generating a tsunami warning.
- 2011 Tohoku quake has increased pressure in Mt Fuji’s magma chamber. Actual risk from this murky (and probably minimal).
- Exploring London’s urban hydrology with @jfleck: Two things we do with water
- As always, an excellent reading list on Hydraulically Inclinded: Photos of Hurricane Isaac
- Cookbook Recipes for Stream Restoration – Buyer Beware
(via @geographile, @troutheadwaters)
- It’s getting steadily worse on the dry Mississippi. Barge operator: ‘We’re fixing to get panic-stricken’ …
- Latest on Arctic ice melting from Svalbard – ‘Unprecedented’ in at least last 1500 yrs.
- An interesting visualisation of the decline: Cycle plots of Arctic sea ice
- Shale gas produces less CO2 than coal. But it’s not an either/or thing, so overall effect on emissions blunted.
- Great visualisation of hurricane paths on planet Earth.
- Chris probably found this funnier than he should have : Weatherperson goes rogue!
- Hurricane Isaac appears to have dredged up oil from Deepwater Horizon spill, washed it onto Louisiana beaches. Highlights just how cosmetic the ‘clean-up’ from a major oil spill is: much of it remains, just out of sight
- Likely Japan will settle on 15% nuclear by 2030. (30% pre-Fukushima, <<15%? right now)
(via @geolsoc, @PlanktonMath)
- White roofs can combat Urban Heat Islands, but not w/o impacting regional hydroclimate by decreasing precipitation
- For those worried about the threat of the Siccar Point pipeline, here are the actual planning and consultation documents
Probably the most important documents are the map of the proposed route and the advice from Scottish Natural Heritage.
- A Statement from the Geological Society on the Siccar Point brouhaha:
- The science of magnetic reversals at the British Science Festival.
- Anne *REALLY* likes this Geological Society of America (@geosociety) Code of Conduct
- Beautiful photos of Iceland’s water and volcanoes
- XKCD: What would the world be like if the land masses were rotated by an angle of 90 degrees?
(via @edyong209, @TomChivers)
- Great post from @danigeos on GK Gilbert, Lk Bonneville, Isostasy & principles of geology
- Obama v Romney on top 14 science questions put to them by the public. At least Obama uses less words when he waffles.
- On a related note: Say wut? “Mitt Romney: I believe in basic science, and by ‘basic science’ I mean ‘cold fusion'”
- Like! : ‘Scholarfy’, a bookmarklet that transfers your Google search to a Google Scholar search
- Epic, thought-provoking discussion of how race defines and constrains Obama’s presidency.
- Cambridge physics profs are obsessed with experimental error; but not many get to talk about it (well) in the Guardian.
- 98 year-old message in a bottle found. Fortunately, no rescue mission was required.
- This is a thought provoking article on student silence:
- Good stuff. So you got a job with your prof: advice for undergrads
(via @aetiology, @JenLucPiquant, @ProfSnarky)
- Biography of Sarah Losh, Enlightment architect inspired by nature, sounds worth a read. [paywall link to review]