Lots of interesting stuff for you to peruse this week. Enjoy!
- Poor hit hard by China earthquakes.
- If we could develop a much cheaper version of this ‘Quake Bed Shelter’ it could save many lives.
- A seismic monitoring network on the Marmara Sea near Istanbul is being deployed: drilling has just started.
- At Eruptions, Erik takes on the exaggeration of recent research from Fuji and Santorini by media doom-mongerers
- On a related note, another geotweep has been sucked into blogging: some nice background from David Pyle on the recently published Santorini study (on which he was a co-author)
- Ancient Mars not so hospitable after all? Hydrated clays may have formed from lava, not in water. Clays similar to those on Mars found on a terrestrial volcanic island.
- Asteroids in mirror may be just as awesome as they appear. Giant asteroid Vesta in Dawn’s rear-view
(via @NASAJPL, @NASA_Dawn)
- A fascinating detective story: how Libya was stripped of its 90 year-old world temperature record.
- Climate disaster unfolding at the top of the world: Arctic ice loss exceeds worst predictions. Summer ice gone by 2030
- Shell Halts Arctic Drilling Right After It Began: because of sea ice. Give it a few years, then.
- Good discussion of some of the geopolitical issues arising from an increasingly ice-free Arctic
- A good resource/summary: Interactive Timeline Of 2012 Extreme Weather
- Important post by @msanclem: 50 Little Things That Won’t Save the Earth…contemplating doom, gloom, hope and climate
- Climate Change: How Water-Ready is Your State or City? Interactive NRDC graphic.n
- The story (or at least part of it) behind the red Yangtze river photos.
- Flooding in Nigeria-hadn’t heard about this yet. Thanks NASA Earth Observatory for keeping an eye on it.
- Anne will be there –> Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium; La Crosse, WI; Feb 24-27, 2013 (oral abstract deadline 9/28)
- Cool. E-tracers for measuring subglacial flowpaths (link to abstract)
- Glad to see people looking at agricultural tile drainage as a groundwater problem. (link to abstract)
- Graduate fellowship opportunities for water science from @CUAHSI
- The role of mega dams in reducing sediment fluxes: A case study of large Asian rivers (link to abstract)
- Influence of debris flow processes on 10Be-derived catchment-wide denudation rates — it’s complicated …(link to abstract)
- George Monbiot on the extraordinary wealth of life that once populated the North Sea. Increasingly vigorous pursuit of diminishing returns has hidden real decline in fisheries. In N Sea not 40% but >90%
- In Ohio, the battle for local vs state control of fracking
- Increasing demand for fracking water places increasing strain on already constrained water supply in W US.
- “if we wanted to build a sustainable future, we wouldn’t start from here” WWF blogpost on geoengineering:
- More than enough wind to power global energy demand: New research examines limits, climate consequences
- Philip Allen vividly describes the stratigraphic concepts and issues grappled with at this year’s William Smith Meeting.
- Fascinating: A tour through Nottingham’s extensive system of man-made caves, complete with cool laser mapping. “In a sense, Nottingham is the Cappadocia of the British Isles”
- Nice post from Metageologist on the life of oceanic crust: born from the mantle at ridges and returned by subduction.
- Some fabulous photos collected by a pillar, arch and sea stack obsessive:
- Post by Jess Ball on water! Historical Hydropower at Niagara Falls: The Schoellkopf Power Station
- Cool underwater video of a turbidity current:
- Incredible video of a herd (apparently ‘cast’ is the correct collective noun) of hermit crabs migrating – the beach looks like it has come alive and decided to move!
- Fascinating. Why the first laptop had such a hard time catching on. Surprisingly: sexism.
(via @edyong209, @alexismadrigal)
- And we wonder why girls don’t see Engineering as a place where they belong.
(via @ocean_Dr, @SWEtalk)
- Retro Lab Safety Sign by JHU –
- More good advice to undergrads in the lab, this time from Scicurious