Sit down with your choice of caffeinated beverage, relax, and enjoy some of the more interesting things that Chris and Anne have been reading this week.
- Must-read post by Erik Klemetti on volcanic future of the Yellowstone Caldera: small eruptions more likely than big.
- Some see tropical paradise. Anne sees a volcano: : View of Bora Bora (1 of 1st images by SPOT 6).
- Earthquake prediction: difficult, almost impossible, or simply impossible? Ed Yong investigates:
- Great pics from Dave Petley: Alpine Fault thrusting metamorphic rocks over river gravels, landslides and sedimentation.
- Japanese town ponders a pre-emptive relocation due to tsunami risk – if they agree, will be the first.
- Curiosity is a real geologist: when driving its cameras are easily turned by pretty outcrops. This one q coarse grained
- Pretty cool: Dawn observes evidence of hydrogen and water on Vesta. Not just dead since dawn of solar system, it seems…
- Music of the Spheres – The Sounds of Earth’s Magnetosphere, at frequencies directly audible to humans!
- Strange but true: creationists are particularly annoyed by feathered dinosaurs. Brian Switek explains.
- Canadian climate reconstructed from fossil wood that fell to bottom of volcanic kimberlite vents. Wow.
- Can you ‘prove’ an extreme flood or forest fire wouldn’t have happened without climate change? It’s tricky.
In response, RealClimate discusses the ins and outs of extreme climate event attribution
- New York Times: New York Is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise, Critics Warn
- The struggles of Galveston…great story highlighting tension in local communities caused by sea level rise/coastal erosion.
- Final score for this year’s Arctic sea-ice minimum: 3.41 million square km, 18% below previous record low in 2007.
- Meanwhile, a good discussion of how even latest models find it hard to reproduce recent rapid Arctic sea ice decline.
- Post-Fukushima edging away from nuclear power could have a very negative impact on attempts to reduce CO2 emissions.
- It’s also worth noting the upcoming uranium production shortfall, due to loss of major source (25% of annual demand for uranium met by decommissioned nuclear weapons, but next year that supply is being cut off.) and bad mining economics.
- The concept and design behind this interactive daily water budget model is awesome
- Check out this cool USGS primer video on urban streams that Anne found.
- Things Anne is reading this weekend – All about Rain Gardens
http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/raingarden_design/index.htmhttps://www.bae.ncsu.edu/topic/raingarden/http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/AgencyIndex/DER/ESG/Bioretention/pdf/Bioretention Manual_2009 Version.pdf
- Maybe even more immediately relevant: homeowner’s guide to drainage problems and solutions
- Georgia officials give drought the silent treatment –
- Shipping exec: ‘the mighty Mississippi has been a weakling lately.’ [because of drought]
- A new paper shows significant increases in flood levels in stream reaches with levees and upstream (up to 2.3 m!) (link to abstract)
- Groundwater recharge from overbank floods [link to abstract]
- A slightly sarcastic account of Shell’s Arctic drilling attempt, now effectively suspended until next year.
- Meanwhile, on the UK, a parliamentary committee recommends a ban oil drilling in the Arctic until decent spill responses in place.
(via @EuroGeosciences, @adamvaughan_uk)
- Interview with University of Texas geologist Susan Hovorka on her research into carbon capture and storage
- Important question addressed in this paper: Landform change due to soil redistribution by intense tillage based on high-resolution DEMs (link to abstract)
- Sustainable Infrastructure in Shrinking Cities by colleagues Kent State University:
- Great overview video of what Cleveland & @neorsd are doing about combined sewer overflows…
- Best. Field. Trip. Ever. Exploring the connection between rocks, water and whisky
- Woohoo! @JacquelynGill gets a bigger megaphone on the @ScientopiaBlogs guest blog
- Interesting looking Nature Geoscience paper on link between river drainage and tectonic deformation in Southern Alps of NZ.
- Anthropocene readings #1: “Humanity has become a global force whose exploits will be written in rock for millennia”
- Anthropocene readings #2: human vs deep time as scientists debate where/how to draw the epochal line.
- In Australia, they don’t just have tornados. They have tornados made of fire!
- Scientists, Your Gender Bias Is Showing
- Academia is a cult.
- Biogeochemistry tenure-track faculty position in Biology at Kent State University. Come join the cool people [in the cult].
- !!! Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say via
(via @BrianShiro, @SPACEdotcom)
- This explains much: The Romney Campaign is being brought to you by the makers of Lost…
- This astounding photo catching a drop in the act of formation wouldn’t be out of place in an art gallery.