Autumn is upon the northern hemisphere (the Chicago and Ohio parts of it anyway) meaning that the urge to curl up with a hot drink and some good reading is stronger than ever. We can help with the latter part, at least.
Blogs in motion
- The EGU blog network launched this week. Check out the opening posts from Geology for Global Development, Green Tea and Velociraptors, and Geosphere at their new home.
- Missed it last week, but Erik Klemetti’s Media Guide to Volcanoes is great. Perhaps I should do one for earthquakes…
- It truly is a gem. One of my favorite volcanic areas on the planet – the central Oregon Cascades:
- Economic and political aftershocks of Tokuku earthquake still linger in Japan – and probably will for years to come.
- Asperities at the plate interface also control occurrence of slow earthquakes/episodic tremor at subduction zones?
- Earthquake prediction may be a pipe dream, but automatic systems than warn of incoming seismic waves can save lives.
- Awesome if true: spidery black things on Mars the traces of CO2 geysers?
- Martian geology ahoy! Curiosity approaching a point where three different rock types meet.
- Carbon released from melting permafrost is up, Arctic sea-ice volume is waaay down – oh s**t seems about right to me.
- ‘No longer are we experiencing single anomalous months’. an Inuit on living through Arctic climate change up-close.
- No real consensus in models of Arctic sea ice decline, but spread of results predicts ice free summers by 2030s
- Ability of plants to absorb excess CO2 may be less than thought due to limited availability of other soil nutrients
- Fall falls fast in Kamchatka: dramatic green->brown colour change in satellite photos less than 2 weeks apart
- “I was a West Nile zombie”: @brianvastag on his firsthand experience on how climate change affects global health
(via @alexwitze, )
- In Oregon, Remembering the historic Columbus Day Storm, Oct. 12, 1962.
- You can measure groundwater levels from orbiting gravity satellite? Mind-blowing. It’s been a *very* dry year in US.
- CUAHSI Fall Cyberseminars: Exploring Cutting Edge Techniques and Advances in Instrumentation,Fridays 3 PM Eastern
- From @NatureGeosci, a collection of papers on rivers and their topographic, biogeochemical and cultural significance.
- Nature Geosci editorial: Ascertaining the influence of rivers on carbon dynamics necessary for understanding climate
- If you want to Anne me talk about the science of streams in the city, watch this video of her talk at Ashland U on September 20th
The new water year inspired several of us to write posts.
- Nice Colorado River Basin focused explanation of the water year from @mghydro. Complete with pretty map.
- From @jfleck, Time for a Lower [Colorado] Basin New Year’s Resolution? – the blog post that inspired the one below. Read them in order and you’ll see why
- From @chanceofraincom: I’m in the Lower Basin. Where were my hookers and blow? Wait! I think I know:
- >50% of Great Barrier Reef’s coral lost since 1985. Main causes storms & starfish, some warming-induced bleaching.
- The shale gas boom is becoming a bit *too* boomy: a supply glut is crashing prices.
- A new “Golden Age of Oil”? Not so fast – messy reality would like a word…
- Europe-wide ‘stress tests’ on nuclear plants find lots of room for improvement.
- Do you always know where your kids are? And is that a good thing? Yes, but look at how different the landscapes are.
- Princeton decided to grow only within current boundaries. Can it be done and preserve the ecology within the boundary?
- Neat chart from @NACWA showing average annual utility bill per US household. This utilities chart really shows what we pay for and value: cars, cell phone, cable TV over electricity, heat, and water
- Fabulous photos of classic geology: the (very allochthonous) Helvetic Nappes of the Central Alps
- Project MOHOLE reborn? Ocean drilling scientists want to spend $1 billion mission to drill 6 km down into the mantle.
- Cool photos: a German mine where shafts follow a fault plane, with lovely preserved slickensides.
- Fascinating article on the genesis and development of Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift
- The venerable, yet chronically misidentified, CTD
(via @kzelnio, @deepseanews)
- But for the random tides of history, we might all be driving electric cars. Fascinating tech history from Maggie Koeth-Baker
- Good point from Carl Zimmer: it may not be #arseniclife, but a hyper-efficient phosphorous scavenger is still interesting.
- Scholars debate etiquette of live-tweeting academic conferences | Inside Higher Ed
(via @ProfLikeSubst, @JacquelynGill)
- Barely believable proposal to pay UK PhDu2019s £30-40,000/yr: I’ve yet to match upper bound six years *after* my PhD
- Still a bit mealy-mouthed about it, IMHO: Trust amends Causeway centre ‘Creationist’ exhibit
- [All made possible by geophysics] : Neolithic discovery: why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain
- At his science writing ‘Masterclass’ Tim Radford argues that scientists and journalists ‘do basically the same thing’. Another key quote: ‘It’s a terrible mistake to think that because you know about a subject you are equipped to write about it’
- Anne has signed the Commitment to Gender Equality at Conferences
- As Letter of Reference writing season begins, good advice for student and job applicant letter seekers from @GertyZ
- A terrific clearinghouse piece about the ins and outs of a personal academic website.