- Debate over whether some faults detected beneath Japanese reactors are active or not is holding up nuclear restart.
- Seismic imaging of section of the Alpine Fault in NZ finds 3 principal en echelon strands, several shallow secondary splays.
- Hmmm. Quake-proofing buildings with ‘seismic cloaks’ that divert seismic waves around them? Not so easy, I suspect.
- An obsidian flow has been spotted at Puyehue-Cordun Caulle. Erupted 2011-2012, but still flowing!!!
- Water jetpacks, Saturn V rockets, and Mount St. Helens
- Setback for argument that Chicxulub impact predated KT extinction: pre-KT ‘impact layer; identified as normal volcanic ash.
- Between El Nino & La Nina there is… ‘La Nada.’ Which is where Pacific currently stuck, stymying long-range forecasts.
- Bookmarked for the summer: new website tracks Greenland ice daily:
- A 300 year historical perspective on New England winter storms
(via @thirstygecko, @fitivalle, @EricHolthaus)
- Want to see something terrifyingly awesome? How about this video of a city-sized chunk of glacier calving offu2026
- The Anthropocene: is there a geomorphological case?
- A few islands down from the Big Island, volcanism is dead and erosion is king, as nicely illustrated by the EGU Geolog’s Monday Image of Kalalau Valley.
- Nice photos and annotation by @callanbentley on flood aftermath near his house:
- Excellent article: Floods: a disaster waiting to happen by @fionaharvey.
- Interesting post & comments by @jfleck: Anthropocene Diaries: Searsville Dam + i love the series name
- China’s latest dam-building plans on major river in Tibet irk downstream neighbor India
- Fresh Water for All – a really nice infographic from @UNESCO:
- 1 in 6 homes in England at risk of flooding, so work to start on 93 flood defences
- With respect to climate change and resource depletion, “The laws of physics are indifferent to the political schedules of humans.”
- Emissions allocations too high, so European carbon price ‘inching ever closer to zero’
- Why do (or learn about) Earth Science? So many good reasons, as the great conversation sparked and Storified by Tim Wright attests.
- A very nice post from @Evan Bianco discusses how what we see is distorted by medium we’re looking through – true both for eyes and rocks/seismic.
- Ah, the Dalradian! Or: that rock unit on Arran with 6+ deformation phases. Metageologist waxes lyrical on its Irish incarnation.
- An awesome example of geology interacting with human behaviour/industry: the plunging Potteries Syncline from location of mine shafts & adits.
- Interesting-looking review paper discusses development of ideas about cycle of supercontinent formation & break-up:
- Want to see continental break-up and formation of an ocean basin in action? head to the Afar Rift.
- “There are five types of rocks…” Parodies of Brian Cox-style rhapsodies about the coolness of the Universe are not new, but this one takes the mockery a bit further than most.
(via @davidmpyle, @Profianstewart)
- Vital earth observing mission: : Fingers crossed for Landsat-8.
(via @PopePolar, @avoiland, @NASA_EO)
- The EGU blog network is looking to expand. Apply!
- As Erik says: “This never happens to me. Ever. Ever.”
- USA today gets its hands on the reviews to the now largely discredited Arsenic life paper, and it seems they missed the forest for the trees.
Not that this tells us anything new: pre-publication peer review is not, and has never been, the ultimate arbiter of good science.
- Life Found Deep Under Antarctic Ice For First Time: cool, but lots of speculation reported as fact. the genomes and metabolism of retrieved beasties are not going to be known a week after extraction. ‘Tis not CSI.
- By popular vote, the cat replaces the iron in Monopoly. If only it were a portly soul, then at least irony would be satisfied.
- Upgoer 5 and Ten Hundred Words of Science make it to the esteemed pages of the New York Times.
- Yes! this! “Science, the human endeavor” by @biochembelle
- Call for submissions for the Diversity in Science Carnival on Identity:
- Hold the exclamation points! And other tips on writing for kids
(via @VirginiaGewin, @sciwrihandbook)
- Excellent advice, with wit! The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.
- [This is seems like Anne’s life lately.] Fund me, maybe…
(via @edyong209, @BekiHill)