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A selected few Eyjafjallajokull links

The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (which means Island Mountain Glacier in Icelandic) started out in March as a relatively quiet and tourist-friendly Hawaiian style eruption. That petered out and then a few days later, the magma reemerged subglacially, producing the spectacular ash-producing phreato-magmatic eruption that has transfixed the world and stranded …

Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar

Hunting for a Where on Google Earth location a while ago I ran across this wonderful tidally-influenced delta on the northwest coast of Madagascar. It is the mouth of the Betsiboka River and just north of the river mouth is the second largest port in Madagascar. What struck me about …

Chris Rowan speaking today in the department

I’m delighted to be hosting Dr. Chris Rowan of the University of Edinburgh. Chris’s specialty is paleomagnetic applied to both neotectonic and paleoclimatic problems, and he’s worked in some fabulously exotic locations. Chris is also the lead blogger at Highly Allochthonous, where I occasionally contribute posts as well. Dr. Rowan …

Here comes the Sun

This post cross-posted at Highly Allochthonous. The Earth’s axis has a 23.44o obliquity or tilt to it. As the Earth revolves around the Sun over the course of a year, the axial tilt means that different parts of the Earth’s surface receive direct sunlight at different times of the year. …

My picks of the September literature

Haggerty, Roy; Martí, Eugènia; Argerich, Alba; von Schiller, Daniel; Grimm, Nancy B. 2009. Resazurin as a “smart” tracer for quantifying metabolically active transient storage in stream ecosystems J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 114, No. G3, G03014 (Roy will be talking about this work in our session at the GSA Annual Meeting …

More new papers I'm itching to read

Godsey, S.E., J.W. Kirchner, and D.W. Clow, 2009. Concentration-discharge relationships reflect chemostatic characteristics of US catchments, Hydrological Processes 23 (13): 1844-1864. Tetzlaff, D., J. Seibert, and C. Soulsby. 2009. Inter-catchment comparison to assess the influence of topography and soils on catchment transit times in a geomorphic province; the Cairngorm mountains, …

The Geologist's 100 Things List

I haven’t posted in a while, but I feel a few posts getting ready to ooze out over the next few weeks. But in order to get back into the swing of things, I’m going to indulge in some lightweight posting. Ages ago by internet standards (but less than an …