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Flooding in Pakistan

For the past two weeks, unusually heavy monsoon rains have deluged Pakistan, resulting in flooding and landslides. Pakistan is heavily populated all along the Indus River valley, so this is a slow-moving disaster of epic proportions. The latest news reports estimate that flooding has displaced 14 million people – more …

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 …

My picks of the December literature

Cross-posted at Highly Allochthonous I’m a few days behind on sharing my picks from December’s journals, but Chris has been doing such a stupendous job of sharing absolutely wonderful geology posts (and of deconstructing terrible science reporting), that I hardly feel guilty waiting until he’s occupied with travels before sneaking …

Megafloods from Glacial Lake Missoula

[Cross-posted at Highly Allochthonous] If I had a time machine and could go back to any point in geologic history, as supposed in this month’s Accretionary Wedge call, the event I’d most like to see is the repeated flooding of the Pacific Northwest at the end of the last Ice …

AGU Abstract Submitted: Secular Streamflow Trends in Watersheds Receiving Mixed Rain and Snow, Pacific Coast and Cascades Ranges

The following abstract was submitted for the Fall AGU meeting: Secular Streamflow Trends in Watersheds Receiving Mixed Rain and Snow, Pacific Coast and Cascades Ranges A. Jefferson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Much existing research has focused on detecting climate change effects on snowmelt-dominated watersheds, but in the Pacific …