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Geology Mon Jul 16 2018 05:32:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
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The following post is courtesy of Anna Cooke (’20), who worked with Dr. Alex Crawford through Wooster’s Sophomore Research Program this summer In the heat of Ohios summer, its been a small bit of relief to turn my attention to Ala
A while back I had written a post in response to a paper (Ajit Singh et. al. 2017) on the paleo-Sutlej river. The study used geochemical analysis to identify ancient channels of the river. Today, the Sutlej flows out of the Himalaya and joins the Ind
Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven (lyrics)Album: Led Zeppelin IV, 1971I've don't often think of this song as a road song, but it does mention "the road" twice and "two paths" once, so is definitely a road song by any definition. It's also a gold song,
This house in Piedmont caught my eye not long ago. Homeowners who live in conspicuous places do their neighborhoods a service by making their properties shine. I appreciated the care the owners of this home displayed not just in their plantings, but
This first photo may recall the disasters unfolding in the American West and Hawai'i with out-of-control wildfires and volcanic eruptions, but in this case it is no disaster. It is was the sunset on the tenth day of our recent exploration of the Colo
Here is a very good summary of our evolving understanding of this question.How did Homo Sapiens Evolve? - Julia Galway-Witham and Chris StringerExcerpt:Over the past 30 years, understanding of Homo sapiens evolution has advanced greatly. Most researc
I spent two weeks in wonderful places making presentations, doing research, scouting for student Independent Study projects, and seeing friends and colleagues. Here is a guide to the blog posts by date — June 6: Bryozoologists gather in Wal
A paper I read last week led me a long way in an interesting direction that started in El Cerrito, just up the ridgetop from Oakland, at the property fondly known as the Mira Vista Golf Course (restored in 2011 to its original glory and rechristened
I recently drove across northern Nevada from Winnemucca to Gerlach to the NV-CA state line in the upper reaches of Smoke Creek, and while the temperature was holding steady at about 89F, I stopped at Sulphur to take a few quick pictures. It turns out
I am quite lucky to have the Tuolumne River in my backyard. The river rises in the highest regions of Yosemite National Park, flows through incredible and largely unknown gorges that rival the Grand Canyon in depth. Water is trapped in a series of re
Use some sheets from a toilet roll to make 'The toilet roll of time; make a geological timeline to take home'This activity has been devised to address the common lack of knowledge about geological time. Research has shown that many people have no ide
Came across a couple of cracking papers on Mars geology1) Ancient Martian aeolian processes and palaeomorphology reconstructed from the Stimson formation on the lower slope of Aeolis Mons, Gale crater, Mars - Steven G. Banham et. al. 2017During its t
The Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico, hosts some of the wildest and most intriguing geology in the Southwest. In March 1990, the Geological Society of Americas Cordilleran Section met in Tucson, Arizona, to review fresh geologic
London, England — The Natural History Museum is one of my favorite places on Earth. It is a secular cathedral of science; a celebration of life’s long history and glorious diversity. I’ve had the pleasure of working here
Little River is excited to see our second Emriver model in India! The The post Citizen Outreach and River Education in India appeared first on Little River Research & Design.
This space has been fairly quiet this year, and while I'd like to blame my lack of posting on work, the truth is that most of the blame falls on ye olde personal life, which has been in a dumpster since early November. But rather than going into the
In 1914, UC Berkeley professor Andrew Lawson published the first decent geologic map of our area, the San Francisco Folio of the Geologic Atlas of the United States. That’s where the Oakland Conglomerate got its name. But while that fine ro
This is a brief update to last weeks post on nominating for society prizes. There has been some discussion on twitter about biased language in letters of recommendation, particularly for junior women. This was an issue I was
The photo above encompasses so much of what captivates me about the southwestern United States. A trail formed from a natural weakness in the rock providing access to an otherwise inaccessible cliff to who knows where? To be fair, hundreds of thousan
The new ELI+ today is 'How can the ice core evidence for climate change be explained? An educational opportunity for discussing evidence, hypotheses and possible responses'This activity gives an opportunity to show how a complex scientific topic can
The Mid-European Clay Conference (MECC) has always been an interesting and worthwhile event during my doctoral student years. Therefore I am especially excited that the 9th MECC is being co-organised by a good friend of mine from the Croation Geologi
Late Ediacaran trackways produced by bilaterian animals with paired appendages - Zhe Chen, Xiang Chen, Chuanming Zhou2, Xunlai Yuan and Shuhai XiaoPretty exciting find this. One of the earliest evidence of the presence of bilateral animals on earth h
As part of our earthquake preparedness program, Arizona has Earthquakes, we've produced a suite of video shorts showcasing active fault systems in Arizona. Our objective: to inform the Arizona public and decision-makers of the nature, magnitude and f
Our next entry in DINOSAURS!: From Cultural to Pop Culture - Modern Times we take a step back from the previous post on Dinosauria to 1802. - Modern Times -1802: Noah's RavensBack in 1802 a young boy named Pliny Mo
Today I made the long train journey from Aberystwyth to London, so I have just a brief post about the spherical stone objects above. They are stone cannon balls recovered in an archaeological investigation of Aberystwyth Castle. Tim Palmer is examini
Little River is excited to see our second Emriver model in India! The The post Citizen Outreach and River Education in India appeared first on Little River Research & Design.
Last weekend I was having lunch in Palm Springs. That might sound, I dunno, elitist or something, but we were actually in Beaumont, and we hadn't seen the city of golf courses and the idle rich in decades so there we were. Driving down the main drag,
In my last post I described the spectrum of waste to be seen around the landscape. Piles of garbage are easy to see and judge as litter. Bones and downed trees are natural, but for citydwellers it takes an effort not to wish them removed. Then there
Science writer  Priyanka Pulla has written an excellent article exploring the geologic, socio-economic and technological issues related to the widespread arsenic contamination of groundwater in W. Bengal. Sadly, the government response to th
Aberystwyth, Wales — My last full day in Wales with my hosts Tim and Caroline Palmer was again different from every other day in this country. I have had a stimulating diversity of experiences on this short trip. For example, today we visit
I've been meaning to get to this post for sometime, seeing as how the trip was made in the summer of 2017, and the post related to this one, set earlier in the same day and not all that far back up the road, posted in September of last year. What we'
'Human magnets! Modelling ancient and modern magnetic fields, using your pupils'. In this Earthlearningidea, pupils use their own bodies to model the magnetisation induced in magnetite mineral particles by the Earths field of today: also the magnetic
Arizona come in 2nd in nonfuel mineral production in 2017. The US Geological Survey just released the Mineral Commodity Summaries 2018 for 2017. With nonfuel mineral production topping $6.61 billion, Arizona is the #2 state in the U.S. Nevada is a ru
We had a fantastic visit to New Orleans in December 2017 for the AGU The post Em4 Robotic Debuted at AGU New Orleans appeared first on Little River Research & Design.
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The next up on my Geology Through Literature thread is The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper published in 1826. You can get my complete thoughts on the book/story over at my blog - The Remnant,
IArt by A. JuneIf you happen to be in the vicinity of Hemet, CA tomorrow, you might consider stopping by the Hemet Library at about 2:00 PM. I'll be giving a presentation on "What you already know about earthquakes...are you right??". We'll be talkin
The litter on the land falls along a spectrum. This disembodied deer hoof does not qualify as litter because, as far as I know, a human didn’t leave it on this abandoned, overgrown fire road. I felt no obligation to do anything more than pa
Sigh.. I did a search for Green Apophyllite and most of the top returned links were websites about crystal healing and crystal therapy! :(I wish Google would introduce a 'credibility metric' in their website ranking algorithm.Apophyllite is a phyllos
Aberystwyth, Wales — Let’s start with the castle as my tour of Wales with Tim and Caroline Palmer continues. Above is the storied Harlech Castle in North Wales. It was built of sandstone blocks by Edward I in the 13th century, pas
I'm not sure why I woke up so early this morning, but I was up and reading various things on my smartphone and was reminded about today's eclipse of the moon. The eclipse was supposed to start not long after I was reading about it, and thinking that
On January 24, the LA Times reported that residents in the Montecito, California, area received conflicting information regarding evacuation zones prior to the worst post-fire floods and debris flows (often called mudflows) in recen
We had a fantastic visit to New Orleans in December 2017 for the AGU The post Em4 Robotic Debuted at AGU New Orleans appeared first on Little River Research & Design.
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The next post on my Geological Fun Fact series: Fossil Fuels: Are fossil fuels actually made of dinosaurs? No! Despite the common misconception, most fossil fuels do not actually come from dinosaurs or fossils for
We got back from a long journey across the harsh and beautiful lands across the American Southwest, but we had an out-of-state visitor, so with a whole day's rest, we felt compelled to go and see the incredible valley that lies just 90 miles uphill f
Walking along the paved trail north of Inspiration Point, I was brought up short by a splendid outcrop of conglomerate. It’s strongly reminiscent of the Orinda Formation conglomerate exposed to the south, in Sibley Volcanic Preserve and alo
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