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Forest Fires Force Temporary Closure of Two BC Mines
July 24 | Mining.com
What Is Vog?
July 24 | United States Geological Survey
Side-by-side comparison of the northwest wall of Kilauea Caldera on a clear day (left) and a day with thick vog (right).

Slag-What is it Good for?
July 24 | United States Geological Survey
Pile of steelmaking slag at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor steelmaking facility, Indiana. Photograph by Nadine Piatak, USGS.

Rich, Attractive, and Extremely Shallow
July 24 | United States Geological Survey

No, it*s not a title for a new reality-dating TV show, but it is real science! It also describes the ideal mineral deposit.

Clearing the Air on Natural Gas
July 24 | Washington Examiner
OPEC*s Next Problem Is an Army of DUCs (Drilled But Uncompleted)
July 24 | Bloomberg

Video: Emerald Dealing in Afghanistan
July 23 | Gemological Institute of America
Emerald: The Bright Green Gem of the Beryl Mineral Family
July 23 | Geology.com
Russian emerald
Photograph of emerald crystals in mica schist from the Malyshevskoye Mine, Sverdlovsk Region, Southern Ural, Russia. The large crystal is about 21 millimeters in length. Photograph copyright by iStockphoto and Epitavi.

Eclipse Eyeglass Safety: Don*t be Blindsided!
July 23 | NASA
Solar Eclipse Across America
July 23 | American Astronomical Society
Algorithm Discerns Where Tweets Came from to Track Disasters
July 23 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Volcano*s Toxic Plume Returns as Stealth Hazard
July 23 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Many Types of Hazards Are Associated with Volcanoes
July 23 | Geology.com

Pyroclastic flow at Mount St. Helens, Washington, August 7, 1980. Image by USGS.

NC Governor: No Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic
July 22 | The News Observer
Saturn Unveiled: Ten Notable Findings from Cassini-Huygens
July 22 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Restarted Rare Earth Mine in Burundi Will Be in Production by End of Year
July 22 | Mining.com
Where is Burundi?
July 22 | Geology.com
Solar Eclipse Science Along the Path of Totality
July 22 | National Science Foundation

Step-by-Step - Mining and Transporting Frac Sand
July 22 | Houston Chronicle
What is Frac Sand?
July 22 | Geology.com
frac sand
Frac sand: Close-up view of frac sand (on the right) and a typical sand of similar grain size (on the left). Notice how the frac sand has a more uniform grain size, nicely rounded grain shapes, and a uniform composition. It is also a very tough material that can resist compressive forces of up to several tons per square inch. Grains in this image are about 0.50 millimeter in size. Photo copyright by iStockphoto / BanksPhotos.

Drilling for Gold Inside a Submarine Volcano
July 21 | Earth Magazine
Giant Mud Balls Roamed the Early Solar System
July 21 | ScienceNews
Humans First Settled in Australia as Early as 65,000 Years Ago
July 21 | ScienceNews
The Role of Silicon in the Color of Gem Corundum
July 21 | Gemological Institute of America
What is Corundum?
July 21 | Geology.com
M 6.7 Earthquake: 10km SSE of Bodrum, Turkey
July 21 | United States Geological Survey
From Mars Rover: Panorama Above *Perseverance Valley*
July 21 | NASA

Rough Diamond Prices Since the Global Financial Crisis
July 20 | Paul Zimnisky
Scientists Embark on Mission to Submerged Continent of Zealandia
July 20 | National Science Foundation
Russian Capital Suspected of Funding Anti-Shale Groups in the United States
July 20 | Oil and Gas 360
*Drilled But Uncompleted* Wells Are Hanging Over the Oil Market
July 20 | Reuters
Nine-Year-Old Accidentally Discovers a Stegomastodon Fossil in New Mexico
July 20 | Smithsonian.com
MH370 Search Data Reveals Ocean Geology, Shipwrecks, Fishing Grounds
July 20 | NBC News
Jupiter*s Stunning Great Red Spot, Seen Like Never Before
July 20 | The Washington Post

The Countries Suffering Most from Low Oil Prices
July 19 | Mining.com
Return of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear
July 19 | USGS
Bear Attacks How to Avoid Them and What to Do if Attacked
July 19 | Geology.com
How to Use Bear Spray
July 19 | Canadian Parks Service

MAP: Where Do Bears Live in North America?
July 19 | Geology.com

Click image for enlarged version of the map.

The Fierce T. Rex Was a Walker Not a Sprinter
July 19 | Smithsonian.com
Found: 200-Year-Old Cannonball From French and Indian War
July 19 | Smithsonian.com
U.S. Moving Towards Becoming the World*s Largest Exporter of Natural Gas
July 19 | CNBC

Mark Zuckerberg Talks Fracking with a North Dakota Drilling Crew
July 19 | The Washington Post

The Mystery Behind OPEC*s *Meeting* With Shale Oil Producers
July 19 | Forbes
When Is A Diamond Too Big? The 1,109 Carat Stone Found by Lucara has bee
July 18 | Mining.com
The 1,109 carat *Lesedi La Rona* - the second largest diamond ever found - has been hard to sell for a price the owner will accept.
Another Indian Refiner Starts Purchasing U.S. Crude
July 18 | Platts
Signs of Water in a Moon Rock
July 18 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
moon rock
The basaltic lavas of the lunar maria, like this sample photographed after return to a laboratory on Earth, tell much about the partial melting of the Moon between three and four billion years ago. Photo by NASA.

Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Annual Report for 2016
July 18 | Pennsylvania
Regulating the Natural Gas Industry in Pennsylvania
July 18 | Pennsylvania DEP

Gemology: The Developing Science of Gems
July 18 | Elements
Diamond Miner Dominion Purchased for $1.2 Billion
July 18 | JCK Online
Arizona: Flash Flood Sweeps Away Family Relaxing in Swimming Hole, Killing Nine
July 17 | The Washington Post
Video: 2013 Flash Flood / Debris Flow
July 17 | RankinStudio on YouTube

Arctic Soils More Efficient at Absorbing and Storing Mercury Released by Industry and Mining?
July 17 | National Science Foundation
Stalagmites from Iranian Cave Foretell Grim Future for Middle East Climate
July 17 | University of Miami
Luxembourg Becomes First European Country to Pass Space Mining Law
July 17 | Mining.com
Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana (1932 to 2016)
July 17 | United States Geological Survey

Undiscovered Conventional Oil and Gas Resources in the West Korea Bay - North Yellow Sea Basin, North Korea and China, 2017
July 17 | United States Geological Survey

Black Carbon Persists in Snow and Ice Around the World
July 16 | University of Colorado
What Is Black Carbon
July 16 | NOAA

Climate Change Damages US Economy, Increases Inequality
July 16 | Rutgers
Astronomers Detect Orbital Motion in Pair of Supermassive Black Holes
July 16 | The National Radio Astronomy Observatory
11% of Disappearing Groundwater Used to Grow Internationally Traded Food
July 16 | NASA

Can Water Vapor Help Forecast When a Volcano Will Blow?
July 16 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Six Points of Perspective on Larsen C*s Huge New Iceberg
July 16 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Discovery of Deep-Sea Coral Reefs in *Hostile* Pacific Ocean Depths
July 16 | National Science Foundation
*Mountain of God* Volcano Preparing to Erupt
July 15 | National Geographic

Low Oil Prices Put Pressure on Oklahoma*s Economic Recovery
July 15 | UPI
Oil Sands Help Shale Stymie OPEC*s Effort to Rebalance Market
July 15 | Bloomberg
Homes in Florida Swallowed by Sinkhole
July 15 | CNN
How One Quest for the Northwest Passage Ended at the Icy Mouth of Disappointment River
July 15 | Smithsonian.com
What is the Northwest Passage?
July 15 | Geology.com
northwest passage

Graveyard of *Giant* Humans Found in China
July 15 | Smithsonian.com
Out of the Wildfire and Into the Flood - Arizona Summer 2017
July 14 | Arizona Geology Blog

Saudi Ma*aden to Develop Mansourah, Massarah Gold Mine
July 14 | Mining.com
U.S. On Track to Be the World*s Second Largest LNG Exporter by 2022
July 13 | Reuters
What Is LNG?
July 14 | Geology.com
An LNG carrier docked at the Bontang LNG liquefaction terminal in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The LNG is carried in the ship's four dome-shaped tanks. Image copyright iStockphoto / Mayumi Terao.

The New Moissanite Has a Detector Problem
July 14 | JCKOnline.com
Astronomers Find a Star Slightly Bigger than Saturn
July 14 | Smithsonian.com
Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Waters
July 14 | Smithsonian.com
Brazilian Diamonds: A Historical and Recent Perspective
July 13 | Gemological Institute of America
Native Americans Sue Frackers Over Manmade Earthquakes
July 13 | National Geographic
NASA Cartoon: How Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller
July 13 | NASA
hidden stars
Earth Is on Its Way to the Biggest Mass Extinction Since the Dinosaurs
July 13 | The Washington Post
A Massive Atmospheric Experiment is Planned for August Solar Eclipse
July 13 | The Washington Post

Earth Science Week Toolkit
June 13 | Earth Science Week
NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland
July 13 | NASA

Jupiter*s Great Red Spot (Enhanced Color)
July 13 | NASA

Climate Change to Deplete Some U.S. Water Basins, Reduce Irrigated Crop Yields
July 12 | MIT News
Gauging the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture
July 12 | MIT News
First U.S. Crude Going to Indian Oil
July 12 | Bloomberg
NASA*s Curiosity Rover Explores Four Rock Units on Iron-Bearing Ridge
July 12 | NASA
iron-bearing ridge on Mars
Video: Aftermath of a Fertilizer Plant Tailings Dam Failure in Israel
July 12 | The Landslide Blog
Videos: Spectacular Cascade of Rock - Major Landslide in India
July 12 | The Landslide Blog

Video: Roadside Landslide Near Wellington, NZ
July 12 | The Landslide Blog
Beachgoers Form a Human Chain to Save Family Swept Away by Riptide
July 12 | The Washington Post
ALROSA Sells $2.442B of Rough and Polished in First 1/2 of 2017
July 12 | Mining.com
octahedral rough
A high proportion of ALROSA's diamond production is in the form of regularly shaped octahedral crystals. This allows them to be cut into gems with a minimum of processing time and expense. Image provided by ALROSA.

Which Countries Produce the Most Gem Diamonds?
July 12 | Geology.com
world diamond miners
The First All-Women North Pole Expedition
July 12 | Smithsonian.com
When Nature Strikes: Space Weather
July 11 | National Science Foundation
solar flare
Image by the National Science Foundation.