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California Fires Cause $1B in Damage, Burn 7,000 Buildings
October 20 | Voice of America
Why This Massive Mud Volcano Turned Deadly
October 20 | National Geographic
When a Big Earthquake Hits, Your First Instinct Can Mean Life or Death
October 20 | Los Angeles Times

Damage caused the the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake. Public domain photo by USGS.

Forecasting the World*s Energy Resources
October 20 | United States Geological Survey
USGS Tracks Evolution of a Fire Island Hurricane-Made Breach
October 20 | United States Geological Survey
Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imagined
October 20 | Smithsonian.com
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
October 20 | NASA
dawn mission at ceres
Take a Walk on Mars -- in Your Own Living Room
October 20 | NASA
Energy Intensity of U.S. Manufacturing is Decreasing
October 19 | Energy Information Administration
energy intensity of U.S. manufacturing
When Ice Yields Fire -- How USGS Explores the Cutting Edge of Gas Hydrates
October 19 | United States Geological Survey

A sample of gas hydrate from the Mallik Test Well in Canada. Photo by USGS.

What Are Gas Hydrates?
October 19 | Geology.com
gas hydrates
Methane hydrate: On the left is a ball-and-stick model of methane hydrate showing the central methane molecule surrounded by a *cage* of water molecules. Other hydrocarbon molecules such as pentane and ethane can occupy the central position in this structure. (United States Department of Energy image). On the right is a burning specimen of methane hydrate ice (United States Geological Survey image).

How Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Turned Skies Red Over the U.K.
October 19 | Smithsonian.com
Canada*s Oil Sands Survive, But Can*t Thrive in a $50 Oil World
October 19 | Mining.com
Thirteen Innovative Ways Humans Use Drones
October 19 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Summer Rainfall Patterns in East Asia Shift with the Wind
October 19 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Hubble Spots Strange Pair of Space Rocks in the Night Sky
October 19 | Smithsonian.com
How Mexico City*s Unique Geology Makes Deadly Earthquakes Even Worse
October 19 | Smithsonian.com
Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
October 19 | NASA

Storm Ophelia Was so Unusual, It Was Literally Off the Charts
October 18 | The Verge
An 1888 Volcanic Collapse Becomes a Benchmark for Tsunami Models
October 18 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Satellite Quantifies Carbon Dioxide from Coal-Fired Power Plants
October 18 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Boom in American Liquefied Natural Gas Is Shaking Up the Energy World
October 18 | The New York Times
What is Liquefied Natural Gas?
October 18 | Geology.com
liquefied natural gas
Auction Proceeds from a 709-carat Diamond Found by a Pastor in Sierra Leone Will Go to Community Development Projects
October 18 | Mining.com
Where is Sierra Leone?
October 18 | Geology.com
Sierra Leone
Crude Oil and Petroleum Product Exports Reach Record Levels in the First Half of 2017
October 18 | Energy Information Administration

Photos: A Look Back at the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake
October 17 | Los Angeles Daily News

*Soft story* building in the Marina District of San Francisco, ready to collapse shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Photo by USGS.

Ophelia Produces Orange Skies Over the UK and France
October 17 | ABC News
Why NASA Needs To Establish Martian Law
October 17 | Smithsonian.com
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
October 17 | NASA

Image by NASA.

Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves from a New Kind of Nova, Sparking a New Era in Astronomy
October 17 | The Washington Post
In Ireland: Two Deaths Linked to Post-Tropical Cyclone Ophelia
October 16 | BBC
Oil Rig Explodes in Louisiana*s Lake Pontchartrain, Injuring 5 Critically
October 16 | NBC News
Apache Identifies Up to 5000 Potentially *Economic* Drilling Sites in West Texas
October 16 | Houston Chronicle
Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands Lose Power as Storm Hits Ireland
October 16 | BBC
Iraqi Military Claims to Have Siezed Two Oil Fields Near Kirkuk
October 16 | The Washington Post
Where is Kirkuk?
October 16 | Geology.com
Kirkuk is a city located in northcentral Iraq.

Faded Yukon Gold Rush Town, Population 20, Mines Its Weirdness
October 16 | The New York Times
China*s Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Crash to Earth in the Next Few Months
October 16 | Gizmodo.com
Hurricane Ophelia, Taking Aim at British Isles, May Still Deliver Damage
October 16 | NBC News
Hurricane Ophelia Anticipated Track Map
October 16 | National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Ophelia
Evidence of a Ninth Planet
October 15 | Caltech on Youtube

Death Toll Rises to 40 as Firefighters Continue to Battle California Wildfires
October 15 | Los Angeles Times
A Rising Zinc Price Sparks a Flurry of Miner Listings
October 14 | Mining.com
Uses of Zinc
October 14 | Geology.com
galvanized zinc
About one-half of the zinc that is produced is used in zinc galvanizing, which is the process of adding thin layers of zinc to iron or steel to prevent rusting. Image copyright by iStockphoto and Stephen Sweet.

Iron Ore Prices Rise as Chinese Imports Reach Record High
October 14 | Mining.com
Improved Monitoring of Kilauea
October 14 | Earth Magazine
Cones and Craters near Flagstaff, Arizona
October 14 | Earth Magazine
This Mapping Tool Could Help Wilderness Firefighters Plan Escape Routes
October 14 | Smithsonian.com
Arizona*s First New Copper Mine in More than a Decade is One Permit Away
October 13 | Mining.com
Fossil Discovery in Tanzania Reveals Ancient Bobcat-Sized Carnivore
October 13 | National Science Foundation
California Wildfires Kill at Least 31 as Wind Continues to Fan Flames
October 13 | Reuters
Being a Spectator in Landslide Country is Extremely Dangerous
October 13 | The Landslide Blog

Lahars: An Analysis of Their Role in Losses from Volcanic Eruptions
October 13 | The Landslide Blog
USGS Maps Show Landslide Damage in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
October 13 | The Landslide Blog
Submitted to GIA: A Melee Diamond Parcel Containing Nearly One-Third CVD Synthetics
October 13 | Gemological Institute of America
An Update on Tourmaline from Luc Yen, Vietnam
October 13 | Gemological Institute of America
What is Tourmaline?
October 13 | Geology.com
tourmaline crystals
A couple dozen small tourmaline crystals in pretty colors from Afghanistan, suitable for faceting very small stones. Some of them are bicolor and a few are oriented to show pleochroism, with the color looking down the long axis of the crystal being much darker than when looking at the crystal in side view.

A Hole Larger than the Netherlands Has Opened in the Middle of Antarctic Ice
October 13 | Quartz
Ophelia Strengthens to a Category 2 Hurricane
October 13 | ABC News
Hurricane Ophelia Tracks Towards the UK
October 13 | National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Ophelia
Fight Against California Wildfires Enters New Phase: Search for Bodies
October 13 | NBC News
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth*s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
October 13 | NASA
carbon dioxide spikes
World*s Largest Radio Telescope Spies Its First Pulsars
October 13 | Smithsonian.com
A New Tungsten Mine in Nevada?
October 12 | Mining.com
An Estimated $3M In Gold Goes Into Swiss Sewers Each Year
October 12 | National Public Radio
The Many Uses of Gold
October 12 | Geology.com
gold telescope mirror
Photo of one of the James Webb Space Telescope*s primary mirror segments being coated with gold by Quantum Coating Incorporated. Photo by Drew Noel, NASA.

Volcanoes Kill An Average of About 540 People Per Year
October 12 | University of Bristol
Volcanic Explosivity Index
October 12 | Geology.com
volcanic explosivity index
The spheres in the illustration above represent the volume of erupted tephra for some of the most widely-known explosive volcanic eruptions. Although most people believe that Vesuvius (79 AD - the Pompeii eruption), Mount St. Helens (1980), and Mount Pinatubo (1991) were enormous, they are very small compared to ancient eruptions such as Wah Wah Springs, Toba, Yellowstone, or Long Valley Caldera.

Geologists Map the Plumbing Beneath Yellowstone*s Old Faithful Geyser
October 12 | Smithsonian.com
What is a Geyser?
October 12 | Geology.com
Old Faithful geyser of Yellowstone
Old Faithful geyser of Yellowstone National Park blasts water about 150 feet into the air. Photo copyright by iStockphoto and Zuki.

Diamond Bullion?
October 12 | The Singapore Diamond Mint
Thai Coal-Mining Company Spends $210M To Buy Stake in Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale
October 12 | Reuters
What Is the Marcellus Shale?
October 12 | Geology.com
Marcellus Shale
Satellite Data Reveals an *Upside-Down Ice Canyon* Under Antarctica
October 11 | BBC
U.S. Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims in South China Sea
October 11 | Reuters
Northern California Fires Have Destroyed 2000 Structures and Killed At Least 17 People
October 11 | Los Angeles Times
Large Asteroid Impacts Drive Plate-Tectonic Processes on Early Earth
October 11 | Phys.org
Changes in Earth*s Crust Caused Oxygen to Fill the Atmosphere
October 11 | Phys.org
Kagem Pioneers High-Tech Emerald Tagging System
October 11 | MiningReview.com