Summer Interns at Shell|
December 4, 2013 | Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell had over 250 internships in various career tracks across the United States during the summer of 2013. Each spring they post information about internship opportunities on their Jobs and Careers website. Related links: Shell Internship Conference and Deer Park Internship Program.
The Largest Floating Vessel and First Ocean-Based LNG Plant
Image by Royal Dutch Shell
December 4, 2013 | Financial Post
The Financial Post has an article (and a shocking image) that describe Shell’s Prelude project – the world’s largest floating vessel and the first ocean-based LNG plant. It will be stationed off the coast of western Australia.
Related: What is LNG?
The Arctic Ocean as a Carbon Sink and Carbon Dioxide Source|
December 4, 2013 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“While the Arctic Ocean is largely a carbon sink, researchers find parts are also a source of atmospheric carbon dioxide.” Quoted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology article.
Climate Change at Point Barrow Alaska|
December 4, 2013 | PBS NewsHour
This PBS Newshour video explores the impact of climate change on the landscape, people and wildlife of Point Barrow Alaska.
Who Uses Landsat Images and Why|
December 4, 2013 | USGS
“To learn more about who uses Landsat imagery and the value these users see in Landsat imagery, the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed responses to a survey of more than 40,000 individuals who accessed free Landsat images from the archive at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Quoted from the USGS press release.
The Alum Shale of Denmark|
December 4, 2013 | USGS
“The Alum Shale in Denmark contains an estimated mean of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate comes from the first-ever USGS assessment of shale gas resources in Denmark.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
NASA Launches Changing Earth iPad App
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores
NASA's new Images of Change iPad application.
Image credit: NASA/JPL
December 3, 2013 | NASA
“Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet. Now, with NASA’s Images of Change iPad application, users can get an interactive before-and-after view of these changes.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
December 3, 2013 | Geology.com
They are called “anthill garnets” because they are found on and around the margins of anthills. The ants encounter the garnets while excavating their underground passages, haul them to the surface and discard them.
Related: What is Garnet?
The Frac Sand Boom|
December 3, 2013 | Peak Oil News
The demand for frac sand has been growing rapidly for the past several years as oil and natural gas companies are using it for hydraulic fracturing in shale formations.
Related: What is Frac Sand?
US Shale Keeping Energy Price Down|
December 3, 2013 | Bloomberg, The Telegraph, Reuters
Today’s news has several stories that explain how oil and natural gas from shales are moderating energy prices for consumers.
Bloomberg: Marcellus gas eliminates a regional price premium in the Northeast.
The Telegraph: Low cost ethane helps British manufacturers
Reuters: Shale oil will moderate oil prices in 2014
Ash Plume from Sakurajima|
December 3, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory
NASA’s Earth Observatory has a satellite view of a dense ash plume released from Sakurajima Volcano, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. This is an extremely active volcano, producing frequent explosions and ash clouds with over a million people living within a few miles of the vent.
The Demand for Emeralds is Rising|
December 3, 2013 | CNN
“The price for high-quality emeralds has increased by a factor of 10 since 2009, and the price of Colombian emeralds is set to increase by at least 25% this year alone.” Quoted from the CNN article.
Rock and Mineral Projects at DonorsChoose.org|
December 3, 2013 | DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is a website where K-12 teachers post projects that they would like to have funded and anyone anywhere can provide support. Many of these teachers would like to have materials to help them teach about rocks and minerals. Here are three projects that might appeal to you.
Rocks for 6th grade science
Fluorescent rocks and minerals
Middle school rock identification
Most Popular Items for November|
December 2, 2013 | Geology.com
The World’s Largest Emerald Mine
What is Iris Agate?
New Volcanic Island Southeast of Japan
The Enormous Volcanic Eruption that Historians Never Recorded
A Super River from the Southwestern United States to the Labrador Sea?
Typhoon Haiyan Images
Comet Ison is Visible to the Naked Eye
New Super Predator Dinosaur
Rock, Mineral, Gem and Fossil Kits|
December 2, 2013 | Geology.com Store
The Geology.com Store has a nice selection of rock, mineral, gemstone and fossil kits for personal or classroom use.
Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential in Sedimentary Basins|
December 2, 2013 | USGS
“The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed an evaluation of the technically accessible storage resource for carbon dioxide for 36 sedimentary basins in the onshore areas and State waters of the United States.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Comet ISON Obituary|
December 1, 2013 | NBC News
“I do think that something emerged from the sun, but probably a very small nucleus or ‘rubble pile.’ and I fear that may have now dissolved.” Karl Battams, an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory.
King of Gore from the Wahweap Formation|
December 1, 2013 | Bureau of Land Management
“Ten million years before the T. rex walked the earth, another monster reigned. The 80 million-year-old fossil of the Lythronax argestes or “King of Gore” was recently discovered by Scott Richardson, a Bureau of Land Management archaeologist technician at the Wahweap Formation in BLM-Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.” Quoted from the BLM tumbler site.
Wall Maps of US States|
December 1, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
What is Iris Agate?|
November 27, 2013 | Geology.com
““Iris Agate” is a name used for a finely-banded agate that produces a spectacular display of color when it is cut properly and illuminated from a direction that sends light through its very thin bands.”