Salaries and Employment of Recent Geoscience Graduates|
December 10, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute
The American Geosciences Institute has published a fact sheet that summarizes the salaries and employment locations of recent geoscience graduates in the United States.
Educators Diving in the Gulf of Mexico|
December 10, 2013 | Gulf of Mexico Foundation
Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) is a five-day workshop designed for educators, hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and sponsored by ConocoPhillips through a generous donation. The workshop includes two days of on-land coral reef education, followed by three days of scuba diving aboard a live-aboard vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. It focuses on the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located about 115 miles off the Texas coast.
Made to Outlast the Geologist|
December 10, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Many people say that Gfeller leather field equipment is “made to outlast the geologist”. They make field belts, hammer carriers, field cases, field brief cases, lanyards, Brunton cases, acid bottle cases and more.
December 9, 2013 | Pennsylvania Geological Survey
The Fall 2013 issue of Pennsylvania Geology has an article about meteorites that have been found in Pennsylvania.
Field Camp Attendance is up 92 Percent Since 2006|
December 9, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute
The number of students attending geology field camps in the United States has increased 92% since 2006. Most of the field camps are held in the western United States.
The Planet that Should Not Be There?|
December 8, 2013 | University of Arizona
“The discovery of a giant planet orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance has astronomers puzzled over how such a strange system came to be.” Quoted from the University of Arizona press release.
Water Resources of Lafourche Parish Louisiana|
December 8, 2013 | United States Geological Survey
“This fact sheet presents a brief overview of groundwater and surface-water resources in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Information on the availability, past and current use trends, and water quality from groundwater and surface-water sources in the parish is discussed.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Hominid Fossils From the Rising Star Cave?|
December 8, 2013 | Caving News
Cavers discovered a what appeared to be a human mandible and other bones while exploring a remove and tight portion of the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Three weeks later a team of archaeologists had recovered over 1000 fossils with no end in sight.
Landslides in Italy|
December 8, 2013 | The Telegraph
The Telegraph has a video that shows some of the damage caused by a massive landslide in Italy that occurred during heavy rains and flooding.
Rigs to Reef|
December 8, 2013 | Royal Dutch Shell / Gulf of Mexico Foundation
“The Shell-funded “Rigs to Reef: Towers of Life” film explores how offshore oil and natural gas platforms can double as important habitat for fish and marine life.” Quoted from the Royal Dutch Shell press release.
Can CO2 Injection Trigger Earthquakes?|
December 8, 2013 | The University of Texas at Austin
“A new study correlates a series of small earthquakes near Snyder, Texas between 2006 and 2011 with the underground injection of large volumes of gas, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) — a finding that is relevant to the process of capturing and storing CO2 underground.” Quoted from the Jackson School of Geosciences press release.
The Largest Recorded Fault Slip|
December 8, 2013 | National Geographic
The 2011 earthquake that produced the tsunami that devastated parts of Japan was the largest slip ever recorded and occurred on a fault that was lubricated with clay.
The Saturn Hexagon?|
December 6, 2013 | NASA
“NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole.
This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
Alberta Shale Resources|
December 6, 2013 | Alberta Geological Survey
The Alberta Geological Survey has published Summary of Alberta’s Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential. This is a 339-page publication with lots of maps, data and descriptive information.
You will find this report as item OFR 2012-06 on the linked page. The landing page also lists dozens of other reports on digital data, organic petrography, rock evaluation, geochemistry, pycnometry and more.
Water Discovered on Five Planets|
December 6, 2013 | NASA
“Two teams of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant exoplanets. The planets are not the size of Earth, but rather massive worlds known as hot Jupiters because they orbit so close to their stars. ” Quoted from the NASA press release.
How Wetlands Respond to Sea Level Rise|
December 6, 2013 | National Science Foundation
“Thanks to an intricate system of feedbacks, wetlands are remarkably good at building up soils to outpace sea level rise.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
Related: Interactive Sea Level Rise Maps
The Oldest Human DNA|
December 6, 2013 | New York Times
Scientists have recovered DNA from a fossil human who lived about 400,000 years ago. The oldest DNA before this specimen was about 300,000 years.
UAE Oil and Natural Gas Report|
December 6, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the 10 largest oil and natural gas producers in the world, and is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). In 2012, the UAE produced 2.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and condensates, the fourth highest total in OPEC.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
Tools for Geologists|
December 6, 2013 | Geology.com Store
The Geology.com store has a large selection of rock hammers, crack hammers, rock chisels, goggles, hand lenses, rock bags, leather cases, field books, wall maps, specimen kits and more.
Above the Clouds|
December 5, 2013 | USA.gov
“This photo shows what’s known as a cloud inversion at Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.” Quoted from the USA.gov blog.
NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker. Get a better view.