Taxing Oil and Natural Gas in Ohio?|
December 10, 2013 | Farm and Dairy
Record amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced from wells in Ohio and new proposals to tax the production are being debated.
Snow Mapping for Water Managers|
December 10, 2013 | NASA
“Unprecedented snowpack maps from NASA’s prototype Airborne Snow Observatory mission helped water managers for 2.6 million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area achieve near-perfect water operations this summer, despite the driest year in California’s recorded history.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
Failure of the Midcontinent Rift|
December 10, 2013 | Nature.com
Researchers are working to determine the cause of The Midcontinent Rift that began to tear what is now North America apart about one billion years ago and then failed.
A Record Temperature of Minus 93C|
December 10, 2013 | BBC
Using satellite thermal sensors, researchers have determined that a record low temperature of approximately minus 93.2C occurred on August 10, 2010 at a location in the center of Antarctica.
Coloured Gemstone Deposits in the Yukon|
December 10, 2013 | Yukon Geological Survey
Nice publications on the geology of gemstones are rare. Here is a nice open file report from the Yukon Geological Survey.
It is Open File Report 2004-10, “EXPLORATION CRITERIA FOR Coloured Gemstone Deposits in the Yukon” by Lori Walton.
Ancient Lake in the Gale Crater on Mars?|
December 10, 2013 | NASA
“This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The existence of a lake there billions of years ago was confirmed from examination of mudstone in the crater’s Yellowknife Bay area.”
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.