The Increasing Importance of Railroads to the Energy Sector|
December 12, 2013 | The Oklahoman
An article on The Oklahoman website explains the growing importance of railroads to the energy sector. More crude oil and frac sand are being shipped by rail today than ever before.
NASA Hazard Warning Systems|
December 12, 2013 | NASA
“Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have enhanced existing GPS technologies to develop new systems for California and elsewhere to warn of hazards from earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
2014 Mineral Shows|
December 12, 2013 | The-Vug.com
The-Vug.com has a comprehensive list of mineral shows for 2014. There are probably at least a couple of shows scheduled near you!
A Hotspot Under Antarctica?|
December 12, 2013 | Live Science
Researchers have discovered a slow velocity zone under the Marie Byrd Land area of Antarctica, which together with volcanoes above and below the ice suggest the presence of a hotspot.
European Cave Expedition Videos|
December 12, 2013 | Caving News
“Two new potential cave systems were found and partially explored during a joint Georgian-Lithuanian reconnaissance expedition to central Georgia in September 2013.” Quoted from the CavingNews.com announcement.
Seasonal Changes on Mars|
December 12, 2013 | NASA
“NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings — possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
Sea Level Rise and Sinking Land|
December 12, 2013 | USGS
“Communities and coastal habitats in the southern Chesapeake Bay region face increased flooding because, as seawater levels are rising in the bay, the land surface is also sinking. A USGS report concludes that intensive groundwater withdrawals are a major cause of the sinking land, or ‘land subsidence’, that contributes to flooding risks in the region.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Related: Maps of Sea Level Rise
Rough Diamond Exports from Russia|
December 12, 2013 | The Israeli Diamond Industry
The Russian government has decided to allow rough diamonds to be exported from any part of the country. Until now, only rough stones from the Republic of Yakutia could be exported.
December 12, 2013 | National Geographic
National Geographic has an article on “green lightning, which is more common than most people realize.
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.