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.
Major Oil and Gas Discovery Offshore Angola|
December 5, 2013 | Reuters
Cobalt International Energy reports a discovery off the coast of Angola that could hold 700 million to 1.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
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.
First Known Zircon from Mars|
November 21, 2013 | The Australian
“An analysis of one of the 70-odd Martian meteorites discovered so far, a chunk of rock found several years ago by Bedouins in the Sahara Desert, has revealed the first known fragments of zircon from the red planet.” Quoted from The Australian press release.
Related: Meteorite Articles
The Worlds Largest Emerald Mine|
November 14, 2013 | Gemfields Plc on YouTube
This video shows a few activities at Gemfields’s Kagem Emerald Mine in Zambia.
Libya Oil and Gas Report|
November 6, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Libya is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the holder of Africa’s largest proved oil reserves, and an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude oil.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.
Most Viewed News in October|
November 1, 2013 | Geology.com
Egypt Fears a Dam on the Nile in Ethiopia
235 Carat Diamond Found in Siberia
Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates
Nice Yellow Diamond Found in Arkansas
What Caused the Sudden Explosion of Animal Life 520MYA?
Walking Away from One of the World’s Largest Gold Discoveries?
Shell Walks Away from Oil Shale
Granitizers vs Magmatists
Natural Gas Flaring from Space|
October 30, 2013 | Geology.com
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.
First Evidence for a Comet Striking Earth|
October 8, 2013 | University of Witwatersrand
“The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.” Quoted from the University of Witwatersrand press release.
Egypt Fears a Dam on the Nile in Ethiopia|
October 1, 2013 | National Geographic
Ethiopia is building a hydroelectric dam on the Nile River. Downstream Egypt is concerned about a loss of water through evaporation, infiltration, irrigation and other diversions that could damage their economy and cause a loss of generating capacity at their Aswan hydroelectric project.
Icelandic Expertise for Ethiopian Geothermal|
September 30, 2013 | Bloomberg.com
Iceland is a country with demonstrated expertise in developing geothermal energy of all types. Now an Icelandic company has agreed to a geothermal project that might bring up to 1,000 megawatts of capacity to Ethiopia.
Pipeline Sabotage in Nigeria|
September 25, 2013 | Industry Week
Thieves damaged a crude oil pipeline in Nigera that will force Shell to stop exporting 150,000 barrels per day until a repair is completed. Oil companies operating in Nigeria are plagued with vandalism and theft.
Climate Change and the Spread of Malaria|
September 25, 2013 | MIT News
“As public-health officials continue to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, researchers are trying to predict how climate change will impact the disease, which infected an estimated 219 million people in 2010 and is the fifth leading cause of death worldwide among children under age 5.” Quoted from the MIT press release.
Sapphire Mining in Madagascar|
September 23, 2013 | Gemological Institute of America
The Gemological Institute of America has an article about mining sapphires from the Ilakaka-Sakaraha deposit – the world’s largest sapphire producer.
Related: Corundum – The Mineral of Sapphire and Ruby
Aquifers in Northern Kenya|
September 11, 2013 | UNESCO
“Two aquifers – the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer and the Lodwar Basin Aquifer – were identified using advanced satellite exploration technology. Their existence was then confirmed by drilling conducted recently by UNESCO, but there is need for further studies to adequately quantify the reserves and to assess the quality of the water.” Quoted from the UNESCO press release.
Natural Gas from Mozambique to Asian Customers|
September 11, 2013 | Reuters
During the past few years Anadarko has discovered an enormous amount of natural gas off the coast of Mozambique. Now they are planning a large LNG project and marketing the gas to Asian buyers.
Related: What is LNG?
Protests Shut Down Libyan Oil Fields|
September 10, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“During July and August 2013, protests at major oil loading ports in the central-eastern region of Libya forced the complete or partial shut-in of oil fields linked to the ports. As a result of protests at ports and at some oil fields, crude oil production fell to 1.0 million bbl/d in July and 600,000 bbl/d in August. [...] At the end of August, an armed group blocked pipelines that connect the El Sharara and El Feel fields to the Zawiya and Mellitah export terminals, respectively, forcing the shutdown of those fields.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration special report.
BP Drills Deepest Nile Delta Well|
September 10, 2013 | BP.com
“BP Egypt announced a significant gas discovery in the East Nile Delta. The deepwater exploration well, named Salamat, is the deepest well ever drilled in the Nile Delta. [...] The well was drilled using the sixth generation semi-submersible rig “Maersk Discoverer” in water depth of 649 metres and reaching a total depth of around 7,000 metres.” Quoted from the BP press release.
Related: Satellite View of Oil Fields at Night
Sudan and South Sudan Oil and Gas Report|
September 5, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011. Most of the oil is now produced in South Sudan, but the country is landlocked and remains dependent on Sudan because it must use Sudan’s export pipelines and processing facilities. In early 2012, South Sudan voluntarily shut in all of its oil production because of a dispute with Sudan over oil transit fees.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country analysis brief.
Eastern Mediterranean Natural Gas|
August 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Offshore natural gas discoveries in the Levant Basin have the potential to significantly alter energy supply dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean region and could spur natural gas exports in the near future.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration press release.