February 27, 2014 | Geology.com
Salt Domes are mounds or columns of salt that have risen above their parent rock unit because of the salt’s low specific gravity.
They serve as oil and natural gas reservoirs; sources of sulfur; sources of salt; underground storage sites for oil, natural gas and helium; and, disposal sites for hazardous waste.
Wall Maps of US States|
February 23, 2014 | 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.
Reviewing the New Madrid Earthquakes|
February 4, 2014 | Smithsonian.com
An article on the Smithsonian.com website looks back at the New Madrid, Missouri earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 (the strongest earthquakes in the recorded history of the conterminous 48 states) and looks forward to the possibility that similar events might occur in the future.
New Madrid is not Slowing Down|
January 30, 2014 | USGS
“Earthquake activity in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the central United States does not seem to be slowing down.
USGS investigates whether current quakes in the region could be aftershocks of large earthquakes that occurred 200 years earlier.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Inexpensive Landslide Sensors|
October 29, 2013 | University of Alabama in Huntsville
“Using technology found in cell phones, inexpensive sensors being tested at Monte Sano State Park might one day soon save lives by giving advance warning of deadly landslides in at-risk areas around the world.” Quoted from the University of Alabama in Huntsville press release.
Pacific Ocean Temperatures Influence Tornado Activity|
October 19, 2013 | University of Missouri
“Meteorologists often use information about warm and cold fronts to determine whether a tornado will occur in a particular area. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that the temperature of the Pacific Ocean could help scientists predict the type and location of tornado activity in the U.S.” Quoted from the University of Missouri press release.
Tornadoes Moving Uphill Cause More Damage?|
September 4, 2013 | Arkansas Newswire
While studying tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri researchers at the University of Arkansas discovered a few things that probably apply to all tornadoes…
* Tornadoes cause greater damage when they travel uphill.
* Tornadoes tend to climb toward higher elevations rather than going downhill.
* When a region is surrounded by hills, tornadoes skip or hop over valleys beneath and between these hills.
Sunken Cypress Forest in the Gulf of Mexico|
July 16, 2013 | CBS News
Scuba divers have discovered the remains of a “sunken cypress forest” in sixty feet of water, ten miles from land in the Gulf of Mexico.
Last Season for Sequoyah Caverns|
June 18, 2013 | Caving News
This summer will be the last season for guided tours at Sequoyah Caverns in Alabama. It will close to the public on September 3.
New Roadside Geology of Georgia|
May 30, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Pamela Gore and William Witherspoon have recently published “Roadside Geology of Georgia“, a new guidebook in the Mountain Press Roadside Geology Series.
This is a field guidebook for the state of Georgia with road logs and maps that describe the physical and historical geology.
Fee Mining Sites
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May 24, 2013 | RockTumbler.com
Lots of people enjoy going to fee mining sites where you can prospect inactive surface mines, mine tailings, soil, sediments or outcrops and keep any rocks, gems, minerals or fossils that you find. Examples include: Herkimer Diamond Mines where you can search for doubly-terminated quartz crystals, and Crater of Diamonds where you might be lucky enough to find a real diamond.