Shale Production Outside of the USA|
November 21, 2013 | Bloomberg
Bloomberg has an article that summarizes some of the efforts to produce oil and natural gas from shale outside of the United States. Some of these countries lack the equipment and expertise to develop the wells and are forming agreements with experienced companies.
Typhoon Haiyan Kills at Least 10000|
November 9, 2013 | Reuters
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines as a Category 5 typhoon, with winds gusting up to 170 miles per hour, swamping coastal areas in storm surge and destroying thousands of buildings that were in its path.
Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Report|
October 28, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
Kazakhstan, an oil producer since 1911, has the second largest oil reserves as well as the second largest oil production among the former Soviet republics after Russia. Given this abundance of oil, about 64% of the country’s energy consumption is attributed to coal.
LNG on the Canadian Pacific Coast|
October 17, 2013 | Financial Post
Ten LNG plants have been proposed to convert natural gas into a liquid and ship it to overseas markets from Canada’s Pacific coast.
Related: What is LNG?
Typhoon Nari Hits Vietnam|
October 15, 2013 | Reuters
Over 100,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam as Typhoon Nari hit the coast.
Eruptions a Sakurajima|
October 13, 2013 | National Geographic
National Geographic has a short article on Sakurajima, a volcano in Japan that is continuously in eruption.
A $40 Billion Oil Project in the Caspian Sea|
October 3, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
Eni, Shell, Total, and ExxonMobil have invested over $40 billion to develop oil production facilities in the Caspian Sea. They are tapping the Kashagan Field, the largest field outside of the Middle East with an estimated 13 billion barrels of proved reserves.
The Impact of Fragmenting a Forest Environment|
October 2, 2013 | New York Times
In 1987, Thailand built a dam on the Khlong Saeng river. As the reservoir filled it transformed over 100 forested hilltops into islands. Now each island, along with its plant and animal inhabitants, is an experiment to test what happens with a forest environment is fragmented.
Crustal Processes in the Himalaya|
September 25, 2013 | Speaking of Geoscience Blog
The Speaking of Geoscience blog has an interesting article that explores crustal deformation in the Himalaya.
What Happened at Mount Paektu in North Korea?|
September 24, 2013 | Slate.com
Mount Paektu is a volcano near the border between North Korea and China. About 1000 years ago it produced one of the largest eruptions in human history. The North Korean government recently allowed researchers from Imperial College London and Cambridge University to visit the volcano and collaborate with North Korean scientists.
Most Threatened Cities and Metro Areas|
September 23, 2013 | Quartz
Quartz has a summary article that illustrates: “The 10 cities most threatened by a damaging natural disaster” and “The metro areas most threatened by a natural disaster” (data from Swiss Re). The most threatened are in Asia with earthquakes and flooding as the major threats.
The Largest Deep Earthquake Ever Recorded|
September 22, 2013 | University of California Santa Cruz
“A magnitude 8.3 earthquake that struck deep beneath the Sea of Okhotsk on May 24, 2013, has left seismologists struggling to explain how it happened. At a depth of about 609 kilometers (378 miles), the intense pressure on the fault should inhibit the kind of rupture that took place.” Quoted from the University of California Santa Cruz press release.
Yemen Oil and Gas Report|
September 19, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Although Yemen is not a major hydrocarbon producer relative to some of the other countries in the Middle East, oil and natural gas resources are sufficient to enable exports. However, Yemen’s difficult security environment hinders the production and transport of those resources.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.
Gem Mining in Cambodia|
September 19, 2013 | Gemological Institute of America
The Gemological Institute of America has two short videos that show mining for sapphire, ruby and other gems in Cambodia.
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?
Azerbaijan Oil and Gas Report|
September 11, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Azerbaijan, wholly located within the South Caspian Sea basin, is among the oldest oil producers in the world. Oil and gas development and export is central to Azerbaijan’s economic growth. The country is one of Caspian region’s most important strategic export openings to the West.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.
Shipping LNG from Canada to Asia?|
September 10, 2013 | Bloomberg.com
BG Group plans to build a pipeline from Canadian natural gas fields to the Pacific coast where the gas will be converted into LNG for shipment to Asian markets.
Related: What is LNG?
Malaysia Oil and Gas Report|
September 10, 2013 | Energy Information Administratio
” Malaysia is the second largest oil and natural gas producer in Southeast Asia, the second largest exporter of liquefied natural gas globally, and is strategically located amid important routes for seaborne energy trade.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.
Dashboard Cam Captures Massive Rock Fall|
September 1, 2013 | The Telegraph
In northern Taiwan an enormous rock misses a car by perhaps one or two feet. The incident was captured by the dashboard cam of a following car. See the video on The Telegraph website.
Oil and Gas from the Caspian Sea Region|
August 30, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
The Caspian Sea region is one of the oldest oil-producing areas in the world and is an increasingly important source of global energy production.