Ice-Free Shipping Through the Arctic|
March 6, 2014 | Nature.com
A post on the Nature News Blog reports that by 2030 the Norther Sea Route through the Arctic Ocean above Eurasia is expected to be navigable for nine weeks per year. The Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is expected to be navigable for five weeks per year.
Syria Oil and Gas Report|
March 2, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
“Syria’s energy sector is in turmoil because of the ongoing hostilities between government and opposition forces. Syria’s oil and natural gas production has declined dramatically since March 2011 because of the conflict and because of the subsequent imposition of sanctions by the United States and European Union in particular. Syria’s energy sector is unlikely to recover in the near term.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s country report.
Exporting Natural Gas from the Haynesville Shale|
February 27, 2014 | Bloomberg
Production of natural gas from the Haynesville Shale has been falling in response to low gas prices and more lucrative drilling opportunities. Some believe that the solution is in exporting the gas to Asia where prices are much higher.
An LNG Construction Boom for the Gulf Coast?|
February 25, 2014 | FoxNews.com
The natural gas industry is currently pushing to build more export facilities that will liquefy natural gas and load it onto transport ships that will deliver it to destinations in Asia and other parts of the world where natural gas prices are much higher than in the United States. Many of those LNG facilities would likely be built along the US Gulf Coast. The hope is that this will reduce the glut of natural gas in the USA market and support prices. Current LNG terminals along the Gulf are shown in the map below from the EIA Energy Mapping System.
Energy Through the South China Sea|
February 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
“Stretching from Singapore and the Strait of Malacca chokepoint in the southwest to the Strait of Taiwan in the northeast, the South China Sea is one of the most important energy trade routes in the world. Almost a third of global crude oil and over half of global liquefied natural gas passes through the South China Sea each year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.
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The Seti River Disaster|
January 28, 2014 | NASA Earth Observatory
The first sign of trouble for residents along the upper Seti River in Nepal was the water. In late April and early May 2012, what was usually a roaring river had slowed to a trickle. And the milky-white water—colored by rock flour from glaciers upstream in the Sabche Cirque—had turned blue and clear. Residents regarded the river changes as bizarre, but nobody connected the slowdown to anything dangerous upstream. So it came as a surprise when a slurry of sediment, rock, and water suddenly surged through the valley on May 5, 2012, obliterating dozens of homes and sweeping 72 people to their deaths.
Formation of the South China Sea|
January 28, 2014 | Nature.com
An international team of scientists will depart on an expedition to learn about the geologic history of the South China Sea aboard the JOIDES Resolution drilling vessel.
Snow in the Middle East?|
December 17, 2013 | NASA's Earth Observatory
NASA’s Earth Observatory has a satellite image showing snow on the ground from a recent storm in the Middle East. Jerusalem had over one foot of snow, knocking out power for thousands of households. Amman, Jordan received about eighteen inches.
Shell Backs Out of Gas to Liquids Plant|
December 15, 2013 | Bloomberg
Royal Dutch Shell was planning to spend $20 billion on a natural gas-to-liquids plant on the Gulf coast but cancelled the project. They are not new to this business as they own the largest gas-to-liquids plant in the world in Qatar and another one of the largest in Malaysia. They are also building the world’s largest floating LNG plant for a field off the coast of Australia.
If you watch the news about natural gas you have seen a huge rush to permit LNG plants that will export natural gas out of the United States, other companies getting into the LNG and gas-to-liquids businesses, multiple natural gas developments off the coastlines of every continent but Antarctica, countries all over the world realizing that they have a huge amount of natural gas in shale, enormous amounts of gas being flared instead of captured and all of that is before we count gas in the polar regions and methane hydrates.
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?