Oil Reserves Growth|
March 6, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
These charts show how proved oil reserves have been increasing in some parts of the United States – especially in North Dakota.
Gold Cache is Taxable ?|
March 4, 2014 | SFGate.com
A couple in California found a cache of gold coins buried in their yard in February 2013. The coins were worth about $10 million. Now they are forced to sell some of the coins because their April 15th tax bill on the find is going to be about $5 million.
NASA Responds to California Drought|
March 4, 2014 | NASA
“The severity of California’s current drought is illustrated in these images of Folsom Lake, a reservoir in Northern California located 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento.” Quoted from the NASA image release.
Image Credit: California Department of Water Resources
Wildfires and Debris Flows|
February 27, 2014 | The Landslide Blog
The Landslide Blog has an interesting post on the association of wildfires and subsequent debris flows – with information on debris flow probability mapping.
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.
Premium Satellite Prints|
February 20, 2014 | MyTopo.com
MyTopo recently upgraded and enhanced their satellite imagery. Now, you can order custom satellite prints of the same image quality you see on sites like Bing, Zillow, and Google.
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Many Types of Sand|
February 16, 2014 | Geology.com
Most people are familiar with the tan or white silica sand that they see at the beach. However, sand is a much more diverse material as this photo gallery reveals.
February 16, 2014 | MyTopo.com
The folks at MyTopo.com are now printing TopoPhotos. They are aerial photographs with contour lines and topographic map annotations lightly superimposed. They give you the advantages of an aerial photograph but also include the elevation, road and place name details of a topographic map. You can use their website to order a TopoPhoto centered anywhere in the United States and have it printed in a variety of sizes in either landscape or portrait orientation. You can print them up to a huge 8′ x 5′ (or 5′ x 8′) in size.
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Data for the California Drought from the Grace Satellite
February 11, 2014 | National Geographic
A national geographic article explains how data from NASA’s Grace satellite has been useful for understanding the California drought.
Rare Earth Mine in Missouri?|
February 9, 2014 | Aljazeera America
This article takes a quick look at the rare earth element potential of the Pea Ridge Mine, located in southeastern Missouri and the Mountain Pass Mine in California.
Related: What are rare earth elements?
California Communities Cut off from their Primary Water Source?|
February 4, 2014 | San Jose Mercury News
An article on the San Jose Mercury News website explains how the California State Water Project does not expect to deliver any water this year because of the severe drought. This leaves numerous communities and agricultural areas, some of which normally receive most of their water from the project, left only with local supplies.
How Waves are Generated for Southern California|
February 2, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times has a short article with animated graphics that demonstrate how the big winter waves that hit Southern California are generated.
Drought in California|
January 21, 2014 | San Jose Mercury News
California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for his state. Reservoir levels are at extremely low levels and mountain snowpack is only 17% of normal.
Northridge Earthquake Web Exhibit|
January 14, 2014 | EarthquakeCountry.org
“The Northridge 20 Virtual Exhibit website presents teachable moments – to learn and reflect, to share and to act. Teeming with content, graphics and video recounting the events of January 1994, this exhibit seeks to empower and motivate us to make ourselves safer in future earthquakes.” Quoted from EarthquakeCountry.org.
Sea Level Rise on the California Coast|
January 14, 2014 | University of Southern California
“Los Angeles, a metropolis perched on the edge of a coast, can expect to experience sea level rise of as much as two feet due by 2050 due to climate change, according to current projections.” Quoted from the USC press release.
Mapping the Hollywood Fault|
January 9, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
The California Geological Survey has released new maps that show the Hollywood Fault trending under sites where major developments are planned. Read the article here and see the maps here.
Related: Google Map of the San Andreas Fault
Most Popular Items for December|
January 2, 2014 | Geology.com
The Saturn Hexagon?
The Utah Supervolcano
What is Ammolite?
Landslide on an Incredible Scale
Failure of the Midcontinent Rift
Zoom in on the San Andreas Fault
Price of Gold Falling
Size of the Yellowstone Magma Chamber Severely Underestimated?
Salaries and Employment of Recent Geoscience Graduates
The Largest Recorded Fault Slip
How Do They Steer the Horizontal Drill?
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.
Zoom in on the San Andreas Fault|
December 5, 2013 | Geology.com
After being down for a couple of days for a software update, our interactive San Andreas Fault map is back in action. You can use it to follow the approximate trace of the fault from the Salton Sea in Southern California to near Shelter Cove, north of San Francisco. For more information about the San Andreas Fault visit SanAndreasFault.org, a website by Dr. David Lynch, who provided data used to make the interactive map.
Bill Magee the Gem Miner|
November 24, 2013 | YouTube.com
An interesting video about Bill Magee, a gem miner who lived and found lots of gems in southern California. (His big find – about 1 1/2 tons of morganite crystals – is at about 22:30.)
Wildfire Areas at Risk for Flash Floods and Debris Flows|
November 11, 2013 | USGS
Although USGS does a lot of work related to wildfires, they also have a prominent role in providing information about flash flooding and debris flows in areas that have been burned.
More Problems at Paseo del Mar Landslide?|
November 11, 2013 | DailyBreeze.com
“A newly unearthed crack in the Paseo del Mar landslide area has reignited debate over a $28.8 million plan to reconnect the collapsed roadway.” Quoted from DailyBreeze.com.
Southern California Fireball|
November 7, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Last night a fireball streaked across Southern California and was seen by people in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Dr. Laura Danly of the Griffith Observatory explains in this video.
What is Petrified Wood?|
October 27, 2013 | Geology.com
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when dissolved materials in groundwater precipitate and petrify woody material.
Salaries and Employment Locations of Recent Geoscience Graduates|
October 24, 2013 | American Geosciences Institute
AGI’s National Geoscience Student Exit Survey asked recent degree recipients about their employment location and starting salaries. The top four employment states reported were Texas, California, Oklahoma and Colorado.