European Cave Expedition Videos|
December 12, 2013 | Caving News
“Two new potential cave systems were found and partially explored during a joint Georgian-Lithuanian reconnaissance expedition to central Georgia in September 2013.” Quoted from the CavingNews.com announcement.
Landslides in Italy|
December 8, 2013 | The Telegraph
The Telegraph has a video that shows some of the damage caused by a massive landslide in Italy that occurred during heavy rains and flooding.
The Alum Shale of Denmark|
December 4, 2013 | USGS
“The Alum Shale in Denmark contains an estimated mean of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate comes from the first-ever USGS assessment of shale gas resources in Denmark.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
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.
Cave Exploration in Montenegro|
November 10, 2013 | Caving News
Students and graduates from York University have been exploring caves the mountains of Durmitor, Montenegro.
Poland is Building an LNG Import Terminal?|
November 5, 2013 | TheHill.com
Poland is making what some might consider the “risky” move of building an LNG import facility in anticipation of receiving low priced gas from other countries.
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.
Vajont Dam Disaster 50th Anniversary|
October 1, 2013 | The Landslide Blog
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the Vajont Dam disaster. The Landslide Blog links to web resources about the event.
Costa Concordia Free from Rocks|
September 17, 2013 | BBC
Engineers have rotated the Costa Concordia about 20 degrees, freeing it from the rocks. A few more degrees and it will begin to right itself in response to gravity.
Raising the Costa Concordia|
September 16, 2013 | CNN
Salvage engineers plan to move the Costa Concordia to an upright position today. CNN has several interesting pages for this project.
This video summarizes what is said to be the largest salvage operation in history.
This interactive shows the steps that will be taken to move the ship.
This photo gallery documents some of the work done so far.
Reflected Light from a Building Melts a Jaguar XJ|
September 5, 2013 | National Geographic
A new building in London is covered with mirrors and the south-facing side has a slightly curved shape. That, combine with intense autumn sun, has caused it to melt plastic parts on a Jaguar XJ parked nearby and cause other damage to unfortunate objects in its “hot spot”.
Brickworks Dig: South Wales|
September 4, 2013 | CavingNews
CavingNews has a video of the work being done to manually dig-out a sediment-filled cave at Penwyllt, South Wales. They have removed thousands of tons of sediment to clear 160 feet of passages to a depth of about 50 feet.
Flash Flood Traps 26 Cavers|
September 3, 2013 | Caving News
A group of people on a cave tour in Austria were trapped for a few hours when flood waters blocked their exit route.
2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Seiches in Norwegian Fjords|
August 26, 2013 | LiveScience
The March 11, 2011 Magnitude 9.0 earthquake that shook northeastern Japan also produced seiches in Norweigian fjords.
Lost in a Cave for Four Days|
August 25, 2013 | Caving News
Four cavers made some wrong turns while exploring a large cave system in Spain. They were rescued by searchers four days after entering the cave.
The Influence of Neandertals on Early European Manufacturing|
August 23, 2013 | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
“Modern humans replaced Neandertals in Europe about 40 thousand years ago, but the Neandertals’ capabilities are still greatly debated. Some argue that before they were replaced, Neandertals had cultural capabilities similar to modern humans, while others argue that these similarities only appear once modern humans came into contact with Neandertals.” Quoted from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
White-Nose in the UK|
August 18, 2013 | CavingNews.com
The fungus responsible for the white-nose syndrome has been discovered on live bats at five sites in the UK.
New Portuguese Troglobite|
August 15, 2013 | Caving News
A new cave-dwelling millipede has been discovered in a cave in southern Portugal.
Related: What is a Troglobite?
Sinkhole Photos – Wow!|
July 30, 2013 | The Atlantic
This has to be the most impressive collection of sinkhole photos ever assembled.
$735M on Black Sea Exploration?|
July 16, 2013 | Bloomberg
Exxon Mobil plans to spend $735 million on exploration and test wells in the Black Sea. This will be some of the first exploration in the Black Sea.