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.
Oldest Human Footprints Outside of Africa|
February 20, 2014 | BBC
Footprints more than 800,000 years old have been found along the coast of England. They are evidence of the earliest humans in Europe.
Big Oil and Polish Shale Gas|
February 6, 2014 | Bloomberg
Poland could have some of the best shale gas resources in Europe but major energy companies lost interest in the country for regulatory, tax and political reasons. Now new leadership in Poland is trying to entice them to return.
Bat Recovery in Europe?|
February 6, 2014 | National Geographic
Over the past several years, white-nose syndrome has been killing tremendous numbers of bats in the United States. However, a new study in Europe shows several species experiencing a rise in population.
4000 Cubic Meter Rockfall Video|
January 30, 2014 | The Landslide Blog
The Landslide Blog has photos and a video of a spectacular rockfall that occurred last week in Italy. Fortunately, miraculously, no one was killed.
Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page.
Another article with higher resolution images can be found here.
Eyjafjallajokull Contingency Plan for the UK|
January 5, 2014 | Scotsman.com
Scientists in the UK are working on a contingency plan that they hope will be useful when an Icelandic volcano such as Laki or Eyjafjallajökull erupts. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull caused flight cancellations and volcanic air pollution across Europe.
Reading the Scrolls of Herculaneum|
December 29, 2013 | BBC
A small library of scrolls scorched by the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius, could be the greatest treasure unearthed at Herculaneum – but “reading” them is incredibly difficult.
Related: Vesuvius: Eruptions and Plate Tectonics
Exploring Pwll Y Gwynt|
December 15, 2013 | Caving News
Caving News has an interesting video that shows some recent explorations at Pwll Y Gwynt cave in South Wales.
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.
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.