“The Ukraine-Russia crisis has Congress and the Obama administration rushing to consider monumental changes to accelerate exports of natural gas that will permanently and negatively affect the energy landscape for natural gas domestically.” Quoted from the Houston Chronicle. (Many people will disagree with this article both from a political and economic perspective. An different view can be found here and a dual perspective here.)
“The 1991 rockslides at Randa consisted of two separate collapse events on April 18 and May 9, which released in total a cumulative volume of approximately 30 million cubic meters of rock.” Quote from Wikipedia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
“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.
Scientific American has a new article titled “June 8, 1783: How the “Laki-eruptions” changed History”. The volcano may have been responsible for short term climate variations that caused years of crop failure in Europe.
CavingNews.com has a video about Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, the deepest cave in the UK. The video takes you through some interesting stream and through some high gymnastic passages. Includes a few unique speleothems.
This Ski-Powder.com video clearly shows the speed and power of an avalanche. It appears to have been filmed by a climber who calmly filmed the event and panned up and down the chute to show final streams of snow and water. An instant rainbow formed when the snow hit the river.
After maintaining a low simmer for ten months, Italy’s Etna volcano boiled over on February 19–20, 2013, with three outbursts in 36 hours. According to the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, each outburst (paroxysm) featured “emission of lava flows, pyroclastic flows, lahars, and an ash cloud.” Quoted from NASA Earth Observatory.
Turkey consumes much more oil and natural gas than it produces – and consumption rates are growing rapidly.
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