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The Bunder Diamond Project
March 13, 2014 | Rio Tinto Diamonds

The opening of new diamond mines are rare events anywhere in the world and Rio Tinto’s Bunder Project is the first new diamond mine to open in India in over 40 years.

Related: How Do Diamonds Form?

What is Sunstone?
March 9, 2014 | Geology.com

What happens when minute flakes of copper in a common orientation are scattered through a piece of transparent feldspar?

Record Number of International Students
November 14, 2013 | Christian Science Monitor

During the 2012-2013 school year the number of international students attending universities in the United States increased by more than 7% over the previous year to over 800,000 students. China, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are the four countries sending the most students.

Kedarnath Debris Flow Disaster
November 4, 2013 | The Landslide Blog

Dave Petley has posted a set of photos of a debris flow that overran the town of Kedarnath, India taken by Vaibhav Kaul.

India Headed to Mars
November 4, 2013 | Calgary Herald

If all goes according to plans, India will launch a spacecraft to Mars on Tuesday, November 5th. So far there have been 40 attempts to reach Mars by the United States, the Soviet Union, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Only 23 missions have been successful.

Cyclone Phailin
October 13, 2013 | Reuters

Early “forceful” warnings and hundreds of cyclone shelters saved lives when Cyclone Phailin moved across the Bay of Bengal and struck the eastern coast of India. Reuters reports that over a million people lost their homes.

Higher Gas Prices in India and China
July 26, 2013 | The Motley Fool

The governments in India and China have raised the price of natural gas in hopes that the higher price will increase domestic exploration.

Floods and Landslides in India
June 20, 2013 | Boston Globe

Floods and landslides in India have killed at least 100 people and stranded thousands.

Shale Boom Not Happening Outside USA
May 14, 2013 | RigZone.com

A RigZone.com article explains why the natural gas from shale boom that has occurred in the United States is not making much of a bang in many other countries.

Energy Consumption Growth in India
April 8, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

India is the fourth-largest energy consumer in the world, has the tenth-largest economy, and the third largest economy when GDP is adjusted for inflation and purchasing power. This inflation-adjusted GDP has grown at over 7% per year since 2000

India Energy Report
March 21, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“In 2011, India was the fourth largest energy consumer in the world after the United States, China, and Russia. [...] India’s energy policy above all focuses on securing energy sources to meet the needs of its growing economy. Primary energy consumption has more than doubled between 1990 and 2011.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country report.

February: Most Popular News Items
March 1, 2013 | Geology.com

The India-Asia Collision (MIT News)

Earth Flyby Reality Check (NASA)

68,000-Year Record of Greenhouse Gases (NSF)

Meteoroid Explodes Over Russia – Hundreds Injured (CNN)

What is Killing the Coral? (NSF)

Underwater Logging (Takepart.com)

Ancient Eruptions and Global Warming (Climate Central)

The India-Asia Collision
February 12, 2013 | MIT News

“India came running full speed at Asia and boom, they collided,” says Jagoutz, an author of the paper.

“But we actually don’t think it was one collision … this changes dramatically the way we think the India/Asia collision works.”

Quoted from the MIT press release.

Haze Over Bangladesh
January 20, 2013 | NASA's Earth Observatory

“On January 10, NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of haze hugging the Himalayas and spilling out into the Ganges delta and Bengal Sea.The haze likely resulted from a combination of urban and industrial pollution, agricultural fires, and a regional meteorological phenomenon known as a temperature inversion.” Quoted from the NASA image release.

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