December 3, 2013 | Geology.com
They are called “anthill garnets” because they are found on and around the margins of anthills. The ants encounter the garnets while excavating their underground passages, haul them to the surface and discard them.
Related: What is Garnet?
What is Iris Agate?|
November 27, 2013 | Geology.com
““Iris Agate” is a name used for a finely-banded agate that produces a spectacular display of color when it is cut properly and illuminated from a direction that sends light through its very thin bands.”
November 27, 2013 | Geology.com Store
The Geology.com store has a great selection of field bags, backpacks, beltpacks, and cases to carry your gear in the field (or to the office).
New Room Discovered in the Carlsbad Caverns Ceiling|
November 20, 2013 | Caving News
“I remember being really shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening. There hasn’t been a room this big discovered in decades.” Quoted from Shawn Thomas, one of the explorers.
Misconceptions About Temperature|
November 18, 2013 | Veritasium on YouTube
This YouTube video by Veritasium explores some “Misconceptions About Temperature”.
Deepwater Oil from Brazil|
November 17, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“In August, Brazil’s oil production from the deepwater presalt fields was just over 300,000 barrels per day (bbl/d), according to Brazil’s federal oil, natural gas, and biofuels agency, and accounted for 15% of Brazil’s total crude oil production (2 million bbl/d).” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
How Trees Defy Gravity|
November 12, 2013 | Veritasium on YouTube
How can water be transported from the ground to the leaves at the top of a 100-meter-tall-tree?
Cutting Ice with Copper Wire vs Fishing Line?|
November 10, 2013 | YouTube
This interesting video shows how fast copper wire and fishing line can cut through a block of ice — which one cuts faster and why?
One of the Strongest Storms Ever to Hit Philippines|
November 7, 2013 | CNN
Super Typhoon Haiyan is not very wide, however it is approaching the Philippines with sustained winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts as strong as 235 miles per hour. It could produce a storm surge of more than fifty feet.
Related: What is a Storm Surge?
The Eagle Ford Shale in Mexico|
November 5, 2013 | Fuel Fix
The trend of the Texas Eagle Ford Shale continues across the border into Mexico. Some experts believe that Petroleos Mexicanos, the national oil company, will not be able to develop the Eagle Ford in the near future because they lack experience and equipment.
Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?
Natural Gas Flaring Lawsuits|
October 30, 2013 | New York Times
“Roughly 1,500 fires burn above western North Dakota because of the deliberate burning of natural gas by companies rushing to drill for oil without having sufficient pipelines to transport their production.”
Related: Natural Gas Flaring from Space
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.
The NSF EarthCube Project|
October 28, 2013 | National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation awarded $14.5 million in grants to support their EarthCube project. The goal of the awards is to foster better data accessibility on research topics, from the sun to the center of the Earth.
The Arizona Geological Survey received an EarthCube award for a project titled: EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance: An Agile Approach
Carbon Planets May Be Waterless|
October 27, 2013 | NASA
“Our sun is a carbon-poor star, and as result, our planet Earth is made up largely of silicates, not carbon. Stars with much more carbon than the sun, on the other hand, are predicted to make planets chock full of carbon, and perhaps even layers of diamond.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
October 13, 2013 | geology.com
Ametrine, a combination of amethyst and citrine is a bicolor quartz and a gemstone of growing popularity.
It is produced commercially from just one mine in the world, located in eastern Bolivia.
Websites Closed for Shutdown|
October 1, 2013 | Congress.gov
Lots of government websites are now closed because of the government shutdown.
Measuring Glaciers and Sea Ice by Satellite|
September 17, 2013 | European Space Agency
This article and visualization illustrates how the European Space Agency’s CryoSat Mission is returning valuable data on Earth’s glaciers and sea ice.
The Origin of Cosmic Rays?|
September 15, 2013 | University of Delaware
“The origin of cosmic rays in the universe has confounded scientists for decades. But a study by researchers using data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole reveals new information that may help unravel the longstanding mystery of exactly how and where these high-energy particles are produced.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
Life Found in an Antarctic Subglacial Lake|
September 11, 2013 | British Antarctic Survey
“What was surprising was the high biomass and diversity we found. This is the first time microbes have been identified living in the sediments of a subglacial Antarctic lake and indicates that life can exist and potentially thrive in environments we would consider too extreme.” Quoted from the British Antarctic Survey press release.
EIA Addresses Oil Supply Disruptions|
September 11, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Unplanned crude oil and liquid fuelssupply disruptionsmay occurfrequently inmany countries and for a variety ofreasons, including conflicts, natural disasters, and technical difficulties. Although crude oil and liquid fuels supply disruptions may occur at any time, recent outages have particularly unsettled the world market.”