Roadside Geology Guides|
March 9, 2014 | Geology.com Store
Since 1972 the “Roadside Geology” series has provided introductory information on the geology of states and small regions of the United States.
The books provide a combination of maps, travel logs, photos and commentary for the geology that can be seen along highways or visited at parks and public viewing areas. They are popular with geologists, teachers, students and others who are interested in the Earth.
Wall Maps of US States|
February 23, 2014 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
February 16, 2014 | MyTopo.com
The folks at MyTopo.com are now printing TopoPhotos. They are aerial photographs with contour lines and topographic map annotations lightly superimposed. They give you the advantages of an aerial photograph but also include the elevation, road and place name details of a topographic map. You can use their website to order a TopoPhoto centered anywhere in the United States and have it printed in a variety of sizes in either landscape or portrait orientation. You can print them up to a huge 8′ x 5′ (or 5′ x 8′) in size.
We are affiliates of MyTopo.com and receive a commission on sales.
New York Energy Plan Silent on Hydraulic Fracturing|
January 12, 2014 | StarGazette.com
Although New York’s state government calls for an expanded use of natural gas for clean energy reasons, it does not address hydraulic fracturing – the currently banned process that could greatly accelerate gas production in the state.
USGS Publishes Fire Island Coastal Change Website|
December 22, 2013 | USGS
The United States Geological Survey has a new website that documents coastal change that is occurring on Fire Island, where winds and waves are modifying the beaches and dunes of the barrier island.
Data is also presented on how Hurricane Sandy modified the island.
Image at right by USGS.
Cheap Natural Gas in Manhattan?|
November 13, 2013 | Businessweek.com
Very few things are cheap in Manhattan, however, on Halloween the price of natural gas there was 40 cents cheaper than in Louisiana. Although that was a short-term price instability the first new natural gas pipeline onto the island in 40 years should offer a little price relief.
Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Protection for NYC?|
November 3, 2013 | PBS
Flood protection experts in the Netherlands are shocked that a vulnerable and important city like New York does not have storm surge and sea level rise protection.
Partial Solar Eclipse Visible on Sunday Morning from the East Coast|
November 1, 2013 | NASA
“The final event of 2013 is the most interesting eclipse of the year. It is one of the rare hybrid or annular/total eclipses in which some sections of the path are annular while other parts are total. The duality comes about when the vertex of the Moon’s umbral shadow pierces Earth’s surface at some locations, but falls short of the planet along other sections of the path.” Quoted from the NASA website.
People as far west as Pittsburgh should be able to see the eclipse. Observing from the east coast.
EYE SAFETY during a solar eclipse.
The Costs of Superstorm Sandy|
October 29, 2013 | USA Today
One year later, a tally of the cost of Superstorm Sandy in dollars, lives, homes, power and more.
What is Petrified Wood?|
October 27, 2013 | Geology.com
Petrified Wood is a fossil that forms when dissolved materials in groundwater precipitate and petrify woody material.
How Sandy Changed Storm Warnings|
October 24, 2013 | EarthMagazine.org
Earth Magazine recently published an article titled: “A hurricane by any other name: How Sandy changed the way we issue storm warnings”.
New LNG Storage and Fueling Facilities in New York??|
September 29, 2013 | Star-Telegram.com
After a 1973 explosion that killed 40 people, New York regulators are now considering a change that will allow new liquefied natural gas storage and fueling facilities to be built in the state.
Zero Demand for Natural Gas Leases in New York|
September 11, 2013 | Bloomberg.com
An article on the Bloomberg website tracks Chesapeake Energy’s natural gas activities in New York, from acquiring their first leases in 2000 for a few dollars per acre to walking away from the state and leaving their investments behind.
Man-Made Dunes Protected Against Sandy|
September 8, 2013 | National Geographic
National Geographic has an article about how man-made sand dunes along the coastline provided protection in October 2012 against Hurricane Sandy.
Sandy Eroded Half of Fire Island Beaches and Dunes|
August 27, 2013 | USGS
“Beaches and dunes on Fire Island, New York, lost more than half of their pre-storm volume during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the area more vulnerable to future storms.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Maps of Segregation and Diversity|
August 20, 2013 | Slate
Slate has published an interesting collection of maps that illustrate geographic segregation and diversity of the United States and several urban areas at different scales.
Chesapeake to Drop New York Leases?|
August 14, 2013 | Reuters
Chesapeake Energy has been sitting on thousands of acres of natural gas leases in New York without the ability to drill. The company could be walking away from those leases as they expire instead of renewing them.
New Topo Maps for IN IA NC PA and VA|
August 4, 2013 | USGS
USGS has published nearly 4000 new topo maps covering the states of Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Retired maps can be downloaded at their Historical Topographic Map Collection. New maps are available for free download from The National Map.”
These maps are beautiful. If you want to see a sample we have Mammoth Cave, Kentucky unzipped and ready for you to download – but be warned that it is a really big file (30 megs) and will take quite a while to download – but well worth the wait…
If you have Adobe Reader or equivalent software, click here, get the download started, go for coffee, come back to a great map. Be sure to zoom in to see the great detail.
Fee Mining Sites
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May 24, 2013 | RockTumbler.com
Lots of people enjoy going to fee mining sites where you can prospect inactive surface mines, mine tailings, soil, sediments or outcrops and keep any rocks, gems, minerals or fossils that you find. Examples include: Herkimer Diamond Mines where you can search for doubly-terminated quartz crystals, and Crater of Diamonds where you might be lucky enough to find a real diamond.
Extreme Algal Blooms|
April 5, 2013 | National Science Foundation
“A 2011 record-breaking algae bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme precipitation, followed by weak lake circulation and warm temperatures, scientists have discovered.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
Earthquakes and NYC Brownstones|
March 1, 2013 | NBC News
Researchers use shake tables to simulate the performance retrofitted and unretrofitted New York City masonry buildings, locally known as “brownstones”. The article includes an interesting video.
Working Deep Beneath Manhattan|
February 21, 2013 | NBC News
The NBC News website features a few photos from the East Side Access project where workers are expanding the New York mass transit system by driving enormous tunnels through bedrock hundreds of feet beneath the busy streets of Manhattan.
Hurricane Sandy Beach Restoration|
February 13, 2013 | BOEM Ocean Science
The most recent issue of BOEM Ocean Science has information about beach restoration projects in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.
100 Years Ago: Haverstraw Landslide|
January 8, 2013 | LoHud.com
“On Jan. 8, 1906, the ground around the waterfront in Haverstraw slid into a giant sinkhole. Years of digging up river clay for the area’s brickyards went too far, as a crescent-shaped pit at least 150 feet deep opened up and swallowed five streets, two blocks and 21 buildings.” Quoted from the LoHud.com article.