Russia Oil and Gas Report|
November 26, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Russia is the second-largest producer of dry natural gas and third-largest liquid fuels producer in the world. Despite its significant reserves of coal, it produces only modest amount of coal. Russia’s economy is highly dependent on its hydrocarbons, and oil and gas revenues account for more than 50% of the federal budget revenues.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
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.
NASA Describes the Chelyabinsk Meteoroid Event|
November 10, 2013 | NASA
NASA has a short article that describes the Chelyabinsk Meteoroid Event. Two interesting paragraphs from their article….
Jenniskens and Popova calculated the impact speed of the meteor at 42,500 mph. As the meteor penetrated through the atmosphere, it efficiently fragmented into pieces, peaking at 19 miles above the surface. At that point the light of the meteor appeared brighter than the sun, even for people 62 miles away.
Due to the extreme heat, many of the pieces of the debris vaporized before falling out of the orange glowing debris cloud. Scientists believe that between 9,000 to 13,000 pounds of meteorites fell to the ground. This included one fragment approximately 1,400 pound recovered from Lake Chebarkul on October 16, 2013, by professional divers guided by Ural Federal University researchers.
Related: Meteorite Articles
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.
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1000 Pound Fragment of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite?|
October 17, 2013 | RT.com
Divers have recovered several pieces of what they believe is the Chelyabinsk meteorite from a lake in the Ural Mountains.
235 Carat Diamond Found in Siberia|
October 10, 2013 | RIA Novosti
Alrosa, the state-controlled diamond mining company of Russia, reports that they have found a 235 carat gem-quality diamond at their Yakutia mine in Siberia. The stone is valued at $1.5 to $2 million US.
Related: Popigai: The World’s Largest Diamond Deposit?
Understanding Deep Earthquakes|
October 10, 2013 | Argonne National Laboratory
“Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan.” Quoted from the Argonne National Laboratory press release.
Oil and Gas from the Caspian Sea Region|
August 30, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
The Caspian Sea region is one of the oldest oil-producing areas in the world and is an increasingly important source of global energy production.
Potash Price Collapse?|
August 1, 2013 | Arizona Geology Blog
“The world’s potash industry imploded today as Russia’s Uralkali withdrew from the Belarus Potash Corporation one of two global potash cartels that control about 70% of the world’s potash production. ” Quoted from the Arizona Geology Blog.
Olympic Gold Plus Meteoritic Iron|
July 29, 2013 | Gizmondo.com
Some of the gold medals awarded at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will contain pieces of the meteorite that fell over Russia on February 15, 2013. Only gold medals awarded on the one-year anniversary of the fall will contain a piece of the meteorite.
Related: What are Meteorites?
Top Diamond Producers|
July 18, 2013 | Geology.com
Botswana, Russia and Canada retained their positions as the top three gem quality diamond producers for 2012 according to production estimates from the United States Geological Survey.
Related: Diamond Mines in Canada
$735M on Black Sea Exploration?|
July 16, 2013 | Bloomberg
Exxon Mobil plans to spend $735 million on exploration and test wells in the Black Sea. This will be some of the first exploration in the Black Sea.
Five Eruptions on the Kamchatka Peninsula|
July 9, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory
There are currently five erupting volcanoes on the Kamchatkan Peninsula: Shiveluch, Bezymianny, Tolbachik, Kizimen, and Karymsky. NASA’s MODIS spectroradiometer detected heat signatures from over 400 miles above the Earth.
Exxon to Invest $3.2 Billion in the Russian Arctic|
June 28, 2013 | FuelFix.com
In a joint venture with Rosneft (the Russian state oil company), Exxon will invest $3.2 billion in exploration efforts in the Russian Arctic and Black Sea.
A New Diamond Production Leader?|
June 27, 2013 | Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association
Russia is currently the world’s second largest producer of gem-quality diamonds, after Botswana. Alrosa, Russia’s largest diamond producer, has plans to surpass the production of DeBeers, the world’s leading diamond-producing company, by 2018. Their success may help Russia become the world’s leading diamond producing nation.
“A seven-hour flight from Moscow to the small town of Mirny, followed by another two-hour helicopter ride brought me to one of the most remote regions on earth, where many of the world’s diamonds are mined, Alrosa’s Nyurba mine in the Republic of Yakutia.” Quoted from the Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association press release.
Lava Flows on Tolbachik|
June 14, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory
NASA’s Earth Observatory has interesting satellite images of lava flows on Tolbachik, a volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The images use visible light and shortwave infrared and near-infrared to enhance the visibility of volcanic features.
The Permafrost Timebomb?|
June 13, 2013 | NASA
Over hundreds of thousands of years the Arctic permafrost has accumulated an enormous store of organic carbon. As it thaws from climate change the plant debris will decay and carbon dioxide and methane will be release into the atmosphere. Permafrost contains at least 4x more carbon than fossil fuel burning has produced since 1850.
Ash on Snow at Karymsky|
June 7, 2013 | NASA
“Ash covers the western slopes of Karymsky Volcano in this natural-color satellite image. The image was collected on May 20, 2013. [...] Late-season snow remained on the surrounding Kamchatkan landscape.” Quoted from the NASA image release.
Cloning a Russian Mammoth?|
June 4, 2013 | Deutsche Welle
A well-preserved woolly mammoth with liquid blood has been found in the Russian Arctic. Now Russian and South Korean researchers are talking about attempting to produce a clone.