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The Largest Petroleum Basin in the World
April 8, 2014 | USGS

“The West Siberian basin is the largest petroleum basin in the world covering an area of about 2.2 million square kilometers. The basin occupies a swampy plain between the Ural Mountains and the Yenisey River.” Quoted from the USGS report.

Using US Energy as a Political Lever?
April 6, 2014 | Houston Chronicle

“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.)

Related: What is LNG?

Weaning Europe from Russian Gas
April 3, 2014 | The Hill

The Hill has a short video that explains the changing natural gas situation between Russia and Europe.

How Sanctions Could Hit the Russian Wallet
April 1, 2014 | FuelFix

International sanctions against Russia could push up financing costs for their multibillion-dollar pipeline, LNG and offshore drilling projects.

The Fight Over LNG Exports?
March 23, 2014 | Bloomberg

Some environmentalists and some politicians do not favor quick approvals of export terminals on the U.S. eastern coast with the intent of supplying natural gas to Russia’s current customers.

Exxon Withdraws from Black Sea Drilling
March 13, 2014 | Dallas News

Exxon Mobil has withdrawn from its efforts to conduct exploratory drilling in the Ukranian portion of the Black Sea.

Natural Gas as a Political Lever?
March 11, 2014 | New York Times

An opinion article on the New York Times website explains how the United States could use exporting natural gas liquids as a lever against Russia.

Prirazlomnoye: The First Russian Field in the Arctic Ocean
December 29, 2013 | The Moscow Times

Gazprom, the oil company controlled by the Russian government has announced that the first production is being taken from the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Russian Arctic Ocean.

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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November 1, 2013 | Geology.com

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235 Carat Diamond Found in Siberia

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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.

Round Trip Tickets to ISS Cost $70 Million
May 5, 2013 | Space.com

NASA has cut a deal with Russia to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station at the rate of $70,000,000 per seat.

Video of a Triggered Avalanche
April 30, 2013 | Ski-Powder.com

Another Ski-Powder.com avalanche video. This one of a large avalanche triggered by an explosive charge. In the beginning of the video look for the tiny white helicopter on the very right side of the screen. The crew is planting the charge. Then when you see the shot go off start counting until you hear the sound. Now you know how far away the camera was from the source of the slide.

Alrosa Diamond Prospects in Africa
April 11, 2013 | Russia and India Report

Russian state-controlled diamond producer, Alrosa, hopes to explore for new primary diamond deposits in Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Spectacular Eruption Photos
March 20, 2013 | geology.com

A collection of some of the most interesting photos of volcanic eruptions that we have seen from USGS, NASA and NOAA.

Space Junk Hits a Russian Satellite
March 10, 2013 | CNN

A Russian satellite was damaged and knocked from its orbit by a piece of space junk produced by a Chinese missile test in 2007.

Detecting Meteors with Seismographs?
March 10, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“A network of seismographic stations recorded spectacular signals from the blast waves of the meteor that landed near Chelyabinsk, Russia, as the waves crossed the United States.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.

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)

Hot Rocks on Tolbachik Volcano
February 21, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

“Nearly three months after Tolbachik began erupting, lava continues to flow from the Kamchatkan volcano. Over time, the lava flows change location and shift across the landscape. In this image, infrared data is superimposed on a natural-color image to highlight active flows.” Quoted from the Earth Observatory image release.

Meteoroid Explodes Over Russia – Hundreds Injured
February 15, 2013 | CNN

Hundreds of people were injured and buildings were damaged when a meteoroid exploded in the atmosphere above the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. Many of the injuries were from flying glass blown out of windows.

This event is unrelated to the flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14, a much larger object that will pass about

The Future of Russian Oil Exploration
February 11, 2013 | Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young has released a report titled: The Future of Russian Oil Exploration.

It has interesting information on: reserve life of major companies, a forecast of declining oil production, drilling success rates, time between discovery and first oil, prospective oil areas map of the Arctic Ocean, foreign investment rates and more.

Lava Flow on Tolbachik
January 2, 2013 | Earth Observatory

NASA’s Earth Observatory has a small collection of satellite images that document lava flows from a flank eruption on Tolbachik Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

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