Wisconsin Current Events
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.
Popular for January 2013|
February 2, 2014 | Geology.com
The Polar Vortex
Hot Rock Under the Atlas Mountains
Big Rare Earth Find in North Korea?
Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale of Ohio
Big Blue Diamond Found in South Africa
Ice Quake in Wisconsin?
Wow! The Best Snowflake Photos
Why Was It So Cold Last Week?
Ice Quake in Wisconsin?|
January 14, 2014 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Check out this photo of a Wisconsin resident measuring a 100-foot-long “fault” caused by an “ice quake”.
Another article with a video here. Lots of news accounts here.
Quarry Blast Frightens Chicago?|
November 5, 2013 | Chicago Tribune
At shortly after noon today, people throughout the Chicago area were frightened because they thought that an earthquake was occurring. A USGS scientist reported that it appeared to be an unusually strong quarry blast south of Chicago. A portion of the USGS “Did you feel it?” map is shown below with more USGS data here. People as far away as Wisconsin and Indiana claimed that they felt the shaking.
Frac Sand Production Triples|
July 7, 2013 | Geology.com
Between 2009 and 2012 the amount of sand produced for hydraulic fracturing in the United States tripled. The average 2012 price was $54.83. Most production is done in the mid-west where the sand grains have not been damaged by tectonic forces.
Wisconsin’s Mifflin Meteorite|
February 19, 2013 | University of Wisconsin
“The Mifflin Meteorite created a fireball equivalent to 20 tons of TNT, initiating a scientific quest that revealed the complex history of a rocky body that predates Earth’s formation. Although the fireball could be seen from Madison, 50 miles away, the meteorite was far smaller than the object that exploded over Siberia.”
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|Homeowners Insurance usually does not cover damage caused by floods, landslides, earthquakes and other geohazards.|
|Frac Sand is a high-purity silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing to enhance the flow of oil and gas from tight rock units.|
|Diamonds from Coal? Diamonds form under a variety of conditions that rarely involve coal as a source of carbon.|
|Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors when illuminated in the dark with an ultraviolet lamp.|
|Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.|
|Utica Shale: New wells in eastern Ohio prove that the Utica Shale will be a major source of natural gas and natural gas liquids.|
|Spectacular Fossils of the Green River Formation. Some of the world's best-preserved fossil fish from an intermountain lake. |
|Opals: Gem quality opal is one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash with every color of the spectrum.|