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New Methanol Plants Expected to Increase Industrial Natural Gas Use Through 2020
February 22 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

Slowing Global Economic Growth Throttles Oil Prices
February 22 | Reuters
Texas Collected $14B in Oil and Gas Taxes and Royalties in 2018
February 22 | Houston Chronicle
Faster Flood Forecasting to Improve Responses
February 22 | Earth Magazine
In Colliding Galaxies, a Pipsqueak Shines Bright
February 22 | NASA

Bright green sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an optical-light image of the Whirlpool galaxy (the spiral in the center of the image) and its companion galaxy, M51b (the bright greenish-white spot above the Whirlpool), taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Image and caption by NASA/JPL-Caltech, IPAC.

Is This Land Really Your Land?
February 21 | Earth Magazine
Arctic Lakes Might Emit Less Carbon Than Suspected
February 21 | Scientific American
Southeby*s to Auction an 88-Carat D Flawless Diamond in April
February 21 | JCK Online

New Mexico State Legislators Shun a Proposal to Royalty Rates on State-Owned Land
February 21 | Associated Press
FEMA*s Panel of Flood Experts Unable to Meet as Losses Mount
February 21 | Scientific American
The panel of flood experts guides the National Flood Insurance Program which is $20 billion dollars in debt because the program's regulations and risk maps have needed a revamp for years. A lack of security approvals from the White House leaves the panel with only four approved members and an inability to improve the regulations and make the needed changes.
Climate Change Made the Western Megadrought 38 Percent More Severe
February 21 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Colorado Says They Have a Drilling Permit Backlog that Will Take Three Years to Clear
February 21 | Denver Post
California*s *Dirty Crude* Gets Pricey Amid Venezuela Sanctions
February 21 | Yahoo! Finance
Uranium Ore Stored At Grand Canyon Park Museum May Or May Not Pose Health Risk
February 21 | National Public Radio
Permian Basin Oil Accounts for Almost Half of the U.S. Oil Output of 8.4 Million bpd
February 21 | Reuters
Hurricane Maria: A First Analysis of Landsliding in Puerto Rico
February 20 | The Landslide Blog
Map of Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories: Disputed and Undisputed - Yes, the U.S. has disputed territories.
February 20 | Geology.com
United States Territories
A Virgin Atlantic Flight from LA to London Reached Speeds of 801 mph Over Pennsylvania
February 20 | The Washington Post
Flagstaff Architect Sees Roden Crater Through from Beginning to End
February 20 | Arizona Daily Sun
Antarctica*s Ice Shelves Get a Bounce from Ephemeral Lakes
February 20 | Scientific American
Enbridge Sees Fierce Competition for Building U.S. Gulf Coast VLCC Export Terminals
February 20 | Platts
Does Diamond Exhibit Conchoidal Fracture?
February 20 | Gemological Institute of America
A tiny conchoidal fracture would be enough to separate a pink diamond from a pink spinel. And, if you have seen a lot of pink diamonds and a lot of pink spinels, the pink color would also be a strong hint.
Digging Into the Past on the Teton Fault
February 19 | United States Geological Survey
digging the Teton Fault
Fieldwork at its finest! Photo by Jaime Delano, USGS.

New Legislation Targets People and Organizations Who Vandalize Oil and Gas Facilities in North Dakota
February 19 | Associated Press
"The measure passed 42-3 on Friday."
North Dakota Set an All-Time Oil Production Record of 1.4 Million bpd in December
February 19 | Star Tribune
Recycling Frac Water in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico
February 19 | Houston Chronicle
After OPEC Problems, Indian Oil Signs a Deal to Buy 60,000 Barrels Per Day of U.S. Crude
February 19 | Reuters
Bringing a Fossil to Life: Reverse Engineering Locomotion
February 19 | Scientific American
Landslide Hazard Information
February 19 | Geology.com
landslide incidence map of the United States
Map of relative landslide incidence and susceptibility across the conterminous United States. Red and pink areas have the highest incidence and susceptibility. USGS map.

Massive Storms Lead to Elevated Landslide Hazards for the West Coast
February 19 | Scientific American
Map of Indian States
February 19 | Geology.com
map of Indian States
USGS Monitors Dangerous Ice Dam on the Piscataquog River
February 18 | Concord Monitor
stream monitoring by USGS
A USGS rapid-deployment stream gauge being installed on the South Branch Piscataquog River. Image by USGS.

A Rare Ruby from Montana
February 18 | Gemological Institute of America
Zircon Cluster in Ethiopian Sapphire
February 18 | Gemological Institute of America
Boron: Mineral Resource of the Month
February 18 | Earth Magazine
Sausalito: A Mudslide Damages Houses in California
February 18 | The Landslide Blog
The Giant Daguangobao Landslide: Superheated Steam and Hot Carbon Dioxide
February 18 | The Landslide Blog
Arkansas Gets a State Dinosaur
February 18 | Earth Magazine
Scientists Track the Source of Soot That Speeds Arctic Melt
February 17 | Scientific American
Diamonds from the Deep: How Do Diamonds Form in the Deep Earth?
February 17 | Gemological Institute of America
Projections: Electric Intensity of Residental and Commercial Buildings
February 17 | Energy Information Administration

The Risks of Water Insecurity
February 17 | Scientific American
The Deep Blue Sea Is Getting Bluer
February 17 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
phytoplankton bloom in the North Sea
A phytoplankton bloom in the North Sea imaged by the Landsat 8 satelite.

What Is a Phytoplankton Bloom?
February 17 | Geology.com
phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea
Satellite image of a phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea.

Price Trends: Natural Gas, Ethane, Propane
February 17 | Energy Information Administration
ethane, propane and natural gas prices
Venezuela Is Unraveling - So Is Its Science
February 17 | Scientific American
Many scientists have lost their jobs, their funding, their laboratories and offices. They are leaving Venezuela for jobs in other countries.
Groundwater Fundamentals
February 16 | National Groundwater Association
Ancient Tsunami Tied to a Volcanic Flank Collapse of Stromboli Volcano
February 16 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Stromboli location map
Stromboli Volcano: Photos, Eruption History, Plate Tectonics
February 16 | Geology.com
Stromboli Volcano
Stromboli Vent and Collapse Scar Stromboli is a stratovolcano that begins at the bottom of the Tyrrhenian Sea and rises to an elevation of 924 meters (3031 feet) above sea level. This is a view of the eastern side of the island and the Sciara del Fuoco (Stream of Fire) collapse scar, which funnels tephra and lava flows to the sea. Image copyright iStockphoto / ToolX.

Opportunity Rover Mission Complete
February 16 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Mars Opportunity Rover
Image by NASA.

EIA Adds New Play Production Data to Shale Gas and Tight Oil Reports
February 16 | Energy Information Administration
play production reports
Image by the Energy Information Administration.

Why Do the Northern and Southern Lights Differ?
February 16 | Scientific American
Aurora Australis from Space
February 16 | Geology.com
Aurora Australis from Space
Aurora Australis: Composite satellite image of the Aurora Australis (southern lights) from space. The image was compiled by superimposing data of the Aurora Australis collected by NASA IMAGE satellite atop of an image of Earth from a south polar perspective from the Blue Marble project. The result simulates what the Aurora Australis would look like from a satellite orbiting above. Image by NASA.

Glacial Census Reveals Ice Thicknesses Around the World
February 16 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Travels in Geology: Jewel of the Apennines: Italy*s Monti Sibillini National Park
February 16 | Earth Magazine
Huge Earthquake in Bolivia Has Revealed Vast Mountain Ranges Below Earth*s Surface
February 15 | ScienceAlert
We Just Got Evidence That Mars Could Have Volcanic Activity
February 15 | ScienceAlert
Natural Gas Processing Capacity in the Lower 48 States
February 15 | Energy Information Administration

West Antarctica Ocean Drilling Will Reveal Climate History in Region With Significant Ice Loss
February 15 | National Science Foundation
A More Informative Way to Name Plutonic Rocks
February 15 | The Geological Society of America
The History of Poisoning the Well
February 15 | Smithsonian.com
An Earthquake Shook Istanbul for 50 Days - and Almost No One Noticed
February 15 | Popular Mechanics
R.I.P. Opportunity Rover: The Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System
February 14 | Wired
Mars Opportunity Rover
Image by NASA.

Are Two Snowflakes Ever Identical?
February 14 | Scientific American
How Climate Will Change in Cities Across the U.S.
February 14 | Scientific American
Interactive Geologic Map of Grand Canyon
February 14 | Arizona Geological Survey
interactive map of the Grand Canyon
Image by the Arizona Geological Survey.

Geologic Timeline of the Grand Canyon
February 14 | Arizona Geological Survey
Grand Canyon Timeline
Image by the Arizona Geological Survey.

ALROSA Plans to Sell the Largest Pink Diamond in the Company*s History
February 14 | Geology.com
Alrosa 14.83-carat pink diamond
Alrosa is preparing to sell a large collection of large colored diamonds. The pink shown here weighs 14.83 carats and was cut from a rough diamond found in the Ebelyakh deposit in Yakutia, Russia. It will sell for a seven-digit number (USD), maybe eight.

GIA Comments on the 552.7-carat Diamond Found at Diavik (largest ever found in North America)
February 14 | Gemological Institute of America
552.7-carat diamond found at Diavik
Diamond Mines in Canada
February 14 | Geology.com
map of diamond mines in Canada
Map of diamond mines in Canada by Geology.com.

Litla Dimun: The Tiny Isolated Island that Can Influence the Atmosphere
February 13 | AtlasObscura
U.S. Oil Production in 2019 Expected to Set a Record Above 13 Million bpd.
February 13 | Reuters
Texas Crude Oil Production Broke an All-Time Record in 2018
February 13 | Houston Chronicle
The 1.54 billion barrels produced in 2018, beat the previous all-time high of 1.28 billion set in 1973.
The Coldest Place on Earth
February 13 | Scientific American
Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Drilling in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge
February 13 | The Hill
U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Increased Significantly in 2018
February 13 | Platts
Wildfires, Landslides, and the Risk Equation
February 13 | Speaking of Geoscience

The June 2016 Fish Fire burned over 12 square kilometers in Los Angeles County, California. After the fire, the USGS installed an automated rain-triggered camera to monitor post-wildfire flooding and debris flow in a small canyon above the Las Lomas debris basin in Duarte. This video shows the peak flow triggered by an intense rainstorm on January 20, 2017. USGS Video and commentary.

First Research Intern at the Gemological Institute of America
February 12 | Gemological Institute of America
Was the Akkadian Empire Felled by Dust?
February 12 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
BLM Reports Record Revenue for Onshore Oil and Gas Leases in 2018
February 12 | Oil & Gas Journal
Oil Prices Drop 5% in One Week
February 12 | Market Watch
New Spiky Dinosaur Discovered in Patagonia
February 12 | Scientific American
What is Petrified Wood? How Does it Form?
February 12 | Geology.com
petrified wood
Petrified Wood: Petrified logs at the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, Arizona. Image by the National Park Service.

Southern California Will Soon See Another Superbloom
February 12 | Smithsonian.com
MAVEN Aerobraking to Achieve Science and Relay Orbit
February 12 | NASA

A Possible Second Large Subglacial Impact Crater in Northwest Greenland
February 12 | NASA

How the Grand Canyon Transformed From a *Valueless* Place to a National Park
February 11 | Smithsonian.com
Boiling Water Challenge Sends Eight People to the Hospital During the Polar Vortex
February 11 | Atlanta Journal Constitution
Diamonds from the Deep: How Do Diamonds Form in the Deep Earth?
February 11 | Gemological Institute of America
Being Persuasive: Lessons from Lawyers That All Scientists Need
February 11 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Elegy for a Vent in a Hawaiian Volcano: It Blew for 35 Years and Just Ceased.
February 11 | The Washington Post

Photo of an ash plume from the Pu'u 'O'o vent, during the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano. Image by the United States Geological Survey.
Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus
February 11 | Popular Mechanics
Cameron LNG Terminal Is Almost Ready to Start Exporting U.S. Natural Gas
February 11 | Platts
What Is LNG?
February 11 | Geology.com
LNG Terminal
LNG Carrier Ship: An LNG carrier docked at the Bontang LNG liquefaction terminal in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The LNG is carried in the ship*s four dome-shaped tanks. Image copyright iStockphoto / Mayumi Terao.

The Meteorological Culprits Behind Strange and Deadly Floods
February 11 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Venezuela Moves to Replace U.S. Executives on Citgo Board
February 11 | Aljazeera.com
A CITGO service station near Chicago, Illinois
Although CITGO is a refiner and marketer of petroleum products in many parts of United States, it is entirely owned by Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company. Venezuela has been trying to sell CITGO for nearly a decade but a buyer has not been found. More about CITGO. The photo above shows a CITGO station near Chicago, Illinois. It is used here under a Creative Commons License.

Snowstorm Buries Pacific Northwest, With More on the Way
February10 | NBC News
The Astonishing Origin of Garnets in Rhyolite
February 10 | Scientific American
What Is Rhyolite?
February 10 | Geology.com
rhyolite
Rhyolite: A pink specimen of rhyolite with numerous very tiny vugs with some evidence of flow structures. The specimen shown here is about two inches across.

Cold Weather During the Polar Vortex Caused a Spike in Natural Gas Prices
February 10 | Energy Information Administration

Drought, Deluge Turned Stable Landslide into Disaster
February 10 | NASA

The Mud Creek landslide in photographic and radar images. The radar velocity map shows the pre-collapse (solid line) and post-collapse (dashed line) extent of the sliding area, with faster sliding velocities before the collapse shown in darker shades of red. The highest velocities were about 16 inches (40 centimeters) per year. Credit: Google/SIO/NOAA/U.S. Navy/NGA/GEBCO/Landsat/Copernicus

Observations Show Gravity Waves Above Antarctica Dance in Winter
February 10 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
U.S. Production and Use of Refined Coal Increasing
February 10 | Energy Information Administration

Refined coal is coal that has been processed to reduce emissions when burned. This *refining* is on top of the coal beneficiation methods that physically process the coal to remove pyrite, marcasite and other mineral matter by specific gravity separation, which has been done for at least 50 years.

House Judiciary Committee Approves a Bill to Enable the U.S. Government to Sue OPEC for Violating U.S. Antitrust Laws
February 10 | Reuters
A Tidal Wave of Mud
February 9 | The New York Times
After the mining dam collapse in Brazil, many are demanding stricter regulations and enforcement because there are many mining dams in the country. At present, the country does not have well-considered regulations or enough inspectors to enforce current regulations.
Texas-Size Glut of Frac Sand Drops Prices
February 9 | Yahoo Finance
What is Frac Sand?
February 9 | Geology.com
frac sand
Frac Sand: Close-up view of frac sand (on the right) and a typical sand of similar grain size (on the left). Notice how the frac sand has a more uniform grain size, nicely rounded grain shapes, and a uniform composition. It is also a very tough material that can resist compressive forces of up to several tons per square inch. Grains in this image are about 0.50 millimeter in size. Photo copyright iStockphoto / BanksPhotos.

Tests for Oil in Arctic Refuge Won*t Happen This Winter
February 9 | The New York Times
GIA Says Two Lightbox Diamonds Graded at G VS1
February 8 | JCK Online
*Lightbox* is the name of a brand of lab-grown diamond jewelry owned by De Beers. They are selling the jewelry without having the diamonds graded. They are not graded to keep the cost of the product down and because they think that grading lab-created stones is not an important thing to do. But if these G VS1 stones are representative of their product, then they are not skipping the grading step because the lab reports would be embarassing.
Study Suggests Complex Life Was Present on Earth 2.33 BYO
February 8 | MIT News
Georgia Lawmakers Want to Ban Drilling and Seismic Testing in State-Controlled Off-Shore Waters
February 8 | WTOC News
*State waters* extend 3 miles out from the shoreline, where the federal government has jurisdiction.
Jewelers Caught Selling Ivory to Pay $75K / $60K Fines and Serve 200 Hours Working at the Zoo
February 8 | JCK Online
*The two men received three years of probation and must complete 200 hours of court-ordered work at the San Diego Zoo within a year.*
America Is Producing the Wrong Kind of Oil
February 8 | Yahoo Finance
Quote from the article: *Refiners who invested billions to turn a profit from processing cheap low-quality crude are paying unheard of premiums to find the heavy-sour grades they need.*
For Sale in Texas: Natural Gas at Record Low Prices
February 8 | Reuters
This is why ExxonMobile and a Qatari company are partnering to reconfigure the Golden Pass LNG terminal. It was originally built at a cost of billions of dollars to serve as an LNG import terminal.
Uncovering the Future of Greenland*s Ice Sheet
February 8 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
map of Greenland
Earth*s Largest Extinction Likely Took Plants First
February 8 | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A Water Quality Mystery Solved in Antarctica
February 8 | University of Colorado Boulder
Hurricanes in 2017 Did Not Greatly Damage Corals, but Reefs Were Already in Trouble
February 8 | National Science Foundation
florida coral
A view of the coral Orbicella annularis off Florida in 2006. Photograph by NOAA.

Hungry Ticks Work Harder to Find You
February 8 | University of Cincinnati
Avoiding Ticks and Tickborne Disease
February 8 | Geology.com
deer tick
Photograph of a black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). Image by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health / Center for Disease Control.

2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year in Continued Warming Trend
February 7 | NASA

Enslaved Tour Guide Stephen Bishop Made Mammoth Cave the Must-See Destination It Is Today
February 7 | Smithsonian.com
Troglobites: Animals that Live in a Cave
February 7 | Geology.com
troglobites are animals that live in a cave
Cave Snail: The Tumbling Creek cave snail, Antrobia culveri, is a blind albino. Public domain photo by David Ashley of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Look at These BiColor Sapphires !
February 7 | JCK Online
Fancy Sapphire and Parti Color Sapphire
February 7 | Geology.com

Image by Richland Gemstones, owner of the Capricorn Sapphire mine in Western Australia.

Trump Accused of Moving Too Fast with Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
February 7 | National Public Radio
map of the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region
Map of the Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (view their 2016 oil and gas assessment).

ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum to Spend $10B on Natural Gas Export Facilities
February 7 | Houston Chronicle
Future U.S. Electricity Generation Will Depend Largely on Natural Gas Prices
February 7 | Energy Information Administration
projection of energy sources for electricity generation
Mysterious Boulders Suggest Ancient 800-Foot-Tall Tsunami
February 6 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
A Tsunami With a World Record Run-Up Height of 1720 Feet - Lituya Bay, Alaska
February 6 | Geology.com

Magnetic North Is Cruising Toward Siberia, Puzzling Scientists
February 6 | Smithsonian.com
map of magnetic north
This map shows the location of the north magnetic pole (white star) and the magnetic declination (contour interval 2 degrees) at the beginning of 2019. Courtesy of NOAA NCEI/CIRES.

The Speed of the Brumadinho Tailings Landslide
February 6 | The Landslide Blog
Cobre Las Cruces, Spain: Another Massive Mining Landslide
February 6 | The Landslide Blog
The Permian Basin Has Become One of the World*s Most Productive Oil Producing Areas
February 6 | The New York Times
Exxon and a Qatari Company to Convert an Old LNG Import Terminal into an Export Terminal
February 6 | Platts
Ten years ago companies were competing with one another to build import LNG terminals that would bring liquefied natural gas into the United States. Billions was invested and lost. Now some of those same companies and others are competing with one another to build terminals that will export LNG to other countries.
Magnetic North Just Changed. Here*s What That Means.
February 5 | National Geographic
If you know much about magnetic north you might think that the title is inappropriate because the magnetic north pole migrates about continuously. However, if you know a lot about magnetic north you realize that there is a *World Magnetic Model* that just received an emergency update (which was delayed because of the U.S. government shut down).
Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers by 2100
February 5 | The New York Times
The United States as the World*s Leading Exporter of Ethane
February 5 | Energy Information Administration
United States ethane exports
Last September*s Indonesian Earthquake Was a Rare *SuperFast* Event
February 5 | NASA
damage from the superfast earthquake
A small section of the ruptured fault from the Palu earthquake. Image copyright 2018 European Union/Pierre Prakash, displayed here under a Creative Commons License.

InSight Places a Seismometer on Mars
February 5 | NASA
seismometer on Mars
Image by NASA.

Russian and Chinese Companies to Mine Diamonds in Zimbabwe
February 5 | Mining.com
Six Feet Under: Deep Soil Can Hold Much of Earth*s Carbon
February 5 | Washington State University
Drilling Deeper Wells Is Not a Long Term Solution to Groundwater Depletion
February 5 | University of Arizona
Porosity, permeability, and groundwater quality usually decrease with depth.
Uneven Rates of Sea Level Rise Tied to Climate Change
February 5 | National Center for Atmospheric Research
Wolf Tries a Fifth Time to Get a Severance Tax on Natural Gas in Pennsylvania
February 5 | Associated Press
Gem Guide Delivers Education, Social Return to Artisanal Miners
February 5 | Gemological Institute of America
Australia: Severe Flooding Brings Crocodiles into Residential Areas
February 4 | BBC
Climate Change Will Even Change the Color of the Oceans
February 4 | CNN
After 2 Months, The Sun Rises In The Northernmost U.S. Town
February 4 | National Public Radio
The Arctic Circle Marks the Southern Limit of 24 Hour Daylight and and 24 Hour Night
February 4 | Geology.com
what is the Arctic?
Boundaries of the Arctic: This map shows the three boundaries commonly used to define the southern geographic extent of the Arctic: 1) the Arctic Circle, 2) the area where the average temperature of the warmest month is less than ten degrees Celsius, and, 3) the arctic treeline. Public domain image from the CIA Factbook, treeline added by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.