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Scientists Reveal What May Be the Largest Flying Bird Ever
Smithsonian.com
Declines in Shellfish Species on Rocky Seashores Match Climate-Driven Changes
Penn Today
How Rain Can Move Mountains
Arizona State University

The Bhutan Himalaya is a land of extremes with rugged topography, dissecting low-relief uplands, rainfall that ranges from 0.7 to 6 m/year and erosion rates that vary by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Photo by A. Heimsath, Arizona State University.

Tropical Storm Zeta Rapidly Strenghtened Overnight. Landfall in Louisiana Expected on Wednesday
NOLA
Composition of the Geoscience Workforce
American Geosciences Institute

NASA Says It Collected a Large Sample From Asteroid Bennu. Maybe Too Large?
The Washington Post
Quote from the article: The material is leaking out of an overloaded collection device, but how big the sample is will not be known until 2023.
Gulf Coast Braces As Tropical Storm Zeta Poised To Become A Hurricane
National Public Radio
Tropical Storm Zeta Track Map
National Hurricane Center

The image above is the track map currently displayed on the National Hurricane Center website.

The Deepest, Darkest, Most Frigid Depths of the Ocean Are Warming
Smithsonian.com
The Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench Is the Deepest Known Location in Earth*s Ocean
Geology.com

Map showing the location of the Challenger Deep on the southern end of the Mariana Trench, south of Guam. NOAA image modified by Kmusser and used here under a GNU Free Document License.

Overstuffed Nasa Spacecraft Osiris-Rex Losing Particles after Bingeing on Bennu
The Guardian
Fossilized Footprints Found in New Mexico Track Traveler With Toddler in Tow
Smithsonian.com
Coastal Flooding Will Disproportionately Impact River Delta Populations
Indiana University

Areal view of Belem, Brazil, a city on the Amazon Delta in northeastern Brazil. Climate change places millions of people living near river deltas at risk of flooding from tropical storms. Photo by Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University.

Body Size of the Extinct Megalodon Is Off the Charts!
DePaul University

Image by Kenshu Shimada, DePaul University.

NASA*s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid
NASA
Video: Did Modern Humans and Neanderthals Live in the Same Neighborhood?
National Science Foundation
New Law Sets Course for Space Weather Strategy
Speaking of Geoscience Blog

Aurora borealis - the *northern lights* - illuminate the sky over the Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Image by the National Science Foundation.

World Liquid Fuels Production and Consumption Balance
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

What Controls Giant Subduction Earthquakes?
EOS Earth & Space Science News
It*s Official: Solar Is the Cheapest Electricity in History
Popular Mechanics
Ancient Earth*s Hot Interior Created a *Graveyard* of Continental Slabs
MIT News
Quote from the article: *Higher mantle temperatures caused subducting tectonic plates to sink much further than they do today.*
U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico Have Increased in the First Nine Months of 2020
Energy Information Administration

Graphs by the Energy Information Administration.

A Venezuelan Vessel Carrying 1.3 Million Barrels of Oil Is Tilting in the Gulf of Paria
CBS News
The tanker has been parked there for two years. There is concern that the vessel might capsize if the oil is not offloaded.


The Gulf of Paria is a body of water located between the island of Trinidad and Venezuela.

Russian Emerald
Gemological Institute of America
What Are Emeralds?
Geology.com
Emeralds from Russia: Photograph of emerald crystals in mica schist from the Malyshevskoye Mine, Sverdlovsk Region, Southern Ural, Russia. The large crystal is about 21 millimeters in length. Photograph copyright iStockphoto / Epitavi.
Deep Channels Linking Antarctic Glacier*s Underside to Ocean Could Hasten Melting
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Drone-Based Photogrammetry: A New Addition to Geologic Research Services
Phys.org
Geologists Raise the Speed Limit for How Fast Continental Crust Can Form
MIT News
Ancient Volcanoes Once Boosted Ocean Carbon, But Humans Are Now Far Outpacing Them
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Diversity in the Geosciences
American Geosciences Institute

Image by the American Geosciences Institute.

M 7.5 Earthquake Near Sand Point Alaska
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

NASA Mission Will Touch-Down on Asteroid Bennu Today
CNN
Yellowstone*s Tool-Making Lava Flows
United States Geological Survey

A view of Obsidian Cliff between Norris and Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. Photo by John Good, National Park Service.

What is Obsidian?
Geology.com

Obsidian: The specimen shown above is about two inches (five centimeters) across. The curved semi-concentric ridges are breakage marks associated with obsidian*s conchoidal fracture. The rock has very sharp edges.

Extracting Rare Earth Elements from Acid Mine Drainage
West Virginia University
What Are Rare Earth Elements (REEs)?
Geology.com

Rare earth elements and rare earth oxides are used: as catalysts; as ingredients in glass and ceramics; as polishing compounds; and in a variety of manufacturing processes. Image by Geology.com.

China Energy Production and Consumption Report
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

The United States Consumed a Record Amount of Renewable Energy in 2019
Energy Information Administration

Graphs by the Energy Information Administration.

Undisclosed: Most Homebuyers And Renters Aren*t Warned About Flood Or Wildfire Risk
National Public Radio
U.S. Winter Outlook: Cooler North, Warmer South with Ongoing La Nina
NOAA

Map by NOAA.

Osiris-Rex Set to Land on Asteroid Bennu
CNet
Why Scooping an Asteroid Sample Is Harder than It Looks
Phys.org
New Patent Helps Coalbed Methane Research
United States Geological Survey

A USGS scientist deploys the Subsurface Environmental Sampler to collect samples of microbes, groundwater and dissolved gases for analysis. USGS Photo.

How Australia, Canada and the United States are Working Together to Support Critical Mineral Discovery
United States Geological Survey
Big Questions, Few Answers About What Happens Under Lake Ice
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Step Inside this Massive Cave Labryinth Hidden Under Borneo
National Geographic
Where Is Borneo
Geology.com

Borneo is an island in the Indonesian archipelago. It is the world*s third largest island and it is divided among three nations: Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Without Oxygen, Earth*s Early Microbes Relied on Arsenic to Sustain Life
University of Connecticut
Researchers Use Satellite Imaging to Map Groundwater Use in California*s Central Valley
UC San Diego
Stressed-Out Volcanoes More Likely to Collapse and Erupt
Phys.org
NOAA Predicts Droughts Gripping Nearly Half of Continental U.S. Will Intensify This Winter
Smithsonian.com

Mud from the Andes Carried by the Amazon to the Atlantic Ocean
NASA Earth Observatory

Every day, 1.3 million tons of sediment pour from the mouth of the Amazon River into the Atlantic Ocean. Most of that sediment comes from thousands of miles upstream. Image and caption by NASA Earth Observatory.

Earthquakes Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Montana Supreme Court: Fossils Belong to the Landowner Rather Than the Mineral Owner
Supreme Court of the State of Montana.
Note: This ruling applies to PRIVATE LAND in MONTANA.
A T. Rex Sold for $31.8 Million, and Paleontologists Are Worried
Smithsonian.com
Not All Carbon Emissions Can Be Sequestered Economically
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Out of the more than 6,500 industrial and power plants in the United States, only 418 are capable of sequestering carbon cheaply enough to be feasible.
When the Ground Shakes, What Do You Do?
United States Geological Survey

Earthquake hazard map showing peak ground accelerations having a 2 percent probability of being exceeded in 50 years, for a firm rock site. Map by the United States Geological Survey.


Three videos in the article cover each part of the standard earthquake response - drop, cover, hold on - and what to do if you are driving when an earthquake strikes.

Vertical Rigs Drilling for Oil and Natural Gas Have Almost Disappeared
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

Africa*s Largest Dam Powers Dreams of Prosperity in Ethiopia - and Fears of Hunger in Sudan and Egypt
The Washington Post
The dam will give Ethiopia control over some of the water in the Nile, potentially cutting off, reducing, or interrupting the water supply to people in parts of Sudan and Egypt downstream.
A 14.83-Carat Pink Diamond Is Expected to Sell for $23 to $38 Million Next Month
JCK Online
Maryland*s Energy Consumption by Source and Lots of Other MD Energy Info
Energy Information Administration

Maryland*s per capita petroleum consumption is the second lowest among the states, and almost 9 out of every 10 barrels of petroleum used in Maryland are consumed by the transportation sector.

Wind Is a Growing Part of the Electricity Generation Mix in Texas
Energy Information Administration

The Explosive Hazard Hiding in an African Lake
Smithsonian.com
Mapping a Hidden Volcanic Terrane under America*s Heartland
United States Geological Survey

Airborne geophysical maps of Hicks Dome and Omaha Dome in the Ohio River Valley. Maps by the United States Geological Survey.

How USGS Oil and Gas Assessments Incorporate Water Estimates
United States Geological Survey

A water impoundment at a drill pad in the Fayetteville Shale gas play of Arkansas. Photo by Bill Cunningham, USGS.

What Does Net Zero Emissions Mean for Big Oil? Not What You Think
Inside Climate News
Investigating Marine Heatwaves and Shifting Ocean Currents
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Generating Renewable Hydrogen Fuel from the Sea
Penn State
The Mountains of Pluto Are Snowcapped, but Not for the Same Reason as Mountains on Earth
Phys.org
Implications of COVID-19 for the US Shale Industry
Deloitte
Chevron Overtakes Exxon as America*s Largest Oil Company
Houston Chronicle
Exxon has held the distinction of being the largest oil company in America for over 100 years.
Using Remote Sensing to Turn Trash into Treasure
United States Geological Survey
USGS is taking another look at old mine waste and tailings to see if there might still be mineral potential in them.
2019 Median Annual Salaries of Geoscience-Related Occupations
American Geosciences Institute

Energy Companies Restore U.S. Gulf Oil and Gas Production after Hurricane
Reuters
An 18-foot 9-inch Burmese Python Caught in the Florida Everglades
Yahoo! News
The Python Elimination Program has captured nearly 4,000 of the snakes since 2017. Another government program captured 1,000 more.
Coloring the Great Salt Lake
NASA Earth Observatory

Colorful, mineral-rich salt flats are nestled between the Promontory Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. Image and caption by Lauren Dauphin (USGS) and Sara Schmidt (NASA).

Ancient Ruins Reveal 8th Century Earthquake in Sea of Galilee
EOS Earth & Space Science News
A NASA Mission Is About to Capture Carbon-Rich Dust from a Former Water World
Science
Three-Year-Old Burned After Running Off Yellowstone Trail and Falling into a Thermal Feature
NBC News
Aerial Photos: Aftermath of Hurricane Delta
Acadiana Advocate
Krakatoa Is Still Active, and We Are Not Ready for the Tsunami Another Eruption Might Generate
The Conversation
ALROSA Competitive Sale of Large-Size and Fancy Color Diamonds
ALROSA

ALROSA welcomes participation in a competitive sale of large-size and fancy color diamonds.

What Are Colored Diamonds?
Geology.com

Diamonds can occur in a variety of beautiful colors. Images in the wonderful collection of colored diamonds shown above are used with permission of IBD Fancy Colors LLC.

Artisanal Diamond Divers in the Spotlight
Rapaport diamonds.net
Be sure to see video at the bottom of the article page.
On Predicting Extreme Ecological Events
Stanford University
Seismic Data Explains Continental Collision Beneath Tibet
Stanford University
Planets More Hospitable to Live than Earth May Already Have Been Discovered
Live Science

The artist*s concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. Image and caption by NASA Ames / SETI Institute / JPL-Caltech.

The Alaskan Island that Humans Can*t Conquer
Smithsonian.com

St. Matthew Island, is said to be the most remote place in Alaska. Uninhabited, the island is located in the Bering Sea, halfway to Siberia, and 24 hours by ship to the nearest human settlement. Image from NASA World Wind.

Hurricane Delta Will Erode the Texas and Louisiana Coasts
United States Geological Survey

Image by the United States Geological Survey.

Hurricane Delta*s Surge Expected to Overwhelm Most of Louisiana*s Protective Dunes and Islands
United States Geological Survey
What is a Storm Surge?
Geology.com

Hurricane Ivan (September 17, 2004): This image pair shows before and after views (arrows for reference points) of an area of Orange Beach, Alabama. A powerful storm surge washed away the two small buildings on the right side of the top photo. The large building on the left was built on a sand dune that was severely undermined, causing a collapse. This illustrates that even the upper floors of multi-story beachfront buildings might not be safe. Evacuate promptly if an order is given.

From Volcanoes to Vineyards - New Geologic Map Reveals Portland*s Deep History
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Seismic Monitoring May Improve Early Warnings for Glacial Lake Outburst Floods
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
How Will the Ocean Carbon Cycle Evolve in the Future?
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Hurricane Delta Heads Toward Gulf Coast Landfall With Storm Surge, Winds, Flooding Rain
The Weather Channel
Hurricane Delta Approaches Landfall
National Hurricane Center

Map by the National Hurricane Center. Map as of Friday, October 9 at 7:00 AM CDT.

What Will Mexico City Do With 2,000 Mammoth Bones?
Atlas Obscura
The Climate Connection to California*s Wildfires
The New York Times
Virtual K-12: Student and Educator Events
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Greenland on Track to Lose Ice Faster Than in Any Century Over the Last 12,000 Years
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
First Photo of a Black Hole Supports Einstein*s Theory of Relativity
CNN
Sunstone Plagioclase Feldspar from Ethiopia
Gemological Institute of America
What Is Sunstone?
Geology.com

The name *sunstone* is used for specimens of translucent to transparent feldspar that produce bright metallic flashes when light interacts with tiny plate-like mineral inclusions within the stone.

Hurricane Delta Expected to Strike the Gulf Coast This Week
USA Today
How to Watch Mars Make Its Closest Approach to Earth Until 2035
CBS News
The Specter of a Mega-Tsunami in Alaska
NASA Earth Observatory

Landsat images helped convince researchers that a slumping mountainside overlooking Barry Arm fjord could pose a tsunami hazard.

The World*s Tallest Tsunami
Geology.com

A tsunami with a record run-up height of 1720 feet occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska on the night of July 9, 1958. It was the aftermath of an earthquake along the Fairweather Fault in the Alaska Panhandle that triggered a landslide of 40 million cubic yards.

Earth Grows Fine Gems in Minutes
Phys.org
How Is Louisiana Preparing for Hurricane Delta?
The Advocate
102 Carat D Flawless Diamond Sells For $16 Million
JCK Online
The diamond was sold in a livestreamed auction, in which an unsuccessful bid of $10.97 million was submitted online. That unsuccessful bid set a record for being the highest amount ever offered for a jewel online.
Oil Companies Begin Evacuating Offshore Platforms as Hurricane Delta Approaches
Reuters

Map by the National Hurricane Center.

Hunting Down Clues to Earth*s Early Molten Days
Stanford University
Quote from the article: Learning how liquid silicates behave at extreme temperatures and pressures has been a longstanding challenge in the geosciences.
Sources of U.S. Dry Natural Gas Production
Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

It*s Been 25 Years Since We Found the First Exoplanet. Now We Know of Thousands.
Yahoo! News
Hurricane Delta Intensifies Into a Category 2; Forecast to Strike Cancun, Then the Gulf Coast
The Weather Channel
Sentinels of Ocean Acidification Impacts Survived Earth*s Last Mass Extinction
University of Hawaii at Monoa

Images of several species of planktonic gastropods, including five sea butterflies (shelled) and two sea angels (naked). Image and caption by Katja Peijnenburg, Erica Goetze, Deborah Wall-Palmer, Lisette Mekkes.

A Better Way to Build Diamonds
Stanford University
Quote from the article: "With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamond."
How Earthquake Swarms Arise
Stanford University
Quote from the article: "A new fault simulator maps out how interactions between pressure, friction and fluids rising through a fault zone can lead to slow-motion quakes and seismic swarms."
Worst Flooding in More Than a Century
9 News Australia

Severe Floods Hit Italy and France
Al Jazeera English