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Turkey Experiences Intense Drought
NASA Earth Observatory

In Turkey, multiple seasons of below-average rainfall have affected drinking water supplies and groundwater reservoirs.

U.S. Drilling Rig Count Increases for the Ninth Week in a Row
Reuters
A Geophysicist*s Perspective on Mount Hood Monitoring Stations and the Recent Earthquake Swarm
United States Geological Survey

Mount Hood is a potentially active volcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of the western United States. Photograph of Mount Hood by Walter Siegmund, displayed here under a Creative Commons License.

Tribes Exempt from Pause in U.S. Federal Drilling Program
Reuters
California Oil, Gas Drilling Hits Historic Lows in 2020
Natural Gas Intelligence
Why You Don't Build Waste Disposal Landfills on a Flood Plain
Associated Press
Flooding on the Lim River has swept over solid waste disposal sites in Serbia and Montenegro. Now, floating waste from these sites is piling up on the upstream side of the Potpec Dam.
Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Increase in 2021 and 2022
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

Cookie Monster Agate
c|net
Malaysia Energy Report
Energy Information Administration

Malaysia is the second-largest oil and natural gas producer in Southeast Asia and is the fifth-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world, as of 2019. Image by the Energy Information Administration.

What Are Geodes?
Geology.com

Amethyst Cathedral Geode: A very high quality amethyst cathedral geode with a natural artistic shape and richly colored amethyst. It also has a dogtooth calcite crystal grown inwards from the lower right wall. Image copyright iStockphoto / simarts.

Warming Seas Are Accelerating Greenland*s Glacier Retreat
NASA

To measure water depth and salinity, probes were dropped into fjords along the coast of Greenland. The brown water in this fjord is caused by sediment being dredged up from the base of the glacier by meltwater plumes. Image by NASA, JPL, Caltech.

What Happens When Hot Rocks, Water, and Gas Interact in Yellowstone*s Hydrothermal System?
United States Geological Survey

Scanning electron microscope images showing reacted rhyolite fragments at the end of the laboratory experiments.

A Closer Look at Kilauea*s Newest Lava
United States Geological Survey
Pele*s Hair and Pele*s Tears - Unusual Lava from Kilauea
Geology.com

Pele*s Hair: A cluster of Pele*s hair from Kilauea volcano with a hand lens used for scale. Creative Commons photograph by Cm3826. Click to enlarge.

Gravitational Wave Search Finds Tantalizing New Clue
NASA

This illustration shows the NANOGrav project observing cosmic objects called pulsars in an effort to detect gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of space. Image by NANOGrav/T. Klein.

Six Things to Know About NASA*s Mars Helicopter on Its Way to Mars
NASA

In this artist*s concept, NASA*s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter stands on the Red Planet*s surface as NASA*s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover (partially visible on the left) rolls away. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Hunting Meteorites in Antarctica
Geology.com

When meteorite hunters in Antarctica find a specimen in the field, it is photographed on-site with a measurement scale and an identification number visible in the background. NASA image.

Fossil Fuel Production Expected to Increase Through 2022 but Remain Below 2019 Peak
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

M 7.0 Earthquake in the Philippines Trench
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

The Never-Ending 2020 Hurricane Season
Blogs of the European Geosciences Union
2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record
NASA Earth Observatory

Earth*s average temperature has risen more than 1.2 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) since the late 19th century. Map by NASA Earth Observatory.

Post-Wildfire Debris Flow Awareness
United States Geological Survey

USGS geologists from the Landslide Hazards Program and Earthquake Science Center deployed to Santa Barbara County to support a geohazard assessment of the Montecito area. USGS photo.

What Is A Debris Flow?
Geology.com

Debris flow near Hyderabad, India: The first fifty seconds of this video shows the water being pushed at the front of the flow. At about 0:55, spectators on the opposite side of the stream can see the rocks coming and run for their lives!

Strengthening ShakeAlert*s Earthquake Early Warning Capacity Along the West Coast
United States Geological Survey

A seismometer and its solar panel in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Gumboot Lake, California. Photo by David Croker, USGS.

Canada Scrambles to Save the Keystone Pipeline Project as Biden Prepares to Cancel the Permit
Reuters
The pipeline is expected to carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada into the United States. Billions have already been spent on the project - but the project has faced enormous criticism from land owners in both countries, Native Americans, and environmentalists.
Mount Hood Earthquake Swarm (January 17, 2021)
United States Geological Survey

Top: Map View of earthquakes at Mount Hood since 2010 (black circles) and the current swarm (red circles), both sized by magnitude. Blue triangles are current seismic stations. Dark lines are highways around the volcano. Bottom: Cross section from line between A and A prime above. Dark line is outline of volcano. Earthquakes marked as above. Image by USGS.

EIA Forecasts Less Power Generation from Natural Gas as a Result of Rising Fuel Costs
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

Acid Sulfate Hot Springs
United States Geological Survey

Mudpot located in the Mud Volcano thermal area of Yellowstone National Park. This type of thermal feature indicates an acid-sulfate system. Photo by Pat Shanks, USGS.

M 6.4 Earthquake - Northwestern Argentina
United States Geological Survey
Curiosity Rover: 3000 Days on Mars
BBC

Curiosity is a mobile robot designed to investigate the geology of Mars. Image by NASA.

What is LNG - Liquefied Natural Gas?
Geology.com

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.

Earth*s Lightning Hotspots
Geology.com

The world*s top lightning hotspot is over Lake Maracaibo in northwestern Venezuela. Here, nocturnal thunderstorms occur on average about 297 days per year and produce an average of about 232 lightning flashes / square kilometer / year. Photo by NASA.

Tracking Geologic Change Along Cape Cod
United States Geological Survey

This image shows remnants of the artificial dune, completely removed by the March 2018 storm (left foreground), and engineered protection put in place by private property owners (right).

Rocks On Mars Look a Lot Like Rocks On Earth
Geology.com

This photograph was taken by NASA*s Mars Rover Curiosity on August 27, 2015 using its mast camera. It shows an outcrop of cross-bedded sandstone on the lower slope of Mars* Mount Sharp. The cross-bedding is very similar to the wind-blown sand outcrops commonly found in the U.S. Southwest. NASA directly compared this image to an outcrop of the Navajo Sandstone in Utah. Image by NASA.

Pictograph Photo Gallery
Geology.com

A pictograph is a drawing or painting that is created on a rock. It is not *carved* into the rock - that would be a *petroglyph.*

More Catastrophic Brahmaputra Flooding Feared
The Business Standard
The Brahmaputra River drains part of the south flanks of the Himalaya Mountains and has a drainage basin that includes parts of China, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
The Very Lonely Seismometer
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Phytoplankton Factory in the Argentine Sea
NASA Earth Observatory

Off the coast of Argentina, in spring and summer, conditions are often just right for populations of marine phytoplankton explode into enormous blooms. NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview.

Mount Fuji*s Missing Snow
NASA Earth Observatory

The lack of snow cover in December left Japan*s iconic mountain looking a little different than usual.

U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, Year-End 2019
Energy Information Administration

Graphs by the Energy Information Administration.

A Volcanic Outburst from Popocatepetl
NASA Earth Observatory

Volcanic ash and gas emissions continue from Popocatepetl, one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico.

M 6.7 Earthquake Near Border Between Russia and Mongolia
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

A Field Guide to the Magnetic Solar System
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Renewables Expected to Account for Most New U.S. Electricity Generating Capacity in 2021
Energy Information Administration

Graphs by the Energy Information Administration.

In 2020, U.S. Natural Gas Prices Were the Lowest in Decades
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. LNG Exports Set a Volume Record in November
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

Thermal Image of the Lava Lake in the Kilauea Summit Crater
United States Geological Survey

Aerial thermal image taken at approximately 8:30 AM HST, January 5, 2020. The *perched* lava lake geometry has become much more apparent over the past week as the cooler perimeter of the lava lake widens. USGS thermal image by M. Patrick.

The Lost History of Yellowstone
Smithsonian.com
Quote from the article by Doug MacDonald (professor of anthropology at the University of Montana): *Pretty much anywhere you*d want to pitch a tent, there are artifacts. Like us, Native Americans liked to camp on flat ground, close to water, with a beautiful view.*
The Shrinking Margins of Greenland
NASA Earth Observatory

At least 200 glaciers along the coast of Greenland have retreated over the past 20 years.

Largest Canyon in the Solar System Revealed by Stunning New Images
LiveScience

This image shows periodic bedding in Tithonium Chasma of Valles Marineris. Image by NASA / JPL / University of Arizona.

The Long Decline of Arctic Sea Ice
NASA Earth Observatory

Image and story by Joshua Stevens and Kathryn Hansen, using data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center courtesy of Julienne Stroeve / Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Crude Oil Briefly Sold Below $0 in Spring 2020, Prices Since Have Been Mostly Flat
Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

The Pandemic Disrupts Young Oil Careers
The New York Times
Quote from the article: "Students and recent graduates struggle to get hired as the oil industry cuts tens of thousands of jobs, some of which may never come back."
The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Year in Review
United States Geological Survey

Map of seismicity (red circles) in the Yellowstone region during 2020. Gray lines are roads, red line shows the caldera boundary, Yellowstone National Park is outlined by black dashed line, and gray dashed lines denote state boundaries.

The World*s Largest Landlocked Body of Water Stretches Across Several Types of Landscapes
NASA Earth Observatory

NASA image by Norman Kuring/NASA*s Ocean Color Web, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Energy Infrastructure Maps
Energy Information Administration

M 4.3 Earthquake Near Pinnacles, California
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Residents of Caribbean Islands told to Evacuate
Independent
The government advises residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island chain in the eastern Caribbean, to evacuate after La Soufriere volcano spews gas and volcanic ash.
Kilauea*s Ongoing Eruption: A Rising Lava Lake
United States Geological Survey

Annotated eruption photograph taken at 5 PM HST on December 30, 2020, from the south rim of Halema*uma*u, Kilauea Volcano summit. Photo by K. Lynn, USGS.

Iceberg A-68A May Miss South Georgia Island
NASA Earth Observatory

The swerving path of Antarctic iceberg A-68A is dictated by a large and powerful current. Map by Lauren Dauphin and Joshua Stevens, NASA Earth Observatory.

Hawaii: Mauna Loa Volcano Status
United States Geological Survey

Mauna Loa is not erupting but it remains at volcano alert-level ADVISORY and aviation color-code YELLOW. The alert-level and aviation color-code were raised in July 2019 and remain elevated because GPS measurements continue to show slow, long-term summit inflation, consistent with magma supply to the volcano*s shallow storage system. Monitoring data, however, do not indicate that a Mauna Loa eruption is imminent. Photo by L. DeSmither, USGS.

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake in Croatia
United States Geological Survey

Structure Information Summary
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall with wood and unreinforced brick with mud construction.

Secondary Effects
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Data from the USGS "Did you feel it?" reports.

What Do (Consulting) Sedimentologists Do All Day?
Blogs of the European Geosciences Union
M 6.4 Earthquake Near Petrinija, Croatia
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Where Is Croatia?
Geology.com

Hydrothermal Explosions: A Serious Natural Hazard at Yellowstone
United States Geological Survey

Photograph of the northern and eastern rim of the 9400-year-old Turbid Lake explosion crater showing the primary explosion ejecta rim with a secondary explosion ejecta rim inside the lake-occupied explosion crater. Many, if not most, larger explosion craters have multiple explosion histories and are long-lived hydrothermal systems.

Summit Eruption Continues at Kilauea
United States Geological Survey

Vents on the caldera wall continue to flow lava into the crater lava lake.

The Lava Lake at Kilauea Is Rising
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