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Saharan Dust Is Bad for Health. But It*s Also Crucial to Earth*s Biology and Climate
July 13 | National Geographic
Supreme Court Ruling on Oklahoma Tribal Land Raises Questions for Oil Industry
July 13 | Reuters
The Pipeline Industry Is Hit With Multiple Setbacks
July 13 | Associated Press
COVID-19 Impacts to Geoscience Business Operations
July 13 | American Geosciences Institute

The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
July 12 | California Earthquake Authority
Remembering Ridgecrest
July 12 | United States Geological Survey

USGS scientists look back to early July 2019 and a series of strong earthquakes that occurred near Ridgecrest California.

Eruption of Alaska*s Okmok Volcano Linked to Period of Extreme Cold in Ancient Rome
July 12 | National Science Foundation

Alaska*s Umnak Island showing the huge, 10-km-wide caldera created by the 43 BCE Okmok II eruption. Satellite image by USGS.

Five Things Spy Satellites Have Taught Us About Earth
July 12 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Tropical Storm Fay Hits the Northeast with High Winds, Heavy Rain, Flooding
July 11 | ABC News on YouTube

Mars Had Landslide-Powered Tsunamis That Put Earth*s Mega-Waves to Shame
July 11 | Smithsonian.com
Japan Reels From Heavy Rains; Dozens Killed and Millions Urged to Evacuate
July 11 | The New York Times
In 2019, the United States Produced and Consumed Record Volumes of Natural Gas
July 11 | Energy Information Administration

Halliburton, TechnipFMC to Provide Fiber Optic Service to Underwater Oil Wells
July 11 | Houston Chronicle
Cuba*s Gulf of Guacanayabo
July 11 | NASA Earth Observatory

Sediments flowing into the bay from the Rio Cauto have built up an impressive delta and even helped bury a reef. Image from NASA*s Landsat 8 satellite.

How to Watch Comet Neowise*s Spectacular Show
July 11 | Smithsonian.com

An astronaut photo from the International Space Station.

A Submerged 7,000-Year-Old Discovery Shows the Great Potential of Underwater Archaeology
July 11 | Smithsonian.com
Tropical Storm Fay: Probable Track Map Up the East Coast and Into New England
July 10 | National Hurricane Center

Map by the National Hurricane Center.

How Are Hurricanes Named?
July 10 | Geology.com

Hurricane Fran: Satellite image of a hurricane named *Fran.* Hurricane Fran was a large, powerful, destructive hurricane that made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina on September 5, 1996. Fran was the sixth named storm of the 1996 hurricane season. It was so destructive that the name *Fran* was retired from use. Satellite image by NASA.

Puerto Rico*s Economy Is Shattered by Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Now the Pandemic
July 10 | The New York Times
U.S. Motor Gasoline, Distillate Fuel Oil and Jet Fuel Demand Hit Recent Lows
July 10 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Refiners Ramp Up Crude Imports from Mexico to an 8-Year High
July 10 | Reuters
Energy Transfer Vows to Keep Pipeline Open After Court Order
July 10 | Yahoo! Finance
What Country Do My Diamonds and Other Gemstones Come From?
July 10 | Gemological Institute of America
Gold Spot Price Passes $1,800 -- Its Highest Level in 9 Years
July 10 | JCK Online
The Many Uses of Gold
July 10 | Geology.com

Uses of Gold in the United States: This pie chart shows how gold was used in the United States in 2019, not including gold bullion. The main uses were in jewelry (50%) and electronics (37%). The minting of official coins accounted for 8% of the gold used, and 5% was for other uses. Data from the USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries for 2019.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Off to a Record Fast Start and Is Likely to Get Worse
July 9 | The Washington Post

Map of sea surface temperature from NOAA. See their global map here.

Two Vital Buffers Against Climate Change Are Just Offshore
July 9 | Northern Illinois University

Image by Northern Illinois University.

Geology of Yellowstone Map
July 9 | Wyoming State Geological Survey and Yellowstone Volcano Observatory

A portion of the Geology of Yellowstone map showing the Upper Geyser Basin.

What Is a Geyser?
July 9 | Geology.com

The image above shows Steamboat Geyser, often billed as "the world's tallest geyser," and located in Yellowstone National Park.

Hubble Spots Feathered Spiral Galaxy
July 8 | NASA

The spiral pattern shown by the galaxy in this image is striking because of its delicate, feathery nature. These *flocculent* spiral arms indicate that the recent history of star formation of the galaxy has been relatively quiet. There is virtually no star formation in the central part of the galaxy, which is dominated by an unusually large and relatively empty galactic bulge, where all the gas was converted into stars long ago. Image by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Exports Authorized from the Jordan Cove LNG Gas Terminal
July 8 | Associated Press
How Old Is Earth*s Inner Core?
July 8 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava
July 8 | NASA Earth Observatory

A young volcanic island has been growing in the western Pacific Ocean since 2013. Since mid-June 2020, it has been going through a vigorous growth spurt. NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Caption by Michael Carlowicz.

An Underwater Cave Once Hosted the Americas* Oldest Known Ocher Mine
July 8 | Smithsonian.com
Spectacular Photo: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon
July 7 | NASA
Meet the *Tiny Bug Slayer*, An Ancient Relative of Giant Dinosaurs
July 7 | CNN
Geologists Identify Deep-Earth Structures That May Signal Hidden Metal Lodes
July 7 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
The Ticking Time Bomb of Arctic Permafrost
July 7 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Pink Snow in the Alps, Caused by Algae
July 7 | CNN
Why Did the Maya Abandon the Ancient City of Tikal?
July 6 | Smithsonian.com
New research suggests mercury and toxic algae poisoned the settlement*s reservoirs.
Volcanic Activity and Changes in Earth*s Mantle Were Key to the Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen
July 6 | National Science Foundation
Remaking a Planet One Atom at a Time
July 6 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
When is a planet not a planet? Where does helium rain? How can water be solid and liquid at the same time? For answers, scientists put common planetary materials under extreme pressure and watched what happened next.
Six Ways Satellites Tracked COVID-19
July 6 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico Set to Rise with Completion of the Wahalajara System
July 6 | Energy Information Administration
COVID-19 and Employment of Recent Geoscience Graduates
July 6 | American Geosciences Institute
Grand Canyon Hiker Takes a Fatal Fall Trying to Take a Photo
July 5 | NBC News
Heavy Rains Force Evacuation Orders For More Than 1 Million People In Japan
July 5 | National Public Radio
NASA Scientist Simulates Kaleidoscope of Sunsets on Other Worlds
July 5 | NASA on YouTube

At Least 171 People Killed by a Spoil Landslide at a Jade Mine in Myanmar
July 5 | Reuters
Jade mines in Myanmar often attract large numbers of fortune seekers, who prospect through spoil (mine waste) that is dumped near a mine site. They are often injured by being to close when spoil is dumped down a steep embankment or when a landslide occurs in an unstable pile of loose material. These events are in the news a few times each year.
What is Jade?
July 5 | Geology.com

Pendant of Green Nephrite: A pendant made from a green nephrite known in New Zealand as "Maori Green Stone" or "Maori Jade." Photo copyright iStockphoto and Steve Patterson.

The New Explosive Theory About What Doomed the Crew of the *Hunley*
July 4 | Smithsonian.com
How Does a Greening Arctic Affect Groundwater Recharge?
July 4 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Scientists Find Huge Ring Of Ancient Shafts Near Stonehenge
July 4 | Brattleboro Reformer
Landslide Blocks Rio Colca
July 4 | NASA Earth Observatory

As residents of Achoma district or Peru slept on June 16, 2020, the earth around them was stirring with activity. At approximately 1:40 a.m., soil and rock on a hillside slipped loose and created a massive landslide. When residents woke up, at least 200 acres of nearby farmland was destroyed. The landslide also created a natural dam along the Rio Colca and caused flooding in the valley.

M 5.5 Earthquake: Southwest of Guanica, Puerto Rico
July 3 | United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

M 4.6 Earthquake: Fern Forest, Hawaii
July 3 | United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Major Wind-Driven Ocean Currents Are Shifting Towards the Poles
July 3 | AGU
A Submerged 7,000-Year-Old Discovery Shows the Great Potential of Underwater Archaeology
July 3 | Smithsonian.com
Dinosaurs Laid Blue Eggs -- And That*s a Big Deal
July 3 | National Geographic
Clyde*s Spot -- on Jupiter
July 3 | NASA

This image from NASA*s Juno spacecraft captures several storms in Jupiter*s southern hemisphere. Some of these storms, including the Great Red Spot at upper left, have been churning in the planet*s atmosphere for many years, but when Juno obtained this view of Jupiter, the smaller, oval-shaped feature at the center of the image was brand new.

What*s Up: July 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA
July 3 | NASA on YouTube

Chinese Company Uses 83 Tons of Gold Bars as Collateral for a $2B Loan -- The Gold Was Fake
July 2 | Bitcoin.com
A Miner Blew Up Ancient Human History. An Industry May Pay
July 2 | Bloomberg
Types of Rock Art: Petroglyphs and Pictographs
July 2 | Geology.com

Petroglyph: This petroglyph is thought to have been carved by Native Americans into the wall of Buckskin Gulch in southern Utah, USA. Image copyright iStockphoto / amygdala_imagery.

Egypt Reports: A 1-Million-Ounce Gold Deposit Worth $1.8 Billion
July 2 | Mining.com
Sealand: An Offshore Platform Declared a Micronation
July 2 | Atlas Obscura

Photo of the Sealand platform by Richard Lazenby.

Visualizing Earth Systems: A Quick Start Guide for Educators
July 2 | Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

IGES created this collection of NASA Earth systems visualizations, organized by cross-cutting topics commonly found in middle and high school curricula.

An Astronaut*s View of an Annular Eclipse
July 1 | NASA Earth Observatory

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot a photograph of the Moon*s shadow crossing the Earth on June 21, 2020.

The Art and Science of Fireworks Displays
July 1 | Geology.com

Fireworks over Indianapolis, IN. Image copyright iStockphoto / Alexeys.

Trace Our Nation*s Waterways
July 1 | United States Geological Survey

Streamer map of an upstream trace from a point on the Saint Croix River in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Weather radar and real-time streamflow stations are shown on the map. Image by the United States Geological Survey.

Radioactive Bookkeeping of Carbon Emissions
July 1 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Heat in Jupiter*s Moon Europa Might Have Made Its Oceans Habitable
July 1 | Smithsonian.com
Life on Europa?
July 1 | Geology.com

Life on Europa: Water from a subsurface ocean on Jupiter*s moon, Europa, could reach the surface through seeps or erupt from hot water vents. This water would reveal the chemistry of the subsurface ocean and may contain microbes that live below. Artist*s concept image by NASA / JPL.

Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World
June 30 | National Geographic
Map of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
June 30 | Geology.com

Map of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean produced by the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica. It shows the topography of Antarctica (as blue lines), research stations of the United States and the United Kingdom (in red text), ice-free rock areas (in brown), ice shelves (in gray) and names of the major ocean water bodies (in blue uppercase text).

Wall Map of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
June 30 | Geology.com Store

A laminated political, physical, bathymetric map of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Approximately 47 inches by 39 inches.

The Rig Count Is Just One Piece of Energy*s Economic Picture
June 30 | Midland Reporter-Telegram
Channeling a Bloom
June 30 | NASA Earth Observatory

Unusually clear skies and persistent, unseasonable heat may have set the stage for a large and persistent blooms of phytoplankton in the waters around England. Satellite image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Caption by Michael Carlowicz.

Signs of Drought in European Groundwater
June 30 | NASA Earth Observatory

Long-term rainfall deficits, heat waves, and increased evaporation have depleted some of the groundwater supply beneath central and eastern Europe. Image by Lauren Dauphin, using GRACE data from the National Drought Mitigation Center. Caption by Michael Carlowicz and Matt Rodell.

M 5.1 Earthquake Near Tonopah, Nevada
June 30 | United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

COVID-19 Impacts to Geoscience Research Activities in Spring 2020
June 29 | American Geosciences Institute

Mouse Found Atop a 22,000-Foot Volcano Sets a New World Record
June 29 | National Geographic
What Lies Off Australia*s Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea?
June 29 | The New York Times / Schmidt Ocean Institute
Why Did Great Apes Disappear from Southwestern China?
June 29 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Coal-Burning in Siberia Led to Climate Change 250 Million Years Ago
June 29 | Arizona State University
Bedrock Type Under Forests Greatly Affects Tree Growth, Species, Carbon Storage
June 29 | PennState News
Taking a Landslide*s Temperature to Avert Catastrophe (Vajont Dam, Italy)
June 29 | Duke University
White Island Volcano Survivors Sue Royal Caribbean and New Zealand Tour Company
June 29 | CBS This Morning

New Argentine Fossils Uncover History of Celebrated Conifer Group
June 28 | PennState
300-Million-Year-Old Fish Resembles a Sturgeon But Took a Different Evolutionary Path
June 28 | University of Pennsylvania
How COVID-19 Is Affecting Undergraduate Research Experiences
June 28 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Saharan Dust Cloud Causes North Texas Air To Be Deemed *Unhealthy*
June 28 | CBS Local
Trump Administration Opens Sensitive Arctic Areas to Oil Development
June 27 | Reuters
Quote from the article: "Administration officials said the action is needed to boost oil production."
Weather report: We are in one of the greatest oil gluts in history.

Natural Fluid Injections Triggered Cahuilla Earthquake Swarm
June 27 | Caltech
Dust Rises in Sierra Nevada After Earthquake Hits California
June 27 | YouTube

Free Printable Calendars for July
June 27 | WaterproofPaper.com

WaterproofPaper.com and Geology.com are Geoshops.com websites.

Black Hole Collision May Have Exploded With Light
June 26 | NASA

This artist*s concept shows a supermassive black hole surrounded by a disk of gas. Embedded in this disk are two smaller black holes that may have merged together to form a new black hole. Image and caption by Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC).

In Tanzania, an Artisanal Miner Finds Tanzanite Crystals Worth $3 Million
June 26 | Aljazeera
What Is Tanzanite?
June 26 | Geology.com

Faceted Blue Tanzanite: This violetish blue tanzanite is an exceptional faceted oval weighing 8.14 carats and measuring 14.4 x 10.5 x 7.6 millimeters in size. On the basis of its color and clarity, it would be rated in the top 1% of all tanzanite ever produced. Photo copyright by Richland Gemstones and used here with permission.

Where is Tanzania?
June 26 | Geology.com

Image by Geology.com.

Webinar: Using Virtual Landscapes for Remote Teaching
June 26 | GSA / NAGT
Minnesota Sues Exxon, Koch and API for Being *Deceptive* on Climate Change
June 25 | Reuters
Post-Pandemic, Shale Oil Recovery Expected to Take Years
June 26 | Yahoo! Finance
U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production in 2019 Hit Records with Fewer Rigs and Wells
June 25 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

Archaeologists Discover Enormous Ring of Ancient Pits Near Stonehenge
June 25 | Smithsonian.com
Ancient Rome Was Teetering. Then a Volcano Erupted 6,000 Miles Away.
June 25 | The New York Times
In Mongolia, a Mysterious Island Ruin Is Finally Giving Up Its Secrets
June 25 | Atlas Obscura
Cluster of Earthquakes Near Lone Pine, California
June 24 | United States Geological Survey

The map above links to the USGS site where a map of recent earthquakes can be viewed.

M 5.8 Earthquake Near Lone Pine, California
June 24 | United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Deadly Earthquake Rattles Southern Mexico
June 24 | National Public Radio
Puerto Rico*s Electricity Generation Mix Changed After the Early 2020 Earthquakes
June 24 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

Earth Institute Virtual Events for K-12 (July through January)
June 24 | Columbia University
Young Giant Planet Offers Clues to Formation of Exotic Worlds
June 24 | NASA

A gas giant planet known as a hot Jupiter that orbits very close to its star. Finding more of these youthful planets could help astronomers understand how they formed and if they migrate from cooler climes during their lifetimes. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Shipping LNG by Rail in the United States
June 24 | BNN Bloomberg
Asian Buyers Turn to U.S. Oil Amid Uncertain Flows From OPEC
June 24 | Yahoo! Finance
Heat and Fire Scorches Siberia
June 24 | NASA Earth Observatory

Fires are raging in eastern Siberia in the midst of an unusually long-lived heat wave. Image by Joshua Stevens, NASA Earth Observatory.

Arizona Faces Wildfires and Evacuations as COVID-19 Cases Rise
June 24 | Smithsonian.com
Huge Saharan Dust Cloud Could Bring Hazy Skies, Spectacular Sunsets to the United States
June 24 | Smithsonian.com
M 7.4 Earthquake Near Santa Maria Zapotitlan, Mexico
June 23 | United States Geological Survey

In addition to being felt in many parts of Mexico, people from Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras reported that they felt the earthquake. Image by the United States Geological Survey.

M 5.9 Earthquake Between Guam and Northern Mariana Islands (both inhabited U.S. Territories)
June 23 | United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Where Are Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
June 23 | Geology.com

The United States of America holds claim to 16 territories outside of the United States. These range from Puerto Rico, with over 140 smaller islands and over 3 million residents, to uninhabited territories (and disputed territories) such as Bajo Nuevo Bank, Navassa Island, Serranilla Bank, and Wake Island.

The Efficiency of Natural Gas Produduction Continues to Improve in the United States
June 23 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Sales Fall Off a Cliff
June 23 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

Modeling Fluid Migration in Subduction Zones
June 23 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
June 23 | NASA Earth Observatory

Mouth of the Zambezi River, Mozambique, Africa. Sediment colors the Mozambique Channel near the mouth of the Zambezi River. The water grows darker offshore as the sediment disperses. NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon, using Landsat 8 data from the USGS Earth Explorer.

Educational Resources at Earth Science Week
June 23 | Earth Science Week
Digital Atlas of Ancient Life
June 23 | Paleontological Research Institution
Need help identifying your fossil discoveries? Access Digital Atlas field guides to fossils from particular time periods and regions by selecting from the guides above, or by downloading the free Digital Atlas of Ancient Life App for iOS and Android devices.
Indonesia*s Mount Merapi Erupts, Spewing Ash 6 Kilometers High
June 22 | Phys.org
It Just Hit 100 Degrees Fahrenheit in Siberia, the Hottest Temperature on Record So Far North in the Arctic
June 22 | Weather.com
Where is the Arctic? What is its Boundary?
June 22 | Geology.com

This map shows the three boundaries commonly used to define the southern geographic extent of the Arctic: 1) the Arctic Circle (shown as a dashed blue line); 2) the area where the average temperature of the warmest month is less than ten degrees Celsius (shown as a solid red line); and, 3) the arctic treeline (shown as a solid green line). Public domain image from the CIA Factbook, treeline added by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Dazzling Photos Show What the Rare *Ring of Fire* Solar Eclipse Looked Like Around the World
June 22 | Insider
M 4.2 Earthquake: Near Perry, Oklahoma
June 21 | United States Geological Survey

Image by the United States Geological Survey.

Saudi Oil Exports to the United States Drop to a 35-Year Low
June 21 | BNN Bloomberg
Texas Eyes Gas Flaring Curb to Allay Wall Street Climate Worries
June 21 | Yahoo! Finance
Myanmar Becomes the Latest Country to Begin Imports of LNG
June 21 | Energy Information Administration

In June 2020, Myanmar became the newest country to begin imports of liquefied natural gas. A small-scale (0.6 billion cubic feet LNG vessel delivered an LNG cargo sourced from Malaysia to Thilawa in southeastern Myanmar. Map by the Energy Information Administration.

Higher Western Canada Spot Prices Limit U.S. Natural Gas Imports from Canada
June 21 | Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

Lonar Lake Tries On a Rosy Color
June 20 | NASA Earth Observatory

The lake in west-central India promptly changed from green to pink, and the reason why remains a mystery.

Smithsonian Scientists Bring the Planets to the Public
June 20 | Smithsonian.com Air & Space
Ohio Energy Consumption Statistics
June 20 | Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

*Ring of Fire* Solar Eclipse 2020: Here*s How It Works
June 20 | Space.com