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The Okavango Blue
April 20 | Geology.com
Okavango Blue
The Okavango Blue: In April 2019, the Okavango Diamond Company, a company wholly-owned by the government of Botswana, presented the "Okavango Blue", a 20.46-carat blue diamond. The Gemological Institute of America graded the color of the gem as Fancy Deep Blue, and its clarity as VVS. It was cut from a 41.11-carat rough diamond discovered at the Orapa Mine in Botswana. The company will promote the gem through Fall 2019 and plans to sell it by the end of the year. Photo by Okavango Diamond Company.

Christina Koch Is Scheduled to Spend 328 Days in Space -- a Record for Women Astronauts
April 20 | Smithsonian.com

NASA astronaut Christina Koch conducts botany research aboard the International Space Station, where she has been living and working since March 14, 2019. Her mission has been extended, and she will remain at the station until February 2020. Image and caption by NASA.

NASA Prepares to Build Spacecraft Bound for a Metal Asteroid
April 20 | Smithsonian.com
Psyche spacecraft
Artist*s concept of Psyche spacecraft near the mission*s target, the metal asteroid Psyche. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ./Space Systems Loral/Peter Rubin.

Iron Meteorites
April 20 | Geology.com
iron meteorites
Sikhote-Alin Iron Meteorite: A spectacular example of the Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite, which fell in eastern Russia in 1947. This large specimen weighs 11.1 kg / 24 1/2 lbs and is described as a complete individual, as opposed to shrapnel specimens which are angular as a result of explosive fragmentation in the atmosphere. The scale cube pictured, is 1 cm in size. Note the sculptural shape and abundant regmaglypts (thumbprint-like indentations), caused when the surface melted during flight. Photograph by Leigh Anne DelRay, copyright Aerolite Meteorites.

NASA*s Cassini Data Show Saturn*s Rings Relatively New
April 20 | NASA
saturn's rings
An artist*s concept of the Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn*s ring plane. New measurements of the rings* mass give scientists the best answer yet to the question of their age. Caption and image by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

We Now Know How Insects and Bacteria Control Ice
April 20 | The University of Utah
California: A Quake Every Three Minutes (A New Appreciation of Micro-Earthquakes)
April 20 | Los Angeles Times
California Earthquake Intensity Maps (Historic)
April 20 | Geology.com
California Earthquake Maps
San Francisco Earthquake, 1906: This earthquake is one of the most devastating in the history of California. The earthquake and resulting fires caused an estimated 3,000 deaths and $524 million in property loss. Damage in San Francisco resulting only from the earthquake was estimated at $20 million; outside the city, it was estimated at $4 million. The sensible duration of the shaking in San Francisco was about 1 minute. (Continued on article page.)

Three Renowned Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche at Banff National Park
April 20 | Los Angeles Times
A Glut of Ultralight Crude in the Permian Basin Is Depressing Prices
April 20 | Reuters
Pennsylvania Governor Pushing a *Severance Tax* to Fund His $4.5B Infrastructure Plan
April 20 | Transport Topics
18-Wheelers Are Hauling U.S. LNG Exports to Mexico
April 19 | Houston Chronicle
The Renaissance of Hydrology
April 19 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
De Beers Dreams of Building a Diamond Mine of the Future in Nunavut
April 19 | Nunatsiaq News
U.K. Diver Who Helped Save Thai Soccer Team Is Rescued from a Tennessee Cave
April 19 | NBC News
Troglobites: Animals that Live in a Cave
April 19 | Geology.com
Troglobites are animals that live in a cave
Cave Snail: The Tumbling Creek cavesnail, Antrobia culveri, is a blind albino. Public domain photo by David Ashley of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Permian Basin Water Disposal Volumes Expected to Double by 2022
April 19 | Houston Chronicle
U.S. Gulf Gets Least Crude in Decades as Iraqi Imports Dive
April 19 | Yahoo! Finance
Brazil: Country Energy Brief
April 19 | Energy Information Administration

What is LIDAR?
April 19 | NOAA
what is lidar
Do You Know Where to Get Free LIDAR Data?
April 19 | Geospatial World
United Kingdom, Great Britain, British Isles - What*s the Difference?
April 19 | Geology.com
United Kingdom, Great Britain, British Isles - What*s the Difference
How to Avoid Landslide Hazards
April 18 | Appalachian Landslide
Record-Breaking 17-Foot-Long Burmese Python Found in Florida
April 18 | Smithsonian.com
Standard issue snake leggings will probably not help much if you encounter one of these while doing field work in Florida.
The United States Is Expected to Produce a Record 8.46 Million Barrels Per Day in May
April 18 | Reuters
Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate U.S. Energy Consumption
April 18 | Energy Information Administration
fossil fuels in the U.S. energy mix
A Simplified Model of Water Vapor Exchange in the Amazon
April 17 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Elizabeth Warren Says She Will Ban Fossil Fuel Production on Federal Lands as President
April 17 | CNBC
The State Department Warns of a Coming Jewelry Industry Crackdown
April 17 | JCK Online
*It*s about knowing the source for any piece of material that is imported.*
Starting Salaries and Employment Rates for Graduating Geoscience Students
April 17 | American Geosciences Institute
starting salaries for geologists
Alabama Meteorologist: *Many People Can*t Find Themselves on a Map*
April 17 | The Washington Post
M5.7 Earthquake on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Near Tristan da Cunha
April 17 | United States Geological Survey
Mid Atlantic Ridge Earthquake
Map by the United States Geological Survey

Companies Who Purchased Crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Report H2S Contamination
April 16 | World Oil
Chevron Agrees to Buy Anadarko for $33B -- Creating a New *Ultramajor* Oil Company
April 16 | Bloomberg
New Evidence Suggests Volcanoes Caused the Biggest Mass Extinction Ever
April 16 | Phys.org
The Brief Life of Jackson Lake
April 16 | Scientific American
"A perfect example of a volcano*s power to create and a river*s power to destroy."
NASA*s Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan*s Lakes
April 16 | NASA
view of Titan showing the moon*s polar seas
This near-infrared, color view from Cassini shows the sun glinting off of Titan*s north polar seas. Image and caption by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho.

Through Flood and Drought: Reconstructing the Yellow River
April 16 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
United States Territories Map
April 16 | Geology.com
United States Territories Map
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.

When California Went to War Over Eggs
April 16 | Smithsonian.com

Gathering eggs on South Farallon Island, photograph by Eadweard Muybridge. Public domain image from the New York Public Library Collection.

A New Way to Analyze Evidence of Martian Oceans
April 15 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Congress Explores Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon from Development
April 15 | Indian Country Today
EIA Raises Forecast for 2019 U.S. Crude Output Growth
April 15 | Reuters
U.S. Crude Production Grew 17% in 2018, Surpassing the Previous Record Set in 1970
April 15 | Energy Information Administration
U.S. crude oil production
Did Global Glaciation Cause the Great Unconformity?
April 15 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
How Much the Public Knows about Science, and Why It Matters
April 15 | Scientific American
M 5.3 Earthquake: 20km East of Kalaoa, Hawaii
April 14 | United States Geological Survey
earthquake hits Hawaii
How Much the Public Knows about Science, and Why It Matters
April 14 | Scientific American
Fireworks at Hearing on Climate Change and National Security
April 14 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
A New Way to Analyze Evidence of Martian Oceans
April 14 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Video: Mars - the Planet that Lost an Ocean*s Worth of Water
April 14 | European Southern Observatory

The Largest Unnamed Object in the Solar System Needs a Title and You Can Help
April 14 | Smithsonian.com
Why GIA Is Growing Diamonds in New Jersey
April 13 | JCK Online
Some U.S. Shale Producers Start Cutting Jobs and Investors Press for Returns
April 13 | Reuters
A Glut of Super-Light Oil in Texas and Oklahoma
April 13 | Reuters
IEA Says Global Oil Demand May Falter in Response to Economic Threats
April 13 | Yahoo! Finance
Israeli Spacecraft Fails to Make First Private Lunar Landing
April 13 | Scientific American
It made a crash landing after engine and communication problems.
Why Didn*t Scientists Photograph the Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way?
April 13 | BGR.com
Precariously Balanced Rocks Reveal Earthquake History in Israel
April 13 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Earth*s First Life Might Have Developed in Ponds, Not Oceans
April 13 | MIT News
Ancient Lakes: Eyes Into the Past, and the Future
April 13 | National Science Foundation
NOAA Monitoring Stations Are Off-Line from a GPS Y2K Moment
April 12 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
"The outage could last until November for some stations."
A New Human Ancestor Species Was Discovered in the Philippines
April 12 | Smithsonian.com
KAGEM in Zambia: The World*s Largest Emerald Mine
April 12 | Field Gemology by Vincent Pardieu on YouTube

Where Is Zambia?
April 12 | Geology.com
map of Zambia
Busted Mastodon Is Ice Age Roadkill
April 12 | Scientific American
Teaching Evolution to Tibetan Monks
April 12 | Scientific American
Mountain Glaciers Are Major Contributors to Rising Seas
April 12 | Scientific American
*Really Smart Guys* Push to Make Biggest Oilfield Even Bigger
April 12 | Bloomberg
Lab-Grown Diamonds Shake Up The Diamond Industry
April 12 | National Public Radio
Scientists Take Cues from Jules Verne to Study Life at the *Center of the Earth*
April 11 | National Science Foundation
Testing How Well Water Disinfectants Damage Antibiotic Resistance Genes
April 11 | University of Washington
Ultra-Sharp Images Make Old Stars Look Absolutely Marvelous!
April 11 | The Gemini Observatory

Color composite GSAOI+GeMS image of HP 1 obtained using the Gemini South telescope in Chile. North is up and East to the left. Composite image produced by Mattia Libralato of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF; composite image produced by Mattia Libralato of Space Telescope Science Institute.

Russian Diamond Miner Alrosa Wants Controlling Stake to Mine in Zimbabwe
April 11 | Mining.com
Where Is Zimbabwe?
April 11 | Geology.com

Why There Is More to Gold Than Meets the Eye
April 11 | Smithsonian.com
The Many Uses of Gold
April 11 | Geology.com

The largest use of gold in the United States is in jewelry.

Black Hole Image Makes History
April 11 | NASA
black hole

Bones Discovered in an Island Cave May Be an Early Human Species
April 11 | The Washington Post
Winter Rain on the Greenland Ice Sheet
April 10 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
M5.0 Earthquake Near Idaho-Montana Border
April 10 | United States Geological Survey
Saudi Arabia Threatens to Ditch Dollar Oil Trades to Stop *NOPEC*
April 10 | Reuters
Seeking Hidden *Pockets of Oil,* BP Takes on a Massive Project at Prudhoe Bay
April 10 | Daily News-Miner
Can West Virginia*s Pipeline Jobs Keep Youth in the State?
April 10 | PBS News Hour
What Do People Drink When They Think Their Tap Water Isn*t Safe?
April 10 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Coal*s Days in Navajo Country Are Numbered
April 10 | Scientific American
Microbial Mysteries - Big Pagoda Pools - Hydrothermal Vent Structure
April 10 | Schmidt Ocean on YouTube

Jupiter*s Atmosphere Heats up Under Solar Wind
April 10 | NASA

Natural Emerald with Inclusions Along Three Directions
April 10 | Gemological Institute of America
Emerald: The Bright Green Gem of the Beryl Mineral Family
April 10 | Geology.com
emerald
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.

Generation of Air Lubrication within Pyroclastic Density Currents
April 9 | Nature
Cyclone Idai Was the Deadliest Storm to Strike Mozambique in at Least Three Decades
April 9 | AccuWeather
Tropical Cyclone Idai over the Mozambique Channel
Satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Idai over the Mozambique Channel. Image by NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

Where Is Mozambique?
April 9 | Geology.com
map of Mozambique
Marketing Recycled Diamonds
April 9 | Entrepreneur
Quote from the article: "There is approximately $1 trillion worth of diamonds sitting in drawers across the country. Our households are, by far, the largest diamond mine in the world."
Israel*s Beresheet Spacecraft Enters an Eliptical Orbit Around the Moon
April 9 | The Jerusalem Post
Israel*s Beresheet Spacecraft Successfully Completes a Lunar Capture
April 9 | The Jerusalem Post
Indonesia Considers Closing Komodo Island Because Poachers Keep Stealing the Dragons
April 9 | Smithsonian.com
A trade in Komodo dragons has developed because a young dragon can sell for up to $35,000 on the black market.
Where Is Komodo Island?
April 9 | Geology.com
Komodo Island
Lake Erie*s Toxic Algal Blooms
April 9 | National Science Foundation
algal bloom in Lake Erie
Lake Erie in October 2011, during an intense bloom of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Image by NASA.

Phytoplankton Blooms from Space
April 9 | Geology.com
phytoplankton bloom in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia
A satellite view of a phytoplankton bloom that developed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia in 2008.

Why Japan*s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Just Bombed an Asteroid
April 9 | NBC News
U.S. Frack-Sand Prices Collapse on Oversupply
April 8 | Yahoo! Finance
Severe Weather Closes the Houston Ship Channel and Oil Port
April 8 | Reuters
Curiosity Captured Two Solar Eclipses on Mars
April 8 | NASA
photo of a solar eclipse on Mars
This image shows the Martian moon Phobos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA*s Curiosity Mars rover on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (Sol 2359). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.

Jupiter Spiral
April 8 | NASA

A cyclonic storm in Jupiter*s northern hemisphere is captured in this image from NASA*s Juno spacecraft. Many bright white cloud tops can be seen popping up in and around the arms of the rotating storm.

Here Is What Will Happen to Earth If Oceans Keep Getting Warmer
April 8 | skymetweather.com
Greenland*s Most Critical Glacier Is Suddenly Gaining Ice, But that Might Not Be a Good Thing
April 8 | CNN
Changes in Ocean *Conveyor Belt* Foretold Abrupt Climate Changes by Four Centuries
April 8 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
map of the ocean conveyor belt
A simplified diagram of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. This *conveyor belt* carries warm water from the tropics (represented by red arrows) into the North Atlantic. There, the water cools and sinks before flowing back toward the south (yellow arrows). This pattern of circulation plays an important role in regulating climate in the North Atlantic as well as the rest of the world. Image: Muschitiello et al., caption by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Zapping Lead Pipes with Electricity Could Make Them Safer for Drinking Water
April 8 | Scientific American
A Heavy-Metal Planet Fragment Survives Destruction from Dead Star
April 8 | University of Warwick

A planetary fragment orbits the star SDSS J122859.93+104032.9, leaving a tail of gas in its wake. Image by University of Warwick / Mark Garlick.

Geological Paradox Found in African Island
April 8 | GeoEngineer.org
Sapphire Mining Around Chanthaburi, Thailand
April 7 | Field Gemology by Vincent Pardieu on YouTube

Where Is Thailand?
April 7 | Geology.com
where is Thailand map
The Gulf of Mexico*s Hottest Diving Spots Are Decommissioned Oil Rigs
April 7 | Smithsonian.com
De Beers Ends Diamond Buyback Service
April 6 | JCK Online
More Than 80% of Idaho*s In-State Electricity Generation Comes from Renewables
April 5 | Energy Information Administration

Seismologists Say California Is in an Earthquake Drought
April 5 | Yahoo!
California Earthquake Intensity Maps (Historic)
April 5 | Geology.com
California Earthquake Maps
San Francisco Earthquake, 1906: This earthquake is one of the most devastating in the history of California. The earthquake and resulting fires caused an estimated 3,000 deaths and $524 million in property loss. Damage in San Francisco resulting only from the earthquake was estimated at $20 million; outside the city, it was estimated at $4 million. The sensible duration of the shaking in San Francisco was about 1 minute. (Continued on article page.)

Payouts from Alaska*s Oil Wealth Fund Under Scrutiny Again
April 5 | The Washington Post
Former Coal-Fired Power Plant in Ontario Becomes a Solar Facility
April 5 | Mining.com
Space Junk Around Earth
April 5 | Discovery on YouTube

Classroom Activity: What*s Causing Sea-Level Rise? Land Ice Vs. Sea Ice
April 5 | NASA

Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The United States Has Been a Net Exporter of Natural Gas for Over 12 Consecutive Months
April 5 | Energy Information Administration

ISIS Claims Kidnapping and Killing Canadian Geologist in Burkina Faso
April 5 | Mining.com
Where is Burkina Faso?
April 5 | Geology.com
map of Burkina Faso
NASA Technology Spinoffs Are Everywhere!
April 5 | NASA
Exxon Blocks Vote on a Shareholder Resolution to Adopt and Disclose Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets
April 4 | CNN
The Triassic Snadd Delta, Earth*s Largest River Delta, Was the Size of Alaska
April 4 | Smithsonian.com
The Selenga (Selenge) River Delta
April 4 | Geology.com
Selenga River Delta
Selenga River Delta: A Landsat 5 satellite image of the Selenga River Delta acquired on August 23, 2010. The delta is located on the southeastern shoreline of Lake Baikal, the world*s deepest lake. This image clearly shows the distributaries of the delta, meandering channels on the alluvial plain, and sediment-laden waters on the delta front. Landsat GeoCover image by the United States Geological Survey.

Plan to Mine the Moon Gives Australia Opening in New Space Era
April 4 | Bloomberg
Small Canadian Drillers, Exempt from a Government Output Throttle, Cash in on the Opportunity
April 4 | Yahoo! Finance
As Sea Ice Disappears, So Do Nutrients for Wildlife
April 4 | Scientific American
*Toffee Planets* Hint at Earth*s Cosmic Rarity
April 4 | Scientific American
Federal Research Funding of the Geosciences (1970-2017)
April 4 | American Geosciences Institute
U.S. Refinery Runs Hit Fifth Consecutive Annual Record High in 2018
April 4 | Energy Information Administration
U.S. refinery runs graph
What*s Up - April 2019: What Can You See in the April Sky?
April 4 | NASA
Eight Miners Suffocated in Unauthorized Gold Mine in Peru
April 3 | Mining.com
Abandoned Mine and Quarry Accidents In the United States Claim Several Lives per Year
April 3 | Geology.com
abandoned mine fatalities by state
Abandoned Mine Fatalities Map: Deaths in abandoned and inactive mines occur across the United States. Many of them occur in the eastern coal fields, the sand and gravel quarries of the upper Mississippi Valley, and metal mines in the southwest. Image by Geology.com using data from newspaper articles and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Examples of newspaper articles are provided at the bottom of this article.

Oil Industry Urges Trump to Appeal Arctic Ruling
April 3 | Houston Chronicle
BHP and Rio Tinto expect Australia*s Cyclone Veronica to hit full-year production
April 3 | Proactive Investors
Rio Tinto Declares Force Majeure After Tropical Cyclone Veronica Damages Facilities
April 3 | Metal Miner
A Decade of Exploring Alaska*s Mountain Glaciers
April 3 | NASA

Rebuilt Wetlands Can Protect Shorelines Better Than Walls
April 3 | Scientific American
De Beers and Botswana Plan to Expand Jwaneng, the World*s Richest Diamond Mine
April 3 | Mining.com
Cannabis Is Sucking Investment Money Away from the Canadian Mining Industry
April 3 | Mining.com
Looking for Life on Mars: Viking Experiment Team Member Reflects on Divisive Findings
April 3 | Scientific American
Chemical Tracers Untangle Natural Gas from Agricultural Methane Emissions
April 2 | GeoSpace
The USGS Responds to Record Flooding in the Midwest
April 2 | United States Geological Survey
How Svalbard*s Glaciers Precipitate an Arctic Feeding Frenzy
April 2 | Smithsonian.com
Looking for Gold in West Africa
April 2 | Mining.com