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Lithium Prices to Remain Low as *Hype* Meets *Reality*
August 23 | Mining.com
Avoiding Ticks and Tickborne Disease
August 23 | 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.

It*s Time to Get Serious about Tick-Borne Diseases
August 23 | Scientific American
A Decade of Ruby from Mozambique
August 23 | Gemological Institute of America
In less than a decade, Mozambique has become the world*s most productive source for gem-quality ruby.
Paleontology and Public Lands
August 23 | American Geosciences Institute

Geoscience Theses and Dissertations: Changing Discoverability and Research Topics
August 23 | American Geosciences Institute

At the Bottom of a Glacier in Greenland, Climate Scientists Find Troubling Signs
August 22 | CNN
NASA Gets a Rare Look at a Rocky Exoplanet*s Surface
August 22 | NASA

This artist*s illustration depicts the exoplanet LHS 3844b, which is 1.3 times the mass of Earth and orbits an M dwarf star. The planet*s surface may be covered mostly in dark lava rock, with no apparent atmosphere, according to observations by NASA*s Spitzer Space Telescope. Image and caption by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC).

The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Record
August 22 | Smithsonian.com
Earthquakes Shake Up Groundwater Systems
August 22 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
The U.S. Leads Global Petroleum and Natural Gas Production With Record Growth in 2018
August 22 | Energy Information Administration

Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation
August 22 | Scientific American
French Couple Facing Up to Six Years in Jail for Removing Sand from an Italian Beach
August 21 | CNN
Legal Aspects of Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collecting
August 21 | Geology.com

Signs like this on private property indicate that the property owner does NOT want people collecting agates on their land. There may be various reasons for this: They want to avoid potential liability, they simply don't want people on their land, they want the agates for their own personal use, or the agates are valuable. Believe it or not, some agates sell for a lot of money.

Oil Companies Persuade States to Make Pipeline Protests a Felony
August 21 | Bloomberg
Crystal Clocks Serve as Stopwatch for Magma Storage and Travel Times
August 21 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Saturn Could Lose Its Rings in Less Then 100 Million Years
August 21 | Smithsonian.com

This image is a view from NASA*s Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope taken on March 22, 2004. Saturn displays its familiar banded structure, with haze and clouds at various altitudes. Like Jupiter, all bands are parallel to Saturn*s equator. The magnificent rings, at nearly their maximum tilt toward Earth, show subtle hues which indicate the trace chemical differences in their icy composition.

Dragonfly Spacecraft to Scour the Sands of Titan for the Chemistry of Life
August 21 | Smithsonian.com
GRACE-FO Shows the Weight of Midwestern Floods
August 21 | NASA

North America was almost entirely above its long-term average in mass in May 2019, due to Midwestern flooding, with the runoff raising the Great Lakes to record levels.

Colored Diamonds: When Tiny Imperfections Create Incredible Beauty
August 20 | Geology.com

Colored Diamonds: 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.Colored Diamonds: 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.

Natural Gas Deliveries to U.S. LNG Export Facilities Set a Record in July
August 20 | Energy Information Administration

Eerie Blooms in Lake Erie
August 20 | NASA Earth Observatory
blue green algae in Lake Erie
In July 2019, a severe bloom of blue-green algae began spreading across the western half of Lake Erie. The dominant organism - a Microcystis cyanobacteria - produces the toxin microcystin, which can cause liver damage, numbness, dizziness, and vomiting. On July 29, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported unsafe toxin concentrations in Lake Erie and have since advised people (and their pets) to stay away from areas where scum is forming on the water surface.

What Greenland Might Have Taught Trump About Warming
August 20 | Scientific American

US Petroleum Demand Strongest Since 2007
August 20 | RigZone.com
New Alrosa Purple-Pink Diamond Could Fetch $60 Million
August 20 | JCK Online

Image by Alrosa.

New Submarine Volcanic Eruption Discovered Near Fonualei Island, Tonga
August 19 | Volcano Discovery
Murders of Environmentalists Have Doubled in 15 Years
August 19 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Less than One Percent of the United States Covered by Aeromagnetic Data that Meet Modern Standards
August 19 | United States Geological Survey

Image by Benjamin J. Drenth, United States Geological Survey.

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration*s Emissions Rollbacks
August 19 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
An Italian Volcano Turned Out to Be a Fraud
August 19 | The Atlantic
Shale Oil Output Cuts Might Prop Up the Market
August 19 | Reuters
The Race to Build Offshore Oil Export Terminals
August 19 | Houston Chronicle
Major Update for America*s Inventory of Parks and Other Protected Areas
August 18 | United States Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey announced the release of its Protected Areas Database of the U.S. version 2.0 - a major advance toward the long-term goal of a geospatial inventory that contains every public park and other protected area in America.

Ten Years of Icy Data Show the Flow of Heat from the Arctic Seafloor
August 18 | United States Geological Survey
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Features Map
August 18 | Geology.com

International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean annotated with the names of seafloor features.

Free Printable Calendars
August 18 | WaterproofPaper.com - affiliated with Geology.com

Rising Sea Levels Could Accelerate Florida Bay Mangrove Loss
August 17 | United States Geological Survey
New Partnership to Build Public Awareness of Global Earthquake Risk
August 17 | United States Geological Survey
A Mile-Long Graveyard of Jurassic Fossils Sparks a New International Science Collaboration
August 17 | United States Department of Energy
Fracking Has Less Impact on Groundwater than Traditional Oil and Gas Production
August 17 | EurekAlert.org
M 4.2 Earthquake Shakes Bozeman and Helena Montana
August 16 | United States Geological Survey
Montana earthquake
Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Airborne Plastic Is Blowing All the Way to the Arctic
August 16 | Scientific American
Twenty-Six U.S. Energy Firms with Debts Totaling Over $10 Billion File for Bankruptcy
August 16 | Reuters
New Well Gas Production Per Rig Still Soaring in the Appalachia Region
August 16 | Energy Information Administration
gas production per rig
Natural Gas Production Is At Record-High Levels Despite Low Prices
August 16 | Energy Information Administration

Over 100 Years of Arctic Ice Volume Reconstructed from Ships* Logbooks
August 15 | National Science Foundation
U.S. Revenue Cutter
The U.S. Revenue Cutter Thetis moored to sea ice near King Island, Alaska, in 1903. Image from the Coast Guard Museum Northwest.

Astronomers See Evidence of Einstein*s Theories in Star Orbiting Massive Black Hole
August 15 | National Science Foundation

Light from a star orbiting the black hole at Milky Way's center shifts as Einstein predicted. Image and caption by NSF.

Heightened Activity at Shishaldin Volcano
August 15 | NASA Earth Observatory
view of Shishaldin*s summit crater
An aerial view of Unimak Island in Alaska, looking down onto the summit of cone-shaped Mount Shishaldin. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The World*s 20 Largest Earthquakes
August 15 | United States Geological Survey
Celebrate Oceans Month - USGS Science on the Seas
August 15 | United States Geological Survey

Coral reefs support marine biodiversity by providing habitats for invertebrate and fish communities. Image by Amanda W. J. Demopoulos, public domain.

A Few Traders Are Making Money Off LNG Tankers Going Nowhere
August 14 | Bloomberg
What is LNG - Liquefied Natural Gas?
August 14 | Geology.com
LNG tanker and liquefied natural gas facility
Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils?
August 14 | Atlas Obscura
Extreme Climate Change Has Arrived in America
August 14 | The Washington Post
Typhoon Lekima and Tropical Storm Krosa
August 13 | NASA Earth Observatory
Typhoon Lekima and Tropical Storm Krosa
In early August 2019, dual storms marched across the Western Pacific Ocean. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this natural-color image of Typhoon Lekima (left) and Tropical Storm Krosa (right) at about 04:30 Universal Time (1:30 p.m. Japan Standard Time) on August 7, 2019. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Text by Kathryn Hansen.

Flying through a Fire Cloud
August 13 | NASA Earth Observatory

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Flaring, Infrastructure and Climate Progress
August 13 | API Blog
U.S. Solar Module Imports Partially Recover After Tariffs Were Imposed in Early 2018
August 13 | Energy Information Administration

Australia Is on Track to Become the World*s Largest LNG Exporter
August 12 | Energy Information Administration
natural gas exports of leading countries
Fossil Trees Reveal the Oldest Known Forest in Asia
August 12 | Smithsonian.com
What is Petrified Wood? How Does it Form?
August 12 | Geology.com
opalized wood
Opalized Wood: A nice piece of opalized wood from Oregon. It is colorful, accepts a bright polish, and shows excellent wood grain. This specimen measures about 3 inches across.

This Ultrahot Exoplanet Bleeds Heavy Metals into Space
August 12 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Ultrahot Exoplanet
This artist*s illustration shows an alien world that is losing magnesium and iron gas from its atmosphere. The observations represent the first time that so-called *heavy metals* - elements more massive than hydrogen and helium - have been detected escaping from a hot Jupiter, a large gaseous exoplanet orbiting very close to its star. Artwork and caption by NASA, ESA, and J. Olmsted.

The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Monday and Tuesday - How and When to See It
August 12 | AccuWeather.com
Appalachia*s Role in the U.S. Energy Renaissance
August 11 | Oil and Gas Journal
Chevron Starts Injecting Carbon Dioxide into a Subsurface Sandstone in Australia
August 11 | Quartz
Exxon Plans to Drill More in the Pemian Basin and Eagle Ford
August 11 | Houston Chronicle
Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwelling
August 11 | Smithsonian.com
Updating a Crucial Source of Sea Surface Temperature Data
August 10 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Gold Passes $1,500 Mark for First Time in 6 Years
August 10 | JCK Online
The Many Uses of Gold
August 10 | Geology.com
uses of gold
In the United States, the main uses of gold are in jewelry (38%) and electronics (34%). The minting of official coins accounted for 22% of the gold used, and 6% was for other uses. Data from the USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries for 2017. Cameo in gold setting. Image copyright iStockphoto / Angelo Marcantonio.

EIA Uses the Heat Content of Fossil Fuels to Compare and Aggregate Energy Sources
August 10 | Energy Information Administration
aggregate heat content of fossil fuels
We Could Be Witnessing the Death of a Tectonic Plate
August 10 | Scientific American
Juan de Fuca Plate
Image by the United States Geological Survey.

The Dead Sea: Getting Saltier
August 9 | NASA Earth Observatory

The Dead Sea is the second-saltiest lake in the world. Its surface and shores stand at the lowest elevation (around 435 meters or 1,430 feet) of any land mass not under water or ice.

The Lowest Points of Land Below Sea Level
August 9 | Geology.com

Lowest Land Below Sea Level: A world map showing the locations of Earth's ten depressions with the lowest dry land.

Satellite Data Reveal Growth and Decline of Sargassum
August 9 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Sapphires From Colombia
August 9 | Gemological Institute of America
Fancy Sapphire
August 9 | Geology.com
fancy sapphires
A fancy sapphire is a gem-quality corundum that is any color other than red, blue, or colorless. The mineral known as corundum occurs in an infinite number of colors. When it is red, it is known as *ruby,* when blue it is known as *sapphire,* and when colorless it is known as *white sapphire.* All other colors of gem-quality corundum are *fancy sapphire.*

Brazil*s Space Director Is Fired After Reporting on Deforestation in the Amazon,
August 9 | Scientific American
Greenland Lost 12.5 Billion Tons of Ice in a Single Day
August 9 | Smithsonian.com
NASA*s Spitzer Spies a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy
August 8 | NASA

Galaxy NGC 5866 lies 44 million light-years from Earth and has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years - a little more than half the diameter of our own Milky Way galaxy. From our viewpoint, NGC 5866 is oriented almost exactly edge-on, yielding most of its structural features invisible. Image and caption by NASA/JPL-Caltech

M 5.9 Earthquake - Off the Northeast Coast of Taiwan
August 8 | United States Geological Survey

Image of Taiwan and earthquake data by the United States Geological Survey.

How Do Diamonds Form?
August 8 | Geology.com
diamonds do not form from coal
Diamond Formation: Diamonds found at or near Earth's surface have formed through four different processes. The plate tectonics cartoon above presents these four methods of diamond formation. Additional information about each of them can be found in this article.

Diamonds from the Deep: How Old Are Diamonds?
August 8 | Gemological Institute of America
Synchronizing Volcanic, Sedimentary, and Ice Core Records of Earth*s Last Magnetic Polarity Reversal
August 8 | Science Advances
Diamond Market Weakness Prompts Giant De Beers to Curb Supply
August 8 | Mining.com
West Virginia Hit Record Oil and Natural Gas Production Levels in 2018
August 7 | WVVA
Increased Production Raises Questions about U.S. Gulf Coast Port Capacity
August 7 | Oil and Gas Journal
Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetism
August 7 | Smithsonian.com
Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland
August 7 | NASA Earth Observatory

Melting was provoked by a bubble of warm air that moved over Greenland after delivering unseasonably warm temperatures to Europe. Image by NASA.

Iceland*s Raging Rivers
August 7 | NASA Earth Observatory

2019 Is Expected to Be One of the Largest Fire Years on Record in the Arctic Circle
August 6 | NASA Earth Observatory
What Is *The Arctic*?
August 6 | Geology.com
boundaries of 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.

Animation: Arctic Fires Fill the Skies with Soot
August 6 | NASA Earth Observatory
fires in the Arctic
NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using GEOS-5 data from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA GSFC, VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, and MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview.

Detailed Origins of Sea Spray Revealed, One Droplet at a Time
August 6 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
seaspray
Breaking waves throwing off a fine mist of seaspray. Public domain image by Jeremy Bishop.

Seismologists Monitor Earthquake Aftershocks Using a Novel Fiber Optic Network
August 6 | National Science Foundation
Coral Reefs Shifting Away from Equatorial Waters
August 6 | National Science Foundation
Retired Prospector in Australia Finds a 2 Kilo (4.4 Pound) Gold Nugget
August 6 | Newsweek
The "metal value" of a nugget this size would be about $96,000. However, if the nugget is of specimen quality it will be worth much more.
Big Oil*s Big Bet on Natural Gas Has Been a Big Headache
August 6 | Yahoo! Finance
When the world's biggest oil companies all start drilling like mad for natural gas the supply is going to go up and the price is going to drop. The United States was able to ship a lot of LNG to Asian buyers a couple years ago because fields off northern and western Australia had not been brought online. There is enough natural gas off the coasts of Australia, Asia and eastern Africa (all with a transportation advantage on U.S. gas) to supply the Asian market for a long time.
What Lies At the Bottom of One of the Deepest Holes Ever Dug By Man? (Highly Recommended)
August 5 | CBS 60 Minutes
Interesting Landslide Videos from 2019
August 5 | The Landslide Blog

A Series of Large Landslides in Norway
August 5 | The Landslide Blog
Shares of Citgo Petroleum Could Be Seized to Satisfy an Arbitration Claim
August 4 | Houston Chronicle

Photograph of a Citgo gas station in the Chicago area. Citgo Petroleum is a U.S. subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the Venezuelan national oil company. Creative Commons photo.

Listening To Rock Music in Antarctica*s McMurdo Dry Valleys
August 4 | United States Antarctic Program

The team is hoping that the four rocks wired up with acoustic emission sensors will collect data throughout the austral winter. Photograph and caption by Michael Lucibella, NSF.

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires
August 4 | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Six Small Underwater Volcanoes Discovered in the Sicilian Channel
August 4 | National Geographic
Arctic Tensions Are Rising, but Cooperation Could Benefit Nations Most
August 4 | Scientific American
Sabine Oil & Gas Purchased by Osaka Gas Co. Ltd.
August 4 | Reuters
Most YouTube Climate Videos Promote Nonconsensus Views
August 3 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
If you flood the media with nonconsensus views, some people will think they are true because it is what they see everywhere.
Changes to Colorado*s Forced Pooling Regulations
August 3 | Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
DOE Approves Exports from Kinder Morgan*s Gulf LNG Project
August 3 | Houston Chronicle
In the United States, Most Petroleum Is Consumed in Transportation
August 3 | Energy Information Administration

Buy a Recycled Natural Diamond at a Lower Cost than a Synthetic Diamond?
August 3 | The Diamond Loupe
What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
August 3 | Geology.com
Marshall Islands Nuclear Contamination Still Dangerously High
August 2 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Resurrecting Interest in a *Dead* Planet
August 2 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Nations Get Busy Inside the Arctic Circle
August 2 | Scientific American
The Greenland Ice Sheet Poured 197 Billion Tons of Water into the North Atlantic in July Alone
August 2 | The Washington Post
Webinar: Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry
August 2 | American Geophysical Union

Joe Manchin Questions China*s Promised $84B Investment in West Virginia
August 1 | CNBC
Searching for the Key to Life*s Beginnings
August 1 | Smithsonian.com
Alaska*s Sweltering Summer Is *Off the Charts*
August 1 | The Washington Post
Palabora Copper Mine - South Africa's Largest Open Pit Mine
August 1 | NASA Earth Observatory

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens and Allison Nussbaum, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM).

The Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the U.S.
August 1 | NASA Earth Observatory
water cycle intensity map
NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using data from Huntington, Thomas, et al. (2018).

Technological Innovation in the Bakken and Beyond
August 1 | API
The Water Disposal Problem Caused by Drilling in the Permian Basin
August 1 | RigZone.com
Pittsburgh Landslide Portal
July 31 | Allegheny County

This map identifies areas with potential slope stability problems significant to development. It is not designed to replace detailed studies, rather it delineates areas where technical site examinations are most vital to the safety and welfare of the general public. See the accompanying report for more information.

Nuclear Gets Its Bailout, Ohio Ratepayers Get the Bill
July 31 | Energy Tomorrow Blog
U.S. Shale - The *Navy*s Fifth Fleet*
July 31 | API: Energy Tomorrow Blog
Suddenly... Europe Now Receives More U.S. LNG Than Asia
July 31 | Energy Information Administration

2018 Median Salaries for Geoscience-Related Occupations
July 31 | American Geosciences Institute

A Second Scorching Heatwave in Europe
July 31 | NASA Earth Observatory

This July heatwave over Europe was caused by a massive area of high pressure positioned over the region, sometimes called a heat dome. The air mass acts as a roadblock in the sky, forcing the jet stream to travel around it in a wavy pattern that looks like the uppercase Greek letter omega. This omega block drew hot air north from the Sahara Desert.

A Teacher Dug Up a 2.12-Carat Diamond - and Learned How Much Gems Are Really Worth
July 31 | The Washington Post
Diamond Mines in the United States
July 31 | Geology.com
United States Diamonds
United States Diamonds: A photograph of several diamonds found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, near Murfreesboro, Arkansas. These diamonds were probably nicely formed crystals when they were in the Earth's mantle. Their shapes were modified by corrosive fluids during their rapid ascent to Earth's surface. Photo used with permission of Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Hawaii: Erick Just Graduated from Tropical Storm to Hurricane and It*s Going to Get Stronger
July 30 | CNN
Hurricane Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie Approach Hawaii
July 30 | National Hurricane Center

Information about Hurrican Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie.

Are Tropical Cyclones Moving at a More Leisurely Pace?
July 30 | NOAA

Photograph of Hurricane Harvey impact on Port Arthur, Texas by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez.

The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Record
July 30 | Smithsonian.com
Flowing Antarctic Ice Mapped 10 Times More Accurately
July 30 | NASA

This new NASA/UC Irvine map of ice velocity in Antarctica is 10 times more accurate than any previous map and shows flows over 80% of the continent, where older maps showed about 20%. Colored lines indicate direction of flow; background colors show speed. Credit: UCI/Jeremie Mouginot

The Mystery of the Moon*s Missing Metals
July 30 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Starting Salaries for Graduating Geoscience Students (2013-2018)
July 30 | American Geosciences Institute

Peru: Satellite Image of an Eruption at Ubinas Volcano
July 30 | NASA Earth Observatory

A NASA satellite acquired this image of ash streaming from the summit of Ubinas volcano in Peru on July 22, 2019. Winds carried the volcanic ash toward populated areas, blanketing villages, schools, and health centers and affecting 30,000 people. The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency, and evacuations were ordered for some regions. Image by NASA Earth Observatory.

GIA Will Begin Marketing a "Country of Origin" Service for Diamonds
July 30 | JCK Online
Seismic Sensors Probe Lipari*s Underground Magma System
July 29 | EOS Earth & Space Science News

Meteotsunamis: State of the Science
July 29 | NOAA

Meteotsunamis are small, weather-driven tsunami caused by changes in air pressure created by fast-moving severe thunderstorms, tropical storms, squalls or other storm fronts.

North Carolina Tropical Cyclone-Driven Coastal Flooding Worsens with Climate Change, Population Growth
July 29 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Robots Roaming in Antarctic Waters Reveal Why Ross Ice Shelf Melts Rapidly in Summer
July 29 | Columbia University
How Soils May Respond to Climate Change
July 29 | National Science Foundation
June 2019 Was the Hottest on Record for the Globe
July 28 | NOAA

Image by NOAA.

Pipeline, Terminal Shortages Will Continue to Hamper Permian Basin Production Growth
July 28 | Houston Chronicle
Looking Straight at the Sun
July 28 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Thanks to some crucial calibrations, the world*s biggest solar telescope will have a clearer view of the Sun.