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Volcanic *Pele*s Hair* Could Contaminate Drinking Water in Hawaii
June 19 | Scientific American
Pele's Hair
Photograph by the United States Geological Survey.
U.S. Oil Exports Jump to Record 1.76 Million BPD in April
June 19 | Reuters
API Announces a New Coalition that Aims to Spread Acceptance of Drilling Off the East Coast
June 19 | The Hill
Cape Town Faces a Waterless Future
June 19 | Earth Magazine
Northern Oman: Stunning Canyons, Towering Dunes and the World*s Largest Ophiolite
June 19 | Earth Magazine
Where Is Oman?
June 19 | Geology.com

Thermal Map of Fissure System, Lava Flows and Hot Currents at Ocean Entry
June 19 | United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.
U.S. Oil Exports, on the Rise to China, Face Trade Spat Threat
June 19 | Bloomberg
EPA to Clean Up Wastewater at 26 Colorado Mines
June 18 | Mining.com
World Cup Soccer Fans Register an *Artificial Earthquake*
June 18 | ABC7 News
This *event* was very minor and was detected by seismographs in the local area of the stadium. See Google translation of the official announcement.
U.S. Oil Firms Use Shale Know-How to Revitalized Old Oilfields
June 18 | Reuters
Increased Oil Drilling Can Depress the Price of Natural Gas
June 18 | MSN
Federal Penalties for States that Oppose Offshore Drilling
July 18 | The Hill
Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise
June 18 | NASA

Photograph by NASA.
Tougher Drilling Rules Could Cost Billions
June 18 | Associated Press
Where Did the Aztecs Get Their Turquoise?
June 17 | Smithsonian.com
What is Turquoise?
June 17 | Geology.com
Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star
June 17 | NASA

Image by NASA.
Long-Term Look at Alaska*s Changing Ecosystems
June 17 | United States Geological Survey

Shoreline erosion along Alaska's Arctic coastline near the village of Kaktovik. Image by the United States Geological Survey.
Kilauea Volcano Updates
June 17 | United States Geological Survey

Free Printable Maps of U.S. States
June 17 | WaterproofPaper.com

Linking Mantle Plumes to Volcanoes and Hot Spot Tracks
June 16 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
USGS Researchers Face New Scrutiny on Research Presentations
June 16 | The Washington Post
Amber Fossils Provide Oldest Evidence of Frogs in Wet, Tropical Forests
June 16 | Florida Museum
Visualizing Earth Systems: A Quick Start Guide for Educators
June 16 | Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Seawater Yields First Grams of Yellowcake
June 16 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
June 15 | NASA
National Parks from Space
June 15 | Strategies.org
Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade
June 15 | Smithsonian.com
Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit: Order Yours Now
June 15 | Earth Science Week
Massive, *Unprecedented* Dust Storm Puts Mars Rover at Risk
June 15 | Smithsonian.com
Scientists Develop Technique to Reduce Cost, Environmental Impact of Mining Precious Metal
June 15 | Mining.com
Increasing Heat Is Driving Off Clouds That Dampen California Wildfires
June 15 | Columbia University
Thousands Protest Uranium Mine in Spain
June 14 | Mining.com
Global LNG Trade Continues to Grow, Especially from Australia and the United States
June 14 | Energy Information Administration

Australia Passes Chile to Become the World*s Leading Lithium Producer
June 14 | Mining.com
Trains and Trucks Can Only Dent the Need for Permian Basin Oil Transport
June 14 | Argus Media
Martin Rapaport Slaps De Beers -- And De Beers Slaps Back
June 14 | JCKonline
The Leaning Tower of Pisa Has Withstood Earthquakes for Centuries. Now, Scientists Know Why.
June 14 | The Washington Post
Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled in a Decade
June 13 | The Washington Post
Space Nanodiamonds Found to Be Source of Some Cosmic Microwave Radiation
June 13 | Smithsonian.com
U.S.G.S. Updates on the Kilaeua Eruption
June 12 | United States Geological Survey
Current Lava Flow Map of Kilaeua Eruptions
June 12 | United States Geological Survey

The U.S. Will Spend $1M Cleaning Up Abandoned Uranium Mines
June 12 | Mining.com
Peering Through Titan*s Haze to Better Understand Its Surface
June 11 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Earthquakes Rumble Under East Antarctica Much More Frequently Than Thought
June 10 | Smithsonian.com
U.S. Natural Gas Exports Experience Significant Year-Over-Year Growth
June 10 | Energy Information Administration

Huge Spike in Quakes Badly Damages Kilauea Observatory
June 10 | EOS Earth and Space Science News
Pennsylvania Bill to Relax Reporting Requirements on Crude and Brine Spills
June 10 | Associated Press
Pennsylvania Will Get Tough on Methane Emissions at Natural Gas Drilling Sites
June 10 | Philly.com
Department of Interior to Spend $4M on ANWR Oil and Gas Infrastructure
June 9 | CNBC
U.S. Oil Prices Rise as Domestic Demand Competes with Foreign Buyers
June 9 | Houston Chronicle
New Evidence Shows That Humans Could Have Migrated to the Americas Along the Coast
June 8 | Smithsonian.com
NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars
June 8 | NASA
Why Scientists Are Upset About a Dinosaur Fossil*s Sale - and a $2.4 Million Price Tag
June 8 | The Washington Post
Kilauea Lava Flow Swallows 279 Homes In 2 Coastal Subdivisions
June 8 | National Public Radio
lava flow
Lava Flow Crossing Road: This photo from Hookapu Street in Leilani Estates shows a lava flow crossing a road and damaging power transmission equipment. Flames shooting out of the flow are flammable gases produced by burning wood and organic debris that has been overrun by the flow. Public domain image by the United States Geological Survey.

Depth Matters in Peat Bog Nutrient Cycling
June 8 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
How Does Coal Form?
June 8 | Geology.com
coal swamp environment
Coal-Forming Environments: A generalized diagram of a swamp, showing how water depth, preservation conditions, plant types, and plant productivity can vary in different parts of the swamp. These variations will yield different types of coal. Illustration by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

Kilauea Lava Hits Kapoho Bay
June 8 | Geology.com
Kilaeua lava hits Kapoho Bay
Lava Hits Kapoho Bay: Lava originating from Fissure 8 traveled down stream valleys and entered Kapoho Bay on June 3, producing clouds of steam that were carried across the island by wind. Photo by the United States Geological Survey.

Fluorescent Minerals: Franklin/Sterling Hill Showcase
June 8 | Polman Minerals
What is a Fluorescent Mineral?
June 8 | Geology.com

How America*s Shale Plays Are Turning The U.S. Into A Global Exporting Power
June 7 | Forbes
Gas Glut in Permian Sparks Dilemma Over How Much to Burn
June 7 | Bloomberg
Shell Tries to Market Some of Its Natural Gas as Clean Energy
June 7 | Bloomberg
The Startling Alternative Theory of How Humans Arrived in America 5000 Years Earlier than Previously Thought
June 7 | Smithsonian.com
The Mining Millionaire Americans Couldn*t Help But Love
June 7 | Smithsonian.com
New Plastic Imitation Opal from Kyocera
June 7 | Gemological Institute of America
New Paths for Plankton in a Warming Arctic?
June 7 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
New Horizons* Extreme Close-Up of Pluto*s Surface (no audio)
June 7 | NASA

Distillate Fuel Oil Was the Most Exported U.S. Petroleum Product in 2017
June 7 | Energy Information Administration

Mystery Dinosaur Skeleton Sells for $2.3 Million at a Paris Auction
June 7 | Reuters
Pennsylvania*s Proposal to Increase Drilling Permit Fees Not Expected to Slow Drilling
June 6 | Platts
West Texas Oil Companies Having a Hard Time Finding Workers
June 6 | Houston Chronicle
The U.S. Government Asks OPEC to Increase Output?
June 6 | Houston Chronicle
Vietnam Sets Out Green Ambitions with Bold Targets for Solar, Rare Earth
June 6 | Mining.com
What is Fire Opal?
June 6 | Geology.com
fire opal
Fire Opal is a variety of opal that has a bright yellow, bright orange or bright red background color. The stones in the photo are fire opal. They receive their name from their fiery background color.

Aquamarine from Pakistan
June 6 | Gemological Institute of America
A Novel Way to Map Debris Thickness on Himalayan Glaciers
June 6 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Microbes Living in a Toxic Volcanic Lake Could Hold Clues to Life on Mars
June 6 | University of Colorado Boulder
U.S. Crude Exports Could be a Victim of Brewing Trade War with China
June 5 | Platts
Cobalt Price Hits $89,000/Tonne
June 5 | Mining.com
Pakistani Coal Miners Killed in an Underground Explosion
June 5 | Mining.com
Viking Treasure Horde Found on an Island in the Black Sea
June 5 | Smithsonian.com
Where Is the Black Sea?
June 5 | Geology.com

The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29
June 5 | Smithsonian.com
Guatemala: At Least 62 Dead After Fuego Eruption
June 5 | The Washington Post
Geology of the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Solferino (Italy) and Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) Battlefields
June 5 | Pennsylvania Geology
Kilaeua: People Who Ignored Evacuation Orders Are Now Surrounded by Lava
June 4 | CBS
At Least 25 Killed, 3100 Evacuate After Fuego Erupts in Guatemala
June 4 | NBC News
Two Elite Climbers Die in a Fall from El Capitan
June 4 | The Washington Post
Tiny Asteroid Discovered Saturday Disintegrates Hours Later Over Southern Africa
June 4 | NASA

How Does NASA Spot a Near-Earth Asteroid?
June 4 | NASA

Guatemala: Six Killed, Twenty Injured by Volcanic Eruption
June 4 | Reuters
Where Is Guatemala?
June 4 | Geology.com

Lava Within Half-Mile of *Four Corners* in Kapoho
June 3 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Nickel Prices Are Soaring
June 3 | Mining.com
Oldest Lizard Fossil Shows These Reptiles Are The Ultimate Survivors
June 3 | Smithsonian.com
Bangladesh Begins LNG Imports
June 3 | Energy Information Administration
In the next two years, six more countries -- Panama, Gibraltar, Russia, Philippines, Ghana, and Bahrain -- are expected to start importing LNG.
USGS Hurricane Response Met Challenges in 2017, Prepares for 2018
June 3 | United States Geological Survey
NASA*s Orbiting Carbon Observatory to Crack Earth*s Carbon Puzzle
June 3 | NASA

With New Lab-Grown Line, Is De Beers Embracing Self-Cannibalization?
June 2 | JCKonline.com
Mexico Knows How to Fight a Trade War
June 2 | Bloomberg
Mexico slaps back at the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs that will hit companies and workers in states where legislators and voters support Trump.
Natural Gas and Wind Energy Killed Coal - Not a *War on Coal*
June 2 | University of Colorado Boulder
Two Young Men Drown in an Irish Quarry
June 2 | Irish Times
Abandoned Mine and Quarry Accidents Claim Several Lives per Year
June 2 | Geology.com
abandoned mine and quarry accidents
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.

Mountain Province Diamonds joins Canadamark
June 2 | Mining.com
Companies Take First Steps to Drill for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
June 2 | The Washington Post
Longer Wells, Higher Productivity, Increase Utica Gas Output Amid Rig Count Fluctuation
June 2 | World Oil
U.S. Oil Output Jumped to a Record 10.47 Million Barrels Per Day in March
June 1 | Reuters
The Most Powerful Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century - June 6th, 1912
June 1 | Geology.com
novarupta eruption
Electric Power Sector Consumption of Fossil Fuels at Lowest Level Since 1994
June 1 | Energy Information Administration

Seeing Green: A Stratospheric View of the 2017 Total Eclipse
June 1 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Mountain Province Finds a 95-Carat Diamond at Its Gahcho Kue Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada
June 1 | Mountain Province Diamonds

Diamond Mines in Canada
June 1 | Geology.com
diamond mines in Canada
Canadian Diamond Mines: A map of Canadian diamond mines showing the approximate location of eight mines. Map by Geology.com.

Electric Vehicles on the Road to Triple by 2020
June 1 | Mining.com
Diamond Dynasty De Beers Stoops to Conquer with New Line of Man-Made Diamond Jewelry
June 1 | TechCrunch
Autonomous Vehicles: Uncertainties and Energy Implications
May 31 | Energy Information Administration
ALROSA Says First 1/2 Diamond Sales Will Exceed Initial Expectations
May 31 | Mining.com
What Are *Critical* Minerals and What Is the U.S. Going to Do About Them?
May 31 | Mining.com
How Do Diamonds Form?
May 31 | Geology.com
how do diamonds form?
De Beers: Why We*re Going Into Lab-Grown Diamonds
May 31 | JCKonline.com
De Beers surprises almost everyone by entering the lab-grown diamond business with jewelry that is priced well below almost anything offered by competitors. Instead of promoting diamonds for life-milestone events they are promoting lab-grown diamonds for everyday, everybody, everyplace gifting and self-purchasing. In the past, De Beers has not been a fan of lab-grown diamonds and has worked to balance supply and demand to support the price of mined diamonds.
A Sinkhole in the White House Lawn?
May 30 | The New York Times
Kilauea Volcano -- Canvasing the Flows
May 30 | USGS on YouTube

Smithsonian Photo of the Day: Eruption in Clouds Around Volcan de Fuego
May 30 | Smithsonian.com
Official Estimate of Hurricane Maria Deaths Is 64.... Harvard Study Estimates 5000!
May 30 | National Public Radio
A Novel Way to Map Debris Thickness on Himalayan Glaciers
May 30 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Fresh Take on a Gold Treasure*s Origins Using Geochemistry
May 30 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
Oil Plunges Most in 11 Months as Saudis Hint Taps Will Open Up
May 30 | Bloomberg
Record U.S. Oil Exports Grab Market Share from Russia and OPEC
May 30 | Reuters
A Handy Guide to Volcano Vocab
May 30 | Smithsonian.com
Magma Flow in a Major Icelandic Eruption
May 30 | EOS Earth & Space Science News
The *Holy Grail* of Spanish Treasure Galleons Found Off Colombia
May 30 | Smithsonian.com
Lava Fountaining at Fissure 22, Kilauea
May 29 | Geology.com
lava fountaining
Lava Fountaining: This photograph shows lava fountaining from Fissure 22 on May 21. To appreciate how high the lava is fountaining, look at the size of the trees in front of the lava flow. Photograph by the United States Geological Survey.

The pH Scale: Chemist S.P.L. Sorensen Gets Today*s Google Doodle
May 29 | Google

Record-Breaking Ocean Heat Fueled Hurricane Harvey
May 29 | University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
A New Map for the Birthplace of Stars
May 29 | Yale News

Ohio Study Finds No Evidence of Drinking Water Contamination from Fracking
May 29 | University of Cincinnati
A Proposed Project in Alaska Could Send $10B of LNG to China
May 29 | Mining.com
How Many People Do Volcanoes Kill?
May 29 | BBC
Which Volcano is the World*s Largest?
May 29 | Geology.com
largest volcano
Mauna Kea - The Tallest Volcano: The summit of Mauna Kea holds other distinctions. In addition to being the summit of the world*s *tallest* mountain, it is also the home of the world*s largest astronomical observatory. At an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, the observatory is above 40% of Earth*s atmosphere. The atmosphere above the mountain is extremely dry and almost cloud free. This makes it an ideal location for an observatory. And, yes, that is snow on the ground in Hawaii - the altitude is high enough and cold enough to accumulate snow. Photo copyright iStockphoto / GeorgeBurba.

The Second 1,000-Year Rainstorm in Two Years Engulfed Ellicott City. Here*s How it Happened
May 29 | The Washington Post
Patapsco River Discharge
Ash Plume at Kilauea Summit
May 28 | Geology.com
Kilauea Summit eruption
Ash Plume at Kilauea Summit: Falling lava levels in the Halema'uma'u crater at the summit of Kilauea have facilitated several small explosions. The lower lava levels allow groundwater to interact with the magma, causing explosions that launch large rocks and produce ash columns that rise high into the atmosphere. The photo above shows an ash plume produced on May 24 that rose to a height of 10,000 feet and produced light ashfalls downwind. Photo by the United States Geological Survey.

*Explosive* Eruptions Possible at Hawaii*s Kilauea Volcano
May 28 | Smithsonian.com
The Digital Gold Rush Depends on Traditional Gold
May 28 | United States Geological Survey
The Many Uses of Gold
May 28 | Geology.com
gold coin
Photograph by Jaclyn Nash, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History, Public Domain.

Lava Covers Potentially Explosive Well at Hawaii Geothermal Plant
May 28 | Reuters
Flash Floods Rip Through Ellicott City, Maryland
May 28 | CNN
Subtropical Storm Alberto Threatens Florida, Gulf Coast with Hazardous Storm Surge, Flooding
May 27 | CBS News
Mississippi, Florida, Alabama Declare Emergency Ahead of Storm Alberto
May 27 | ABC News
Subtropical Storm Alberto Threatens Gulf Coast From Florida to Louisiana With Flooding, Storm Surge, Winds
May 27 | The Weather Channel