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A 'Megaflood' in California Could Drop 100 Inches of Rain
Gift Article from the Washington Post
Muruntau Gold Mine
NASA Earth Observatory

In satellite images of central Uzbekistan, a large circular cavity stands out amidst fields of sand and dusty plains. It is Muruntau gold mine, one of the world's largest sources of gold.

Where Is Uzbekistan?



Map by Geology.com.

How Conflict in Libya Has Caused Inconsistent Crude Production
Energy Information Administration

Libya's crude oil production averaged nearly 1.2 million barrels per day during 2021. In late December 2021, armed militants shut in an estimated 0.4 million barrels per day of crude oil production. In April 2022, protesters across the country began to blockade several major ports and oil fields in Libya, causing production to fall to around 0.5 million barrels per day by July 2022.

Where Is Libya?



Map by Geology.com.

The Shapes of Shrimp Farms Affect Their Groundwater Pollution
EOS Science News
A Time Capsule from the Early Solar System Is En Route to Earth
EOS Earth Science News
The OSIRIS-REx mission has collected between 150 and 350 grams of regolith from the surface of asteroid Bennu and is expected to deliver it to Earth in September 2023.
5 Facts About Meteors and Meteorites That Are Out of This World
Smithsonian.com
Most Electric Vehicles Will Not Qualify for the Federal Tax Credit
Associated Press
Northern Mexico Has a Historic Water Shortage. These Maps Explain Why.
Gift Article from the Washington Post
Excavations Shed Light on the Everyday Life of Pompeii's Middle Class
Smithsonian.com
Mount Vesuvius: The Volcano that Buried Pompeii
Geology.com

Plaster casts of people who died in the city of Pompeii during the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They were buried by the ashfall. Image: Garden of the Fugitives. This photo was taken by Lancevortex and is distributed under a GNU Free Documentation License.

Dust and Salt in South America
NASA Earth Observatory

During the wet season, Mar Chiquita, a shallow salt lake in Argentina, covers as much as 6000 square kilometers, but during the dry season the lake shrinks to only about 2000 square kilometers. That exposes a dry lake bed of salt and mud to strong winds. The winds pick up the salty dust, carry it north, and drop it onto communities and agricultural land.

Get a Garden Chair Out and Enjoy the Meteor Shower (The Perseids Peak August 12 -13)
The Guardian
If clouds or a bright moon do not hinder your view, the best times to observe the shower is from just after midnight until dawn starts to break. Sit in a chair in a dark place with a full view of the sky. Then allow about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Find the constellation of Perseus or Cassiopeia. The meteors will appear to originate from that part of the sky. These should be rising in the northeastern sky in the Northern Hemisphere.

Astronomers plan to fish an interstellar meteorite out of the ocean using a massive magnet
Live Science
Making Salt From an Ancient Ocean Trapped Below the Appalachians
Atlas Obscura
Rock Salt: A Sedimentary Rock With Many Uses that is Composed of the Mineral Halite
Geology.com
colorful rock salt at an Indian spice shop
Rock Salt of various colors offered for sale at a spice shop in the Chandni Chowk markets in Old Delhi, India. Photo by Christopher Bellette / Alamy Stock Photo.

We Will All End Up Paying for Someone Else's Beach House
Gift Article from The New York Times
Hurricanes, storm surges, king tides and severe weather events are destroying shoreline properties - especially in the eastern United States. Private insurance is no longer willing to insure many of these properties and others are covered by the Federal Flood Insurance Program. The Federal Flood Insurance Program is severely in the red because the premiums are not high enough to cover the outgoing payments. This is a problem of Congress, who does not have the courage or political will to authorize severely increased premiums, and, it is a problem of government agencies who do not have a Congressional mandate to charge those higher prices. This situation has been in place for decades and today's problem is a cumulative result.
Russia's Natural Gas Pipeline Exports to Europe Decline to Almost 40-Year Lows
Energy Information Administration

Russia's natural gas exports by pipeline to the European Union and the United Kingdom declined by almost 40% during the first seven months of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021 and by almost 50% compared with the previous five-year (2017-21) average, according to data from Refinitiv Eikon.

Austrian Scientists Race to Reveal Secrets of the Melting Jamtal Glacier
Phys.org
Billionaires are Funding a Massive Critical Minerals Treasure Hunt in Greenland as Ice Recedes
CNN
They might find deposits of rare and critical minerals needed to produce batteries for the expected electric vehicle demand.
Hundreds of New Mines Required to Meet 2030 Battery Metals Demand
Mining.com
Understanding Vermont's geology one map at a time
WCAX3
Many Des Moines Metro Locations Are Built Over Abandoned Coal Mines
KCCI Des Moines
Tracking Deluge and Drought through Soil Moisture
NASA Earth Observatory

Neeltje Jans, Zeeland
NASA Earth Observatory

A network of coastal protection projects have allowed approximately 9 million people to live below sea level in The Netherlands. Astronaut photo by crew members of the International Space Station.

How the Current U.S. Economy Resembles North Dakota's Bakken of 2010
Gift Article from The New York Times
Lightning Strike Explodes into a Fire at an Oil Storage Facility - 17 Missing, 121 Hurt, 1 Dead
Associated Press
The fire is near the city of Matanzas, Cuba. This Associated Press article has several informative photos.

Where Is Matanzas, Cuba?



Map by Geology.com.

Millions at Risk of Power and Water Shortages as the Nation's Largest Reservoirs Are on the Brink
CBS News
This has been in the headlights for years while water managers and politicians ignored it. When the United Nations has to stick their nose into American business and issue a warning - U.S. leadership has descended into a very low place. People in the west need to march on their capitols - before their toasters and water taps no longer work.
Three Dead, One in Critical Condition after Lightning Strike Near White House
CBS News
Flash Floods Bury Cars and Strand Tourists in Death Valley
The Guardian
Tonga Eruption Blasted Unprecedented Amount of Water Into Stratosphere
NASA

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on January 15, 2022 it sent a tsunami racing around the world and set off a sonic boom that circled the globe twice. The underwater eruption in the South Pacific Ocean also blasted an enormous plume of water vapor into Earth's stratosphere - enough to fill more than 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. The sheer amount of water vapor could be enough to temporarily affect Earth's global average temperature.

Pipeline Projects Will Expand Permian Natural Gas Capacity.
Energy Information Administration

Natural gas production in the Permian Basin is expanding and these pipelines will improve the ability to deliver the gas to market. In the past, much natural gas in West Texas was flared because there were no local customers and pipelines to large markets did not exist.

United States Increases Natural Gas Pipeline Exports from West Texas to Mexico
Energy Information Administration

Natural gas pipeline exports from the West Texas region of the United States to Mexico averaged 1.6 billion cubic feet per day in May 2022. That is the highest level of pipeline exports from West Texas on record.

The Coming Crisis Along the Colorado River
The New York Times
A Unified Atmospheric Model for Uranus and Neptune
EOS Science News

The blue color of these ice giants (Uranus on the left and Neptune on the right) is caused by methane in their atmospheres that absorbs red light but reflects blue. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Water Under Antarctica Sounds Warning of Faster Rising Sea Levels
The University of Western Australia
Volcano Eruption Near Iceland Airport Sparks Travel Fears and Risky Photo Shoots
The Washington Post
The Fagradalsfjall volcano is erupting near Iceland's Keflavik Airport.
Flood Protection in The Netherlands
NASA Earth Observatory
A network of coastal protection projects have allowed approximately 9 million people to live below sea level in The Netherlands.
The Ten Deepest Depressions with Land Below Sea Level
Geology.com

The Dead Sea Depression has the lowest dry land below sea level - its lowest elevation is over 400 meters below sea level. Image by Geology.com

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Peers Into the Chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy
NASA

The Cartwheel Galaxy is a large, pink, speckled galaxy resembling a wheel with with a small, inner oval with dusty blue in between (shown on the right), with two smaller spiral galaxies about the same size to the left against a black background. The galaxy is about 500 million light years away. How can the James Webb telescope get such a sharp focus on it? Image by a collaboration of Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI.

The History and Mystery of Yemen's 'Well of Hell'
Atlas Obscura

The 'Well of Hell' is also known as 'Barhout Pit' or the 'Well of Barhout'. You can read about it at Wikipedia or visit it on Google Earth.

A July of Extremes
NASA Earth Observatory

In the United States, pervasive and persistent heat domes put more than 150 million people under heat warnings and advisories in the month of July. "Around the globe in summer 2022, wave after wave of heat crested and broke. Heat waves, particularly in Europe and Asia, caused thousands of heat-related deaths. On July 19, the U.K. had its hottest day ever recorded as temperatures topped 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)." NASA Earth Observatory video and image by Joshua Stevens, using GEOS data from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA GSFC. Story by Sara E. Pratt, with input from Steven Pawson and Nathan Arnold, GMAO.

Extreme Rainfall Leads to Midwest Flooding
NASA Earth Observatory

Quotes from the article: "Record-breaking rainfall brought devastating flash floods and landslides to Missouri, Kentucky, and other parts of the central United States in the last week of July 2022." "Such extreme precipitation events and weather are becoming more likely with climate change." NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using IMERG data from the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) at NASA/GSFC. Story by Michael Carlowicz.

South Africa Energy Report
Energy Information Administration

Chart by the Energy Information Administration.

Planet 9 is Running Out of Places to Hide
Universe Today
This Giant 'Water Battery' Under the Alps Could Be a Game-Changer for Renewable Energy in Europe
CNN
A Weak Solar Storm Will Hit Earth on Wednesday (August 3rd)
Live Science
Earth Is Spinning Faster Than Usual, Leading to the Shortest Day Ever Recorded
Popular Mechanics
Hawaii Receives Its Last Shipment of Coal Before Shuttering Last Power Plant
CNN
Eastern Kentucky Flooding Death Toll Rises to 37. More Rain In Forecast. Aerial Videos.
Courier Journal
Dusty Glaciers in Iceland (Before and After)
NASA Earth Observatory

Windstorms lofted sand and dust from the ground onto the Vatnajokull ice cap. Volcanic ash and dust from eruptions has darkened Vatnajokull periodically in the past. But in July 2022, the volcanoes of Iceland were all quiet. Instead, windstorms likely lofted sand and mineral dust from the ground onto the ice cap. Scientists have estimated that about 4.5 million tons of dust comes to rest atop Iceland's glaciers each year.

Where Is the Vatnajokull Ice Cap?
Geology.com

The Vatnajokull ice cap is located in southeastern Iceland. It is the largest of Iceland's ice caps.

Birthstones for the Month of August: Peridot and Spinel
Geology.com

Peridot, the gem variety of the mineral olivine is a traditional birthstone for the month of August.

Spinel was added as an alternative August birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association and the Jewelers of America in 2016.

Donlin Gold Reports High-Grade Assays from 2022 Drilling
Mining.com
Global Solar Demand Is 'Staggering' and On Track to Grow 30%
Yahoo! Finance
In the Russia-Ukraine War, Drones Are One of the Most Powerful Weapons
National Public Radio
Catastrophic Flash Flooding Kills 25 in Kentucky and at Least a Dozen Missing
The Guardian
Three Climbers Reported Dead at Glacier National Park
Smithsonian
Quote from the article: The men died within days of each other in two unrelated incidents, park officials say.
Tracking Night Lights in Ukraine
NASA Earth Observatory

The data are useful for researchers and relief agencies because they provide estimates of where and how many people in Ukraine have lost access to basic services. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Black Marble data courtesy of Ranjay Shrestha/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Story by Michael Carlowicz.

Rainforest Chimpanzees Seen Digging Wells for the First Time
Smithsonian
California's Largest Private Landowner Closes All Forestlands to Public Indefinitely Due to Wildfire, Drought Danger
SFGATE
Community Science Project Helps Track Geohazard Risks in Uganda
EOS Science News
Quote from the article: "A community project in the Kigezi Highlands is helping to identify landslide and flooding hot spots and how the hazards are evolving."
These Hurricane Flood Maps Reveal the Climate Future for Miami, NYC and D.C.
National Public Radio
The Sea Is Slowly Consuming Quebec's Magdalen Islands
Smithsonian.com
View the Magdalen Islands on a Google Map.
New Model Predicts Landslides Along Wildfire Burn Scars: An Early Warning System for High-Risk Areas
European Geosciences Union
Volcanic Eruption? Earthquake? Stay Calm and Laugh On.
United States Geological Survey
New research demonstrates how laughter can be an effective way to help agencies connect with the people they serve during natural hazard events, like a volcanic eruption or earthquake.
Small-Scale Solar is Changing Hourly Utility Electricity Demand in New England
Energy Information Administration

An increase in electricity generation from small-scale, customer-sited photovoltaic solar in New England is changing the hourly pattern of metered electricity demand during the spring (March to May). Small-scale solar PV are systems with less than 1 megawatt of generating capacity and are typically not metered by a utility. As a result of the increase in this type of solar generating capacity in New England, electricity demand on utilities was rapidly decreasing during the morning and rapidly increasing during the evening through the spring.

The Mystery of Shared First Authorship
Blogs of the European Geosciences Union
*These authors contributed equally to this work.*
A New Website for All Things Great Salt Lake
United States Geological Survey

Be sure to see the Great Salt Lake Hydro Mapper.

The United States Became the World's Largest LNG Exporter in the First Half of 2022
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration using estimated data.

England's Oldest Surviving Shipwreck Is a 13th-Century Merchant Vessel
Smithsonian
The James Webb Space Telescope Might Have Spotted the Most Distant Galaxy Ever Seen
Smithsonian
Study Refutes Controversial Research That Divided the T. Rex Into Three Species
Smithsonian
At 170 Carats, This May Be the Largest Pink Diamond Found in 300 Years
JCK Online

Strong Earthquake Kills at Least Four and Injures Dozens in the Northern Philippines
National Public Radio


Where are the Philippines?



Map by Geology.com.

Zimbabwe Debuts Gold Coins as Legal Tender to Stem Inflation
Associated Press
The Voice of America website currently has an article reporting that the coins were introduced to reduce the demand for United States Dollars. The New York Times currently has an article explaining why the U.S. Dollar is currently trading at recent highs against many other currencies.
The Many Uses of Gold
Geology.com

The United States government currently mints coins from gold and other precious metals; however, they are intended for investment and collecting. They are not intended for use as legal tender.

Could the Great Lakes Solve US Shipping Woes?
BBC News
Capitol Gorge Flash Flood Rescue June 23rd 2022 (Highly Recommended)
J Owens Up

Europe's Plan to Use Less Gas this Winter
Reuters
How Did Earth Avoid a Mars - Like Fate? Ancient Rocks Hold Clues
University of Rochester

A magnetosphere is that area of space, around a planet, that is controlled by the planet's magnetic field. The shape of the Earth's magnetosphere is the direct result of being blasted by solar wind. The solar wind compresses its sunward side to a distance of only 6 to 10 times the radius of the Earth. A supersonic shock wave is created sunward of Earth called the Bow Shock. Most of the solar wind particles are heated and slowed at the bow shock and detour around the Earth in the Magnetosheath. The solar wind drags out the night-side magnetosphere to possibly 1000 times Earth's radius; its exact length is not known. This extension of the magnetosphere is known as the Magnetotail. The outer boundary of Earth's confined geomagnetic field is called the Magnetopause. The Earth's magnetosphere is a highly dynamic structure that responds dramatically to solar variations. Image by NASA/Goddard/Aaron Kaase.

A Lake of Superior Cold
NASA Earth Observatory

With heatwaves and triple-digit air temperatures afflicting much of the United States, there is at least one place that is colder than normal: Lake Superior. Image by Joshua Stevens, using data from the Multiscale Ultrahigh Resolution project and data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Caption and story by Sara E. Pratt.

Map of the Great Lakes
Geology.com

Political Map of the Great Lakes Region showing the U.S. states and Canadian provinces that border the lakes. The international boundary between the United States and Canada is also shown on the map - note how it crosses the lakes.

How Aerosols Helped Untangle Carbon Monoxide Trends
NASA Earth Observatory

Short-lived aerosols from smoke helped researchers pinpoint some of the key processes drawing levels of carbon monoxide down.

CCTV Shows Moment Japan's Sakurajima Volcano Erupted
The Independent on YouTube

Central Texans Dazzled by Late Night Fireball Sightings
KXAN
About the Tridymite Found by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover in the Gale Crater of Mars in 2016
Rice University
Never-Before-Seen Diamond Crystal Structure Found Inside 'Diablo Canyon' Meteorite
Live Science
Scientists Measure How Quickly Crucial Antarctica Glacier Is Melting
PBS News Hour on YouTube

U.S. Uranium Concentrate Production in 2021 Remained Near All-Time Lows
Energy Information Administration

Graphs by the Energy Information Administration.

Deep-Sea Exploration Could Help Us Fight the Next Pandemic
EOS Science News
Quote from the article: "Deep-ocean-dwelling microbes may hold keys to improved medical diagnostics and new drugs for fighting diseases."
Megalodons vs. Great White Sharks? We Know Which Predator Won.
Gift Article from the New York Times
The U.S. Became the World's Largest LNG Exporter in the First Half of 2022
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Oil Producers Saw Higher Revenues and Higher Operational Costs During Q1 2022
Energy Information Administration

Graphs by the Energy Information Administration.

How The Troubled Salton Sea Could Become The World's Largest Lithium Supplier
CNBC on YouTube

Illegal Underground Mining Is Causing a Town in Ecuador to Be Consumed by Sinkholes
Bloomberg.com
Sakurajima Volcano Erupts and Japan Issues Their Highest Level of Alert
National Public Radio
Curiosity -- A Decade on Mars
NASA

Pingualuit Crater in the Far North of Quebec, Canada
BBC
Quote from the article: "Known as the "Crystal Eye" to the Inuit, Pingualuit Crater was once the destination for diamond-seeking prospectors."
Temperatures of 40 Degrees C (104 F) In the UK Shock Scientists
The Guardian
Iowa End-Use Energy Consumption by Source
Energy Information Administration

Graphic by the Energy Information Administration.