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Why Medium-Sized Dinosaurs Are Often Missing From the Fossil Record
Smithsonian.com
Japan at Night
NASA Earth Observatory

The contrast of the bright lights against the dark landscape makes this image of Japan a favorite astronaut photo.

Satellite Images of Earth at Night
Geology.com

Japan stands out on this satellite view of Asia at night, along with the west coast of Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Bangkok. The route of the Trans-Siberian Railroad can be seen as a light line across the otherwise dark area of northern Russia. High city densities in eastern China, Indonesia, India and the eastern coast of Australia can clearly be seen. Image by NASA.

A Long-Ago Lake Amid the Dunes
NASA Earth Observatory

The modern oasis of Jubbah, Saudi Arabia, sits within the wind shadow of historic mountains and the basin of an ancient lakebed. Astronaut photograph acquired on November 26, 2020, provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by a member of the Expedition 64 crew.

Fluvial Mapping of Mars
The Geological Society of America
Rocks on Mars Look a Lot Like Rocks on Earth
Geology.com

This photograph, taken by NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity in 2015, shows sedimentary rocks of the Kimberley Formation in Gale Crater. The crater contains thick deposits of finely laminated mudstone that represent fine-grained sediments deposited in a standing body of water that persisted for a long period of time - long enough to allow sediments to accumulate to significant thickness. Image by NASA.

Is There Life on Mars?
National Air and Space Museum

A view of Mars showing remains of an ancient delta within the Jezero Crater. NASA*s Perseverance rover will explore the exposed rocks of this ancient lake bed, looking for evidence of life. Image from ESA*s Mars Express Orbiter.

Annual U.S. Natural Gas Production Dropped by 1% in 2020
Energy Information Administration

One-Third of Freshwater Fish Species Are at Risk of Extinction
Smithsonian.com
Dust Storms on Mars May Sparkle and Glow at Night
Smithsonian.com
USGS Response to 2020 Hurricanes
United States Geological Survey

USGS scientist measuring the discharge of a Maryland stream during Hurricane Isaias. Photo by USGS.

A Synthetic Diamond Made from Carbon Extracted from Thin Air
JCK Online
Their steps in producing a synthetic diamond: They capture carbon out of the air, convert it into a hydrocarbon, use the hydrocarbon as the raw material in a chemical vapor deposition reactor.
What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
Geology.com

Although lab-created diamonds have been produced since the 1950s, early products fell short of having the color and clarity needed for use in fine jewelry. The lab-created diamonds in the photo above represent the current *state of the art* in diamond creation and manufacturing. They have exceptional clarity, they have been cut to perfection, and their vibrant colors span the visible spectrum. These diamonds are from the Swarovski Created Diamond Collection.

Photos: Mt. Etna*s Latest Eruptions Awe Even Those Who Study Volcanoes
Associated Press
Mount Etna Volcano, Italy: Map, Facts, Eruption Pictures
Geology.com

Mount Etna night eruption: A night photo of Mount Etna in eruption (2008). Image copyright iStockphoto / Frizi.

Webinar: Exploring Options for Your Future Career in Hydrogeology
The Geological Society of America
Mon, Mar 8, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Geoscientists hold many positions in hydrogeology. Career opportunities include roles in academia, federal government, state government, regulatory agencies, environmental consulting companies, and policy making. Panelists will introduce you to careers in these areas, answer your questions, and offer advice in preparation for a career in hydrogeology.

Cold Weather Led to Refinery Shutdowns in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region
Energy Information Administration

USGS Photo Roundup - Coastal Change Hazards
United States Geological Survey

A breach in the coastline of Rodanthe, North Carolina, caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo by Karen Morgan, USGS.

Hikers in Hawaii Who Disobey Signs May Soon Have to Pay for Their Own Rescues
Travel and Leisure
From Russia with Questions
NASA Earth Observatory

Researchers are puzzling over a distinctive striping pattern in the Central Siberian Plateau. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic information from the ArcticDEM Project at the Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota. Caption information by Andi Brinn Thomas and Mike Carlowicz.

Explore Coastal Change in Alaska
United States Geological Survey

USGS scientist Alex Snyder collects data atop the eroding permafrost bluff at Barter Island near the village of Kaktovik, Alaska. Permafrost-dominated coasts of Alaska are changing rapidly as the result of coastal transgression and storm-surge flooding which can result in the loss of cultural sites and damage to infrastructure. Photo by Bruce Richmond, USGS.

When Will Mauna Loa Erupt Next?
United States Geological Survey

Slope map of Mauna Loa, including lava flows erupted since 1823 (gray), showing the approximate number of hours or days it took for a flow to advance from the vent location to the ocean or maximum reach of a flow.

Shallow, M5.3 Earthquake Near Anchorage, Alaska
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Amateur Radio Operators Help Fill Earthquake Donut Holes
EOS Earth & Space Science News
ALROSA to Sell a 242-Carat Diamond
ALROSA

At 242.31-carats, this is one of the largest gem-quality diamonds mined by ALROSA since 2000.

The World*s Largest Diamonds
Geology.com

A photograph of the Cullinan Diamond, held by Frederick Wells, who discovered it on January 26, 1905 at the Premier Mine, in Transvaal Colony, South Africa. The diamond weighed 3,106.75 carats (621.35 grams or about 1.37 pounds) and measured approximately 10.1 x 6.35 x 5.9 centimeters (about 4.0 x 2.5 x 2.3 inches). This photo was taken in 1905 by an unknown photographer.

Post-Wildfire Landslides Becoming More Frequent in Southern California
United States Geological Survey

Damage from a major post-wildfire landslide that occurred on 25 December 2003 near Devore, San Bernardino County as a result of the Old/Grand Prix fires that ran through the San Bernardino Mountains. Photo by Sue Cannon, USGS.

Where Do People Fit into a Global Hazard Model?
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Natural Hazards Have Unnatural Impacts -- What More Can Science Do?
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Atlantic Ocean Circulation Is the Weakest in at Least 1,600 Years - What Does that Mean for Climate?
CBS News
NASA*s Perseverance Rover May Unlock Mysteries Behind Weather on Mars
The Washington Post
Researchers Use Whale Calls to Probe Undersea Geology
Smithsonian.com
Minerals of the Vikings
Rock&Gem
The Vikings were people who lived in what are now the countries of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden from 750 to 1100 CE.
Texas Natural Gas Production Dropped by Almost 50% During the Recent Cold Snap
Energy Information Administration

Rubies from Rock Creek, Montana
Gemological Institute of America
More information about Montana Gems.
One 5.6 M and Numerous 4+ M Earthquakes Strike Near Reykjavik, Iceland
United States Geological Survey

Several earthquakes have occurred near Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. The red line on the map is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Blood Falls (Antarctica)
Atlas Obscura

Blood Falls seeps from the end of the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney, Antarctica. The tent at left provides a sense of scale for just how big the phenomenon is. Scientists believe a buried saltwater reservoir is partly responsible for the discoloration, which is a form of reduced iron. Photo by the National Science Foundation.

Italy: Landslide Causes Part of a Cemetery to Fall into the Sea
CNN
17,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Painting Is Oldest-Known Australian Rock Art
Smithsonian.com
Types of Rock Art: Petroglyphs and Pictographs
Geology.com

A petroglyph is an image that is carved into a rock. A pictograph is a drawing or painting that is created on a rock.

Perseverance Rover Shares Its First Video and Audio of Mars
Smithsonian.com
GIA Laboratory Finds Fake Inscriptions On Diamonds
JCK Online
GIA quoted in the article: *These instances of attempted fraud highlight why it is important, especially in any transaction where the buyer does not have a trusted relationship with the seller, to have the diamond grading report updated prior to completing a purchase.*
Is Climate Change Making the Weather More Extreme?
Blogs of the European Geosciences Union

NOAA PSL weather forecasts of temperature anomaly at 850hPa (about 1500m.a.s.l.) shows a deep negative anomaly on Central US, leading to snowfalls. Image by NOAA.

Saving Lives by Predicting Dust Storms
EOS Earth & Space Science News

Called *The largest Sand Storm in the history of Arizona* - this dust storm struck Casa Grande, AZ on July 5, 2011. As it passed over visibility was zero and anyone outdoors was faced with a respiratory emergency. It was estimated to be over 50 miles wide and over a mile high, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Photo and caption information by Roxy Lopez used here under a Creative Commons License.

This Photographer Accidentally Shot a Meteor While Capturing a Volcano
PetaPixel
The Very Large Chunchi Landslide in Ecuador (Video)
The Landslide Blog
Landslide Dam at Rishi Ganga Created by the Chamoi Debris Flow
The Landslide Blog
The dam blocks the Ganges River in northern India, near the border with China and Nepal.
How Texas* Power Generation Failed During the Storm, In Charts
The New York Times
Education Resources at NOAA
NOAA

NOAA has educator resources for oceans, coasts, climate, weather, atmosphere, marine life, freshwater, and much more. Photo by Amanda L. Hill, NOAA, NWS.

An Innovative Approach for Investigating Subduction Slip Budgets
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Nuclear, Pumped Storage, and Coal Power Plants Are More Likely to Have Multiple Owners
Energy Information Administration

What Did Yellowstone Look Like Before the Yellowstone Hot Spot?
United States Geological Survey
Weighing Inputs of Waves and Precipitation to Coastal Erosion
EOS Earth & Space Science News
A Modern Way to Look for Aliens
EOS Earth & Space Science News

The Green Bank Telescope is the world*s largest, fully-steerable telescope. The dish is over 100 meters across with an area of about 2.3 acres. Photo by National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, WV, shown here under a Creative Commons license.

5.1 and 4.9 M Earthquakes Off the Oregon Coast
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

Why Wind Turbines in New York Keep Working in Bitter Cold Unlike Those in Texas
Syracuse.com
NASA*s Mars Helicopter Reports In
NASA

NASA*s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter stands on the Red Planet*s surface as NASA*s Perseverance rover (partially visible on the left) rolls away. Artist*s concept by NASA.

What*s Going On at Kilauea*s Summit Lava Lake?
United States Geological Survey

What*s Going On at Kilauea*s Summit Lava Lake? Image by USGS.

The Imminent Calving Retreat of Taku Glacier (Southeast Alaska)
EOS Earth & Space Science News

For half a century, it has been the one known Alaskan glacier to withstand the effects of climate change - until about 2019. Image and caption by Lauren Dauphin and Kasha Patel, NASA.

Sea Turtle Rescue in Texas
Associated Press

The U.S. Return to the Paris Global Climate Accord
Associated Press
How Extreme Winter Weather Is Disrupting Energy Supply and Demand, Particularly in Texas
Energy Information Administration

Graph by the Energy Information Administration.

How Do You Restart an Oil Well That*s Frozen Solid?
Bloomberg
How the New Biden Administration and 117th Congress are Addressing Climate Change
Speaking of Geoscience Blog
World*s Oldest *Industrial-Scale* Brewery Found in Egypt
Smithsonian.com
Touchdown! NASA*s Mars Perseverance Rover Safely Lands on Mars
NASA

This is the first image NASA*s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on Mars on February 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance*s Hazard Cameras, is partially obscured by a dust cover. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

How Often Do Rainstorms Cause Debris Flows in Burned Areas of the Southwestern U.S.?
United States Geological Survey
Bond Fire Debris Flows, California January 25 and 28, 2021
United States Geological Survey

White Canyon debris flow site. Sand- to boulder-sized deposits forming a debris-flow levee at the channel margin. Scour is visible on the outside channel bend with deposition on the inside bend. Photo by Paul Burgess, California Geological Survey.

What is a Debris Flow?
Geology.com

Debris-flow source areas are often associated with steep gullies, and debris-flow deposits are usually indicated by the presence of debris fans at the mouths of gullies. Image and caption by the United States Geological Survey.

Searching for Life in NASA*s Perseverance Mars Samples
NASA

The rocks seen here along the shoreline of Lake Salda in Turkey were formed over time by microbes that trap minerals and sediments in the water. These so-called microbialites were once a major form of life on Earth and provide some of the oldest known fossilized records of life on our planet. NASA*s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission will search for signs of ancient life on the Martian surface. Studying these microbial fossils on Earth has helped scientists prepare for the mission.

Don*t Blame Wind Turbines for Texas* Historic Power Outages
CBS News
Millions In Texas Under Boil-Water Notices Because Of Winter Storm
NPR
Texas Water Shortage Adds to Power Crisis as New Winter Storm Moves In
NBC News
Annual U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports Forecast to Exceed Pipeline Exports in 2022
Energy Information Administration

Oldest DNA Sequenced Yet Comes From Million-Year-Old Mammoths
Smithsonian.com
Earthquake Early Warning in Oregon and Washington
United States Geological Survey
Starting March 11, 2021, ShakeAlert earthquake early warning alerts will be available for delivery directly to wireless devices in Oregon. In May 2021, Washington state will complete the ShakeAlert public alerting rollout across the entire West Coast. California enabled ShakeAlert-powered alerts in October 2019.
A Short Journey to the Center of the Earth
NASA Earth Observatory

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, is one of the few places where you can set foot on rocks from the Earth's mantle without digging an inch. The Tablelands, located on the south end of the park, are considered one of its most striking features. The flat-topped, rust-colored land is rich with peridotite rock from the upper part of Earth*s mantle.

Abundant Rain Turns Namibia Green (Satellite Images)
NASA Earth Observatory
How One Texas Storm Exposed an Energy Grid Unprepared for Climate Change (and bad weather)
NBC News
EIA Forecasts the U.S. Will Be a Net Importer of Petroleum in 2021 and 2022
Energy Information Administration

Oklahoma Natural Gas Producers Who Can Deliver Their Gas Collect Astromical Prices
Yahoo! Finance
Occidental Petroleum Issues a Force Majeure Notice After Cold Weather Disrupts Transportation Facilities
Yahoo! Finance
Niobium Deposits in the United States
United States Geological Survey
Pharmaceutical Pollution in the Ganges
EOS Earth & Space Science News
ALROSA Names a 100-Carat Yellow Diamond after the World*s First Registered Covid Vaccine
ALROSA

Alrosa recovered a light yellow diamond from their Yakutia alluvial deposits. The diamond has the shape of a flattened octahedron and weighs 100.53 carats.

Decoding the Age of the Ice at Mars*s North Pole
EOS Earth & Space Science News

The ice-rich polar cap of Mars is approximately 600 miles across. Image by NASA.

Simultaneous Drought and Heat Wave Events Are Becoming More Common
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Origin of the Armageddon Causing Comet
Harvard University on YouTube

Interior Department Faces a Backlog of Over 5000 Drilling Permit Applications
The Hill
The Other Volcanic Range in the Yellowstone Region: The Absarokas!
United States Geological Survey

View of Absaroka Range from Eagle Peak, Wyoming, looking toward the southwest. Photo by Stanley Mordensky, Yellowstone National Park.

Antarctica: Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice
Wired.com
UAE*s Hope Probe Returns First Image of Mars
Phys.org
Using Earthquake Forensics to Study Subduction from Space
EOS Earth & Space Science News
Southannan: A Major Railway Landslide in Scotland
The Landslide Blog
Hydroelectric Power, Dams and Landslides in the Himalayas and Other High Mountain Areas
The Landslide Blog
Powerful Quake Hits Japan, Evoking a Worrisome Memory
The New York Times
Subduction May Recycle Less Water Than Thought
United States Geological Survey

Middle America Trench offshore Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Powerful Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Jolts Fukushima Area
The Japan Times
M 7.0 Earthquake Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

The Pandemic Has Left a Huge Cache of Dinosaur Bones Stuck in the Sahara
The Washington Post
Meet Massachusetts* Official State Dinosaur
Smithsonian.com
Newly Unearthed Bronze Age Graves Underscore Stonehenge Tunnel*s Potential Threat to Heritage
Smithsonian.com
Blue Spodumene
Gemological Institute of America
As LNG Prices Shoot Through the Roof, Qatar Starts Its North Field LNG Project
Reuters
Qatar intends to increase its annual LNG exports by 40% between now and 2026. The country has a transportation advantage to markets in Asia when compared to LNG producers in the United States.
Earthquake Swarm Southeast of Loyalty Islands
United States Geological Survey

Map by the United States Geological Survey.

U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Will Increase into the 2030s
Energy Information Administration

Image by the Energy Information Administration.

Venetian Glass Beads May Be Oldest European Artifacts Found in North America
Smithsonian.com
Subtitle of the article: *Traders likely transported the small spheres from Italy to northern Alaska in the mid-15th century*
UAE*s Space Probe Amal Enters Mars Orbit
Aljazeera.com
Snowcaps on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
NASA Earth Observatory

Three storms in three weeks have left abundant snow atop Hawaii*s tallest volcanic mountains. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Story by Michael Carlowicz.

Six Crazy Attempts to Geoengineer the Weather
Smithsonian.com
USGS Releases Estimate of Natural Gas in Alaska*s Western North Slope
United States Geological Survey

Geologists measuring petroleum source rocks in Triassic rocks along Surprise Creek in southern part of Western North Slope. Photo by Dave Houseknecht, USGS.

Krakatoa Is Still Active, and We Are Not Ready for the Tsunamis Another Eruption Would Generate
Discover Magazine
USGS Study on Threatened Coral Can Guide Reef Restoration
United States Geological Survey
Geology of Yellowstone Map Updated With New Data
United States Geological Survey
Heating and Petrochemical Demand in Asia Contribute to More U.S. Propane Exports
Energy Information Administration

Outer Space Is a Treasure Chest of Gemstones
Astronomy.com
Where Should Future Astronauts Land on Mars? Follow the Water
NASA
At Least 14 People Died in Avalanches Last Week, the Deadliest Week of US Avalanches on Record
CNN
Planetary Geologists Are Really the Solar System*s Forensic Scientists
Speaking of Geoscience Blog
New Research Shows U.S. Cities Are Underestimating Carbon Emissions
Smithsonian.com