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GOES-R Will Become GOES-East

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:06pm
It was highly likely that the new GOES-R satellite (Now GOES 16) would be moved to where the GOES-East satellite is now when it becomes operational in November. This is now official, with the announcement coming from NOAA today. By moving GOES 16 to 75 degrees east, we will see virtually all of the Tropical Atlantic and still have good coverage of the U.S. all the way past the Rockies. The …

Nizkiy Glacier Embayment Expands Island Forms, Novaya Zemlya

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:20pm
Nizkiy Glacier in 1990 and 2016 Landsat images.  red arrows indicate locations of the 1990 terminus and yellow arrows the 2016 terminus.  Purple arrow indicates an expanding bedrock rib amidst the glacier and purple dots indicate the snowline. Nizkiy  Glacier is on the west coast of the island reaching the Barents Sea Coast. The glaciers of northern Novaya Zemlya, Russia are truly generally out of sight out of mind. There remoteness and …

Scientists discover new mode of ice loss in Greenland

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:01pm
A new study finds that during Greenland's hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the island's west coast didn't just melt faster than usual, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave, like a warmed freezer pop sliding out of its plastic casing. The wave persisted for four months, with ice from upstream continuing to move down to replace the missing mass for at least four more months.

Chert-slab conglomerate from the Fig Tree Group, Barberton

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:25am
Deep in the Archean, things suddenly got violent in the deep water of the Mapepe Formation's oceanic setting. What was a quiet precipitation of chert suddenly was torn apart and tumbled downslope. Was an earthquake to blame? A bolide impact? This is the result.

Glacier Benito Journal: Crossing the Glacier and the Mavic Takes Off – Friday 14th April

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:00am
The plan on Friday was conduct Mavic drone flying from the middle of Level II on the glacier. So at 0945, all five of us set off to point '403'.

The World’s Religions, by Huston Smith

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 8:01am
I’ve just finished an excellent book about religion. It’s a survey of major world religions by Huston Smith, titled straightforwardly The World’s Religions. I find religion to be fascinating. It’s a distinct human phenomenon that provides structure and meaning to so many people’s lives, and yet seems entirely superfluous to my own life. That discrepancy is so strange – it motivates me to understand it better. I found this survey …

LA lawns lose 70 billion gallons of water a year

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:00am
In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees, new research finds. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a new study.

Glacier Benito Journal: Finding the Level Markers – Thursday 13th April

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:00am
Day three started the same as day two. Clear sky, moon providing the illumination before dawn, a sharp frost and no wind! Johnny, Olaf and Mark remained in camp to try to get the X8 drone up and flying.

Lucy Jones: scientists need to create “scientifically-defensible” stories

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:48am
Scientists have an obligation to communicate what they know in a way that ensures it can be understood and acted upon by policymakers, seismologist Lucy Jones told attendees at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting this week.

What can LibGuides do for you?

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:12am
"LibGuides are an easy to use content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries... I personally create guides most often when working with instructors who have asked me to meet with their classes for an information literacy session."

Deleting Science That is Politically Inconvenient Will Backfire

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:41pm
A major paper on the impact of sea-level rise is out today. FYI: The first line of this USGS release about the paper is missing the first line: “Global climate change drives sea-level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding.” It was removed by political appointees in the Interior Dept. The Washington Post broke that story here:  The press release is here: I did a related story this week …


Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:29pm
Earlier today, the Trump administration released its FY18 budget proposal. While details of the budget will continue to be released in the coming days and weeks, AGU issued the following statement in response to the currently available information in which I said the following:   “The release of President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal earlier today has drawn into sharp focus a disconnect between our nation’s desire to protect …

Glacier Benito Journal: Preparing for Drone Flights – Wednesday, 12th April

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:00am
Each morning's activity started with Martin getting up at about 0730 to light the cookers. The ground and glacier were frosted. As soon as we left the tent, the condensation inside the tent also turned to ice which fell onto our sleeping bags and mattresses as we entered the tent again to get items required during the day.

Greetings from Japan

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 8:16am
Hello everyone! A group of AGU staff, including me, are in Japan for the inaugural JpGU-AGU joint meeting. We landed Friday afternoon and took a half-hour bus ride into Chiba where the meeting is being held.

Silurian tidal flat carbonates of the Tonoloway Formation

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:57am
Journey to the Silurian period in what is today the Valley & Ridge province of eastern West Virginia to see some exquisite sedimentary rocks that represent deposition in a very arid, very shallow setting.

Monday Geology Picture: A Vineyard & the Cape Fold Belt

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:26pm
For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” here’s a view of the Cape Fold Belt with a vineyard in the foreground. I took this picture yesterday when I took a short walk with some friends through a vineyard located in the Stellenbosch winelands, just outside of my home city of Cape Town. You can see some impressive folding in those distant mountains!

Besselsbreen Retreat Glacier Wide Thinning , Svalbard

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:13pm
Besselsbreen (B) and Augnebreen (A) comparison in a 1990 and 2016 Landsat image. Red arrows indicate terminus position in 1990, yellow arrow indicates terminus in 2016, purple arrows indicate locations of upglacier thinning from 1990 to 2016 and the yellow line indicates the width of the tongue on the eastern side of Besselsbreen to the medial moraine with Augnebreen Besselsbreen Glacier flows north to  tidewater from the Barents Icecap on Barentsoya …

Glacier Benito Journal: Arriving on Ice – Tuesday 11th April

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:10am
The first of six magical days on the ice...

Sciencing & Social Media

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:45am
This is a cross post from Dr. Paige Jarreau’s blog From the Lab Bench. You can find the original here. This week, I helped Shane M. Hanlon at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Sharing Science program give a webinar on Sciencing and Social Media. We talked about what social media platforms are, how scientists are using them, and how to integrate more effective science communication practices (for example, engagement over “information-dumping”). Following the formal …

Planning Sol 1705 – 1706: Rocky Road

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 8:00pm
Curiosity is continuing to make progress towards Vera Rubin Ridge along the Mt Sharp ascent route.  We planned two sols today, Sol 1705 and Sol 1706.  On our first sol, we will kick off the day with some remote sensing science on the bedrock in front of us, including ChemCam observations of targets ‘Turtle Island’, ‘Stony Brook’, and ‘Dike Peak’.  Turtle Island is typical Murray bedrock, Stony Brook has an …