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AGU Commends the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 1:42pm

This week, the United States Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019, which was signed by President Trump. On behalf of the global AGU community of 60,000 Earth and space scientists, I’d like to thank the champions for science on Capitol Hill, as well as the leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, for passing a budget that puts non-defense spending, which includes funding …

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Sols 2485-2487: Affirm-Etive: We are GO for drilling at Glen Etive 1!

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:00am

Late during planning yesterday, we got the go ahead to proceed with full drilling at 'Glen Etive 1.' We received the results of the APXS and ChemCam compositional analysis of the prospective drill target, as well as the MAHLI imaging of the area both before and after a preload test (see the accompanying image).

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Sogn og Fjordane: a series of large landslides in Norway

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 7:07pm

Sogn og Fjordane county in Norway suffered a series of large, rainfall-induced landslides on Tuesday, killing at least one person.

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Sol 2484: Preparing to Drill

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 3:00pm

Today's science activities were planned with the hopes of drilling our next target this weekend. The scientists on today's shift were largely interested in characterizing the large block of exposed bedrock in front of the rover to derive as much information as possible before we punch through the surface and expose the rock's interior.

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Ancient plankton help researchers predict near-future climate

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:00am

Temperature data inferred from plankton fossils from the Pliocene, an era with CO2 levels similar to today's, allowed a research team to rectify discrepancies between climate models and other proxy temperature measurements.

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Announcing a New AGU Scholarship Program: Paros Scholarships in Geophysical Instrumentation

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:32am

Beginning in 2020, AGU’s Seismology, Atmospheric Sciences, and Ocean Sciences Sections are proud to offer Paros Scholarships in Geophysical Instrumentation in the amount of $5,000 to recognize outstanding graduate students demonstrating interest in geophysical instrumentation and precision field measurements. AGU is incredibly grateful for the establishment of this scholarship program, which has been made possible through a generous donation by Jerome M. Paros. “Good science comes from good observers running …

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Sol 2483: Anticipating Drill Hole Number Three (And Maybe Number Four) Within Glen Torridon

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:00am

Planning today was focused on getting more compositional and textural information on top of this small ridge that we plan to attempt drilling at the weekend.

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New Research Confirms it: The 7 Day Forecast Will Never Become a 17 Day Forecast

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 4:31am

    Despite the “horoscope” forecasts on Accuweather, most meteorologists will tell you that 7 days is about the extent of a reliable weather forecast. We can give you (at times, especially in the warm season) an idea of above or below normal out to maybe ten days but that is really pushing it. Beyond that, your best bet is to rely on the climatological averages (or add a degree …

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The best landslide videos of 2019

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 4:54pm

Many good landslide videos are emerging during a very active 2019 landslide season. I have put together a compilation of notable examples

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Decades-old pollutants melting out of Himalayan glaciers

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:00am

New research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds chemicals used in pesticides that have been accumulating in glaciers and ice sheets around the world since the 1940s are being released as Himalayan glaciers melt as a result of climate change.

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Sols 2482-2483: A Drill with a View

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 8:00pm

The rover is currently located in the southern part of the 'Visionarium,' where we are set to start our next drill campaign, and we can't help but take in the scenery!

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The Mount Zandila (Valpola) rock avalanche

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 6:25pm

The 1987 Mount Zandila landslide in northern Italy is probably the most important rock avalanche in Europe in the last 40 years. The 34 million cubic metre slide killed 29 people

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Nutrient deficiencies in rice grown under higher carbon dioxide could elevate health risks for tens of millions

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 10:00am

A recent study in the AGU journal GeoHealth finds declines in B-vitamin concentrations in rice grown under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations may increase the future health risks of large numbers of people around the globe.

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Baikalsk: a horrifying example of a high risk waste storage facility in Russia

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 2:30am

13 large waste storage ponds at Baikalsk, on the banks of Lake Baikal, appear to be exceptionally vulnerable to landslides and debris flows.

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Sol 2481: On the Lookout for a Drill Site

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 8:00pm

After a successful ascent to the top of the southern outcrop in the 'Visionarium,' we are now searching for our next drill site. There were no bedrock exposures available for contact science activities in our immediate workspace, so our first order of business today was to identify a drill site area that we will drive to in today's plan.

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36th Annual North Cascade Glacier Climate Project Field Season Begins

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:06am

Fieldwork includes terminus surveys, glacier runoff measurement and mass balance measurements Field Season Begins August 1 Who we are? The North Cascade Glacier Climate Project (NCGCP) was founded in 1983 to identify the response of North Cascade glaciers to regional climate change, particularly changes in mass balance, glacier runoff and terminus behavior.   This was prompted by the  National Academy of Sciences listing this as a high priority and a personal …

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Study suggests frozen Earthlike planets could support life

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:00am

Icy planets once thought too cold to support life might have livable land areas above freezing, challenging the typical assumption of what kinds of planets might be habitable, a new study suggests.

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Monday Geology Picture: Rite in the Rain Geological Field Book

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 7:21am

I’m currently conducting some geological fieldwork, and of course I’ve brought some Rite in the Rain geological field books with me.  The Rite in the Rain field books are fantastic – you can write on their weatherproof paper in pretty much all weather conditions. I’ve used them in both rainy and snowy conditions. There are a number of different styles of field books available. Personally, I prefer No. 540F or …

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The Cobriza Mine tailings failure: a high resolution image from Planet Labs

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 5:08pm

Planet Labs have kindly collected a high resolution SkySat image of the Cobriza Mine tailings failure in Peru, which happened on 10th July 2019.

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Offset limestone layers at Broom Point

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 5:42am

Yesterday, I featured some folds from Broom Point, but there are also faults there. With the intriguing local limestone conglomerates providing easily-discernible marker beds, these apparently vertical faults are easy to spot. Here are three examples:

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