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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Mon, 2018-06-18 06:00
England's southwestern shore is renowned for the nearly continuous 185-million-year record of Earth's history exposed in its sensational seacliffs, which record one of the world's best stratigraphic sequences from the Mesozoic Era. Read more
Sun, 2018-06-17 01:31
Huge news for data scientists and educators. Equinor, the company formerly known as Statoil, has taken a bold step into the open data arena. On Thursday last week, it 'disclosed' all of its subsurface and production data for the Volve oil field, located in the North Sea. What's in the data package?A lot! The 40,000-file package contains 5TB of data, that's 5,000GB! This collection is substantially larger, both deeper and broader, than any other open subsurface dataset I know of. Most excitingly, Equinor has released a broad range of data types, from reports to reservoir models: 3D and 4D seismic, well logs and real-time drilling records, and everything in between. The only slight problem is that the seismic data are bundled in very large files at the moment; we've asked for them to be split up.Questions about usage rights...
Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit. The Toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme, "Earth as Inspiration."   Materials include the traditional program poster and school-year activity calendar, as well as posters, activities, and other resources from distinguished program partners. This year's Toolkit emphasizes artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.   Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018) is an annual event that has been led by AGI along with its sponsors and the greater geoscience community since 1998. The coming year's theme will emphasize the creativity, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills -- as important to the arts as to the Earth sciences -- that are demanded by education standards...
Fri, 2018-06-15 10:18
(Ariel Marcy is a student member of the Paleontological Society and currently a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She’s best described as an evolutionary biologist, as she works more with modern material than fossils, but also is a science communicator and educational game designer. Her best-known educational game is Go Extinct!, and her website is www.steamgalaxy.com.) Tell us a bit about your background and interest in science and education. What inspired you to pursue your career? Honestly, I tell three different “origin” stories of why I pursued science and then soon after science education. The first one is of me around five years old at an ornithology outreach event, happily picking apart an owl pellet to find semi-digested mouse bones. Now, I still study rodent bones! (Though less as a decomposing decoration for my nightstand and more for the fascinating story they tell about biodiversity in Australia.) The second story is of me a...
Fri, 2018-06-15 06:00
Twenty-seven years ago this month, the calm in central Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines, turned to chaos. On June 15, 1991, Mount Pinatubo disgorged 5 cubic kilometers of material over a few hours, and ash clouds soared 35 kilometers into the atmosphere. The substantial eruption — the second largest of the 20th century — burned itself into memories and history books. Read more
Thu, 2018-06-14 14:25
Debate remains over whether the foreshocks prior to the 1999 Izmit earthquake involved slow slip or not.
Wed, 2018-06-13 14:22
The 416 Fire in southwestern Colorado is the 416th incident the Columbine Ranger District has responded to in the San Juan National Forest this year.
Wed, 2018-06-13 06:37
The Copenhagen edition of the Subsurface Hackathon is over! For three days during the warmest June in Denmark for over 100 years, 63 geoscientists and programmers cooked up hot code in the Rainmaking Loft, one of the coolest, and warmest, coworking spaces you've ever seen. As always, every one of the participants brought their A game, and the weekend flew by in a blur of creativity, coffee, and collaboration. And croissants. Pierre enjoying the Meta AR headset that DEll EMC provided. Our sponsors have always been unusually helpful and inspiring, pushing us to get more audacious, but this year they were exceptionally engaged and proactive. Dell EMC, in the form of David and Keith, provided some fantastic tech for the teams to explore; Total supported Agile throughout the organization phase, and...
Wed, 2018-06-13 06:00
Although chromium is a metal, it does not occur naturally in metallic form. Chromium can be found in many minerals, but the only economically significant chromium-bearing mineral is chromite. Chromite has been mined from four different deposit types: stratiform chromite, podiform chromite, placer chromite, and laterite deposits. Most of the world’s resources, however, are located in stratiform chromite deposits, such as the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. The economic potential of chromite resources depends on the thickness and continuity of the deposit and on the grade of the ore. Many of the major stratiform chromite deposits also contain economic levels of platinum, palladium, rhodium, osmium, iridium and ruthenium. Read more

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