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Thu, 2018-07-19 07:44
I can't believe it's been a month since my last post! But I've now recovered from the craziness of the spring — with its two hackathons, two conferences, two new experiments, as well as the usual courses and client projects — and am ready to start getting back to normal. My goal with this post is to tell you all the exciting stuff that's happened in the last few weeks.Meet our newest team memberThere's a new Agilist! Robert Leckenby is a British–Swiss geologist with technology tendencies. Rob has a PhD in Dynamic characterisation and fluid flow modelling of fractured reservoirs, and has worked in various geoscience roles in large and small oil & gas companies. We're stoked to have him in the team!Rob lives near Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks French and several other human languages, as well as Python and JavaScript. He'll be helping us develop and teach our famous Geocomputing course, among other things. Reach him at
Wed, 2018-07-18 11:05
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has launched a new online resource, the Geological Surveys Database, to support the public discovery of a critical source of reliable geoscience information. This new database provides a state-of-the-art portal for decision makers and others to search and discover state geological survey publications and U.S. Geological Survey factsheets.   "The Geological Surveys Database is the latest in a collection of high-quality information products from AGI. Improving public discovery and access to material from the geological surveys is a core part of AGI's mission of connecting people and the geosciences, and we're excited to highlight the work that they are doing," said AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book.   This database is a collaborative effort between AGI's Critical Issues program, GeoRef, and the state geological surveys to increase the discoverability and use...
Wed, 2018-07-18 05:43
A new study finds that creatures beneath the Earth's surface dominated life on Earth for most of our planet's history - and could hold the key to the search for life on other worlds... Continue reading →
Tue, 2018-07-17 10:12
Earth Science Week 2018 is just three months away, which means it's time to launch our annual photography competition! Previous years have seen a host of stunning entries, and we're hoping for more of your amazing geological images this year, as part of our celebrations of the geology of the UK & Ireland. Continue reading →
Mon, 2018-07-16 14:26
By Lindsay Davis, GSA Science Policy Fellow Congress is currently in the process of working through the 12 appropriation bills that will determine the federal funding for fiscal year 2019. As of the July 4 congressional recess, funding bills that cover the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have moved in both the House and the Senate. The process for determining federal funding generally works as follows: The President releases a budget request and then the process moves to Congress. Each of the 12 Appropriations subcommittees in the House and the Senate draft bills that may or may not follow the President’s requested funding levels. In general, these bills must be passed by each subcommittee, full appropriations committee, and then full chamber. When both the House and Senate versions...
Fri, 2018-07-13 17:48
by Larry O’Hanlon, Independent Science Writer and Editor Videos of erupting fissures, collapsing calderas, and glowing rivers of lava are grabbing all the clicks and headlines, but the scientists working overtime on the Kīlauea eruption and summit caldera subsidence are seeing something more: a revelation or two about how volcanoes like Kīlauea work and how to study them. Although the latest eruption of Kīlauea began 35 years ago, the headline-grabbing events in the lower Puna area began on 30 April with the collapse of the long-lived Pu’u O’o vent and was followed by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake, the evacuation of more than 2,700 residents, and the destruction of hundreds of houses by fissure eruptions and lava flows in several subdivisions. There have also been explosive ash–producing eruptions at the summit of Kīlauea and dramatic slumping and subsidence of the caldera. Throughout all this, the scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano...
Fri, 2018-07-13 13:29
Minto Flats, in central Alaska has revealed a phenomenon previously only seen in the laboratory.
Fri, 2018-07-13 01:00
Even if you're missing this year's Rendezvous, you can still follow some of the action on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by searching the hashtag #EarthER18. Participants, use this hashtag to share your experiences with others.
Thu, 2018-07-12 17:00
In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with three authors from the special section highlighting the Mediterranean region in July's The Leading Edge. These authors discuss the latest scientific scholarship and future prospects in the Mediterranean after a record-breaking find in 2015. Show notes and links at Interviewee biographies Giovanni Rusciadelli is Associate Professor in Sedimentology...
Thu, 2018-07-12 12:13
Greetings, geobakeoff fans! At long last, it’s time to reveal the results of this year’s competition – the fifth annual Great Geobakeoff… We can’t quite believe how the geobaking phenomenon has continued to grow – our eternal thanks to all those who take part and share the competition. Particularly the increasing number of you who … Continue reading →