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Rahpaädno: an arctic river

The river Rahpaädno seen from an elevated position at afternoon. The strong blue color of the river is caused by glacial sediments which are also responsible for the huge river delta with all it small islands and sandbanks.

The boulder field on top of Ladebakte mountain

Typical for the untouched nature of Sarek are its old and rough mountains. in this picture the boulder fields of the Ladebakte mountain can be seen. A central mountain of the Sarek national park in sweden.

Oarjep Oalgasjjiegne glacier in Sarek sorounded by the Alkatj mountains

A big glacier and its surrounding mountains in the center from the Sarek national park seen from Ladebakte mountain in late summer. The line of bare rock (brown) between the two glacier tongues indicates that much of the glacier is already thawed.

Rahpaädno river seen from the Ladebakte mountain

The view of the southern edge of the Ladebakte mountain in the Sarek national park in north Sweden. At this place the rivers Rahpajaka and Sarvesjaka meet to form the biggest river of the Sarek national park, the Rahpaädno. The rivers are fed by glaciers and carry a lot of rock material which lead to a distinct sedimentation and a fascinating river delta for which the Sarek park laying west of the Kungsleden hiking trail is famous. As the borders of this picture are not straight (due to lens-correction in GIMP) an edited version has been uploaded.

Clouds over Brest, France

The image was taken from the window of a commercial airplane a few minutes following takeoff from Brest airport, France. Coordinates are approximate (added manually).


Hesperian . The intermediate-aged system of rocks in the geologic stratigraphy of the planet Mars. Named after Hesperia Planum, a broad upland area of plains with numerous wrinkle ridges; the base of the ridged plains defines the base of the Hesperian system (Tanaka, 1986). See also: Amazonian; Noachian.

#29: Student Leadership Symposium (SLS)

From 22 to 24 September 2017, fifty students from fifty student chapters around the world, representing twenty-seven countries, connected in Houston for the 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS). In this episode, Magdalena Mita, a 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium participant, from the University of Silesia, Poland; Kathryn Elkins, SEG Student and Early Career Advisor; and other SLS students tell their stories.

U.S. Female Geoscience Enrollments and Degrees Experience - Marked Change in 2016

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

The participation rate of women in geoscience degree programs saw marked changes in 2016.  There was a spate of doctoral degrees awarded to women in 2016, which has also been reflected in a decline in the participation rate of graduate enrollment of women. We observe that often December graduates and prior summer graduates are counted as “degrees awarded,” but not as “enrolled.”  The percent of women receiving bachelor and master’s degrees remained steady, but undergraduate enrollment rates increased sharply to near historic highs at 44%.