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Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
On June 5, 2009, a catastrophic landslide killed 74 people in southwestern China. But a lack of recent earthquake activity or heavy rainfall left geologists questioning what had triggered the slide. A new study suggests that China’s acid rain may have played a role in weakening the limestone and shale slope in unexpected ways. Read more
Fri, 2018-04-13 02:00
The 122nd Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world, takes place on April 16, 2018. This Landsat 8 image shows the April landscape of eastern Massachusetts, before vegetation has greened up.
Thu, 2018-04-12 14:12
If I want to hail a ride-sharing service I can give an address as my location. Unless I am at the rear of the building or in the parking lot across the street, in which case I need to fiddle about with a pin on a slippy map. No problem, I can usually eyeball it and then just look out for the driver.But there are other situations where an address won't do, and fiddling with pins isn't an option either. Telling the pizza company exactly where the delivery drone should land. Calling an ambulance to a remote area. Specifying a well location in the desert. Doing almost anything in the desert.Wait, isn't this what latitude and longitude are for?Sort of. I mean, it is what lat and long are for, but they aren't all that good at it. For one thing, there's the annoying problem of datums, which is even more annoying because hardly anyone realizes it's a problem.Then there's the fact that to get better than 10 metre...
Thu, 2018-04-12 12:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Western Water Assessment (WWA) has joined the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) as a Regional Associate. The admission of WWA to the AGI Federation was formally approved by the AGI Executive Committee and made effective on March 19, 2018.   Based in Boulder, Colorado, and working across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, WWA is a university-based, applied research program that works directly with stakeholders such as water managers, natural hazard planners, and the agricultural community, helping them make the best use of science to manage for climate, weather, and drought impacts.   "WWA brings significant expertise to the AGI Federation on water issues and this new partnership strengthens AGI's ties to geoscientists in the Rocky Mountains," said AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book. "We are excited to formalize this relationship and look forward to future collaborations."   WWA Managing...
Wed, 2018-04-11 11:00
by Anne Thompson, Editor and Communications Chair – RFG2018 We are bombarded by stories about shortages of critical resources as well as about amazing technologies that will change our lives without realizing the contradiction – both cannot be possible. Resource demands are complicated but have important implications for global poverty eradication, as well as for the supply of clean water and energy, both key to the UN’s sustainability development goals for 2030 (#SDG2030). Discovering the solutions to this conundrum requires an understanding of the Earth’s heterogeneity and processes, as well as the complex interplay of technologic and social issues that in combination govern the availability of resources. It will also require an ability to collectively imagine a sustainable future for humans. Sound impossible? Desmond Bull of the Maskwacis Nation in Alberta, Canada, has led the way for his community, helping to build several small solar installations on community buildings. The...
Wed, 2018-04-11 04:15
National Geographic's new 10-part documentary series, "One Strange Rock," is, in a word, superlative, according to our reviewer. Featuring gorgeous footage and state-of-the-art, digitally generated animations, and perhaps covering a wider range of earth science topics than other documentaries in the genre, it’s worthy of the adjective. Read more
Wed, 2018-04-11 01:00
The 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous (July 16-20) will provide a unique opportunity to present and discuss your work with an audience of Earth educators. The deadline for submitting abstracts and teaching demo proposals has now passed, however posters and share-a-thon proposals will be accepted until the late deadline of May 15. Remember to register before May 1 to receive the early bird rate!
Tue, 2018-04-10 20:01
Coming off a busy and successful ICE 2017 in London, AAPG is excited to take the globe's leading petroleum geoscience event to Cape Town, South Africa, 4-7 November 2018. This event, which will be co-located with Africa Oil Week, will provide you and your company a great audience to spotlight your brand in the exhibition, with highly visible sponsorship opportunities.More...
Tue, 2018-04-10 20:00
AAPG, the recognized global leader in the dissemination of high-quality geoscience data and information, brings its International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) to Cape Town, 4-7 November 2018. ICE 2018 will gather geoscientists and petroleum industry professionals from 60+ countries looking to build their knowledge, discover innovations, and network with peers. Submit your abstracts today and help guide our future industry success.More...
Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00
English author G.K. Chesterton thought that “over the hills and far away” was the most poetic line in all of literature. The tune “Over the Hills and Far Away” mentioned in the nursery rhyme is a traditional British song from the late 17th or early 18th century. It was a siren’s song that promised wonder and adventure beyond the blue horizon. Gwyn Thomas, a fine though neglected Welsh writer, heard the song during his early-20th-century childhood in the Rhondda Valley, the heart of the south Wales coal region. Honeycombed by mines, the Rhondda’s spirit lay at the core of Thomas’ heart and imagination, and he distilled a mordant humor from the dark vibes of the life that he knew there. Read more