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January 17, 2018 Paleontological Society of Washington meting announcement

The Paleontological Society of Washington

7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 17

National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance

Dawn and Early Morning of the Reptiles: New Discoveries, New Mysteries.

Adam Pritchard

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution

The Ozone Belt: How St. Tammany Parish Turned Ecological Services into Good Business—but for the Wrong Reasons

For nearly a century, the piney woods across Lake Pontchartrain came to be known as the Ozone Belt—a ‘brand’ that touted the region’s salubrious environs as a summertime alternative to pestilential New Orleans. And it seemed to work, writes Tulane geographer Richard Campanella—but not for the touted reasons. Courtesy The Times-Picayune (PDF). New Orleans: Place […]

Lugger Culture: Vernacular Oyster Vessels of Coastal Louisiana

A century ago, distinctive vernacular boats traversed the waterways in and around New Orleans, even sailing up to the rear of the French Quarter. Known as luggers, their crews brought oysters and other wild foods to public markets—and coastal culture to the metropolis. Tulane geographer Richard Campanella investigates “lugger culture” in this article from Louisiana […]

Pleasure Atlas: New Orleans

Making space for—and money from—pleasure in New Orleans is as old as the city itself. By Tulane geographer Richard Campanella, courtesy LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture a Pleasure Atlas of New Orleans (PDF).  New Orleans: Place Portraits — Over the next nine months, AAG’s “Focus on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast,” will feature a series of […]

From space to village: NASA's SERVIR program brings a big picture to local communities

Established in 2005, the joint NASA and U.S. Agency for International Development program SERVIR (named for the Spanish verb “to serve”) puts geospatial satellite images and analysis tools into the hands of local decision-makers around the world to help them deal with natural disasters and plan for changing climates. 

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beekite (beek'-ite). (a) White, opaque silica occurring in the form of subspherical, discoid, rosettelike, doughnut-shaped, or botryoidal accretions, commonly found as bands or layers on silicified fossils or along joint surfaces as a replacement of organic matter; e.g. chalcedony pseudomorphous after coral, shell, or other fossils. See also: ooloid. (b) Concretionary calcite commonly occurring in small rings on the surface of a fossil shell that has weathered out of its matrix. Named after Dr. Beek, dean of Bristol. Originally spelled: beckite.

Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana: From Denial to Reality

The coastline formed by the Mississippi River is changing continually as part of the never-ending interplay between the forces and processes reshaping and realigning coastal contours and bathymetry. Over millennia, this formative process created Louisiana’s expansive wetlands that once encompassed 7.3 million acres (11,500 square miles) – about the size of Connecticut and Delaware combined […]

Confederate Monument Controversy in New Orleans

Across the U.S. South and beyond, cities are debating the fate of their Confederate monuments. In New Orleans, the May 2017 removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Lee Circle, the large round-about on St. Charles Avenue, was the culmination of over two years of public and political drama, driven primarily by Mayor Landrieu’s […]

Creating Safe Spaces at AAG Meetings for All

Hollywood, The Hill, and the nation’s newsrooms have been exposed as spaces of sexual harassment, misconduct, and even assault. Yet, sexual harassment and discrimination are neither unique nor new to these highly public industries and this misconduct is unfortunately common to most workplaces. Indeed, conservative estimates suggest that 60% of all women have been victims […]