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Non-Killing Geographies

This column is written with a very heavy heart, coming just several days after the deadly mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The massacre ended the lives of 17 students and staff, injured dozens, and left behind many traumatized survivors, as well grieving friends, families, and community members. Counted […]

Granite intrusions: the record-keepers of volcanic systems

by Arianna Soldati, GSA Science Communication Intern – Ph.D. Candidate in Volcanology University of Missouri

“Geology is a fascinating discipline of science, and I am drawn to volcanology in particular,” says Leif Karlstrom, a geology professor at the University of Oregon. Field work supports that fascination, and often makes for humbling experiences, too: “You get a sense of how small you are compared to the structures you are interested in,” reflects Karlstrom. A physicist by training, Karlstrom now specializes in the behavior of complex fluids.

Digitalization... of what?

I've been hearing a lot about 'digitalization', or 'digital transformation', recently. What is this buzzword?

The general idea seems to be: exploit lots and lots of data (which we already have), with analytics and machine learning probably, to do a better job finding and producing fuel and energy safely and responsibly.

At the centre of it all is usually data. Lots of data, usually in a lake. And this is where it all goes wrong. Digitalization is not about data. And it's not about technology either. Or cloud. Or IoT.

Rethinking the Hadean: Evidence of Earth’s earliest life

by Kerri Spuller, GSA Science Communication Intern  – MS Geoscience Student, Boise State University

Earth’s first 500 million years, named the Hadean after the Greek god of the underworld, was first depicted as a fiery hell with volcanoes and meteorite impacts dominating the landscape. Although it’s hard to imagine life existing under these harsh conditions, evidence for water and an atmosphere during this early period of Earth has raised questions about the processes that shaped our planet, as well as the timing of the emergence of life.

Life Magazine (December 8, 1952) – “The Earth is Born.”  The cover displays artist Chesley Bonestell’s rendition of early Earth. [Source: Wikipedia]

Do you use geologic map data? Take our survey!

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The AGI Workforce Program is investigating how geoscientists use geologic maps in the course of their work. This survey, combined with a voluntary follow-up survey, will be used to determine the extent to which geologic map data are used throughout the economy. This is a preliminary survey designed to understand the general
scope and extent of the use of geologic map data (including bedrock, gravity, magnetics, surficial, hazards, flood maps, and more).


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