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Geosciences Bulletin Board – 24 August 2015. Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford. Compilation of selected current news articles pertinent to the discipline.
Rolling boulder and rockfall physics of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (videos)
Cotopaxi erupting, humans evacuating, risk of lahars increases
USGS report on EQ risks in the US prompts Californians to worry about the “Big One”
- Report: http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/nearly-half-of-americans-exposed-to-potentially-damaging-earthquakes/
Chemistry of the Arctic Ocean Basin
- Interactive Map: http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/arctic/circulation.html
In addition to Marie Curie, these 10 women made extraordinary contributions to the sciences
This makes sense, mass extinctions open up niches in the environment and facilitate evolution
Overpumping groundwater during drought has caused California towns to subside at rates of 2 ft/year & portions of the California Aqueduct have sunk as much 12 inches in just the last year
A new model of the projected future of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet (video)
In NWT, diamonds have gem-quality core with coating that contains bubbles of brine that reflect on plate tectonic convective model
Cascadia fault continues to “chatter & pop”
- Monitor risks: http://phys.org/news/2015-08-cascadia-northwest-pacific-seismic.html
- Modeling tsunami risk: http://phys.org/news/2015-08-tsunami-hazards-northwest-coast.html
How deep are the lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet? (video)
Sea floor sediments help reveal the fate of Fukushima contaminants
In Greenland, winds off the ice sheets result in soil erosion
BAER teams will try to find ways to minimize flash floods, landslides & erosion following devastating wild fires
Portion of subsidence in California due to groundwater withdrawal will be permanent
Inuit bid to block seismic testing off Baffin Island is blocked
Planetary geology: New NASA pics of Dione may reveal active geologic processes
Link between frequent volcanic eruptions and long-term cooling of the ocean
As water levels in Lake Mead drop, erosion may increase
10-year helium isotope anomaly preceded Mount Ontake eruption
New method for estimating body mass of extinct quadrupeds
The first complete account of what happened during the Gorkha EQ in Nepal
Planetary geology: Supernova shock wave may have initiated formation of our solar system
The “Butterfly Effect” holds for the atmosphere
First discovery of a salamander in amber sheds light on evolution in the Caribbean
Geoengineering would not stop change in sea level
Estimated 14 percent (22,800 km or 14,200 miles) of US coastline is armored by concrete
Enviro-Sciences Bulletin Board – 24 August 2015. Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford. Compilation of selected current news articles pertinent to the discipline.
Toxic mine waste water spill from Gold King Mine in Colorado still impacting the Navajo Nation
- Video: https://www.facebook.com/302132179938953/videos/516797395139096/
- Long-term impacts (video): http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28661945/long-term-impacts-animas-river-spill-lie-beneath
Environmental impacts of carcass disposal of tens of millions of birds due to HPAI
- Draft EIS: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0044-0017
- Env. Assessment: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/stakeholders/downloads/2015/hpai_ea.pdf
- FONSI: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/stakeholders/downloads/2015/hpai_fonsi.pdf
It is not just microscopic organisms that have become drug resistant caused by overuse of pyrethroids
The story of Rondônia – an agricultural project that became an environmental disaster in Brazil
CO2 emissions in China may have been overestimated by 13 percent…but we are still talking gigatonnes from fossil fuel combustion and cement production
The common habits of “human super-predators” and their impacts
Even if you’ve seen it, these New Jersey bears (mom & 5 cubs) are worth watching again! (hint: hit ‘mute’ if you don’t like listening to whiny human kids)
New concept of conservation that embraces change
Sumatran rhino has now been declared extinct in Malaysia
A change in political priorities in Spain: textbooks chosen over bullfighting
Almost a century after being killed off, a wolf pack with 5 cubs returns to California
Mercury & selenium are concentrating within the Grand Canyon-Colorado River food web
Human-contributed nitrate mobilizes naturally occurring uranium in 2 major US aquifers
Global disease & antimicrobial resistance surveillance may benefit from analysis of airplane toilet waste
Was the concept of the “Nicaraguan Canal” real or just a political hoax?
Honey bees rapidly evolved to overcome recent disease impacts
Neonicotinoids found in more than half of surface waters sampled across the US
“Tree of Life” may be more like a bush
Is New Orleans really resilient enough to withstand another Katrina event?
22-year old lawsuit by farm workers exposed to pesticides is once again dismissed by judge
Cattle rustling is increasing in Plains States….5,800 cattle rustled just in Texas in 2014
More than 100 million sharks killed by humans last year…species threatened
Why do owls fly without making almost any noise?
Report recommends 27 measures to reduce risk of oil-train derailments in Pittsburgh, PA
What is the best way to eliminate “fat bergs” that clog our sewer systems? Education!!
EPA presents two proposals to reduce methane emissions from solid waste facilities – comment period is open for 60 days
Photos of 10 species that have gone extinct within the last 200 years
"All good work is done in defiance of management." - Bob Woodward (tnx @danfagin)