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Geosciences Bulletin Board - 8 February 2016. Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford. Compilation of selected current news articles pertinent to the discipline.
Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow in the library and predicted an early Spring, but do you know the historical relationship between groundhogs and the weather?
- Facts about groundhogs: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/groundhogs-explained.html
Book Review: “Incamisana” on how the Inca engineered an ancient water temple at Ollantaytambo
Deadly 6.7M EQ hits southern Taiwan….buildings collapse & toppled (image gallery)
One of the most active volcanoes in Japan, Sakurajima volcano, erupts in spectacular fashion
- Video: https://gma.yahoo.com/volcano-erupts-japan-triggering-dramatic-lightning-strikes-against-171455077--abc-news-topstories.html#
Surging or “pulsating” glaciers of Svalbard are being studied
Understanding the apparent increase in geographic extent of Hadley Cell influence on climate
Inside a four-mile long river cave in Laos (photos & vide0)
Dehydration of lawsonite at high temperatures and pressures at depth may result in brittle failure required to trigger an earthquake
To honor work of Aberystwyth University Prof Neil Glasser, a glacier is named “Glasser Glacier”
Fossilized Jurassic lacewing Oregramma illecebrosa looks essentially like a modern butterfly
We still do not have a simple method to predict when volcanic eruptions will occur
- Peru El Misti eruption: http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2016/02/01/peruvian-volcano-awakens-centuries-dormancy/#2715e4857a0b6a35d1bf7351
- It’s the bubbles: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-rapid-formation-magma-trigger-sudden.html
Underwater landslides found to be source of 1964 Alaskan EQ tsunami that struck Chenega
New approaches to geologic modeling and evaluation of ore bodies
Explaining “ghost” earthquakes in New Zealand
Assessing the potential extent of impacts if the Mosul Dam in Iraq fails… grouting so far is only a band-aid…cut-off wall may be the solution
Resurrecting the long lost art of wave piloting…those stick navigation charts were based on the science of wave behavior in the ocean
University of Texas students & faculty are searching for dinosaur fossils in Antarctica
New study links the phase of the moon to amount of precipitation on Earth…gravity & inertia play a role as they do with the tides
Crowd-sourced efforts to clean up the plastic in the ocean moves forward (videos)
Genyornis newtoni were driven to extinction shortly after humans arrived in Australia
Another new “executive order” … this one calls for Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard
- Fact Sheer: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2016/02/02/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-steps-to-increase-nations-resilience-to-earthquakes.html
One of only two active Australian volcanoes erupts on sub-Antarctic Heard Island – lava flows over the top of glacial ice (video)
Portions of the East Coast are more vulnerable to impacts if sea level rises
Continental collision formed rocks in Teton Range, Wyoming, dating to as early as 2.68B years ago
As 2016 Volcano Awareness Month comes to an end, take a geological tour of the Island of Hawaii
Stability of the magnetic field of Earth produces “super chrons” of both normal and reversed polarity
Earthquakes by the numbers in the US in 2015
Can animals survive (or thrive) in environments without oxygen in the deep ocean?
Enviro-Sciences Bulletin Board 8 February 2016. Compiled by Elaine J. Hanford. Compilation of selected current news articles pertinent to the discipline.
Five reasons why we are seeing a true (not just media blitz) increase in emerging diseases across the globe and four of those are human-induced
- Roadmap for zoonotics: http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/63795/
- But perhaps not: http://www.nature.com/news/zika-virus-brazil-s-surge-in-small-headed-babies-questioned-by-report-1.19259
WHO convenes crisis meeting to address Zika virus & declares global health emergency
- Overview video: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/zika-virus-outbreak-inside-hot-zone-36706014
How can viruses, like Zika, cause birth defects? (infographic)
Sexually-transmitted case of Zika virus detected in Dallas, Texas
Releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil to fight Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases
Newly discovered malaria species likely affects about 25% of American white-tailed deer
Mega-cities provide more habitat suitable for mosquito breeding and humans to supply blood resulting in more cases of mosquito-borne illness, like Zika and dengue fever
WHO still trying to locate 48 persons at risk of having been exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone
France becomes first country in the world to ban food waste by supermarkets
NASA releases new comic book to help students understand the Water Cycle and GPM satellite mission…seems a sad commentary on our education system
- Video on water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne8yJcXuU2U
- Download comic: http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/comics#
Zebra released in Tokyo as part of earthquake preparedness drill
Have you seen the Los Angeles River? Yet, EPA is calling it navigable waters!!
This protected Jaguar lives just south of Tucson, Arizona (video)
Canadian Court affirms that each defendant is potentially responsible for alleged contamination and proper decommissioning & environmental close out reports are important
Six execs to be sentenced for MCHM coal-cleaning chemical spill and drinking water contamination two years ago along the Elk River, West Virginia
Study examined long-term human agricultural impacts on land by cultivating plants or herding animals
USDA finalizes new Food Safety Measures to reduce salmonella and campylobacter in poultry
Federal approval given to Sabal Trail pipeline despite environmental concerns including wetlands, conservation areas, sinkhole-prone terrain & high aquifer recharge areas
Study logically suggests that C-Sections modify micro-biome of newborn infants & they miss exposure to beneficial bacteria
Research on the environment should be free of politics…but that does not always happen
Wonder if these $471M pre-construction costs will be accurately reflected in the cost of energy produced if this nuclear plant gets finished?
Treated sewage water coming soon to taps in California
Deer populations face decimation from CWD…and now from newly identified AHD
Will cemeteries of the future no longer hold large amounts of toxic embalming fluids?
Toward a better understanding of mountain topography and biodiversity
Michigan DEQ outlines plan to test and monitor lead levels in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, as other agencies also respond
Winter wonderland in Iceland becoming basis for tourism
Wonders of the world are being destroyed by tourists and climate change
- Images & video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3423275/Our-disappearing-world-melting-glacier-waterfalls-FIRE-list-reveals-nine-natural-wonders-destroyed-climate-change-tourists.html
Good news is 100+ lions found in park in Alatash region of Ethiopia, now to keep the poachers away
British get permission to genetically modify human embryos for research…where is the ethical line that we should not cross or have we already crossed it?
Our economy is addicted to petroleum…with consequences…but can behaviors change?
- By the numbers: http://www.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2016/jan/bushs-oil-production-index
Industrial chemical, perfluoro-1-butane sulfonamide (FBSA) is now in the environment and accumulating in the food web…toxicological effects are as yet unknown
Plastic microbeads found in many products are in process of being phased out, but what environmental damage have they already caused to our seafood?
Digital technology is being used to fight illegal trade in animals and poaching
New study says “super polluters” account for 90% of pollution and again raises issues associated with disproportionate burden of environmental harm on society
- Paper: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/015004/pdf
- In Texas: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2016/feb/fracking-waste-eagle-ford-texas-hispanic-environmental-justice
Building 700 nesting boxes is just one measure of ecological impact of coastal highway in New South Wales, Australia…a “band-aid” approach to mitigation
Lake Tai lies within region of rapid economic development in China which creates pollution; international team tries to remove organic pollutants, nutrients, and heavy metals from this drinking water resource
Consent decree requires specific measures to reduce illegal storm water and non-storm water discharges to protect Jordan River Valley surface waters in Utah
New land-use order designates 85% of Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, as permanently protected from logging
Not only are many pharmaceutical drugs toxic, they are getting more expensive
New insight into the evolution of Eukaryotes
"There are lies, there are damn lies,and there are hydrologist reports." - testimony at a Texas legislative hearing, 2 February 2016 (thanks to Robert Mace)