Geology

Massive landslide closes popular California highway in Big Sur, reshapes coastline

May 30, 2017 2 Comments
Massive landslide closes popular California highway in Big Sur, reshapes coastline

A popular highway along California’s coast was taken out by one of the biggest landslides in the state’s history two weekends ago. More than one million tons of rocks and dirt broke off the mountain-side and rushed onto Highway 1 near Mud Creek, part of popular tourist region of Big Sur. Debris 30-40 feet deep now […]

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Yes Virginia, There is a Carbon Cycle

November 10, 2016 0 Comments
Yes Virginia, There is a Carbon Cycle

With all the talk of Peak Oil and anthropogenic global warming (AGW), many people often forget that the earth has a natural carbon cycle. The carbon that is under the crust doesn’t stay there forever. The carbon in the atmosphere doesn’t stay there forever. It is naturally recycled in a myriad of ways. Almost every […]

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Have Meteorites Ever Hit Wisconsin?

September 27, 2012 0 Comments
Have Meteorites Ever Hit Wisconsin?

    In this year of 2012 when some say the world will end one might think of giant asteroids or meteorites crashing into the Earth.  It got me thinking, do we have any record of such things hitting Wisconsin?  As it turns out the answer is yes.  According to the Wisconsin Geological and Natural […]

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National Mall In D.C. On Sturdy Ground

September 5, 2012 0 Comments
National Mall In D.C. On Sturdy Ground

    In case you are wondering, the Washington Monument and other important historical sites on the National Mall in Washington D.C. are not sinking out of site.   NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey completed in depth height measurements in the spring of 2012.  They wanted to find out if the earthquake that hit that area in […]

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Debris from Japan quake found off Canada

March 24, 2012 0 Comments
Debris from Japan quake found off Canada

A boat that was part of the five million tons of “stuff” thrown into the Pacific Ocean during the massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami has been spotted off the Canadian Coast.  The Associated Press is reporting that the 65-meter long boat is moving toward land, 160 miles off the coastline of British Columbia.  To put […]

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Where to find earthquake data

March 23, 2012 0 Comments
Where to find earthquake data

With the source of the mysterious booming sounds and shakes from Clintonville being cited as a series of mini-quakes taking place you might be thinking about where you can learn more about earthquakes from a reliable source.  The United States Geological Survey is the premiere organization for you to turn toward for information.  This web […]

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Cold and Warm Parts of the Earth

February 9, 2012 0 Comments
Cold and Warm Parts of the Earth

During the last week or so I have been updating the blog with news about the attempt to drill into Lake Vostok in Antarctica. It is a story I have followed for a few years because it could turn out to be a significant scientific discovery. The lake has been isolated from the environment for […]

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Ice Past and Future (Plus January Review)

February 1, 2012 4 Comments
Ice Past and Future (Plus January Review)

A rather depressing and apocalypse-themed photo exhibition has hit the art circuit recently – called the “Last Days of The Arctic”.  This Youtube video showing some of the great photography is put to haunting music which makes it seem even more like the end of the world. And, it definitely is a serious challenge for the people […]

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Is Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano getting more active?

August 13, 2011 0 Comments

 Anyone was paying attention to the news in 2010 will recall the Icelandic volcano eruption that caused air travel in Europe to come to a literal standstill.    Newscasts and newspapers around the globe lead with the enormous story that had tremendous economic, geologic and meteorological fallouts.    Plus it was juicy piece of news […]

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Can the weather help predict earthquakes?

July 13, 2011 0 Comments
Can the weather help predict earthquakes?

Due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, devastating tornadoes in the U.S. and various other disasters, 2011 is already the costliest year for weather disasters in recorded history. Through the first 6 months of 2011 natural disasters have resulted in $265 billion in losses. The second place year was 2005 when losses were about […]

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