What’s up? The Friday links (38)

Annals of Geophysics (former Annali di Geofisica) published a special volume “Geoethics and geological culture. Reflections from the Geoitalia Conference 2011“. This is pretty interesting for us bloggers, topics include:

  • Geoethics and geological culture: methods, goals and values able to influence society
  • Geoethical implications in risks and geo-resources management
  • Communication and education related to geosciences in a geoethical perspective
  • Geoheritage and geodiversity as values for sustainability

Even more interesting for me is a special issue yet to come: “The Emilia seismic sequence of May-June, 2012: preliminary data and results”. Paper submission deadline: July 22, 2012.  Continue reading “What’s up? The Friday links (38)”

Geo-sites meme: 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See

Callan Bentley from Mountain Beltway had the idea to list the 101 American Geo-Sites mentioned in Albert B. Dickas’ book and to mark those he has already visited. The whole thing became kind of popular in the geoblogosphere, and this KMZ by one of Callan’s readers allows to explore the 101 outcrops one definitely has to visit in the US. So now here’s my list, in bold the places I’ve visited (as you will see, there are far much still to be seen than I’ve already visited!):

  1. Wetumpka Crater, Alabama
  2. Exit Glacier, Alaska
  3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  4. Meteor Crater, Arizona
  5. Monument Valley, Arizona
  6. Prairie Creek Pipe, Arkansas
  7. Wallace Creek, California
  8. Racetrack Playa, California
  9. Devils Postpile, California
  10. Rancho La Brea, California Continue reading “Geo-sites meme: 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See”

SSA meeting in San Diego (& excursion to active faults!)

Klaus and me went to the SSA 2012 annual meeting in San Diego in April. The conference was great and very focussed. I really like that kind of rather small meetings, where almost everything is interesting for me. I saw a lot of interesting posters and great talks and especially liked the paleoseismology and archeoseismology sessions (of course!).

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Take part in an experiment: Measuring tectonically offset features

Folks at Arizona State University and San Diego State University are conducting a study to test the repeatability, accuracy, and precision of lateral displacement measurements derived from high-resolution topographic Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data. Please take a few minutes to participate! If you have any questions about the research or would like to use the materials as a classroom exercise, please feel free to email Barrett at jbsalisb@asu.edu.

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What’s up? The Friday links (30)

Dear fellows,

please stop littering the beaches all over the world. Seriously. I like beaches and I guess so do you, so please, take your trash with you. Last week I’ve been to Oman and worked in the Al Sawadi area, where you have a great coast line (which will be spoiled by a huge hotel-apartment-something complex, soon). The only thing was, you almost couldn’t see the sand because it was covered with oil cans, plastic bags, bottles, tires, more oil cans, buckets, toilets (!), packaging shit, cups, and oil cans. Please, stop that.

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Friday Geology Picture: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, at night

In Evelyn’s one-picture-per-day-to-save-some-time-before-Christmas-series, my contribution today is from the Canyonlands, Utah. It’s a view to the north from Needles Outpost campsite, directly at the boarder of the National Park. The reddish sandstones give a beautiful contrast to the dark-blue sky. The picture was taken during the night, there were always that incredible view and millions of stars. No comparison to light-polluted Germany!  The tents, which have been our home for three weeks, were completely messed with the ubiquitous red dust after that three weeks… Continue reading “Friday Geology Picture: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, at night”

Wednesday Geology Picture: Salty creek in Potash, Utah

Here’s the Wednesday Geology Picture as part of Evelyn’s meme. Close to the Arches National Park in Utah there is Potash, a bizarre place with saltworks that shimmer in incredible colours. Here, salt is leached from the underground and then dried in the sun. The roads that lead to the Dead Horse State Park have to cross little creeks at times, where the salt precipitated and formed glittering crystals. I had the opportunity to do some research in that area with my great colleagues Heijn and Michael in May this year. Continue reading “Wednesday Geology Picture: Salty creek in Potash, Utah”