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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.

Al Sawadi Beach as it looks from space:


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Al Sawadi Beach as it looks from ground:

The Al Sawadi dumpsite, formerly known as "beach", with the giga-mega-apartment-something to be finished soon (or hopefully not).

Something interesting came up recently: The Geological Society has uploaded a video series about the origins of plate tectonics to their YouTube channel. Dan MacKenzie and Fred Vine discuss about the history of the theory:

The BBC reports on how the debris from the Tohoku tsunami spreads across the Pacific, with a great video, too.

See also this article at EarthSky on the debris reaching the Midway Islands.

CosmicLog has a great story about earthquakes on Mars – marsquakes. The study was conducted by a team led by our colleague Gerald Roberts, who also gave a special public lecture on that durig the Corinth2011 workshop. Marsquakes…

A recent EGU press release states that the earthquake risk in the Fukushima region has been increased by last year’s megaquake.

I guess many people reading this blog use any kind of GIS for their work. GIS is a powerful tool, but also very complex and it is not always easy to find what you look for. I should really write a post on GIS for earthquake geology, soon. There are hundreds of applications. Meanwhile, check out the YouTube channel of our colleague Riccardo – he has a number of tutorials and shows how to do everything with remote sensing data. You’ll find plenty of information on GIS, ERDAS, Rstudio and other stuff.

Another important thing: Matthew’s WoGE #331 still isn’t solved, despite he has posted several hints. Couldn’t be that hard now anymore, could it?

Have a nice weekend!

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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