The German research vessel R/V Polarstern is an ice-breaking mega laboratory and the heart of the German arctic and antarctic research. It is maintained by the AWI Bremerhaven (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research). When I studied Geophysics at Leipzig University, I had to chance to visit this great ship during an excursion. Now the Polarstern is on her way for the Antarctic again, and this time the ship and the crew will spend the winter down far south for the very first time. Follow their campaign via the AWI blog or the GEO blog.
Earthquake environmental effects of the M7.6 in Costa Rica, Sept. 2012
The following two videos show how intense the shaking was:
M7.7 EQ hits Canada, causes tsunami
A strong event of magnitude 7.7 hit W Canada on 28 October. The Volcano Science and News Blog has some good coverage. There was a lot of confusion about tsunami warnings on Twitter and false alarms were common. Jacqueline Windh wrote a very good piece about overreactions, alert communication, and a wave of tweets that hit Canada. Worth reading.
Earthquakes, tsunamis and mythology
David Bressan, my favourite source on the History of Geology, came up with another good post. I guess it was no coincidence that his article on earthquakes, tsunamis and mythology was published on Halloween. So this is where the thunderbird comes from – I always wondered.
EGU discussion about L’Aquila on Twitter
I don’t want to talk about this giant hurricane, I just want to mention that these are the best images I’ve found so far to show the immense power of that storm.
Where on GoogleEarth
Woohoo, I managed to sve the last WoGE! I’ll post a new quiz tomorrow.
Have a nice weekend!