What’s up? The Friday links (28)

The University of Oklahoma has set up a “Global Geo-Referenced Field Photo Library“. Once registered, users may upload and geotag their (geological) field photos. Additionally, you can provide information on the geology/geomorphology. This could become a nice database if more people start uploading their images. Imagine you have a braided river system and you can compare different years and seasons. It’s up to you if you want to make your pictures public or if you prefer to keep them private.

The German news magazine “Tagesschau” posted a nice Alfred Wegener quiz some days ago. Unfortunately it’s available in German only. What’s your score?

I came across this great article by David Bressan in Scientific American. He writes about the 1995 Kobe earthquake and, to me more interestingly, about early antiseismic measure in old buildings. This is quite interesting since we know similar features from different regions. Of course it’s hard to judge whether or not a 15th century temple in an earthquake prone area really was specially designed or if it was just a nice ornament that could withstand seismic shaking by accident. If our ancestors changed the design of their monuments after a large EQ event, they surely had something in mind, I guess.

The guys from TopGear did a lot of crazy things, as you might know, and some of their trips led them to geologically interesting places: the Andes, the Northpole and os on. Now they tried (and managed to) access an Icelandic, erupting volcano (the one with the ash and the unpronounceable name) by car. Stupid idea, fascinating pictures:

Dave has a nice post on landslides triggered by the 1929 Murchison earthquake in New Zealand. Suvrat at Rapid Uplift published his conversion with journalists about the seismic risk of the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant. Nice idea!

For all the Where-on-GoogleEarth-fans out there: I’ve posted a hint for WoGE#327

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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