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. 

Understanding earthquakes

Phys.org came up with a nice article on the installation of seismographs and why they are so useful for earthquake science: Toward a better understanding of earthquakes

Washington monument to be closed into 2014 because of EQ damage

The Washington Post reported that the Washington monument might be closed until 2014. This is because it will take much longer than expected to repair the earthquake damaged that was caused by the M5.8 Virginia earthquake of 23 August, 2011: Earthquake-damaged Washington Monument may be closed into 2014

Final report on Fukushima

The final report on the earthquake and tsunami damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plant has been released now. Read all the details in this pdf: Final Report.

Flash flood in Switzerland

Dave Petley always has the latest news on landslides and other types of mass movements. Now he came up with this great footage of a flash flood in the Swiss Alps:


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Impact of cuts to the earthquake hazards program

Over at Arizona Geology, Lee Allisson discusses the consequences of budget cuts on the national earthquake hazards program – absolutely worth reading.

Relativistic Baseball

Dan Satterfield linked to this great piece from well-known XKCD – what would happen if you’d manage to throw a baseball with 90% speed of light? XKCD has this great new service – ask a question, it will (probably) be answered on Tuesday.

Fifth’s moon of the ex-ninth planet

Pluto, the object formerly known as ninth planet of our solar system, has at least five moons, NASA studies revealed. Congratulations! But this won’t help to bring you back into our planet community… Hubbles discovers a fifth moon of Pluto.

USGS conducts airborne gravimetry, magnetics for fault detection in VA

If you’re in Virginia and happen to see a low-flying plane moving in spirals or other strange patterns, don’t wonder. It’s just the USGS performing an airborne gravity and magnetics survey to map active faults in Virginia.

Accretionary wedge #48: Geoscience and Technology

Charles Carrigan from Earth-like Planet is hosting the next Accretionary Wedge #48: Geoscience and Technology.  Great topic, I guess I will reveal some of the mysterious secrets of shallow geophysics during the next days…

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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