What’s up? The Friday links (42)

One of the coolest things I recently read about was the Syracuse University Lava Project. I mean, how cool is it to produce your own lava at 1200°C and to let it flow on Campus? Pretty cool. And, as you can see on these images, it is a great way to teach children how cool geoscience is. Watch the beautiful structures developing when the lava cools down:

Lava Pour No. 5 from robert wysocki on Vimeo.

Colorado earthquakes

Our colleague Jim McCalpin among others explains how Colorado is affected by earthquake in this nice video:


Curiosity landing

This video shows how the heat shield of Curiosity slams into Mars’ surface:

Here you can see how dust on Mars’ surface is blown away by the rocket thrusters of the sky crane that lowered the rover to the surface:

Btw, did you know that the poor little rock that was hit by Curiosity’s laser has it’s own Twitter account? N165 aka Coronation is a cute little piece of stone, complaining about what science is doing to him… Of course, Curiosity is on Twitter, too: https://twitter.com/MarsCuriosity. And, Curiosity’s evil (or sarcastic) twin is twittering, too: https://twitter.com/SarcasticRover. Quote: “I know 2.5 billion seems like a lot, but can you really put a price on learning that rocks on other planets are made of rock? ” You see….

A seismometer to be deployed on Mars during next mission, starting 2016

NASA has announced its next mission to Mars already, while Curiosity is busy to explore our neighbour planet under the eyes of the public (and made it to the title page of all important newspapers worldwide). in 2016, mission InSight, lead by a team from JPL, will be launched and one part of the program is to install a seismometer on Mars‘ surface. FINALLY, WOOOHOOO! This is what we’ve been waiting for since decades and our chance to get to know about marsquakes! I guess our colleague Gerald Roberts will be the first to watch the live data stream…

Underwater webcam in a Norwegian fjord

If you are in bad mood sometimes and need some chilling, I recommend to visit this page of the Gothenburg University.  The Under Water Observatory at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences – Kristineberg has a webcam – more interesting than a home aquarium.

Structural Geology Videos

Over at StructuralGeology.org, Jorgan has posted the second part of his structural geology video. It is mainly dedicated to beginners in geology and some things are quite nicely explained:


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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