A project is underway in Russia to return a portion of Siberia to the landscape and ecosystem that existed 10,000 years ago during the late Pleistocene. The initiative is led by Russian biologist Sergei Zimov, and is aptly dubbed “Pleistocene Park” Already 20 square kilometers have been fenced off, and Yakutian horses, reindeer, and moose
The Alaska Volcano Observatory website has a webcam located on Augustine Island in Alaska, monitoring Augustine Volcano, which had a small ash eruption yesterday and continues to show signs of unrest. The images are updated every 30 minutes, and show a pretty good image of the ash plume and several small lahars (volcanic mudflows). The
It’s good to hear that, even though the current US administration has failed to support the Kyoto Protocol, individual US states are at least trying to do something to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. One such effort is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.
An interesting article from The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland) discusses the impact of rising sea levels on the Maryland coastline, including the submergence of numerous small islands and talks briefly about a joint project between the USGS and Maryland DNR that mapped portions of the coastline using highly-accurate LIDAR technology.
Wired News has an interesting article about the use of GPS as an aid in tsunami warnings. Researchers have suggested at least 2 ways in which GPS might give warning information: 1) GPS receivers can measure ground movement in real time, and they could also be used to measure tsunami-associated pressure waves in the Earth’s
BBC has an interesting article on the use of sedimentology to study ancient ocean currents by the Woods Hope Oceanographic Institute. It is amazing how many articles are coming out of the American Geophysical Union meetings from this fall. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ancient clues to ocean currents
Although Landsat is NASA’s most well-known satellite program, other missions are providing a wealth of information about our Earth. Aura, a satellite which was launched July 15, 2004, collects data that are used for studying the composition, chemistry and dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere, including ozone levels, air quality, and climate. At the recent American Geophysical
A VerySpatial Podcast Shownotes – Episode 21 December 11, 2005 Main Topic: Physical Geography and our changing earth Click to directly download Episode 21 Click for the detailed shownotes
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this story offers up some information on a drought in Africa 70k years ago found through soil cores. The story also offers up an interpretation that is related to our GAW discussion on human migration. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Drought may have shaped history