Education

Utah High School Student wins $100,000 scholarship

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The winner of the 2006 Intel Science Talent Search is Shannon Babb of Highland, Utah, who won a $100,000 college scholarship for her project studying the impacts of humans and animals on the Spanish Fork River drainage system. Not only did she spend six months studying the drainage system, she also came up with recommendations […]

Physical Geography

Wired News 3-part series on Global Warming

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Wired News just posted the first part of their 3-part series on global warming, which will consist of interviews with 3 leading authors on the topic. First up is Tim Flannery, of the University of Adelaide, who is director of the South Australian Museum. The second installment will feature environmentalist Lester R. Brown, founder of […]

Physical Geography

BBC NEWS | Sea level rise ‘is accelerating’

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It has been a while since the BBC gave us something bloggable. This gem is definitely worth blogging and chuckling about. Sea level is rising…OK. The last 50 years moving at an accelerated rate…OK. But the fact that we have evidence of the Little Ice Age ending just before this study begins makes it all […]

General

Pleistocene Park

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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 […]

General

Alaskan Volcano webcam

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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 […]

General

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

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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. […]

Physical Geography

LIDAR mapping of changing shorelines

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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.

Navigation

GPS for Tsunami Warnings

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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 […]