Data

Gulf Stream not Slowing Down

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Apparently Dennis Quaid was wrong… the gulf stream is not slowing down as some climate change models (and over the top eco-adventure movies) predict.  Apparently the belief this might happen is a victim of the age old measurement error.  Initial measurements suggested the slow down.  It turns out over a longer period of time, there […]

Gadgets

Moved 10 Feet to the Left

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Wired news is reporting that modern GPS sensors have be able to determine the Chilean city of Concepcion has been moved 10 feet to the west from the recent earthquake.  Apparently this area is prime area for seismic activity due to its location over a subduction zone.  The hope by researchers is to quickly get more GPS stations on the […]

General

Twenty-two maps that will change how you see the world

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On my twitter feed this morning, @geoparadigm tweeted this great link on tree hugger about Twenty-Two Maps That Will Change How You See The World.  The maps are pretty impressive, although I’m not sure it will change how many of us in the geospatial community sees the world.  Being tree hugger and all, most of […]

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10th Anniversary of launch of NASA’s Terra satellite

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The data from NASA’s earth observation satellites are critical resources in many areas of research, and it’s important to highlight the achievements of the Earth Observation System program, a multi-national and multi-agency partnership including NASA, JPL, and JAXA. The goal of the EOS program has been to provide comprehensive data sets on Earth’s climate, land […]

Cartography

British Geological Survey Maps

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The British Geological Survey, the world’s oldest national geological survey, is offering GEOSCIENCE, a free service for sharing geospatial information including maps, 3D maps, and photographs. The GEOSCENIC is really cool because it is geological photos from their archives that can be used free of charge for non-commercial purposes. They have a make-a-map function for […]

Environmental

Ice Age Took 6 Months to Form?

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Who would have thought a Dennis Quaid movie could be right? (well, except for Enemy Mine, which I maintain is simply to awesome to not come true some day)  Geology researchers are now saying that the last ice age could have happened in an extremely short period of time, not the previously thought decade or […]

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Ants and GPS

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The BBC has a news article and video about how GPS is being used in Northumberland to record the locations of 69 ‘hairy northern wood ant” nests in advance of a major clearing. The goal is to preserve the ant nests as the modern conifers are cleared to allow for native species to reclaim the […]

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Great California ShakeOut – World’s Largest Earthquake Drill

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With the recent devastating earthquakes in the Pacific region, the Great California ShakeOut is a very timely event. On October 15th, at 10:15am local time, millions of Californians are going to be participating in the world’s largest earthquake drill. Although we are powerless to stop natural disasters like earthquakes from happening, knowing what to do […]

Environmental

Climate friendly news stack

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When I sat down with the BBC News site today I was struck by the number of articles that are related to attempts to create green energy or cut greenhouse gas emissions. I will start off with the one that I found most striking, Hatoyama’s pledge to cut Japan’s emissions by 25% (1990 to 2020). […]

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California Fires from Space

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In case you haven’t seen this around, BoingBoing.net has a nice link round up for NASA’s photos of the current California fires as seen from space.  The smoke cloud is impressive in the most depressing way possible.  The BoingBoing link has links to NASA’s original image and large version, a NYT piece on the fires […]