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Ten Most Polluted Places

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National Geographic has a photo essay/article about the top ten most polluted places on Earth. It’s unfortunate how many of them are located in the former Soviet Union areas. I found the photo of the cemetery of radioactive vehicles near Chernobyl to be the most disturbing. With luck, Chernobyl will be a one time event. […]

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Calling all Owls…….

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The MIT Media Lab and Maine Audobon are working on a project that uses cell phones to help study bird populations and habitat. The Owl Project researchers actually use cell phones placed within the forest to call owls, play owl sounds, and then record the responses. Following the success of a pilot project in Connecticut, […]

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Recreating a Scottish paleo-landscape

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Not to be out-done by Pleistocene Park, a Scottish landowner, Paul Lister, is attempting to turn his Highland estate, Alladale Estate (near Inverness), into an ecological game preserve with a twist – he is planning on recreating the flora and fauna that were typical of the area 2000 years ago. Lister is hoping to populate […]

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National Biomass and Carbon Dataset

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The Woods Hole Research Center has just completed a 2-year pilot phase for its National Biomass and Carbon Dataset 2000 (NBCD2000), a GIS data for the continental United States that will provide a “baseline data set for the assessment of the carbon stock in U.S. forest vegetation and will improve current methods of determining carbon […]

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Why there should be more surfer geologists

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Surfers the world over have raved over a section of the California coast called The Mavericks. Now scientists know why. Geologists mapping the ocean floor have found the clear indication of what makes those waves so darn legendary. A nice ramp on the floor combined with a couple of deep troughs on either side allow […]

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The Earth’s Magnetic Force is A-Ok

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Apparently, like the esteemed Samuel Langhorne Clemens, reports of the Earth’s magnetic force’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The Earth’s magnetic force is just as strong now as it was 3.2 million years ago. For those of you who may have been loosing sleep over this issue, you’ll be happy to know we have no chance […]

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GeoWalrussing

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The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and the Danish Polar Centre are heading to sea to tag 10 walruses with GPS-based report systems. I am pretty sure this will not result in the popularizing of walruses as similar efforts were for penguins down south. Still a great project that could yield a wide variety of […]