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Items of interest from the first week of September

Storified by Chris Rowan · Tue, Sep 08 2015 01:22:21

Highlight of the week

This week we start with not an image of the week, but an ode of the week: an ode to geology, and why everyone should learn something about our planet and its history. Read it, it's almost sinfully quotable.
But if you must have an image, how about some paleoseismology field photos?
Ain't no action like liquefaction! Trench on the Taylorsville fz, antithetic to the Wasatch. Joint #UGS #USGS effort http://t.co/wCX6GnTPdN · Rich Briggs

Water

Finally finished @cynthiabarnett's Rain. I'll admit I drew this one out, savoring it. #12books http://t.co/gDbxYdjMnh · Anne Jefferson

Climate Change and the Anthropocene

Past changes...
Debates and perspectives on modern changes, including the hand of climate change in the current refugee crisis in Europe...
Cities need to understand their carbon footprint at the street/building/community level http://t.co/fRkb4sULYw http://t.co/Ja0pB5rXf1 · Nature News&Comment
And future changes.
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<![CDATA[GSA 2014 Day 3]]>

Poster time for Chris! Cool science for everybody!

Storified by Chris Rowan · Wed, Oct 22 2014 14:28:34

Chris was at the conference centre bright and early Tuesday morning, to put up his poster on reconstructing ancient strain fields on the Cascadia Margin:
Poster is up! I’ll be there (Booth 391) from around 9.30 #GSA2014 http://t.co/0NtDF1mjLa · Chris Rowan
Chris was up bright and early because of his poster, alright, but not quite in the way you might think!
So, why not go to some more talks on megathrusts? The talks for the session Chris's poster went on all day, so he didn't have to miss them all.
Thorne Lay also demonstrated some awareness of the Internet's foundational memes:
Kittens and quakes from Thorne Lay #GSA2014 http://t.co/kznYDacXQH · Alexandra Witze
It seems Chris mentally paraphrased this part:
Dodgy deterministic terminology aside, it was a good talk.
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<![CDATA[GSA Day 1]]>

What interesting earth science caught our eye on the first day in Vancouver

Storified by Chris Rowan · Tue, Oct 21 2014 05:16:36

The Geological Society of America's annual conference is in a different city each year: and this year will take some beating. Even if Vancouver is a little further than most attendees might usually travel, and the current exchange rate is not to our advantage, the view from the conference centre sort of makes up for it.
Scenery highlights: it's hard to compete with the view right outside the #GSA2014 windows http://t.co/Bjq8FKsHN0 · Anne Jefferson
The whole Highly Allochthonous family made the trip this year, and even though Geokid got her own conference badge, she's still not quite ready to sit in on a whole day of technical presentations, requiring some adroit schedule juggling from her parents.
Must give kudos to @geosociety for making the younger attendees to #GSA2014 feel welcome. http://t.co/QhsVlhUJS4 · Chris Rowan
But sometimes you can have your scientific cake and eat it too, so long as the poster presenters are ready to explain their science to a seven year-old as well as her Dad. It was actually quite heartening to see how willing everyone was to engage with her curiosity.
When Chris made it into some talks, he spent his time learning about the increasingly long-term records of big subduction zone quakes gained from mapping out deposits from the tsunami they generate, which wash marine sands and fossils many metres above sea level and many kilometres inland. What the following tweets don't give you are all the nice field photos of these deposits most speakers treated us to.
A good example of how these records of past behaviour are vital for constraining predictions of the future hazard. Next, a fascinating example of how past devastating tsunami might have shaped the development of entire cultures in the SW Pacific.
Chris Goldfinger then pointed out that work of this type, in conjunction with GPS data, gave fairly compelling notice of a Tokohku-type event in the Japan Trench's future (although no one could have known of imminent it turned out to be)
Chris Goldfinger has been one of the driving forces behind turbidites paleoseismology, particularly in the Cascadia margin, and he is still working to refine the links between big trench earthquakes and the type of triggered submarine landslides that are then recorded.
The tour of the Pacific subduction zones concluded with a trip to Kamchatka and a detailed look at turning Cascadia rupture models into useful predictions of tsunami run-up.
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<![CDATA[GSA Day 2]]>

The arrival of the long-threatened rain did not dampen lots of cool science..

Storified by Chris Rowan · Tue, Oct 21 2014 06:01:48

This very interesting session honoured George Plafker, whose painstaking measurments of regional uplift and subsidence in the wake of the 1964 earthquake showed it was on a shallowly dipping thrust, and led to the recognition of subduction zones - one of the key components of plate tectonics. It was a great snapshot of what we now know - and how much we still *don't* know.
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<![CDATA[Kent Colloquium: ANDRILL]]>

Highlights from the Kent State Geology Colloquium, Friday 13th September 2013.

Storified by Chris Rowan · Tue, Sep 17 2013 02:52:04

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<![CDATA[Is your child experimenting with...geology?]]>

Or: why should palaeontologists get all the subversive fun

Storified by Chris Rowan · Tue, Aug 13 2013 01:03:31

This amusing graphic popped up on the social media channels this morning. I don't think it's new, but it is an amusing parody of melodramatic parental advice posters:
Is there one of these for straight geology? There should be. RT @Protohedgehog: Parents - learn the signs.. http://pic.twitter.com/d5AIXuHQPy · Chris Rowan
But, as you can see, I did wonder why it was so specific. Surely we could create similar parody statements for geology in general. As is often the case, ask on Twitter, and ye shall receive....
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<![CDATA[Anne & Chris's excellent adventure: Ohio to Oregon]]>

Or: how Twitter makes long road trips more fun

Storified by Chris Rowan · Tue, Jul 02 2013 06:04:23

The first leg: a drive across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin to eastern Minnesota. Not the world's most topographically exciting drive.
And, Twitter being Twitter, the commiserations rolled in:
And, what happens when you have 2 geology nerds in the car with no rocks or interesting rivers to get excited about? We turn flatness into a science project, of course!
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<![CDATA[The new timelapse timesink]]>

Fun with Google Earth Engine's cool new feature

Storified by Chris Rowan · Sat, May 11 2013 01:08:40

Sometimes Google does some really awesome things. Like processing 30 years of LandSat imagery to produce time lapse photography of both natural and anthropogenic changes of the Earth's surface.
You can find it all at Google's Earth engine, which has a gallery of nice examples.
What I didn't realise last night was that the examples are just that, and you can actually pan and zoom to anywhere on the Earth's surface. But Ron Schott did, and was quick to exploit this fact:
The response was...uniformly positive.
And then, of course, we all had to give it a go:
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<![CDATA[Live-tweeting 2012: the movie]]>

Storified by Chris Rowan · Sun, Dec 23 2012 16:37:54

2012 - Full HD trailer - At UK Cinemas November 13 ·
The reaction from our Twitter friends was of the 'fly, you fools!' variety:
And Maitri was having a much more civilised apocalypse party:
Nonetheless, we pressed on. And it got snarky very, very quickly.
Then the first big special effect hit, and we faced the question that plagued us though the rest of the movie: is hysterical laughter really an appropriate response to a scene where tens of thousands of people are presumably dying?
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<![CDATA[Women of Rock]]>

Geotweeps nominate women earth scientists of distinction

Storified by Chris Rowan · Sat, Oct 27 2012 14:45:19

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