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DiscoverMag: Missing Magma Found Beneath Yellowstone Park.

And now scientists say that volume has been underestimated. New studies of the volcano reveal a deeper magma reservoir that holds more than four times the magma volume previously known.” Here’s a dumb question. Dumb only because if it’s so, it’s dumb. Really dumb. Is anyone putting fracking chemicals into deep wells nearby ... ?

Later: Proposed. Good lord. 80 miles ain’t far enough, in my book.

04/23/15 • 02:55 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NJ.com: Landslide along Delaware River forces evacuation of 2 Florence homes.

Some are inaccurately labelling this a ‘sinkhole’ for sensationalist purposes. This article gives you better info.

04/23/15 • 10:02 AM • GeneralHome & LivingNatureNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins.

It’s impossible to say if it’s back to normal because we don’t know what normal was.” Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is like fracking - noone establishes a baseline before introducing disruptive technologies. This is how corporations avoid liability.

04/22/15 • 03:42 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Stegosaurus back plates differed between genders, new study reveals.

Important for The Spotters Guide to Stegosaurs. Seriously, that’s pretty neat.

04/22/15 • 12:37 PM • HistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Greener Fracking Tech Reduces Injection Of Lots Of Wasteful Fluid.

Okay, but will it serve as an even better lubricant for geologic strata?  Note that simple pectin is roughly equivalent to this compound.

04/20/15 • 11:43 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Spring at Kew Gardens - see the gardens come alive.

I’m dying laughing at the sound effects.

04/20/15 • 11:24 AM • Motion GraphicsNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: The Enduring Mystery of the Missing Oil Spilt in the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s not exactly missing. [snip] At the same time we don’t know exactly where it is either.

04/17/15 • 01:41 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: Limonaia Pra’ de la Fam.

It is, indeed, charming.

04/16/15 • 10:01 AM • NaturePhotographyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: New Mexico duck tests positive for bird flu.

The primary risk in New Mexico is to people who have a backyard poultry operation of some sort, whether it’s eggs for the family or a few birds they sell.

04/14/15 • 09:52 PM • EnvironmentalHealthNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Robot reveals inside Fukushima nuclear reactor – video.

Doesn’t look particularly auspicious; I have no way to judge.

04/14/15 • 12:25 PM • EnvironmentalHealthHuman RightsNaturePoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Woman wounded in US armadillo shooting.

Armadillos, taking potshots at people? No, just stupidity. “Police say the bullet ricocheted off the animal’s hard armour, entered the woman’s mobile home, and hit her in the back as she sat in a reclining chair.

04/14/15 • 11:56 AM • GeneralNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BoredPanda: Photographer Shoots Angry Lion Photo Moments Before It Jumped At Him To Attack.

After you read it, you’ll think ‘Darwin Award Winner’.

04/10/15 • 03:46 PM • NaturePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MessyNessy: The ten year Apocalypse that nearly destroyed the Midwest.

Two bits of trivia.

First: Back then, any major event was likely to be correlated with the Second Coming. My grandmother remembers the roar of the first airplane overhead in her green little valley nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee - everyone went running to the Baptist church, thinking it was a harbinger angel: “... the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” [And yes, longtime readers, I’m sure I’ve told this story before. But it’s a good story.]

Second: Dryland farming had already, in the late 1800s, proved rather unwise. As practiced at that time. There were warnings - smaller ‘dustbowls’. Farmers needed to toss the disc harrows and stop grinding soil to powder. The prairie grasses were important. Many histories exist - Google it.

04/03/15 • 10:47 AM • EnvironmentalHistoryNaturePhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Deepwater oil spill - BP steps up PR effort to insist all is well in the Gulf.

“This year, the NWF found that higher-than-normal rates of death for many species continued, and are likely linked to the disaster: dolphins along Louisiana’s coastline were found dead at four times historic rates last year, and research has shown the deaths of 12% of brown pelicans and 32% of a species of gull can be linked to the spill. The NWF report also says the eggs of many animals – from trout in the Gulf to pelicans nesting as far away as Minnesota – have been found to contain oil and the dispersant used by BP in the wake of the spill.

03/31/15 • 09:58 AM • EnvironmentalLawNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades, NASA researchers say.

North America’s last megadroughts happened in medieval times, during the 12th and 13th centuries. They were caused by natural changes in weather that give megadroughts a 10 percent chance of forming at any time.” We should be planning ahead, in the Southwest. Will we? Likely not. I think of Burt in Soap (snaps fingers, pretends he’s not corporeal).

03/31/15 • 09:11 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Josh Mitteldorf: Fertility is Kaput, but Life Goes On.

An infertile, older population acts as a kind of buffer during times when the population might otherwise be expanding too fast. When there is plenty of food, the post-reproductive segment eats some of it, but they do not add to population growth in the next generation. Then, when times become more difficult and food is scarce, the older, weaker segment of the population is the first to die off, and this is no real loss to the population’s reproductive potential.” Quite interesting; do add it to this week’s reading list.

03/30/15 • 05:57 PM • HealthNatureScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: The Trembling Aspen Is in Trouble.

Quaking aspen, please. We have quite a few in these parts. I can tell you from drives up the Ski Basin Road, photographing the aspen ‘altitudes’, the ones closest to the road are the most unhealthy. You would imagine the asphalt would capture and store water underneath, but in practice, it seems the exposure to sun (edge of forest along road, no shorter trees to shade trunks) and pollution from vehicles stresses them more than overall drought does. My theory, anyway. YMMV. We had some particularly severe tent caterpillar incursions a couple of years ago, but they don’t seem to do lasting damage. The trees affected are now as full as they ever were.

03/30/15 • 01:22 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Morning visitor.

Look who came for a drink this morning. I offered coffee, and this was the look I got.

A photo posted by Garret Vreeland (@dangerousmeta) on

 

03/30/15 • 10:36 AM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Well, to my surprise, a Eurasian Collared Dove.

Afternoon visitor.

If you’ve got a better ident, let me know.

03/27/15 • 06:28 PM • NaturePhotographySanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Study raises questions about cause of global Ice Ages.

Of interest.

03/22/15 • 01:13 PM • EnvironmentalHistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Obama Administration Unveils Federal Fracking Regulations.

I’ll certainly want to read these, after skimming by this ... “The Interior Department has spent more than three years developing the rules, in close consultation with oil and gas companies, states and environmental groups. The agency also said it has reviewed more than 1.5 million public comments.

03/20/15 • 12:09 PM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Rosetta’s comet is spinning down.

The gas jets coming out of the comet - they are acting like thrusters ...” Totally cool.

03/20/15 • 12:07 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Tico Times/BREAKING: New explosions at Turrialba Volcano.

Costa Rica. Nice animated GIF.

03/13/15 • 04:31 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ABC.AU: First pictures of Tonga’s newly-formed volcanic island.

Wowzer. Wouldn’t mind checking it out, m’self.

03/11/15 • 12:39 PM • NatureScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Christie, Defending Exxon Deal, Says Environmental Damage Will Be Repaired.

Sellout. Diverting money from environmental remediation to filling gaps in the state budget. You taxpayers are going to be making up the substantial difference. President? Not on your life.

03/10/15 • 08:14 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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