Archaeology News Network: Scientists solve the riddle of deep ocean carbon.
“There has been a long outstanding question about whether hydrothermal vents are a source or sink of organic carbon to the oceans. We have shown that hydrothermal vent fluids contain almost none of the organic carbon which accumulates in the oceans, which means that vents are a sink for this unreactive ‘stored’ carbon.”
naked capitalism: With Shell’s Failure, U.S. Arctic Drilling Is Dead.
“On September 28, the company announced that it had ‘found indications of oil and gas in the Burger J well, but these are not sufficient to warrant further exploration in the Burger prospect. The well will be sealed and abandoned in accordance with U.S. regulations.’After the disappointing results, Shell will not try again.” Well, that’s a relief. Now to watch Russia.
SciAm: The Secret Lives of Horses.
“... research by Jason Ransom of Colorado State University and others has shown that this male-centric view is wrong. Far from being subordinate, mares frequently initiate the band’s activities. The stallions are quite often little more than hangers-on.” Another Western myth, gone.
Haven’t shared a photo on the blog in ages.
On the walk tonight.
NPR: Faced With Spate Of Tremors, Oklahoma Looks To Shake Up Its Oil Regulations.
“You said you wanna rock ‘n’ roll instead
We’re just talking about the future
Forget about the past
It’ll always be with us
It’s never gonna die”
Mashable: Colorado park closes because people can’t stop taking selfies with bears.
“We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears.” Rank stupidity knows no bounds.
The Register.UK: Sierra Nevada snowpack ‘lowest level in 500 years’, say tree boffins.
“And anyway, if California actually has a water problem, Californians could get their entire public supply from the sea for a few dollars per month per Californian - if they felt like actually doing something about the current supply problem other than pointless gesturing.” Okay, Californians, what do you think of The Register’s take?
Mashable: El Niño reaches ‘strong’ intensity, will dramatically reshape world’s weather.
“It ranks as the 2nd- to 3rd-strongest such event on record for this time of year, as measured by the ocean temperature departures from average and other metrics, forecasters said Thursday.” Yep, snowblower’s on my birthday list.
BBC: Everest Sherpas battle crevasses on Khumbu Icefall route.
“The Sherpas say they have finished repairing the route between Base Camp and Camp One, while only a small stretch to Camp Two remains to be done.
‘Now that we have fixed ropes and ladders with all that difficulty, it will not be as difficult for the mountaineers but it will certainly be harder than the usual climb for them.’” What is Everest, a Disney ride? Zero interest, now that’s become a circus. K2 remains the challenge. You can’t buy your way to the summit, and if you did, you’d likely be buying your own demise.
Guardian.UK: ‘Bad’ black bears rekindle debate about how to keep nuisance animals wild.
Guardian.UK: Denali is not just the new Mount McKinley – it’s also 10 feet shorter.
Denali is, reportedly, no longer such a big deal ... [/rimshot/] ...
PS Mag: The Solar Revolution That Wasn’t.
“According to scientific observers from the Department of Energy who studied the plant, bursts of smoke can be seen roughly every two minutes as birds, insects, or other objects cross the mirror’s intense rays. It happens with such frequency that plant workers developed their own term for the phenomenon: “streamers,” so called for the trail of smoke left in the burnt feathers’ wake.”
Mashable: 2 black bears cozied up to a hiker but she just wasn’t having it.
“Don’t be scared.” She *should* have scared it. It needs to stay away from humans. Bears need roughly 20,000 calories to fatten for winter, and this is prime bear time. For god’s sake, don’t offer it food or drink. The result of this encounter, for this bear ... means being put down.
Guardian.UK: Activists threaten lawsuit against EPA over fracking-induced earthquakes.
“Other groups involved in the lawsuit include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthworks, Responsible Drilling Alliance, San Juan Citizens Alliance, West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization, and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.” Go, Earthworks, go!
Guardian.UK: North Dakota’s big oil boom in a man’s land - ‘It’s like capitalism on steroids’.
A bit light and fluffy. Is anyone preparing for when the money stops flowing? And no real mention of the environmental concerns. At least the author did hit the infrastructure issue.
Hemmings: Bonneville Speed Week cancellation spurs proposals for salt flats replenishment.
“Potash had been mined from Bonneville since the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Bureau of Land Management, tasked with overseeing public lands including the Bonneville Salt Flats, determined that potash mining “may be causing the salt layer to thin and retract” and that ‘such diminshment would degrade the unique geology and historical relevance of the site and would disrupt the recreational opportunities that have been part of the BSF for over 80 years.’”
DiscoverMag: Wildfire Smoke Drifts Across 1,000 Miles of the West.
HSW: ‘Open Letter’ to Landscape Photographers - It’s Time for an Etiquette Check.
Only at events have I been challenged by this behavior. Though, come to think of it, during autumn in the Sangres, I will be standing to take a photo, and some SUV will come roaring out of nowhere, skid to a halt, and an earnest photographer will jump into my recently-vacated spot for a quick snap before leaping back in their car to copy the next photog they see.
Motherboard: Wildlife Drones May Stress Animals Out, Study Says.
As I’ve mentioned before, when you encounter one at a crowded event, stalking you for a photo opp, they’ll get your predator-alarms going too.
Archaeology News Network: Corrected sunspot history suggests climate change not due to solar trends.
Of note. Worth a bookmark, if you discuss issues with environmentally-minded folk on occasion. If not sunspots, then what *was* the Maunder Minimum?
NY Times: El Niño May Bring Record Heat, and Rain for California.
“The federal forecasters announced a greater than 90 percent chance that El Niño would continue through the winter of 2015-2016 for the Northern Hemisphere. The likelihood that the effects will last into early spring 2016 is 85 percent, up from last month’s prediction of 80 percent.” Yep, time to start saving for that snowblower ...
SciAm: Wastewater Spill from Colorado Gold Mine Triples in Volume.
“The discharge, containing high concentrations of heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury and lead, was continuing to flow at the rate of 500 gallons per minute on Sunday, four days after the spill began at the Gold King Mine, the EPA said.” Local news is saying, “Only some iron and zinc. No worries.” It is passing into Navajo tribal water sources right now.
Colossal: A Pair of Butterflies Photographed While Sipping on Turtle Tears in Ecuador.
Archaeology News Network: Dig returns to artifact-rich colonial American site in NY.
The upper Lake George area is just so amazing. The light - not unlike the light in Santa Fe (on clear NY days). I still remember how incredibly clear the water was, while canoeing there. Like glass down to 30’. Some said they could still see boats on the bottom from the Revolutionary War, back when I was a kid.
Guardian.UK: Eye shape reveals whether an animal is predator or prey, new study shows.
Haven’t horror movie creature designers known this for decades already? Just teasing.