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Arizona Earth Fissures on Google Earth

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 11:02 AM PDT

The Arizona Geological Survey has released “Earth fissures of central and southern Arizona”, the .kmz file.

For Google Earth users it is a great tool for visualizing earth fissures. The data set includes all mapped fissures – 100s of miles – that have been published as part of the AZGS earth fissure program at That link takes you to their Map and Database services, the Google Earth fissures link is on the left side, third from the top.

Here is a screenshot from Google Earth (black = continuous fissures; red = discontinuous fissures; green = unconfirmed fissures). If you don’t have a copy of Google Earth you can download and install it for free here“. Then just click the link on the AZGS website and the fissures file will automatically open in the Google Earth window.

Polar Bear – POV Cams

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 08:38 AM PDT

“This video was edited and compiled from raw footage recorded by a camera equipped radio collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea during April 2014 by the US Geological Survey.” Quoted from the USGS video release.

Watch out for Ticks!

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 08:25 AM PDT

Spring and early summer are some of the most active times for ticks. Learn how to recognize ticks, how to avoid tick bites and how to remove a tick from your skin.

Natural Gas Storage Below Normal

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:53 AM PDT

The amount of natural gas in storage is far below normal. This could have a significant impact upon winter electricity rates and the availability of natural gas during the winter heating season.

Evidence of Ancient Forest Fires

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:44 AM PDT

“Scientists working in southern Saskatchewan, Canada have found fossilized plants showing evidence of an ancient wildfire, offering clues about forest ecosystems during the age of dinosaurs.” Quoted from the Christian Science Monitor.

Related: Similar evidence is commonly seen in Carboniferous coal seams.

Geoengineering Antarctic Ice Loss ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:41 AM PDT

U.S. News & World Report has a speculative article about using geoengineering to curb Antarctic ice loss and sea level rise.

Hydraulic Fracturing in Germany ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:40 AM PDT

“In a potential shift in German energy policy, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing a framework that would let energy companies extract oil and natural gas by the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.” Quoted from The New York Times.

Rescuing Corals from Dredging

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:29 AM PDT

“Miami scientists scrambled last week to rescue a crop of unusually hardy coral from an unlikely underwater garden at the bottom of one of the world’s busiest shipping channels.” Quoted from the Miami Herald.

El Niño Developing ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:23 AM PDT

“As the probability of an El Niño winter increases, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers are following the climate phenomenon as it develops off Southern California and finding that local readings closely hew to El Niño monitoring taking place at the equator.” Quoted from the Scripps press release.

A New Type of Mosquito ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:18 AM PDT

“In Maryland and the rest of the U.S., mosquito season begins with a new species, a new disease, and new strategies for pest control.” Quoted from the National Geographic article.

An Eruption in Indonesia Caused Snow in Pennsylvania ?

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:07 AM PDT

“Then on June 6th 1816 weather history was made when snow accumulated across much of England. Snow flurries occurred in the mountains of northeastern PA!”

How Did Our Moon Form?

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 07:04 AM PDT

“Newly analyzed lunar rocks have revealed the first direct evidence of the ancient smashup that created the moon.” Quoted from the National Geographic article.


Posted: 09 Jun 2014 04:31 AM PDT

Labradorite is a feldspar mineral of the plagioclase series. Some specimens exhibit a schiller effect, which is a strong play of iridescent blue, green, red, orange, and yellow colors. Labradorite is so well known for these spectacular displays of color that the phenomenon is known as “labradorescence.”

Mineral Hardness Picks

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 04:30 AM PDT

Mineral hardness picks are pencil-like tools that have points made from materials that match the hardness of minerals in the Mohs Hardness Scale. With them you can easily test the hardness of mineral grains in a rock and test the hardness of small-size specimens. In our opinion they are easier to use than pieces of minerals and allow you to obtain more accurate results. They also do not contaminate your specimen with particles of the hardness mineral.

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