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Herein you will find posts on Earth sciences, especially geology, the science of climate change (rather than the hyperbole),  Art and Science, Scicomm and other digressions.  Check out the Compendium of Posts, or just head to the latest addition

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It looks like sea level rise is accelerating; the era of satellite altimetry

The fractured lives of ice shelves; destined to collapse

Visualizing Mars landscape in 3 dimensions; stunning images from HiRISE

In the field: Mountain storms and surprise encounters, northern British Columbia

Mud volcanoes:  We have ignition

In the field: Yukon wolves, Moose, and Diamond Tooth Gerties

In the field: Windows into two billion year-old rocks

In the field: From one extreme to another

In the field: Beaches, sand dunes, and shellfish for lunch

Rip currents – you have been warned

Ropes, pillows, and tubes; modern analogues for ancient volcanic structures

Polar bears do not live in Antarctica, there are no Penguins in the Arctic; the asymmetry of the poles

Islands with attitude; the devastation wrought by collapse of oceanic volcanoes

A Murex tattoo

Nitrates in excess; a burgeoning, global contamination problem

Subcutaneous oceans on distant moons; Enceladus and Jupiter

Lahars; train-wreck geology

Overture to a cave; the spectacle of jointing in ancient basalt lava flows

Dirt; Soil degradation is a global problem we inflict on ourselves

Near Earth Objects; the database designed to save humanity

The origin of life; Panspermia, meteorites, and a bit of luck

Class 5: The Toba eruption – how a super volcano almost stopped humanity in its tracks

The intriguing paradox of global warming piggybacking on  global cooling

A greener Earth; Earth’s vegetation is responding to increasing atmospheric CO2

Hold a ‘0’ to the light and look through it – there is nothing, and everything

Springs and seeps

In praise of field work

An Italian job; seismic risk-assessment at risk

Sliced thin; the unfolding story of sandstone

Sliced thin; time and process recorded in igneous rocks

Sliced thin; kaleidoscopes with a geological purpose


The earth moved; GPS, earthquakes, and slow-slip


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