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11 October 2017

Steenstrup Glacier, NW Greenland Releases New Island in 2017

Steenstrup Glacier front in 2015 and 2017 illustrating location with respect to the new islands at: Red Head-red arrow, Tugtuligssup Sarqardlerssuua at yellow arrow , and the 2017 new island at orange arrow.  Yellow dots indicate icefront and purple arrow another future island to be released from the glacier.   Steenstrup Glacier is located at 75.2 N in Northwest Greeland terminating in Melville Bay. The glacier terminates on a series of …


Pompeii vs. Herculaneum

Italy’s celebrated archaeological site of Pompeii is compared and contrasted with nearby Herculaneum in terms of art, architecture, visitor experience, and (of course) geology.


The moving target of Network Literacy

Wikipedia defines Network Literacy as “an emerging digital literacy that deals with computer network knowledge and skills. It is linked to computer literacy and information literacy. Network literacy relates to the basic knowledge and skills required for citizens to participate in the networked society.”


Secrets of hidden ice canyons revealed

In a new study, scientists have discovered huge canyons cutting through the underbelly of Antarctica’s ice shelves, meaning they may be more fragile than previously thought. Thanks to the CryoSat and Sentinel-1 missions, new light is being shed on this hidden world.


10 October 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Build Productive and Long-Lasting Business Relationships

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. Every business involves people and therefore relationships. We work with each other and use vendors, consultants, contractors and strategic partners who support our mission.  It …


California Burning on Such A Snowy Day

The snow in Denver and the firestorm in California today are intimately connected. When a strong high-pressure system moves into Utah and Colorado, the winds blow from the northeast over the Sierra’s and the Coast Range in California. Air has weight and it accelerates as it rolls downhill and it also accelerates as it is funnelled into the canyons. The result is an air mass that was already dry, being …


9 October 2017

Sols 1841-1842: Who ever said roving around Mars was easy?

When you take a step back and think about all of the things that must go right in order to perform scientific investigations on the surface of Mars, it’s hard to believe that we EVER get things accomplished!


Share your science during Earth Science Week!

This week is the perfect time to start/expand your scicomm & outreach adventure!


Lahars: an analysis of their role in losses from volcanic eruptions

A new paper from the University of Bristol (Brown et al. 2017) demonstrates the role that lahars play in causing loss of life in volcanic events


8 October 2017

Sol 1838: Planning on Limited Data

Curiosity takes in the view from Vera Rubin Ridge.


LiveNote app – a model for conference keynotes?

The Philadelphia Orchestra uses a mobile app to change the way audiences experience musical performances. Could this app be a model for helping audiences engage with scientific lectures?


Video: Why and how I communicate on social and traditional media, and some mistakes I made along the way…

Video: How my water research made the news…


6 October 2017

Klinaklini Glacier, British Columbia Retreat Generates Large Icebergs

Klinaklini Glacier comparison in Landsat images from 1987 and 2017.  Red arrow 1987 terminus, yellow arrow 2017 terminus and snowline at purple dots. Klinaklini Glacier is the largest glacier in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia between Vancouver and Prince Rupert.  The glaier drains west and south from Mt. Silverthrone.  There is significant accumulation area above 2500 m and the glacier terminates at 300 m.  GLIMS noted the area in …


Paths Through Science: Ted McInerney, Broadcast Meteorologist.

Paths Through Science highlights the many diverse paths AGU’s scientists have charted across the disciplines within Earth and space science through interviews with professionals in government, academia, industry, and non-profit sectors. Our October Paths Through Science profile is Ted McInerney, a broadcast meteorologist at WMTW News 8, serving Maine and New Hampshire.  Today, On the Job features excerpts from his profile.  You can read the rest of his profile and view others by visiting …


Finding far-north lynx den part of cycle study

There, at the root ball of a downed balsam poplar, were six lynx kittens the size of yarn balls…


Old Faithful’s geological heart revealed

Old Faithful is Yellowstone National Park’s most famous landmark. Millions of visitors come to the park every year to see the geyser erupt every 44-125 minutes. But despite Old Faithful’s fame, relatively little was known about the geologic anatomy of the structure and the fluid pathways that fuel the geyser below the surface. Until now.


Murchison Glacier: more information about the slowly developing rockslope failure that is affecting the hut

Pascal Sirguey has very kindly provided additional images to show the rockslope failure that is developing above Murchison Glacier in New Zealand


5 October 2017

Hurricane Maria: USGS landslide impact maps from Puerto Rico reveal the extent of the devastation

The USGS has started to release maps of landslide impacts in Puerto Rico that have resulted from Hurricane Maria. The damage level is very high.


4 October 2017

Teaching Kids Science Is Getting Easier

In the past, many people worries that many home-school parents did so because of religious objections to evolution, climate change science and geology. This is still a concern in the science community, but there are nearly 2 million kids being homeschooled now, and I suspect that most just want their kids to be well prepared for college, with high critical thinking skills. I think that’s great. Indeed, the most important aspect …


Sol 1836-1837: Frankenplan

Today we worked very hard to generate what we affectionately dubbed a ‘Frankenplan’…