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2 June 2015

An amazing landslide tsunami video

Youtube now has an amazing video of a landslide tsunami, generated by a very large blast-induced riverbank failure


11 May 2015

Jalbire, Sindhupalchok: the best landslide video from the Nepal earthquake to date?

A new, very good video has been posted on Youtube showing landslides at Jalbire triggered by the Gorkha earthquake in Nepal


18 February 2015

Backtrack to… student feedback via video vs. red pen

Is it time to throw away your red grading pen, and to start providing feedback to your students via individual video clips? Two Australian researchers think so. But the question still remains… will students do anything with your feedback?


13 February 2015

Video in Education and Outreach

Video is an excellent tool for conveying emotion and generating excitement. It’s got beautiful moving images, ambient sound, and music (if you dare). It’s got human connection if you talk with people on camera or see them active on screen. It’s the most visceral way to capture an audience and tell a story. It’s not the best at communicating the details of a story however. Text, well written, still does a good job at that. But if your audience is prepped and excited about a topic or in my current case, a research expedition (because they watched an interesting or compelling video), they may be more inclined to sit down and read more about it.


1 February 2015

New landslide video: a spectacular retaining wall failure

A new video has been posted on Youtube showing a spectacular retaining wall failure that causes a truck to slide and bounce down a slope


20 June 2014

Monsoon 2014: late but starting to have an impact (including two good new landslide videos)

Monsoon 2014 in South Asia is late this year, but the 16 landslide deaths overnight in Nepal suggest that it is now having an impact.


11 June 2014

Are geoscience journals ready for video abstracts?

How do we “get the word out” about a new paper we have published, whether the focus is scientific or pedagogical?  We list the citation on our CV’s and perhaps on our faculty page of a department website.  We might send copies to collaborators and colleagues at other institutions.  And some of us will use social media to share the news of having a new manuscript released. Social science researchers …


4 January 2014

Hastings rockfall: dramatic new landslide videos from southern England

New videos have appeared on Youtube over the last 24 hours of a large, dramatic rock cliff collapse at Rock-A-Nore near Hastings in East Sussex, England


21 November 2013

The extraordinary footage of the Typhoon Haiyan storm surge

Some amazing footage has emerged of the moment that the storm surge from Typhoon Haiyan struck the town of Hernani in Eastern Samar, Philippines


14 August 2013

Around the world in four days: NASA tracks Chelyabinsk meteor plume

Atmospheric physicist Nick Gorkavyi missed witnessing an event of the century last winter when a meteor exploded over his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. From Greenbelt, Md., however, NASA’s Gorkavyi and colleagues witnessed a never-before-seen view of the atmospheric aftermath of the explosion.


6 July 2013

Videos of Kedarnath on the day of the disaster, and in the aftermath, including a video of the disaster as it happened

A set of videos have appeared on Youtube showing the evants at Kedarnath during the disaster three weeks ago


18 June 2013

The monsoon arrives early in northern India and Nepal, inflicting a high cost

Early monsoon rainfall in northern India and Nepal has induced landslides and floods that have inflicted a high cost on the local population


13 May 2013

AGU Video: Prospects dim for ice-free Arctic Ocean helping slow global warming

The surface waters of a major portion of the Arctic Ocean are becoming saturated with carbon dioxide sooner than many scientists expected, all but halting the watery region’s ability to sop up more of the greenhouse gas from Earth’s atmosphere, new research finds.


23 April 2013

New landslide videos and resources

A round up post of some new landslide videos and other resources


14 March 2013

AGU Video: Lightning strike jumps the rails

The famous “kite with key” experiment Ben Franklin conducted in 1752 is more than just a legend for lightning researchers around the world—it’s a procedure. Sure, the kite has been replaced by a rocket, and the string-with-key contraption by a spool of wire, but the intent is still the same—to better understand nature’s flashes of electricity. Recently, an unusual rocket-triggered lightning strike was caught on video by lightning researchers in Florida, and its curious course from cloud to ground is described in a new scientific paper.


21 February 2013

Two coal mine landslides – both fatal (including a rockfall video)

High quality images and a video have emerged of two fatal coal mine landslides – one in China and one in the Philippines. Together they claimed 15 lives.


24 December 2012

Four landslide videos for Christmas

Four interesting new landslide videos, two from the USA, one from China and one from the UK


5 October 2012

Rare upward lightning videos reveal potential downward triggers

Meteorologists have documented upward lightning, which travels upward from the ground to the clouds, since 1939, but they remain puzzled about how it happens. Now, one research team’s analysis of high-speed video taken in Rapid City, South Dakota, captures a possible clue: a downward flash that preceded most upward lightning filmed by the observers.


29 September 2012

Updates and videos from a couple of recent landslides

A couple of interesting landslide stories this week (updated with an extra video below): 1. The Route 14 landslide near Cedar Falls, Utah Thanks to Alexandre Mathieu for the heads up on this one.  Back in October 2011, a huge landslide blocked State Route 14 near to Cedar Falls. Since then a huge project has been underway to reinstate the road.  This was completed this week, when the road reopened.  …


27 September 2012

Exceptional erosion undercuts an apartment block in the UK

In Newburn, near Newcastle in NE England, exceptional rainfall has caused the erosion of the foundations of an apartment block.