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Go to Dave’s Landslide Blog for full details about this. I don’t have access to the paper. According to Dave Petley, there’s a new paper in Nature Geoscience about the Slumgullion landslide. Slumgullion is in my greater neighborhood – it’s in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, between Lake City (former home of Alferd Packer) and Creede…

Linkfest: structural geology

I’ve spent 15 hours in the classroom teaching in the past three days, and several more meeting with students to sort out schedules and brainstorm ideas for senior thesis projects. My brain is fried, but I’m going to try to share some interesting stuff I’ve run into: – Early this afternoon, I posted a frantic…

Geobloggers (and tweeters) are very social, but we often exist in our own world apart from the rest of the science bloggers. Here are some opportunities to remind the rest of the science-blogging world how cool we are: 1st: ScienceOnline 2010 is a conference devoted to science on Web 2.0 and to open-access science. This…

I’ve recently taken to using the magic of the internet to give my students access to readings, assignments, and images outside of class. It’s great – if my sophomores lose their map, they can print another one. If a student misses class, there’s no excuse not to do the homework anyway. If students can’t draw…

I’m the department Luddite. I use Powerpoint less often than any of my colleagues, and I’m the person who argues that rooms in a new building need to be designed to allow natural light and views when desired (as well as be able to be darkened adequately). But I’m also the person in my department…

Earth Science Week 2009 will be October 11-17 (ending on the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake!). This year’s theme is “Understanding Climate.” There are photo, visual arts, and essay contests, and Thursday is going to be the first “Women in Geosciences” day. (And then Friday will be “frantically put posters together for GSA”…

Last month, another structural geologist came to town to check out possible sites for a future field class. While we were out looking at one of my favorite teaching sites, he commented that geologists seem unusually willing to share their secrets with one another. (We had met at one of the Cutting Edge workshops, where…

Geophysicist Marcia McNutt, currently President and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is going to be the next director of the US Geological Survey. She will join this group of people, who (as Andrew Alden pointed out), are all men. (Cian Dawson points out on Twitter that the current acting director is also…

Five students (three from the US, two from Brazil) were arrested last month while doing paleoclimate research in Brazil. They were collecting sediment cores from lakes and wetlands, in order to understand past climate change in western Brazil. The charges were based on Brazilian laws dealing with unauthorized extraction of mineral resources. (The group had…

If you haven’t been reading Photo Synthesis, which features a series of science photographers… well, you’ve been missing out. The latest photographer, BJ Bolender, has a series of gorgeous mineral photos from rock and mineral shows in Arizona. Go look! (I’ve been out of town at a family wedding. I’m back now, but I’ve got…