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Seeding the Sea
Adding human-generated greenhouse gases into the atmosphere has arguably caused the problem of a warming climate; now some researchers say that altering nature further can fix it. They want to solve the planet’s carbon problem through ocean iron fertilization. But will releasing iron into the oceans to combat climate change help or harm the planet?
Erin Wayman

Balance of Power: A Warming Climate Could Affect Electricity
Climate affects all major aspects of the electric power sector, from electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems to consumer demand. Because climate models predict that change will vary by region, it is likely that future effects on the electric grid will vary by region as well. The picture is not pretty.
Thomas D. Veselka

Travels in Geology: Two Options in Oregon
As anyone who has ever spent time in Oregon knows, there’s something for everyone. Traveling to or through Oregon this summer? Be sure to check out John Day Fossil Beds in Eastern Oregon and the massive dunes along the coast in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Mary Caperton Morton and Jay Chapman



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Web Extras
Beyond the roof of the world posted 8/21/08
Travels in Geology: The Florida Keys posted 8/19/08
What's in a planet? posted 8/15/08
Fallen Arch posted 8/13/08
As games begin, scientists track pollution over Beijing
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Utah reinvents the workweek posted 8/4/08
Videocast: Earthquake strikes Los Angeles
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Videocast: A whale of a wind turbine posted 7/25/08
Videocast: Dig It! The new Smithsonian Soils Exhibit
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Travels in Geology: Taiwan posted 7/17/08
Journey to the Center of the Earth: Schisty summer fun
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Videocast: Utah mine collapse source of “earthquake”
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Videocast: Save the Robot, Save the World posted 6/27/08

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Midwest deluge: another 500-year flood?
Forensic seismologists: Utah mine collapse source of “earthquake”
A backdoor approach to creationism in the classroom
Chemicals melt out of glaciers
Mammoth DNA proves cause of death?
Why China quaked: a perfect seismic storm
Reopening the door to foreign oil companies
When the sky rained beads of carbon
Going platinum
Predicting Old Faithful’s fidelity
Temperature drop due to measurement error
An unnatural disaster in Indonesia
Time to build Yucca

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New England “Dark Day” mystery solved
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Redrawing Australia
Big quake … little quake
Oil production dropped last year
Mineral resource of the month: strontium

 

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Astronaut and planetary scientist Stanley Love

GEOMEDIA
Movies: Wall-E: Save the Robot, Save the World
Books: Africa Atlas: Worth a Thousand Words
TV: When NASA Left Earth
Books: The Great Warming: The Climatic Rise and Fall of Civilizations

On the Web: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Spot a Geologist

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August 3, 1908: Priests Uncover the “Old Man of La Chapelle-aux-Saints” Print Exclusive

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Tracking Deadly Lahars Print Exclusive
Researchers knew a torrential mudflow on New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu was imminent, so they set up monitoring equipment. When the lahar struck last year, they captured the world’s most complete dataset of just what happens when mudflows cascade down volcanic slopes. The new data should help researchers better predict this sleeping danger.
Nicole Branan


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Opportunity in Change: Telling the Next Administration What it Needs to Know
The next presidential administration probably represents the best opportunity in a generation for the geosciences to be heard by federal decision-makers, regardless of which party wins the White House.
P. Patrick Leahy

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It’s the Energy, Stupid!
It is not singularly politics, the economy or the environment that matters most, as many people think. Although each is a vital issue, our focus must be on energy.
Rasoul Sorkhabi

GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Catching Humpty Dumpty
We put off preventative maintenance of our “personal infrastructure” as long as possible, begrudgingly digging into our wallets often only after catastrophe strikes. Our nation is just as irresponsible at maintaining its infrastructure.
Fred Schwab


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