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Meteorite Strikes Peru!
On Sept. 15, 2007, a meteorite crashed into a small village in northern Peru. As word of the meteorite spread, meteorite hunters and geologists alike descended on the region to collect pieces of the space rock and to study what it left behind.
Lionel E. Jackson Jr., Peter Brown, Jay Melosh and Dolores Hill

Storm Soundings: New Technologies for Tracking Hurricanes
Tropical cyclones can intensify quickly prior to landfall — sometimes more quickly than forecasters can gauge and give warning to coastal communities. Scientists are now looking for new, speedier ways to track changes in an approaching storm’s power.
Carolyn Gramling

Exploring Karst in Guilin, China
Traveling to China for the Olympics? Try straying off the beaten path to visit a geologically fascinating place, such as Guilin in southeast China. Nowhere else in the world will you experience such a dramatic, fairytale-like landscape.
Jordan Clary



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Videocast: Earthquake strikes Los Angeles posted 7/29/08
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
Videocast: The nation's ecosystems posted 6/20/08
Travels in Geology: Santa Catalina posted 6/19/08
Videocast: Platinum from the deep posted 6/18/08
Time to build Yucca posted 6/13/08
Flood threat averted after China quake posted 6/10/08
Videocast: Ocean temperature gaffe posted 6/09/08
Temperature drop due to measurement error posted 6/06/08
Videocast: Black gold agriculture posted 6/5/08
National climate change assessment released  posted 5/29/08
Phoenix lands on Mars
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Aftershock warnings shake up China  posted 5/21/08
Videocast: Is the nitrogen cycle out of whack? posted 5/20/08
Travels in Geology: Io  posted 5/14/08
Videocast: Chaitén eruption posted 5/12/08

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News Notes
Hazards of a sea breeze
Hundreds of quakes rock Reno suburbs
Seaweed confirms Monte Verde dates, but also migration patterns?
Afghanistan flights reveal natural riches
Desperately seeking salt dome
Petroleum reserve filling halted
Un-greening the Sahara
Mapping Arizona’s cracks
Nitrogen: too much of a good thing
U.S. releases national climate change assessment
Phoenix lands on Mars, sends back images

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Life extended for leaning tower
Models made Antarctica warmer
Methane on the rise
Fossilized mother and baby found
Fungus depletes uranium
Perchance with a bang

 

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Biogeochemist and cave diver Stephanie Schwabe

GEOMEDIA
Books: The Dark — But Fascinating — Side of Science
Games: BP Helps the Sims Go Green
Books: Ten Minutes on Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet

Web: Sharing Across Borders

BENCHMARKS
July 11, 1979: NASA’s Skylab Tumbles Down Print Exclusive

TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Charcoal: Out of the Grill and into the Ground
Charcoal is making a comeback, but not where you might think: Instead of putting it into the grill, some scientists are advocating putting it into the ground to boost soil fertility and to sequester carbon.
Cassandra Willyard

EDUCATION & OUTREACH
False Alarms Foster Real Skills Print Exclusive
Volcanology courses prepare students for understanding the science of a volcano, but most don’t prepare students for dealing with the human aspect of a volcanic crisis. One teacher is working to change that.
Nicole Branan

 

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Geoengineering: It’s Not a Panacea
Geoengineering is not a cure-all for a warming climate. In fact, such measures may create more problems than they solve.
Alan Robock

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Geoengineering: Perhaps Palliative Medicine
Though geoengineering is more of a painkiller than a cure for the ills of global warming, perhaps it can relieve some of the symptoms while we take the necessary steps to reduce emissions.
Ken Caldeira

GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Whole Lot of Shaking Going On
New Mac laptops come equipped with motion sensors, which, along with freely available software, are all you need to create your own seismic station.
Lisa A. Rossbacher


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