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Drinkable rocks!

Drinkable rocks!

When water is scarce, you’ve gotta save it, or come up with an ingenious way to get more. Some Spanish shrubs do just that, quenching their thirst with water from rocks. Sara Mynott explains where they source it… Often, in areas where water is sparse, plants use a suite of techniques to harness what limited resources are available in their environment, from hairs that trap moisture in the air to d ...[Read More]

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Geomorphology

Presentation and data of EGU2015 workshop available online

Presentation and data of EGU2015 workshop available online

Wolfgang Schwanghart from the Universtiy of Potsdam gave an excellent workshop on how to analyse your DEM with Matlab at the EGU last week. He posted some information for you in case of interest. Session GM11.3 of this year’s EGU hosted a workshop on TopoToolbox and bedrock river profile analysis. In case you were unable to attend the meeting or the session, but are interested in this topic, ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Announcing the winners of the EGU Photo Contest 2015!

Announcing the winners of the EGU Photo Contest 2015!

The selection committee received over 200 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Contest, covering fields across the geosciences. Participants have been voting for their favourites throughout the week  and there are three clear winners. Congratulations to  – 2015’s fantastic photographers!   On the occasion of the International Year of Soils, the judges also awarded an honourable mention to the bes ...[Read More]

GeoLog

GeoTalk: Explosive testing with Greg Valentine

GeoTalk: Explosive testing with Greg Valentine

Following his session at the EGU General Assembly, Greg Valentine (Buffalo University) spoke to Sara Mynott about how he creates model volcanoes, specifically maar-diatremes, and blows them up to better understand what goes on in an eruption… So what is a maar-diatreme? A diatreme is a vent-like structure, mostly made up of broken up bedrock and magma. Initially, you have a dyke that channels magm ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

EGU15 Photos: Natural Hazards Demonstrations Short Course

EGU15 Photos: Natural Hazards Demonstrations Short Course

These photographs were taking during the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, at a short course on Natural Hazard Teaching Demonstrations (Photo Credits: Bruce D. Malamud, Faith Taylor, Joel Gill):     In the coming weeks we will start collating photographed examples of teaching demonstrations with teaching guidlines in captions. We hope to use the EGU Imaggeo Site ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

EGU15 Session Overview: Putting Geoethics at the Heart of Geoscience

EGU15 Session Overview: Putting Geoethics at the Heart of Geoscience

This week we’re reporting live from the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna. Yesterday afternoon was the turn of the Geoethics session, which has become something of a regular feature in my EGU diary over the past four years. Organised by the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), the session began by looking at ‘Geoethics at the Heart of Geosc ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Findings from NASA’s Dawn Mission shed new light on Ceres

Findings from NASA’s Dawn Mission shed new light on Ceres

Scientists working on NASA’s Dawn mission revealed new findings from the spacecraft at EGU’s General Assembly. This blog post is brought to you by Nikita Marwaha, reporting on the press conference in Vienna, Austria. The very first press conference of the 2015 General Assembly this year took a closer look at the surface of Ceres. Scientists working on NASA’s Dawn Mission shared new results from th ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

EGU15 Opinion: Space Science and International Development

EGU15 Opinion: Space Science and International Development

Evidence for water on Mars is growing, with new research presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly demonstrating novel ways we can evaluate the presence of groundwater and surface water on Mars by looking at key geomorphic features and using Earth and laboratory analogues. Also at the General Assembly, the latest results from the landing of Philae on Comet 67P//Churyumov–G ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Geocomplexity and scales: new worlds or scaling?

Geocomplexity and scales: new worlds or scaling?

To celebrate this year’s General Assembly theme – A voyage through scales – Shaun Lovejoy, President of the Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences Division (NP), takes us on a tour of how scaling might change our view in a range of Earth science topics: from clouds through to geological surfaces. When van Leeuwenhoek peered through the first microscope, he was amazed at the new world ...[Read More]

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