Geosciences Column: Iceland spar, or how Vikings used sunstones to navigate

Nowadays, we can rely on GPS receivers or magnetic compasses to tell us how to reach our destination. Some 1000 years ago, Vikings had none of these advanced navigation tools. Yet, they successfully sailed from Scandinavia to America in near-polar regions where it can be hard to use the Sun and the stars as a compass. Clouds or fog and the long twilights characteristic of polar summers complicate ...[Read More]

Imaggeo on Mondays: Stretching to the Light

Stretching to the Lights, Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA. Image by Valeria Volpe, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License. Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for thei ...[Read More]

EGU Geosciences Communications Fellowship for professional journalists

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is offering fellowships for journalists to report on ongoing research in the geosciences. Successful applicants will receive up to €5k to cover expenses related to their projects, including following scientists on location. The EGU invites proposals from professional, active journalists to report in the working media on ongoing research within the earth, planet ...[Read More]

Imaggeo on Mondays: Akutan Volcano, Alaska

Akutan Volcano, Alaska. Image by Michael Jackson, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License. High winds create lenticular clouds off Shishaldin Volcano in the Aleutian Islands. UNAVCO staff installed 16 integrated geophysical instruments including GPS, seismic, tilt, meteorologic instruments on Unimak Island as part of the EarthScope Project. Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences ...[Read More]