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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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Bacteria could restore uranium mining aquifers

Bacteria could restore uranium mining aquifers | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Research in UW laboratories has shown that stimulating growth of native bacteria could be a more effective way to remediate aquifers tapped by in-situ leach uranium mining, the technique used in the vast majority of Wyoming’s existing and planned uranium operations. If those findings are confirmed in the field, uranium companies could save significantly in groundwater restoration costs while achieving better results."

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Mother Nature to the rescue?

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The Door to Hell

The Door to Hell | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze (also spelled Darvaze, meaning "gate"), Ahal Province, Turkmenistan. The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971."

YEC Geo's insight:

Click the link below for another reason besides this one--http://sco.lt/69F4Yj-- to visit Turkmenistan:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door_to_Hell

 

Gotta be so much cool geology in those former Soviet Socialist Republics.

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Amazing Video of a Pyroclastic Flow at Santiaguito in Guatemala

Amazing Video of a Pyroclastic Flow at Santiaguito in Guatemala | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Santa Maria (which is known also as Santiaguito) in Guatemala put on quite a show, with impressive explosive eruptions that produced numerous pyroclastic flows (also known as pyroclastic density currents, or PDCs) during May 2014. As many of you know, pyroclastic flows are some of the most deadly of the volcanic hazards. However, an intrepid geologist from the INSIVUMEH (the geological survey of Guatemala which monitors the country’s copious volcanic activity), got close enough to capture some amazing footage of a pyroclastic flow in action.

 

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Soft Tissue Found in Chile Ichthyosaur Bonanza

Soft Tissue Found in Chile Ichthyosaur Bonanza | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

 

"Forty-six exceptionally-preserved ichthyosaurs (extinct air-breathing marine reptiles) have been found in strata becoming exposed under a melting glacier in southern Chile, Live Science reported.  The completely articulated (unseparated) fossils range from juveniles to adults.  Soft tissue and embryos were found, the abstract says from the GSA Bulletin."

YEC Geo's insight:

160 million years this time.

 

Image credit to the Live Science article: http://www.livescience.com/45918-ichthyosaur-graveyard-chile-glacier.html

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Make your own North Pole

Make your own North Pole | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Mercator Extreme is a fascinating experiment which allows you to set any location on Earth as the North Pole and visualize the resulting Mercator Projection distortion created as an interactive map. Type in your address into the map and you can visualize what a Mercator Projection map of the world would like if your home was the North Pole."

YEC Geo's insight:

I used this gizmo to set one of my favorite places, Badlands National Park, as the North Pole.  Look how tiny South America is!

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D-Day's Legacy: Remnants of invasion linger in beach sands

D-Day's Legacy: Remnants of invasion linger in beach sands | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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Two sedimentary petrologists visit Omaha Beach, and find reminders of the operation that occurred there 70 years ago this day.

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Mars Rivers Carved by Lava, Not Water

Mars Rivers Carved by Lava, Not Water | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Volcanic origin of the channels used to be the consensus interpretation back in the 1960s, Wylie says, but for the last 25 years, the consensus had shifted to the view that water carved the channels."

YEC Geo's insight:

An interesting new reversion to an old theory.

 

Image credit: https://planetarygeomorphology.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/lava-flows-on-mars-io-and-earth/

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The Actual Size of Greenland

The Actual Size of Greenland | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Africa is about fourteen times larger than Greenland, but on many maps they're roughly the same size.
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Interesting article about the politics behind map projections.

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California Cuts Water to Some Farms and Cities

California Cuts Water to Some Farms and Cities | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Facing severe drought, California's state water board told hundreds of users of the Sacramento River, including farms and some small cities, that they must stop taking water from the river."

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The stone at the center of the world

The stone at the center of the world | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Who listened to the riddles of a Greek oracle, and why? This fine book tells the story of priestess Pythia and the battles for control of a sacred site of treasures, writes James Davidson."

YEC Geo's insight:

A very interesting overview of the ancient Greek city of Delphi, with a possible geological explanation for the occurrence of prophecy there.

 

For example:

 

"An ancient tradition claimed that the oracle had been discovered when goats browsing near a fissure started making strange movements and strange noises as if possessed."

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Internal oceanic waves and sedimentation

Internal oceanic waves and sedimentation | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"It is so easy for critics of the Genesis Flood, such as evolutionary/uniformitarian geologists and old-earth Christians, to come up with supposed contradictions upon a superficial analysis and lack of information. One of those instances was the deposition of mud, believed to settle very slowly.

 

With over two thirds of sedimentary rocks being mudstones or shales, the deposition of mud was considered to take too much time for the one-year Flood. However, this superficial deduction was recently turned on its head with the discovery that mud can be deposited rapidly even in a current."

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The Gerbil’s Revenge

The Gerbil’s Revenge | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The transition from living in the stubborn physical world to managing a life that is split between platforms, where the ability to change aspects of your identity (at least digitally) is always an option, is becoming more common. It should come as no surprise, then, that singers sometimes choose to correct recorded flaws in pitch with modern software, like Antares’s Autotune."

YEC Geo's insight:

Why, you may ask, is Cher next to a picture of a geophysical survey boat?  Read on for the surprising, geology-related origin of Autotune, that oft-reviled piece of software used by so many to digitally tinker with sound waves.

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The Colorado River Returns to the Sea

The Colorado River Returns to the Sea | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"After coursing through its delta for nearly eight weeks, the fresh waters of the Colorado River have touched the high tides of the salty sea. It is the first time in sixteen years that the Colorado River, which flows 1,450 miles (2,334 kilometers) from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado  to the Sea."

YEC Geo's insight:

In effect, for the past sixteen years, the Colorado River watershed has been endorheic (internally draining).

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Home clings to collapsing cliff in N. Texas

Home clings to collapsing cliff in N. Texas | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The edge of the 4,000 square foot residence on Overlook Court was dangling about 75 feet above the rocky shoreline of Lake Whitney after part it it had already broken off."


Via Seth Dixon
YEC Geo's insight:

In the lower map, the location of the house is marked by a yellow pushpin inside the solid red square.  Some geological background--this poor house has the misfortune to apparently lie directly upon the contact between two carbonate formations (marked by the white dotted line), and to also be on the erosive edge of a bend in the river. Both factors probably contributed to the demise of this particular home, which was eventually set on fire: https://tinyurl.com/nw7mfd2

 

 

One thing to notice is how straight the cliff edge is upon which the house is built.  Knowing that, I'd have to say that if I had a house located on the straight cliff edges within the dotted red squares I've made on the map, I'd be worried.

 

You can read about the geology of Texas here:

https://tinyurl.com/lrcp9yj

 

Image credit here: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/House-on-Lake-Whitney-Cliff-Falling-Into-Lake-262718721.html?partner=nbcnews

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 12, 8:59 AM

Just because we build retaining walls, fences, storm drains and other features, it doesn't mean that erosion will stop being a major and consistent force shaping the landscape.   I don't think they got their money's worth on there environmental impact statement, but I'm sure the real estate agent really sold them on the beautiful view.  For more local news on this home, read and watch here, for stunning images, see here.     


Questions to Ponder: Why do we build homes where we do?  How is this different across cultures (hint-Brazil)?


Tags: physical, geomorphology, erosion, landforms.


Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 13, 7:00 PM

Natural hazards

Massimo Di Duca's curator insight, June 15, 9:13 AM

E la prospezione geologica da presentare al Comune? Era prevista nel PRG del comune? Esisteva un VIA?

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Battlefield Earth – the Geological Legacy of War

Battlefield Earth – the Geological Legacy of War | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"It was during the first World War that the impact of human warfare on the landscape exponentially  increased."

YEC Geo's insight:

Interesting.

 

Sample:

 

"The geographers Joseph P. Hupy and Randall J. Schaetzl visited the battlefield of Verdun to investigate how the great war modified the landscape and influenced its further development. The artillery fire changed how and which type of soil can form – so much that the authors suggest that the modern use of bombs and explosives is  such a significant erosion factor that it deserves a own term: Bombturbation."

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Geology for Investors

Geology for Investors | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Via Catherine Russell
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A fascinating site aimed at laymen that gives a great background on mining geology and some of the world's most interesting deposits.

 

The article linked to here gives background on the emplacement of a gold ore body in Burkina Faso.  Other pages include articles on exploration methods (http://www.geologyforinvestors.com/articles/exploration-methods/), drill result interpretation (http://www.geologyforinvestors.com/articles/drill-results/) and geology basics for mineral investors (http://www.geologyforinvestors.com/articles/drill-results/).

 

Well worth a visit.

 

H/T to Catherine Russell (http://www.scoop.it/t/geology)

 

 

 

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Peat bogs in myth and reality

Peat bogs in myth and reality | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Many people know of bogs only through movies and books, where they are often depicted as eerie places. In his play Macbeth, Shakespeare has three mysterious, dishevelled witches appear on a heath, intoning their famously creepy lines “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

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Interesting article on peat bogs from a creationist perspective.

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When and How Did the Grand Canyon Form?

When and How Did the Grand Canyon Form? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most awesome erosional features. It is 277 miles (446 km) long, including the 60 miles (96 km) of Marble Canyon upstream. The depth of the main segment of the Grand Canyon varies between 3,000 and 6,000 feet (900 and 1,800 m), with the rim-to-rim width between 4 and 18 miles (6 and 29 km). Its origin has plagued geologists since the time of John Wesley Powell’s first courageous voyage down the Colorado River in 1869. Despite an increase in knowledge about its geology, evolutionary geologists have yet been unable to explain the canyon."

YEC Geo's insight:

Great summary by Snelling & Vail of the perplexing problems of the Grand Canyon, and how a catastrophic, recent, and global flood offers the most reasonable solution.

 

Image credit: https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7196/6909709585_aaf8a2928f_z.jpg

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Tumbler Ridge Welcomes Geopark Delegation

Tumbler Ridge Welcomes Geopark Delegation | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"What is a Geopark?

 

From the brochure: “A Geopark is an area recognized by the Global Geoparks Network with geological heritage of international significance. The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO. The geology in a Geopark is linked to sites with interesting archaeology, wildlife, history, folklore and culture. Tourism industry promotion in a Geopark focuses on highlighting the geographical character of a place."

YEC Geo's insight:

A mining town in Canada makes a bid to turn its local geology into tourism.

 

Couldn't resist checking out Tumbler Ridge on Tumblr--looks pretty cool:  http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/tumbler-ridge

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Climbing Everest in 3D

Climbing Everest in 3D | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
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"The site includes an interesting 3d ascent of the mountain. In effect the climb is just a video of (what I assume is) a 3d map of Everest. However the video is linked to an elevation scale and as the video plays you can keep track of the rising elevation."

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A busy clam

A busy clam | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
When we buy our copy of the Daily Mail we have to get it somewhere, and the most convenient place for us is at the Freehold Country Store which is on the corner of routes 32 and 67. It’s not far and people are always friendly. What does that have to do with a geology column? Well, how many times have we said that wherever we go, there is almost always a geological story to be found? You might think that would not include a visit to a local store but you would be wrong. The Freehold Country Store has a platform in front of it and that extends the length of the storefront which also includes Marilyn’s Sewing Shop. That platform is where we found our story.
YEC Geo's insight:

An interesting story about a trace fossil in Catskill bluestone.  Again, my thing about trace fossils is, how do they get to be preserved in the first place?  There are tons of places on earth right now where creatures are digging and skittering around, and their traces are as ephemeral as the wind.  Yet the fossil record is littered with them.  At the very least, it's not reasonable to assume that the conditions at the time the trace fossils were formed were the same as the conditions we find on the earth now.

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Johnstown Flood: Powerful water wall flattened anything in its way

Johnstown Flood: Powerful water wall flattened anything in its way | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Today, May 31, is the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood.  This article gives new information about the path and the features of the flood.

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Antarctica Rising: Uplift Rate Suppresses Conventional Geology

Antarctica Rising: Uplift Rate Suppresses Conventional Geology | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"Land is not supposed to rise this fast. Generations of geologists have been trained to think in terms of slow and steady processes to explain Earth features. New results show that the continental crust underlying Antarctica is rising rapidly as parts of its massive ice sheet have been melting away. This unexpected bounce might help better position the timing of similar effects that occurred in northern North America near the close of the Ice Age."

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Mesa County a recipe for mudslides

Mesa County a recipe for mudslides | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
Moisture, a steep slope and unstable geology are necessary for a mudslide to happen.
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Video with images of the slump-prone geology around the area of the recent Colorado slide.

 

From a young earth viewpoint, this raises the question of why there is so much relief left, if this area has been exposed to the effects of rainfall for millions of years.

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Massive mudslide in Colorado on Sunday, Memorial Day weekend

Massive mudslide in Colorado on Sunday, Memorial Day weekend | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"The sheriff has reported that the person who reported the slide heard a sound like a freight train, and that "the slide came down with so much force and velocity that it came to a hill and went up and over a hill and then came back down--a significant hill."

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