USGS: Public and media invited to attend a live, virtual lecture on how to access over 100,000 geologic maps covering the U.S.

USGS: Public and media invited to attend a live, virtual lecture on how to access over 100,000 geologic maps covering the U.S.. “David Soller, a USGS geologist, will talk about the National Geologic Map Database. Geologic maps help identify potential earthquake hazards, inform environmental studies, and guide energy and mineral research.” It doesn’t look like registration is required. However, when I followed the URL to where the lecture would be, I got a security warning because the certificates are mismatched. As far as I can tell it’s just a misconfiguration.

University of Colorado Boulder: Rare glacier research notebooks now available digitally

University of Colorado Boulder: Rare glacier research notebooks now available digitally. “Over 140 documents from notebooks and reports that feature first-person accounts of glacial landscapes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are now available to the public through the CU Digital Library. These expedition notebooks and reports come from the Roger G. Barry glaciology collection, which was donated to the CU Boulder Libraries’ Archives from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in 2017. The contents include glacier and ice discoveries from early expeditions to Alaska and U.S. National Parks, daily logs documenting observations such as weather and occasional interactions with indigenous communities.”

Vienna University of Technology: Nanoparticles can Save Historic Buildings

Vienna University of Technology: Nanoparticles can Save Historic Buildings. “Many historical buildings were built of limestone, such as Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Limestone is easy to work with, but does not withstand weathering well. It consists mainly of calcite minerals that are relatively weakly bound to each other, which is why parts of the stone keep crumbling away over the years, often requiring costly restoration and conservation treatments. However, it is possible to increase the resistance of the stone by treating it with special silicate nanoparticles.”

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: IRIS Debuts Powerful New Application Where Students Use Seismic Waves Data to Learn about the Layers of the Earth

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology: IRIS Debuts Powerful New Application Where Students Use Seismic Waves Data to Learn about the Layers of the Earth . “IRIS has released an online version of its popular activity ‘Determining and Measuring Earth’s Layered Interior’ to challenge students to use evidence in the form of earthquake data to understand the Earth’s interior layers. This free web-based tool for Earth Science classrooms was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.”

Press release: Big data in geochemistry for international research (University of Göttingen)

University of Göttingen: Press release: Big data in geochemistry for international research. ” Large data sets are playing an increasingly important role in solving scientific questions in geochemistry. Now the University of Göttingen has inherited GEOROC, the largest geochemical database for rocks and minerals from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Mainz). The database has been revised and modernised in its structure and made available to its global users in a new form. The ‘GEOROC’ database, the largest global data collection of rock and mineral compositions, currently contains analyses from over 20,000 individual publications (the oldest dating back to 1883) from 614,000 samples. Together, these data represent almost 32 million individual analytical values.”

Eos: Geochemical Data from Polynesian Artifacts Pack Pofatu Database

Eos: Geochemical Data from Polynesian Artifacts Pack Pofatu Database. “An embracing Sky father and Earth mother had many children, one of whom pushed apart their parents to let in the light, according to Māori origin traditions. In one version told to Māori archaeologist Gerard O’Regan of the Ngāi Tahu tribe, an unborn child remains in the womb, his eyes, or whatu, peering out as rocks, or kōwhatu, a Māori word for stone…. Elsewhere in Polynesia, a reconstruction of the word is *pofatu, said Aymeric Hermann, an archaeologist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. He is also cocreator of the Pofatu database, a compilation of geochemical information gleaned from stone tools and source quarries scattered throughout the Pacific that can be matched with one another.”

USGS: Newly Revised “Geologic map of the State of Hawaii” publication available

USGS: Newly Revised “Geologic map of the State of Hawaii” publication available. “The USGS recently published a revised ‘Geologic Map of the State of Hawaii.’ This map—originally published in 2007—has been updated to include more recent geologic deposits, including lava flows from Kīlauea’s Pu‘u‘ō‘ō vent on the middle East Rift Zone from 2007–2018 and lava flows erupted during Kīlauea’s 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption….This map is available in print format and is accompanied by a USGS Data Release of geospatial datasets.”

WWLP: State unveils new online interactive mapping tool

WWLP: State unveils new online interactive mapping tool. “MassMapper, a new online interactive mapping tool that provides multiple types of geological information in Massachusetts, is now available. Developed by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security’s (EOTSS) Bureau of Geographic Information Systems (MassGIS), the website will allow anyone looking for information, especially those in the land survey, engineering, and real estate industries, to better interact with the state. MassMapper will offer uses like site design, land inventory, and public policy planning.”

Engadget: NASA says the Mars Perseverance rover has collected its first sample

Engadget: NASA says the Mars Perseverance rover has collected its first sample. “After initially failing to capture a rock sample, NASA has confirmed that Perseverance succeeded in its second attempt. The space agency has verified that a pencil-width core of rust-colored rock is safely trapped in the rover’s sample tube tube, ready to be processed and sent back to Earth, CNET has reported.”

Engineering and Technology: Database aims to help prevent mine-waste disasters

Engineering and Technology: Database aims to help prevent mine-waste disasters. “Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a database as part of a study intended to help mining companies better understand the societal and environmental impacts of mine-waste disasters and hopefully avoid them in future. The study forms the first global picture of the occurrence rates, behaviours and physical impacts of mine-waste disasters known as tailings flow. Tailings flows are rapid downstream movements of mine waste, following tailing dam failures.” I read this and thought, “I could have sworn I’ve already indexed a resource about tailings flows,” but that was actually about tailings storage.

EarthDate: An Amazing and Powerful Tool for Educators (Bureau of Economic Geology)

Bureau of Economic Geology: EarthDate: An Amazing and Powerful Tool for Educators. “EarthDate is a vibrant, entertaining, and educational weekly radio program now reaching thousands of listeners on 418 radio stations in all 50 states and Canada. There are now 231 educational podcasts ready for download and playback from the Bureau’s website… Topics range widely from the importance of bees in agriculture to the 100th anniversary of the destructive solar superstorm of 1921. Bureau Director and Texas State Geologist Dr. Scott Tinker hosts each two-minute episode.”

Penn State: Seed grant to explore using AI to model subsurface rock formations

Penn State: Seed grant to explore using AI to model subsurface rock formations. “It is difficult for geoscientists to map sedimentary rocks’ compositional and mechanical properties at high resolution, according to Yashar Mehmani, assistant professor in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. He recently received a seed grant from the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) to investigate using artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a new method to model the Earth’s subsurface.”

Phys .org: A database of 3,000 lead isotope analyses in geological and archaeological samples from the Iberian Peninsula

Phys .org: A database of 3,000 lead isotope analyses in geological and archaeological samples from the Iberian Peninsula. “The use of lead isotopic data has been shown to be a useful tool in the investigation of raw materials in geological site exploration and metal provenance studies in archaeology. Users of this type of information have often requested complete datasets that include not only numerical values of isotope ratios, but also mineralogical and geological information about the samples analyzed, to enable the data to be compared.”