University of Kansas: Kansas rocks! Online tool from Geological Survey invites deeper exploration of state’s highways and byways. “The mobile-friendly ‘Highways & Byways to Kansas Geology’ website leads users on a geological tour of the state’s roadways with a scrolling format known as a story map. It explores what natural features like rock formations, wetlands and colorfully layered roadcuts reveal about the evolution of the ground beneath our feet and the cultural history of the people who settled and passed through the state.” What a cool idea.
New Indian Express: 100-year-old books at Chennai’s Presidency College to get new lease of life. “Century-old rare books lying in the library of Geology department of Presidency College will get a new lease of life soon. The college authority has decided to digitise the rare volume of books to enhance its lifespan. The college has received a funding of around Rs 9.49 lakh from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), which will be used in the digitisation project.”
Science Magazine: Earth scientists plan to meld massive databases into a ‘geological Google’. “The British Geological Survey (BGS) has amassed one of the world’s premier collections of geologic samples. Housed in three enormous warehouses in Nottingham, U.K., it contains about 3 million fossils gathered over more than 150 years at thousands of sites across the country. But this data trove ‘was not really very useful to anybody,’ says Michael Stephenson, a BGS paleontologist. Notes about the samples and their associated rocks ‘were sitting in boxes on bits of paper.’ Now, that could change, thanks to a nascent international effort to meld earth science databases into what Stephenson and other backers are describing as a ‘geological Google.'”
Washington State DNR: DNR Publishes Inventory of King County Landslides. “The Washington Geological Survey, a division of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, published a new inventory of known landslides in the western two-thirds of King County today. The Geological Survey inventoried 2,838 landslides throughout King County using new lidar data, raising awareness of a relatively common geologic hazard.”
EOS: Taking Magnetotelluric Data out of the Drawer. “Magnetic and electric field measurements at Earth’s surface provide information on Earth’s interior and on space weather. An open-source central repository of these data has received a major update.”
Quartz: Researchers are keeping a cave’s location secret to thwart Instagram tourists. “Researchers and geologists have found an enormous cave, complete with a rushing river fed by two melting glaciers, in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park, but they’re not sharing exactly where.”
Geospatial World: New tool developed by Esri and USGS allows users to explore islands worldwide. “A new tool that gives users the most detailed view yet of the world’s islands is now available from the USGS and Esri. And it’s as close as your computer or cellphone. The Global Islands Explorer (GIE) is an online app that can help a variety of users, from researchers to policy-makers to the interested public, to locate and access basic information on hundreds of thousands of islands across the globe.”