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.”

Mining Weekly: Johannesburg Geology Museum laments threats, frustrations

Mining Weekly: Johannesburg Geology Museum laments threats, frustrations. “The Geological Museum Association (GMA) has lamented the continued challenges, including theft, flood damage and lack of funding, experienced by the Johannesburg Geology Museum over the last decade. GMA Treasurer Bruce Cairncross says the association is actively seeking short- and long-term solutions to preserving what is ‘the most important institutional geological artefact collection’ in South Africa.”

State of North Carolina: New landslide website provides critical hazard data for North Carolina communities

State of North Carolina: New landslide website provides critical hazard data for North Carolina communities. “The Landslides in Western North Carolina Project website allows users to explore current and historical information about landslides in North Carolina. Users can access resources to help them plan for and build resilience to landslide hazards. The new ‘Western North Carolina Landslide Hazard Data Viewer’ will make it easier for various audiences to access, interact with and understand landslide hazard data.”

Eos: A New Tool May Make Geological Microscopy Data More Accessible

Eos: A New Tool May Make Geological Microscopy Data More Accessible. “Alex Steiner, a doctoral student at Michigan State University, had research to do working on thin sections—slivers of geological materials that are usually analyzed under a microscope. But he and the two undergraduate students on the project were not allowed to access the lab or the geological samples they were working on. Because, well, pandemic. It was out of this necessity that Steiner helped develop a new tool that could automatically take pictures of entire thin sections and stitch them into digital panoramic microscope images that could be analyzed anywhere.”

Idaho Mountain Express: ‘Mine spotter’ focuses on hidden underground history

Idaho Mountain Express: ‘Mine spotter’ focuses on hidden underground history. “The Wood River Valley was settled in large part due to a mining boom that took place in the 1880s. Hundreds of miles of underground tunnels and shafts run through hillsides littered with mine tailings and historic construction debris. A new website combines photos, anecdotes and mine resource data to explore and document the history that lies beneath our feet.”

SHINE: China releases online database of lunar samples

SHINE: China releases online database of lunar samples. “Researchers and the public can access the Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Scientific Data and Sample Release System via the website … The Chang’e-5 probe, which returned to Earth on December 17, 2020, retrieved a total of 1,731 grams of lunar samples, mainly rocks and soil from the lunar surface.”

Caldera chronicles: Preserving the legacy of geologic mapping in Yellowstone (Missoulian)

Missoulian: Caldera chronicles: Preserving the legacy of geologic mapping in Yellowstone. “Today, geologic mapping is done digitally and is easily accessible in a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database, like the Geology of Yellowstone map, which is made possible by the Wyoming State Geological Survey. But what of the old paper maps, made before digital mapping was possible? It is critical that these maps are preserved and digitized, so that the information we have gained in years past remains accessible to all. A part of that effort is to convert older printed maps, as well as unpublished field mapping and observations, into digital GIS database products.”

Penn State News: Internet fiber optics could provide valuable insight into geological phenomena

Penn State News: Internet fiber optics could provide valuable insight into geological phenomena. “Fiber-optic cables run underneath nearly all city grids across the United States and provide internet and cable TV to millions, but what if those systems could also provide valuable information related to hazardous events such as earthquakes and flooding? A team of researchers at Penn State have found they can do just that.”

Volcano Watch: HVO’s new website is more accessible and mobile-friendly (West Hawaii Today)

West Hawaii Today: Volcano Watch: HVO’s new website is more accessible and mobile-friendly. “On the full-sized version (using a tablet or computer), users can still access Hawaiian volcanoes information and data via a menu of options viewed on the left-hand side of the screen, with a list of shortcuts to our most popular pages available on the right-hand side. News items are listed at the bottom of the homepage. The new website maintains the dynamic data streams — seismic maps, deformation plots, and webcam imagery of Hawaiian volcanoes — of the old website.”