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.”

University of Iowa: Iowa Geological Survey ‘rock library’ full of stories

University of Iowa: Iowa Geological Survey ‘rock library’ full of stories . “The IGS warehouse, located at the UI Research Park, is filled with an estimated $250 million worth of rock and soil samples collected during the drilling of roughly 40,000 borings across the state, mostly for water wells…. This summer, core samples such as the one from the Manson Impact Structure are being photographed and logged by UI students to create an online GeoCore database. The digital database will complement the warehouse, a repository of the local geological past that’s shaping Iowa’s future.”

New Web Site Provides Information on Geology in Illinois

A new Web site provides extensive information on geology in Illinois. “People have been studying what exists beneath Illinois’ surface since the 1830s. This research exists as mountains of careful observations, combined with numerous individual research projects, distilled into three seminal scientific reports published decades ago on paper — crowning achievements of many a career at the Illinois State Geological Survey. Now freed from the book shelf, the collected knowledge of Illinois’ geologic past has been digitized, and released online as ILSTRAT – an interactive resource for the public, industry, and government to understand the rocks beneath our feet. Organized as an editable online database, or wiki, ILSTRAT brings to life the best scientific consensus of how Illinois was built – from the ground down.”

Using Machine Intelligence to Sort Geological Specimens

A little far afield, but that’s why I have this section: sorting geological specimens with machine intelligence. “Jller is part of an ongoing research project in the fields of industrial automation and historical geology. It is an apparatus, that sorts pebbles from a specific river by their geologic age. The stones were taken from the stream bed of the German river Jller, shortly before it merges with the Danube, close to the city of Ulm. The machine and its performance is the first manifestation of this research. A set of pebbles from the Jller are placed on the 2×4 meter platform of the machine, which automatically analyzes the stones in order to then sort them. The sorting process happens in two steps: Intermediate, pre-sorted patterns are formed first, to make space for the final, ordered alignment of stones, defined by type and age. Starting from an arbitrary set of stones, […]

Trove of Arizona Mining Data Put Online

A trove of Arizona mining data has been put online. “More than 20,000 files, maps, and reports contributed by dozens of exploration geologists and mining firms are now available. The website exposes more than 8,500 geologic and engineering reports; 6,800 maps – geologic maps, mining claim maps, maps with assays, plats, underground maps and cross sections; and 5,500 historic photographs dating from the 1890s to 2000. The reports comprise over 400,000 pages of materials.”

Database of Idaho Petroglyphs In Development

Recently I wrote about trees in Idaho. Now, let’s talk about rocks. “Students at the College of Western Idaho are entering the next phase of their project of documenting rock art in the Snake River Basin outside of Melba. The Anthropology Club is going from the field to cyberspace to bring petroglyphs to researchers around the worl