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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Huge Sinkhole At Russian Potash Mine

Huge Sinkhole At Russian Potash Mine

Giant 130ft wide sinkhole appears near
Russian mine after flooding, forcing
thousands of miners to stay in their homes
the daily mail, November 20, 2014
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2842997/Giant-130ft-wide-sinkhole-appears-near-Russian-flooding-forcing-thousands-miners-stay-homes.html

Images of Giant Russian Sinkhole Linked to
Uralkali Mining Accident Published Online
By Jennifer Monaghan, Nov. 21 2014
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/images-of-giant-russian-sinkhole-linked-to-uralkali-mining-accident-published-online/511636.html

Giant Sinkhole Still Expanding, Russian Potash
Producer Uralkali Says The Moscow Times Dec. 11
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/giant-sinkhole-expanding-by-the-hour-russian-potash-producer-uralkali-says/513127.html
Yours,

Paul H.

Evolution of the Martian Atmosphere

Evolution of the Martian Atmosphere

Tales from a Martian rock: New chemical analysis of
ancient Martian meteorite provides clues to planet's
history of habitability, University of California,
San Diego, Science Daily Dec. 22, 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141222165037.htm
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/tales_from_a_martian_rock
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22785/20141223/martian-rock-unveils-secrets-about-water-on-early-mars.htm

The paper is:

Shaheen, R., P. B. Niles, K. Chong, C. M. Corrigan,
and M. H. Thiemens, 2014, Carbonate formation
events in ALH 84001 trace the evolution of the Martian
atmosphere. PNAS, Dec. 22, 2014
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/12/17/1315615112

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Papers About Taphonomy of Fossil Tracks

Papers About Taphonomy of Fossil Tracks

While slumming on the Internet, I came across some
interesting papers about fossil trackways, they include:

Marty, Daniel, 2008, Sedimentology, taphonomy, and
ichnology of Late Jurassic dinosaur tracks from the
Jura carbonate platform (Chevenez—Combe Ronde
track site, NW Switzerland): insights into the tidal-flat
palaeoenvironment and dinosaur diversity, locomotion,
and palaeoecology. PhD these, Goefocus vol. 21,
Département de Géosciences – Sciences de la Terre
Université de Fribourg (Suisse).
http://www.academia.edu/692670/Sedimentology_taphonomy_and_ichnology_of_Late_Jurassic_dinosaur_tracks_from_the_Jura_carbonate_platform_Chevenez_Combe_Ronde_tracksite_NW_Switzerland_insights_into_the_tidal-flat_palaeoenvironment_and_dinosaur_diversity_locomotion_and_palaeoecology

Braillard, L., W. A. Hug, and C. A. Meyer, 2007, Late
Jurassic dinosaur tracksites of the Transjurane
highway (Canton Jura, NW Switzerland): over- view
and measures for their protection and valorisation.
Bulletin für angewandte Geologie (Bulletin of applied
Geology) vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 75–89.
http://www.angewandte-geologie.ch/Dokumente/Archiv/Vol12_1/121_7Martyetal.pdf

Marty, D., A. Strasser, and C. A. Meyer, 2009,
Formation and taphonomy of human footprints in
microbial mats of present-day tidal-flat environments:
implications for the study of fossil footprints. Ichnos.
vol. 16, no. 1–2, pp. 127–142.
http://www.academia.edu/692708/Formation_and_taphonomy_of_human_footprints_in_microbial_mats_of_present-day_tidal-flat_environments_implications_for_the_study_of_fossil_footprints

More publications about dinosaur and other trackways
at: http://pal-a16.academia.edu/Departments/Palaeontologie_A16/Documents
and http://pal-a16.academia.edu/danielmarty

In terms of of Chinese fossils trackways, I came across:

Dai, H., L. Xing , D. Marty, J. Zhang, W. S. Persons,
H. Hu, and Fengping Wang, 2015, Microbially-induced
sedimentary wrinkle structures and possible impact
of microbial mats for the enhanced preservation of
dinosaur tracks from the Lower Cretaceous Jiaguan
Formation near Qijiang (Chongqing, China) Cretaceous
Research. vol. 53, article no. 98e109
http://www.xinglida.net/pdf/Dai_et_al_2015_Microbial_mats.pdf

More PDF files about Chinese fossil trackways can be
found and downloaded from either http://www.xinglida.net
or https://web.archive.org/web/20141218153426/http://xinglida.net/

Finally, there is summary paper (book chapter) about
the well-known dinosaur tracks of Dinosaur Valley
State Park, Texas:

Farlow, J. O. M. O'brien, G. J. Kuban, B. F. Dattilo,
K. T. Bates, P. L. Falkingham, L. Pinuela, A. Rose,
A. Freels, C. Kumagai, C. Libben, J. Smith, and J.
Whitcraft, 2012, Dinosaur Tracksites of the Paluxy
River Valley (Glen Rose Formation, Lower Cretaceous),
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Somervell County, Texas.
Actas de V Jrnadas Internacionales sobre Paleontologia
de Dinosaurios y su Entorno, Salas de los Infantes,
Burgos. pp. 41 - 69. http://opus.ipfw.edu/geosci_facpubs/69
and http://opus.ipfw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1059&context=geosci_facpubs

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Cyber Criminals Hijack Identities of Science Journals

Cyber Criminals Hijack Identities of Science Journals

Cyber criminals are stealing the identity of reputable science journals by creating fake web sites and using them to collect author fees, These fees disappear to Armenia and other countries. They most commonly target journals that lack dedicated websites of their
own. In some cases, such websites have collected author fees of up to 500 dollars from authors for a
paper that never gets published.

Go see:

You think this journal is real? Science Guide
http://www.scienceguide.nl/201303/you-think-this-journal-is-real.aspx

Archives des Sciences Warning
http://www.unige.ch/sphn/Publications/ArchivesSciences/Archives.html

Paleonet: "fake" journals
http://mailman.nhm.ac.uk/archives/paleonet/2006/2014-December/003408.html
http://mailman.nhm.ac.uk/archives/paleonet/2006/2014-December/date.html

There is a list of hijacked sceince journals at:

Hijacked journal list 2014, first edition, June 2014
Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian. Academic Journalism,
Publication Ethics
http://www.mehrdadjalalian.com/index.php/list-of-hijacked-journals-and-fake-publishers/30-hiajcked-journal-list-2014-first-edition-june-2014

Other articles are:

Journal hijackers target science and open access Research Information, August 11, 2014
http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1660

Sample of acceptance letter issued by journal hijackers who control the counterfeit website for
the hijacked journal "FAUNA ROSSII I SOPREDEL NYKH STRAN" Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian.
Academic Journalism, Publication Ethics
http://www.mehrdadjalalian.com/index.php/updates-of-hijacked-journals/60-sample-of-acceptance-letter-issued-by-journal-hijackers-who-control-the-counterfeit-website-for-the-hijacked-journal-fauna-rossii-i-sopredel-nykh-stran

4th counterfeit website is detected for "Texas journal of science" Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian.
http://www.mehrdadjalalian.com/index.php/updates-of-hijacked-journals/57-a-4th-counterfeit-website-is-detected-for-texas-journal-of-science

Yours,

Paul H.

Hijacked journal list 2014, first edition, June 2014

Hijacked journal list 2014, first edition, June 2014

Hijacked journal list 2014, first edition, June 2014
Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian. Academic Journalism,
Publication Ethics
http://www.mehrdadjalalian.com/index.php/list-of-hijacked-journals-and-fake-publishers/30-hiajcked-journal-list-2014-first-edition-june-2014

Journal hijackers target science and open access
Research Information, August 11, 2014
http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1660

Sample of acceptance letter issued by journal
hijackers who control the counterfeit website for
the hijacked journal "FAUNA ROSSII I
SOPREDEL NYKH STRAN" Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian.
Academic Journalism, Publication Ethics
http://www.mehrdadjalalian.com/index.php/updates-of-hijacked-journals/60-sample-of-acceptance-letter-issued-by-journal-hijackers-who-control-the-counterfeit-website-for-the-hijacked-journal-fauna-rossii-i-sopredel-nykh-stran

4th counterfeit website is detected for "Texas
journal of science" Dr. Mehrdad Jalalian.
http://www.mehrdadjalalian.com/index.php/updates-of-hijacked-journals/57-a-4th-counterfeit-website-is-detected-for-texas-journal-of-science

Yours,

Paul H.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Unifying Model for the Fossilization of Soft-Bodied Organisms

Unifying Model for the Fossilization of Soft-Bodied Organisms

550-million-year-old fossils provide new clues
about fossil formation. PhysOrg, Dec. 18, 2104
http://phys.org/news/2014-12-million-year-old-fossils-clues-fossil-formation.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141218120844.htm

550 Million Year Old Fossils Provide New
Clues about Fossil Formation by Fran Webber
MU News Bureau, December 17, 2014
http://research.missouri.edu/news/story.php?476

The paper is;

Schiffbauer, J. D., s. Xiao, Y. Cai, A. F.
Wallace, H. Hua, J. Hunter, H. Xu, Y. Peng,
and A. J. Kaufman, 2014, A unifying model
for Neoproterozoic–Palaeozoic exceptional
fossil preservation through pyritization and
carbonaceous compression. Nature
Communications. vol. 5, article number:
5754, doi:10.1038/ncomms6754
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/141217/ncomms6754/abs/ncomms6754.html

A related article is:

Soft Fossils: A rare fossil find offers a window
into Cambrian life, University of Missouri
http://illumination.missouri.edu/s14/soft_fossils

Yours,

Paul H.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

K/Pg Extinction Might Have Almost Killed Off Mammals Also

K/Pg Extinction Might Have Almost Killed Off Mammals Also

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly
knocked off mammals, too, Pensoft Publishers,
Science Daily December 17, 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141217101314.htm
http://www.pensoft.net/news.php?n=451&SESID=3b8ec3935301d193da5982b1c3e69685

Williamson, T. E., S. L. Brusatte, and G. P. Wilson,
2014, The origin and early evolution of metatherian
mammals: the Cretaceous record. ZooKeys. vol. 465,
pp. 1-76. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.465.8178
http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4342

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mastodons Disappeared from Beringia Before Human Colonization

Mastodons Disappeared from Beringia Before Human Colonization

Mastodons Disappeared from Beringia before
Ancient Humans Arrived by Sci-News.com
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/science-mastodons-beringia-ancient-humans-02311.html

Missing the Mastodon by Brian Switek
National Geographic, December 9, 2014
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/09/missing-the-mastodon/

Mastodon fossils in Alaska and Yukon suggest
local extinction long before human colonization
Science Daily, December 1, 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141201163231.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/amon-amm112614.php

The paper is:

Zazula, G., R. MacPhee, J. Metcalfe, A. Reyes,
F. Brock, P. Druckenmiller, P. Groves, C.
Harington, G. Hodgins, M. Kunz, F. Longstaffe,
D. Mann, H. McDonald, S. Nalawade-Chavan, and
J. Southon, 2014, American mastodon extirpation
in the Arctic and Subarctic predates human
colonization and terminal Pleistocene climate
change. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416072111
Abstract at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/11/25/1416072111
PDF file at http://www.tc.gov.yk.ca/publications/PNAS-2014-Zazula-1416072111.pdf

Yours,

Paul H

New U-Pb Dates Tie Deccan Traps to Dinosaur Extinction

New U-Pb Dates Tie Deccan Traps to Dinosaur Extinction

New Dates Tie Volcanic Flood to Dinosaur Extinction
by Becky Oskin, Live Science, December 11, 2014
http://www.livescience.com/49097-lava-flows-led-dinosaur-extinction.html

Did a Massive Volcanic Eruption in India kill off the
Dinosaurs? by Joel Achenbush, Washington Post,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/12/11/did-a-massive-volcanic-eruption-in-india-kill-off-the-dinosaurs/

The paper is:
Schoene, B., K. M. Samperton, M. P. Eddy, G.
Keller, T. Adatte, S. A. Bowring, S. F. R. Khadri
and B. Gertsch, 2014, U-Pb geochronology of the
Deccan Traps and relation to the end-Cretaceous
mass extinction. Science (advance online publication)
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa0118
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/12/10/science.aaa0118

A commentarty is:
Stone, R., 2014, The once-moribund idea that
volcanism helped kill off the dinosaurs gains new
credibility. Science. vol. 346, no. 6215, pp. 1281-1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6215.1281
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6215/1281.summary

Yours,

Paul H.

Fake Web Sites Are Involved In Impersonating Scientific Journals

Fake Web Sites Are Involved In Impersonating Scientific Journals

Cyber criminals are stealing the identity of reputable
science journals by creating fake web sites and using
them to collect author fees, These fees disappear to
Armenia and other countries. They most commonly
target journals that lack dedicated websites of their
own. In some cases, such websites have collected
author fees of up to 500 dollars from authors for a
paper that never gets published.

Go see:

You think this journal is real? Science Guide
http://www.scienceguide.nl/201303/you-think-this-journal-is-real.aspx

Archives des Sciences Warning
http://www.unige.ch/sphn/Publications/ArchivesSciences/Archives.html

Paleonet: "fake" journals
http://mailman.nhm.ac.uk/archives/paleonet/2006/2014-December/003408.html
http://mailman.nhm.ac.uk/archives/paleonet/2006/2014-December/date.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Friday, 12 December 2014

States Ban the Sale or Tade of Mammoth Ivory Tusks and Teeth

States Ban the Sale or Tade of Mammoth Ivory Tusks and Teeth

In June, the sale of all antique elephant ivory
and fossil mammoth ivory has been banned
in New York and New Jersey. For some reason
teeth are also included.

States Ban the sale or trade of Mammoth
Ivory Tusks and Teeth. AAPS, Association
of Applied Paleontological Sciences
http://aaps.net/fossil-ivory-ban.html

New York Passes Law Banning Sale of
Elephant & Mammoth Ivory, Jewels du Jour
http://www.jewelsdujour.com/2014/06/new-york-passes-law-banning-sale-of-elephant-mammoth-ivory/

A related web page is:

Elephant versus mammoth ivory
http://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_natural.php#elephant

Yours,

Paul H.

Detained at LAX for Esquel Meteorite From Argentina

Detained at LAX for Esquel Meteorite From Argentina

In "Re: [meteorite-list] Detained at LAX for Esquel"
( http://www.mail-archive.com/meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com/msg119796.html )
and on Dec. 11, 2014, J Sinclair wrote:

"Fossils have been a recent focus too. Some are
being charged with smuggling and landing in
jail because of current laws."

In June, the sale of all antique elephant ivory
and fossil mammoth ivory has been banned
in New York and New Jersey. For some reason
teeth are also included.

States Ban the sale or trade of Mammoth
Ivory Tusks and Teeth. AAPS, Association
of Applied Paleontological Sciences
http://aaps.net/fossil-ivory-ban.html

New York Passes Law Banning Sale of
Elephant & Mammoth Ivory, Jewels du Jour
http://www.jewelsdujour.com/2014/06/new-york-passes-law-banning-sale-of-elephant-mammoth-ivory/

A related web page is:

Elephant versus mammoth ivory
http://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_natural.php#elephant

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Nature makes all articles free to view

Nature makes all articles free to view

Nature makes all articles free to view (Publisher
permits subscribers and media to share read-only
versions of its papers by Richard Van Noorden
Nature.com, 02 December 2014
http://www.nature.com/news/nature-makes-all-articles-free-to-view-1.16460

A New Way to Share Articles—and Help
Advance Science by Mariette DiChristina
Scientific Amwerican, December 1, 2014 |
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/at-scientific-american/2014/12/01/a-new-way-to-share-articlesand-help-advance-science/

Yours,

Paul H.

Another Crinoid Stem Mistaken For Paleozoic High Technology

Another Crinoid Stem Mistaken For Paleozoic High Technology

Another fossil crinoid stem, in this case an off-center
cross-section of a crinoid stem columnal, has been
mistaken / misrepresented as Paleozoic prehistoric
ancient technology (Ooparts). For the lurid and
rather funny spectacle of people getting excited
over a fragment of a fossil crinoid stem, go read,
using Google Translate or Google Chrome:

НАУЧНАЯ СЕНСАЦИЯ: УЧЕНЫЕ ДОКАЗАЛИ
СУЩЕСТВОВАНИЕ ДРУГОЙ ЦИВИЛИЗАЦИИ
НА ЗЕМЛЕ (Scientific Sensation: Scientists Have
Proved the Existence of Other Civilization on
Earth) МИР НОВОСТЕЙ, ВСЕ ПРАВА ЗАЩИЩЕНЫ
http://mirnov.ru/lenta-novostej/nauchnaja-sensacija-uchenye-dokazali-suschestvovanie-drugoi-civilizacii-na-zemle.html

https://web.archive.org/save/http://mirnov.ru/lenta-novostej/nauchnaja-sensacija-uchenye-dokazali-suschestvovanie-drugoi-civilizacii-na-zemle.html

Ученые обнаружили камень с микрочипом,
которому 250 миллионов лет (Scientists have
discovered a stone with a microchip that 250
million years (Found in the Krasnodar region
stone with a microchip turned upside down
the world of science.) Courier-Media, Russsia.
http://www.kurier-media.ru/articles/55633/ and
https://web.archive.org/save/http://www.kurier-media.ru/articles/55633/

Venemaal leiti mikrokiipi meenutava objektiga
kivi, mille vanus on umbes 250 miljonit aastat
(In Russia found a stone with a microchip, which
is 250 million years old), Keelatud Arheoloogia
(Forbidden Archeology – Estonian)
http://artefaktidjafenomenid.blogspot.com/2014/11/venemaal-leiti-mikrokiibiga-kivi-mille.html and
https://web.archive.org/web/20141129145543/http://artefaktidjafenomenid.blogspot.com/2014/11/venemaal-leiti-mikrokiibiga-kivi-mille.html

For an English translation see Google Translate
or use Google Chrome. Google Translate is at
https://translate.google.com/?hl=en .

Fortunately, there are still some realistic and
rational people left in this world as seen in:

История армавирского камня с «микрочипом»
http://www.ufo-com.net/publications/art-7684-kamen-s-mikrochipom.html 

 and

https://web.archive.org/web/20141129051607/http://www.ufo-com.net/publications/art-7684-kamen-s-mikrochipom.html

For a previous case where people have gone off the
deep end in claiming That fossil crinoids are the
fossilized remains of ancient technology, go look
at “Fossil Russian Screws” - Practical Internet
Jokes Using Crinoid Fossils" at
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/37499-fossil-russian-screws-practical-internet-jokes-using-crinoid-fossils/

In this case, one of the pictures involved was taken
from Wikimedia, where it was clearly identified as
fossil crinoid columnals..

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Geology Humor

Geology Humor

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/403212972862209571/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/403212972862209668/

Yours,

Paul H.

60 Years Ago, A Human Was Hit by a Meteorite in Alabama

60 Years Ago, A Human Was Hit by a Meteorite in Alabama

60 Years Ago Today, A Human Was Hit
by a Meteorite by Phil Plait, Slate Magazine,
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/11/30/sylacauga_meteorite_60th_anniversary_of_a_human_hit_by_a_space_rock.html

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The
Sylacauga meteorite by R. Marsden, The
Independent, November 28, 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/rhodri-marsdens-interesting-objects-the-sylacauga-meteorite-9887893.html

UA marks anniversary of meteorite hitting
woman, Washington Times, Nov. 27, 2014‎
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/27/ua-marks-anniversary-of-meteorite-hitting-woman/

Other Sources

Hodges Meteorite Strike (Sylacauga Aerolite)
Encyclopedia of Alabma,
http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1280

A star fell on Sylacauga '54 meteorite struck
home, woman, changed lives, Decatur Daily
http://archive.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/061130/meteorite.shtml

Yours,

Paul H.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

How Scientometry is Killing Science (Open Access PDF Available)

How Scientometry is Killing Science (Open Access PDF Available)

This is a fine paper. I recommend reading it.

Celâl Şengör, A M., 2014, How scientometry is
killing science. GSA Today. vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 44-45.

PDF at
http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/12/pdf/i1052-5173-24-12-44.pdf

text at
http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/12/article/i1052-5173-24-12-44.htm

GSA Today - Vol. 24, Issue 12 - Table of Contents
http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/12/

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Asteroid Impacts on Earth Make Structurally Bizarre Diamonds

Asteroid Impacts on Earth Make Structurally Bizarre Diamonds

Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally
bizarre diamonds, Arizona State University,
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141124125607.htm
https://asunews.asu.edu/20141120-lonsdaleite

The paper is:

Nemeth, P., L. A. J. Garvie, T. Aoki, N.
Dubrovinskaia, L. Dubrovinsky, and P. R.
Buseck, 2014, Lonsdaleite is faulted and
twinned cubic diamond and does not
exist as a discrete material. Nature
Communications. vol. 5, article no. 5447
Published online, November 20, 2104
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/141120/ncomms6447/full/ncomms6447.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found in Siberia

9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found in Siberia

9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found Frozen in Time
by Elizabeth Palermo, Live Sceince, November 06, 2014
http://www.livescience.com/48653-bison-mummy-brains-organs.html

Photos: 9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Found in Siberia
by Elizabeth Palermo, Live Science, November 06, 2014
http://www.livescience.com/48645-bison-mummy-photos.html

Complete 9,000 Year-Old Frozen Bison Found in Siberia
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Novmber 2914
http://vertpaleo.org/The-Society/SVP---Paleo-News/Society-News-and-Events/Press-Release---Complete-9000-Year-Old-Frozen-Biso.aspx

Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found
in Siberia, Science Daily, November 6, 2014
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141106113257.htm

Another recent bison fossil in Bison Bob in Alaska.

Rare Bison Discovered in Alaskan Permafrost
by Larry O'Hanlon, Discovery News, Nov. 5, 2014
http://news.discovery.com/adventure/rare-bison-discovered-in-alaskan-permafrost-130205.htm

Bison Bob a big discovery on the North Slope by Ned Rozell
Article #2152, Alaska Science Forum, January 24, 2013
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AlaskaScienceForum/article/bison-bob-big-discovery-north-slope

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Glass Beach, MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg, California

Glass Beach, MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg, California

Amazing Glass Beach,MacKerricher State Park,
Fort Bragg, California, http://geekstroke.com/miscellaneous/amazing-glass-beach/

Fort Bragg Glass Beach, California Sea Glass
http://www.odysseyseaglass.com/fort-bragg-glass-beach.html

Glass Beach (Fort Bragg, California)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_Beach_

(Fort_Bragg,_California)

Yours,
Paul H.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Scientists Descend Into Siberia's Mystery Crater

Scientists Descend Into Siberia's Mystery Crater

Pictures: Explorers Descend Into Siberia's Mystery
Crater, National Geographic, November 14, 2104
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/pictures/141114-siberian-hole-cave-yamal-peninsula-science/

Descending into the depths of Siberia's mystery
crater: Experts explore 98ft-wide hole to learn
more about its origins. Mail Online, Nov. 12, 2104
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2831238/Descending-depths-Siberia-s-mystery-crater-Experts-explore-98ft-wide-hole-learn-origins.html

Russian research team explores giant Siberian
sinkhole, The Guardian, November 12, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/12/research-climb-giant-siberian-sinkhole

Yours,

Paul H.

Diamonds Found in Sutter’s Mill Meteorite

Diamonds Found in Sutter’s Mill Meteorite

Diamonds found in meteorite that fell in Sierra
Gold Country (California) SFGate,Nov. 10, 2014
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Diamonds-found-in-meteorite-that-fell-in-Sierra-5884457.php

Diamonds Found In El Dorado County Meteorite
CBS, Scaremento, California, Nov. 14, 2014
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/11/14/diamonds-found-in-el-dorado-county-meteorite/

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Meteorite Bears Evidence of Early Solar System Magnetic Fields

Meteorite Bears Evidence of Early Solar System Magnetic Fields

Meteorite Bears Evidence of Magnetic Fields in Early Solar System (New research shows
that magnetic fields played a role in the solar system's formation) by Charles Q. Choi, Inside
Science News Service, Scientific American
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meteorite-bears-evidence-of-magnetic-fields-in-early-solar-system/

Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birth
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141113142110.htm
https://asunews.asu.edu/20141113-magnetic-fields

The paper is:
Fu, R. R., B. P. Weiss, E. A. Lima, R. J.
Harrison, X.-N Bai, S. J. Desch, D. S. Ebel,
C. Suavet, H. Wang, D. Glenn, D. Le Sage,
T. Kasama, R. L. Walsworth, and A. T. Kuan,
2014, Solar nebula magnetic fields recorded
in the Semarkona meteorite. Science, 13
November 2014 DOI: 10.1126/science.1258022
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/11/12/science.1258022

Yours,

Paul H

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Open Access Paper About Sudbury Impact (Ontario, Canada)

Open Access Paper About Sudbury Impact (Ontario, Canada)

Petrus, J. A., D. E. Ames, and B. S. Kamber, 2014, On
the track of the elusive sudbury impact: geochemical
evidence for a chondrite or comet bolide. Terra Nova.
DOI: 10.1111/ter.12125. Accepted Article
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ter.12125/abstract
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ter.12125/pdf

Yours,

Paul H.

Plant Fossil Record Reflects Just Two Great Extinction Events – Open Access

Plant Fossil Record Reflects Just Two Great Extinction Events – Open Access

Cascales-Miñana, B., and C. J. Cleal, 2014, The
plant fossil record reflects just two great extinction
events. Terra Nova. vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 195–200.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ter.12086/full
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ter.12086/pdf

"Here we show that the plant fossil record in fact only
provides evidence of two mass taxonomic extinction
events, one through the Carboniferous-Permian
transition, the other during middle-late Permian times."

Yours,

Paul H.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Crater Hunters Find New Clues to Ancient Impact Storm

Crater Hunters Find New Clues to Ancient Impact Storm

Crater Hunters Find New Clues to Ancient Impact Storm
by Becky Oskin, Live Science, October 31, 2014
http://www.livescience.com/48565-meteor-crater-hunters-ordovician-impacts.html
http://news.discovery.com/space/asteroids-meteors-meteorites/crater-hunters-find-new-clues-to-ancient-impact-storm-141103.htm

The paper is:

Ormo, J., E. Sturkell, C. Alwmark, and J. Melosh, 2014,
First known Terrestrial Impact of a Binary Asteroid from
a Main Belt Breakup Event. Scientific Reports no. 4,
Article number 6724. Published online October 23, 2014
http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/141023/srep06724/full/srep06724.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Free Online Publications About Oldest Putative (Circa 3.4 Ga) Stromatolites

Free Online Publications About Oldest Putative (Circa 3.4 Ga) Stromatolites

Beautifully illustrated publications about the
Strelley Pool Formation and Apex Chert and the
putative oldest Precambrian (3.4 Ga) stromatolites
that they contain are available for free online as
PDF files. These publications are well-illustrated
with color figures, maps, and pictures.

Brasier, M. D., O. R. Green, J. F. Lindsay, N.
McLoughlin, C. A. Stoakes, A. T. Brasier, and D.
Wacey, 2011, Geology and putative microfossil
assemblage of the c. 3460 Ma Apex Chert,
China Creek, Western Australia : a field
and petrographic guide. Record no. 2011/7,
Geological Survey of Western Australia.
http://www.academia.edu/707534/Geology_and_putative_Microfossil_Assemblage_of_the_3460Ma_Apex_Chert_Western_Australia_-_a_Field_and_Petrographic_Guide

PDF file also found using “Apex Chert” in search
page at: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/GSWApublications

Wacey, D., N. McLoughlin, C. Stoakes, M. R. Kilbrun
O. R. Green, and M. D. Brasier, 2010, The 3426-3350
Ma Strelley Pool Formation in the East Strelley
Greenstone Belt: a field and petrographic guide. Record
no. 2010/10, Geological Survey of Western Australia.,
Perth, Australia. 64 pp.
http://www.academia.edu/436814/The_3426-3350_Ma_Strelley_Pool_Formation_in_the_East_Strelley_Greenstone_Belt_-_A_Field_and_Petrographic_Guide

PDF file found using “Strelley Pool” in search page at:
http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/GSWApublications

Hickman, A. H., 2008, Regional Review of the 3426-
3350 Ma Strelley Pool Formation, Pilbara Craton, Western
Australia. Record no. 2008/05, Geological Survey of
Western Australia, Perth, Australia. 27 pp.

PDF file found using “Strelley Pool” in search page at:
http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/GSWApublications

Allwood, A., 2007, Stratigraphy and facies of the 3.43
Ga Strelley Pool Chert. Record no. 2008/05, Geological
Survey of Western Australia. Record no. 2007/11,
Geological Survey of Western Australia. Perth, Australia.
27 pp.

PDF file found using “Strelley Pool” in search page at:
http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/GSWApublications

Yours,

Paul H.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

"The Cloud" - Great Ted Talk About Being A Scientist

"The Cloud" - Great Ted Talk About Being A Scientist

This is a great Ted Talk that speaks to a part
of conducting science that scientists do not
normally talk about to the lay public

Uri Alon, 2013, Why truly innovative science
demands a leap into the unknown
TEDGlobal 2013, Film 2013.
https://www.ted.com/talks/uri_alon_why_truly_innovative_science_demands_a_leap_into_the_unknown?language=en

There is a web page with materials that give
advice about being a scientist. It is:

Materials for Naturing Young Scientists,
Uri Alon Lab, at:
http://wws.weizmann.ac.il/mcb/UriAlon/index.php?q=materials-nurturing-scientists

It has papers about choosing research topics,
how not to a seminar, and so forth.

For an unrelated story about misadventures
in the peer-review process, go see;

When @#%$! is your imaginary co-author,
Sifter Science News, AAAS
http://news.sciencemag.org/sifter/2014/10/when-is-your-imaginary-co-author?

The true story of Stronzo Bestiale (and other
scientific jokes) by vito tartamella, Parolacce,
Oct. 5, 2014
http://www.parolacce.org/2014/10/05/the-true-story-of-stronzo-bestiale/

Yours

Paul H.

Basaltic Sedimentary Rocks, Gale Crater, Mars

Basaltic Sedimentary Rocks, Gale Crater, Mars

GSA 2014: The puzzle of Gale crater's basaltic
sedimentary rocks by Emily Lakdawalla, The
Planetary Society, October 24, 2014,
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/10231731-gsa-2014-the-puzzle-of-gale.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Free Geologic Time Scale Creator

Free Geologic Time Scale Creator

TimeScale Creator
by Katelyn Verner and Rebecca Bobick,Purdue University

https://engineering.purdue.edu/Stratigraphy/tscreator/index/index.php

According to the web page:

“TimeScale Creator, a free JAVA package, enables
you to explore and create charts of any portion of
the geologic time scale from an extensive suite of
global and regional events in Earth History. The
internal database suite encompasses over 20,000
biologic, geomagnetic, sea-level, stable isotope,
and other events – details are given on the
BUILT-IN DATA page. All ages in TSCreator
version 5.4 are currently standardized to Geologic
Time Scale 2004, and to the Concise Geologic
Time Scale, 2008 compilation. The age model
for TSCreator version 6.3 is from "The Geologic
Time Scale 2012" by F.M. Gradstein, J.G. Ogg,
M.D. Schmitz and G.M. Ogg (Elsevier, 2012).”

Webinars about the TimeScale Creator and other
uses of computers in paleontology and geology
can bed found in "C4P Webinars" at
http://workspace.earthcube.org/c4p/content/c4p-webinars

A related web page is the “Collaboration and
Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences’ web page at
http://workspace.earthcube.org/c4p .

Yours,

Paul H.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Was There a Sixth Prehistoric Mass Extinction?

Was There a Sixth Prehistoric Mass Extinction?

'Missing' disaster led to all-time worst extinction
by Jeff Hecht, Newc Scientist, October 23, 2014
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22429922.300-missing-disaster-led-to-alltime-worst-extinction.html

Have we missed a mass extinction? Extra catastrophic
event may have occurred 8 million years before the
‘Great Dying’, claim experts by Ellie Zolfgharifard,
Daily Mail, Oct. 23, 2014
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2805194/Have-missed-mass-extinction-Extra-catastrophic-event-occurred-8-million-years-Great-Dying-claim-experts.html

The talk is:

Bond, D. P. G., Wignall, P. B., M. M. Joachimski,
and others, 2014, Catastrophic Middle Permian
Extinction and Extraordinary Recovery in High
Latitudes. Geological Society of America Abstracts
with Programs. vol. 46, no. 6, p.170,
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/webprogram/Paper241677.html
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/webprogram/Session35273.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The"Great Unconformity" And Other Essays About Rocks and Fossils

The"Great Unconformity" And Other Essays About Rocks and Fossils

There is a great blog called "Written in Stone,
which has a number of great and well-illustrated
essays about geology. This includes a series
about the "Great Unconformity."

The Great Unconformity of the Grand Canyon
and the Late Proterozoic-Cambrian Time Interval:
Part I - Defining It
http://written-in-stone-seen-through-my-lens.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-unconformity-of-grand-canyon-part.html

The Great Unconformity and the Late Proterozoic-
Cambrian Time Interval: Part II - The Rifting of
Rodinia and the "Snowball Earth" Glaciations
That Followed
http://written-in-stone-seen-through-my-lens.blogspot.com/2012/02/great-unconformity-of-grand-canyon-part.html

The Great Unconformity at Baker's Bridge:
Part III - Regional Geological and Global
Bio-Evolutionary Significance
http://written-in-stone-seen-through-my-lens.blogspot.com/search/label/Great%20Unconformity

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Megathrust Earthquakes (NW US) and largest Volcano On Earth - Interesting Online Talks

Megathrust Earthquakes (NW US) and largest Volcano On Earth - Interesting Online Talks

Magnitude 9 - How We Learned that the Largest
Earthquakes on Earth Happen in BC, Deep Time,
Global Change and YOU lecture series,
February 27, 2014 - Simon Fraser University
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD0BRSST_8U

A paper that supplements this lecture is:

Atwater B. F., M.-R. Satoko, S. Kenji, T.
Yoshinobu, u. Kazue, and D. K. Yamaguchi
2005, The Orphan Tsunami of 1700—Japanese
Clues to a Parent Earthquake in North America.
Professional Paper no. 1707, U.S. Geological
Survey, Reston, Virginia.

PDF file at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1707/ and
http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1707/pp1707.pdf

Another lecture from the same university that
I found interesting, but on another topic is:

Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin and Beyond,
Simon Fraser University
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX6aGp3wGlw

and an interesting and informative lecture from the
Houston Geological Society is:

The Largest Volcano in the World-Mid Pacific Ocean
William Sager, HGSGeoEducation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bhUEYNNr1Y

Yours

Paul H.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Fine Art of Reconstructing Prehistoric Animals

The Fine Art of Reconstructing Prehistoric Animals

Below are some articles about the realities, fantasies,
preconceptions, and pitfalls involved with the
reconstruction of prehistoric vertebrates from their
fossils.

Patterns in Palaeontology: Palaeoart – fossil fantasies
or recreating lost reality? by Mark P. Witton Paleontology
Online, http://www.palaeontologyonline.com/articles/2014/patterns-palaeontology-palaeoart-fossil-fantasies-recreating-lost-reality/
and http://www.palaeontologyonline.com/articles/category/patterns-in-palaeontology/

The accuracy of palaeoart and the 'new' Spinosaurus
by Mark P. Witton, September 1, 2014, Witton’s Blog
http://markwitton-com.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-accuracy-of-palaeoart-and-new.html

The changing life appearance of dinosaurs by
Darren Naish, Scientific American, September 1, 2014
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/2014/09/01/changing-life-appearance-of-dinosaurs/?print=true

Paul H.

Friday, 10 October 2014

New Paper About Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

New Paper About Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

Holliday, V. T., T. Surovell, D. J. Meltzer, D. K. Grayson,
and M. Boslough, 2014, The Younger Dryas impact
hypothesis: a cosmic catastrophe. Journal of Quaternary
Science. vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 515–530, August 2014

Abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.2724/full

PDF file athttp://www.geo.arizona.edu/sites/www.geo.arizona.edu/files/pictures/JQS2014--Holliday%20et%20al.%20FULL.pdf

A couple of recent abstracts about the Corossol Crater,
which is mentioned in the above paper are:

Higgins, M. D., P. Lajeunesse, G. St-Onge, R. Sanfacon, and
M. Duchesne, 2013, Impact Breccia Clast from the Corossol
Crater, Canada. 76th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting.
Meteoritics and Planetary Science Supplement, id.5190
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/metsoc2013/pdf/5190.pdf

Higgins, M. D., P. Lajeunesse, G. St-Onge, J. Locat,
R. Sanfacon, and M.J. Duchesne, 2014, The Submarine
4-km diameter Corossol Crater, Eastern Canada: Evidence
for an impact origin.''] Geophysical Research Abstracts.
vol. 16, p. EGU2014-4190.
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2014/EGU2014-4190.pdf

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Lecture About Organic Rich Mudstones (Including Their Paleontology)

Lecture About Organic Rich Mudstones (Including Their Paleontology)

There is a wonderful, although long, lecture about
organic rich mudstones that can be viewed online.
It is “Organic Rich Mudstones-Questions” at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GVdJAmf7FU

Although it aimed toward oil and gas exploration,
he does discuss the paleontology and taphonomy
of organic rich mudstone (“back shales”) in some
detail. What he has to say about the paleontology and
taphonomy of these rocks is quite interesting.

This lecture is just one of number of lectures that
the Houston Geological Society has online at
http://www.hgs.org/multimedia_Education

I also found interesting is “The Largest Volcano in
the World-Mid Pacific Ocean” by William Sager at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bhUEYNNr1Y

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Ocean Floor Remapped With Satellites - Thousands of Unmapped Seamounts Found

Ocean Floor Remapped With Satellites - Thousands of Unmapped Seamounts Found

Scientists Discover Thousands Of Uncharted
Mountains Hidden Beneath The Sea, Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/04/thousands-sea-mountains-discovered_n_5929880.html

The web site is “Exploring Ocean Tectonics from Space.”
http://topex.ucsd.edu/grav_outreach/

The paper is

Sandwell, D. T., R. D. Müller, W. H. F. Smith,
E. Garcia, and R. Francis, 2014, New global
marine gravity model from CryoSat-2 and Jason-1
reveals buried tectonic structure. Science. vol. 346,
no. 6205, pp. 65-67.
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6205/65

Their mapping of the extinct spreading ridge
and associated transform faults within the
Gulf of Mexico is also quite important.

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Is it volcano season?

Is it volcano season?

Is it volcano season? From Japan to Iceland, scientists
probe the reasons why there are so many eruptions lately
by Robin Wylie, Washington Post,September 30, 2014
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/09/30/is-it-volcano-season-from-japan-to-iceland-scientists-probe-the-reasons-why-there-are-so-many-eruptions-lately/

The paper is:

Palladino, D. M., and G. Sottili, 2014, Earth's spin and
volcanic eruptions: evidence for mutual cause-and-effect
interactions? Terra Nova. vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 78–84,
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ter.12073/abstract

Another article about volcanos with pictures;

Icelandic volcano Bardarbunga causes hundreds of
tremors, but offers fantastic photographs by Staff,
National Post, September 16, 2014
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/09/16/icelandic-volcano-bardarbunga-causes-hundreds-of-tremors-but-offers-fantastic-photographs/

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Nearly Complete Mammoth Skeleton Excavated in Ellis County, Texas

Nearly Complete Mammoth Skeleton Excavated in Ellis County, Texas

Ellis County gravel pit owner donates nearly complete
Mammoth skeleton, Weatherford Democrat, Texas
http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/article_db4d88fc-2d43-11e4-b20f-001a4bcf887a.html

Perot Museum getting rare, intact mammoth skeleton
found in Ellis County gravel pit. Dallas News,
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140824-rare-intact-mammoth-skeleton-is-donated-to-perot-museum.ece

Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth
found on its farm by Lisa Maria Garza, Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/26/us-usa-texas-mammoth-idUSKBN0GQ26G20140826

Yours,

Paul H.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Bizarre Spherical Fossils Could Be Among World's Earliest Known Animals

Bizarre Spherical Fossils Could Be Among World's Earliest Known Animals

Bizarre Sphere Fossils Could Be Among World's
Earliest Animals by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
http://www.livescience.com/47985-sphere-fossils-animal-embryos.html

In Images: Strange 600-Year-Old Spherical Fossils
by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science, September 24, 2014
http://www.livescience.com/47984-strange-sphere-fossils-photos.html

This fruit-like fossil may have been one of the
world’s first animals by Fiona MacDonald,
Science Alert, September 25, 2014
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20142509-26233.html

The paper is:

Chen, L., S. Xiao, K. Pang, C. Zhou, and X. Yuan,
2014, Cell differentiation and germ–soma separation
in Ediacaran animal embryo-like fossils. Nature.
Published online 24 September 2014
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13766.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Open Access Files (PDFs) of Papers About Triassic Fossils

Open Access Files (PDFs) of Papers About Triassic Fossils

Hi,

A number of PDFfiles of papers about Triassic
fossils can be found on lie in:

Lucas, S. G., and J. A. Speilman, eds., 2007a, Triassic
of the American West. Bulletin no. 40. New Mexico
Museum of Natural History & Albuquerque, New Mexico.

and

Lucas, S. G., and J. A. Speilman, eds., 2007a, the Global
Triassic. Bulletin no. 41. New Mexico Museum of Natural
History & Albuquerque, New Mexico.

PDF files for both bulletins athttp://paleo.cortland.edu/globaltriassic/
andhttps://web.archive.org/web/20140923020836/http://paleo.cortland.edu/globaltriassic/

Yours,

Paul H.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

"The Cloud" and doing Science

"The Cloud" and doing Science

This is a Ted Talk that is about aspects of doing
science that scientists do not normally talk about to
the lay public

Uri Alon, 2013, Why truly innovative science demands
a leap into the unknown TEDGlobal 2013, Film 2013.
https://www.ted.com/talks/uri_alon_why_truly_innovative_science_demands_a_leap_into_the_unknown/transcript?language=en

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Online and Downloadable Missouri K-Pg Megatsunami Deposits Papers

Online and Downloadable Missouri K-Pg Megatsunami Deposits Papers

Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., C. E. Campbell, and T. L. Eifert, 2008,
Megatsunami deposit in Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary
interval of southeast Missouri. In K R. Evans, J. W. Horton Jr.,
D. T. King Jr., and J. R. Morrow, eds., pp. 189-198 The
Sedimentary Record of Meteorite Impacts. Special Papers
no. 437, Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colorado.
PDF file at http://seismo.device.mst.edu/GG/pubs/06.pdf and
http://gs.mst.edu/media/academic/gs/documents/refcont/006.pdf

Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., M. K. Spencer, C. E. Campbell, and
R. D. Haselwander, 2012, A portrait of Late Maastrichtian and
Paleocene palynoflora. Palynology. vol. 36, Supplement 1,
pp. 63-79 PDF file at
http://gs.mst.edu/media/academic/gs/documents/refcont/042.pdf

Dastas, N. R., J. A. Chamberlain Jr., and M. P. Garb, 2014,
Cretaceous-Paleogene Dinoflagellate Biostratigraphy and the
Age of the Clayton Formation, Southeastern Missouri, USA.
Geosciences. vol. 4 no. 1, pp 1-29. PDF file at
http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/4/1/1/pdf and
http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/4/1/1

Yours,

Paul H.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Downloadable PDF Reprints About Fossils

Downloadable PDF Reprints About Fossils

First in the Fossil Forum, there is an ongoing thread
about downloadable online PDF reprints of papers
about trilobites in “Open Access Trilobite Papers
2013-2014” at:
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/34135-open-access-trilobite-papers-2013-2014/

Second, there is a whole collection of downloadable
online PDF files of papers about fossils gathered by two
members of the Fossil Forum in “Documents” at
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/forum/85-documents/

Finally, separate threads about PDF files of other
papers about fossils can found in “Fossil Literature” at:
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/forum/13-fossil-literature/

Some recent threads about online PDF files of papers
about fossils include:

1. “PDF Files About Whiskey Bridge / Stone City Bluff,
Bryan, Texas, Fossil Site”
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/49502-pdf-files-about-whiskey-bridge-stone-city-bluff-bryan-texas-fossil-site/

2. “PDF Of Paper About Bright Angel Shale Trilobites,
Grand Canyon (Foster 2011)”
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/49464-pdf-of-paper-about-bright-angel-shale-trilobites-grand-canyon-foster-2011/

and 3. “Online Reprints Of Papers About Trilobites ( PDF Files )”
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/49141-online-reprints-of-papers-about-trilobites-pdf-files/

Yours,

Paul H.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mystery Crater Observed on Utah Farm

Mystery Crater Observed on Utah Farm

What created the mystery Utah crater? by Ellie Zolfagharifard
Mail Online and Associated Press, September 2, 2014
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2740487/What-created-mystery-crater-Utah-Underwater-hole-collapsing-soil-causing-small-eruption.html

Scientists unsure about what caused mystery crater
to form in southern Utah irrigation pond KSL, NBC News
http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/water-cooler/scientists-unsure-about-what-caused-mystery-crater-to-form-in-southern-utah-irrigation-pond

Mystery Crater Surfaces on Utah Farm by Jenn
Gidman, Newser, Sept. 3, 2014
http://www.newser.com/story/193384/mystery-crater-surfaces-on-utah-farm.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Reward Offered To Find Vandals Who Damaged Dinosaur Fossil (Dinosaur National Monument)

Reward Offered To Find Vandals Who Damaged Dinosaur Fossil (Dinosaur National Monument)

Rangers Discover Damage and Theft of Fossil Fragments
along Fossil Discovery Trail, National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/dino/parknews/fossiltraildamage.htm

Dinosaur National Monument Vandalized: Reward
For Information, Inquisitr, September 7, 2014
http://www.inquisitr.com/1458325/dinosaur-national-monument-vandalized-reward-for-information/

Reward Offered To Find Vandals Who Damaged
Dinosaur Fossil, CBS Denver, September 7, 2014
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/07/reward-offered-to-find-vandals-who-damaged-dinosaur-fossil/

Park Service trying to track fossil vandals at Dinosaur
National Monument, Colorado News, September 7, 2014
http://colorado.icito.com/park-service-trying-to-track-fossil-vandals-at-dinosaur-national-monument/
http://summitcountyvoice.com/2014/09/07/park-service-trying-to-track-fossil-vandals-at-dinosaur-national-monument/

Dinosura National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm

Yours,

Paul H.



Saturday, 6 September 2014

Dreadnoughtus: a Gigantic, Execeptionally Complete Sauropod Dinosaur

Dreadnoughtus: a Gigantic, Execeptionally Complete Sauropod Dinosaur

Drexel Team Unveils Dreadnoughtus: a Gigantic,
Execeptionally Complete Sauropod Dinosaur by
Rachel Ewing, Drexel News Blog, September 4, 2014
http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2014/September/Dreadnoughtus-Dinosaur/
and http://newsblog.drexel.edu/dinosaur/

Dreadnoughtus schrani: Frequently Asked
Questions on the Super-Massive Dinosaur
Drexel News Blog, September 4, 2014
http://newsblog.drexel.edu/2014/09/04/dreadnoughtus-schrani-frequently-asked-questions-on-the-super-massive-dinosaur/

Digging Deeper into Dreadnoughtus: Dinosaur
Interview with Ken Lacovara, , Drexel News Blog,
September 4, 2014
http://newsblog.drexel.edu/2014/09/04/digging-deeper-into-dreadnoughtus-dinosaur-interview-with-ken-lacovara/

The paper is:

Lacovara, K. J., M. C. Lamanna, L. M. Ibiricu, and others
2014, A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Titanosaurian
Sauropod Dinosaur from Southern Patagonia, Argentina
Scientific Reports. vol. 4, article no. 6196.
http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140904/srep06196/full/srep06196.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Paleolithic 'escargot'

Paleolithic 'escargot'

Paleolithic 'escargot', August 21, 2014
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/paleolithic_escargot_prehistoric_spaniards_cooked_snails_30000_years_ago-143090http://esciencenews.com/articles/2014/08/21/paleolithic.escargot
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-08/p-p081414.php

Fernández-López de Pablo, J., E. Badal, C. F. Garcıa, A.
Martínez-Ortí, and S. A. Sanchis (2014) Land Snails as a Diet
Diversification Proxy during the Early Upper Palaeolithic in
Europe. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104898. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104898
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0104898

Yours,

Paul H.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

“Sailing Stones” of Death Valley Mystery Solved

“Sailing Stones” of Death Valley Mystery Solved

Mystery Solved: “Sailing Stones” of Death Valley
Seen in Action for the First Time (Thin sheets of
ice push rocks across the desert when conditions
are just right. Scripps Institution of Oceanography
https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/mystery-solved-sailing-stones-death-valley-seen-action-first-time?hash=3f42fa4a60340630b1fde436c4f177fe

Mystery Of Death Valley's 'Sailing Stones' Has
Finally Been Solved by Ryan Grenoble
The Huffington Post, August 27, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/27/death-valley-sailing-stones-solved_n_5718827.html

Mystery solved: The sailing stones of Death Valley
by Michelle Starr, CNET, August 27, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/news/mystery-solved-the-sailing-stones-of-death-valley/

Finally! Secret of Death Valley’s ‘Sailing Stones’ Is
Solved by Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, Aug. 27, 2014
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/08/27/secret-behind-death-valleys-sailing-stones-revealed/

The paper is:

Norris, J. D., J. M. Norris, R. D. Lorenz, J. Ray, and
B. Jackson, 2014, Sliding Rocks on Racetrack Playa,
Death Valley National Park: First Observation of
Rocks in Motion. PLOS ONE. 9(8): e105948.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105948
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0105948

Yours,

Paul H.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Fossil Collecting At The Rockford Preserve, Floyd County, Iowa

Fossil Collecting At The Rockford Preserve, Floyd County, Iowa

Found the below short notices online:

Fossils plentiful at Rockford preserve.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, August 5, 2014
http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/fossils-plentiful-at-rockford-preserve/article_b41c1110-f015-5578-8b82-6d043f77c700.html

No. 10: Rockford fossils
Globe Gazette, August 19, 2014
http://globegazette.com/news/local/no-rockford-fossils/article_4dc83e4c-b146-5eaf-9fa6-1620050576bb.html

It refers to:

Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve
http://www.fossilcenter.com/Fossil.html
http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Floyd/Park/Fossil-Prairie-Park-Preserve-and-Center.aspx

Rockford Brick & Tile Company
http://www.fossilcenter.com/B&T2.html

Devonian Day Trip, Lost in Iowa. PDF fil at
http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/Iowa%20Outdoors%20Magazine/Travel/files/LII_DevonianDayTrip.pdf?amp;tabid=597

Yours,

Paul H.

Mysterious, Giant Half-Mile-Long Crack Splits Ground In Mexico

Mysterious, Giant Half-Mile-Long Crack Splits Ground In Mexico

Mysterious, Giant Half-Mile-Long Crack Splits Ground
In Mexico by Ryan Grenoble, The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/giant-crack-in-mexico-video_n_5699362.html

Huge half-mile crack opens in the ground in Mexico
by Michael Morrow, New York Post, August 22, 2014
http://nypost.com/2014/08/22/huge-half-mile-crack-opens-in-the-ground-in-mexico/

Yours,

Paul H.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Beecher's Trilobite Bed Article in New Yorker Magazine

Beecher's Trilobite Bed Article in New Yorker Magazine

Kolbert, E., 2014, Bug Bed. The New Yorker.
http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/49003-trilobites-in-the-new-yorker-magazine/

Some web pages:

Beecher's Trilobite Bed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beecher%27s_Trilobite_Bed

Beecher's Trilobite type preservation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beecher%27s_Trilobite_type_preservation

Beecher's Trilobite Bed
http://www.yale.edu/ypmip/locations/beechers/

Beecher’s Trilobite Bed by Martha Buck
http://www3.amherst.edu/~jwhagadorn/theses/martha/index.html

Papers about Beecher’s Trilobite Bed
http://www3.amherst.edu/~jwhagadorn/theses/martha/page_photos/sources.html

Some papers:

Briggs, D. E. G., 2013, Exceptional preservation in the
Ordovician – contrasting settings. Geological Society
of America Abstracts with Programs. vol. 45, no. 7, p. 306
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogrampreliminary/Paper231997.html
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/finalprogram/abstract_231997.htm

Briggs, D. E. G. and G. D. Edgecombe, 1993, Beecher’s
Trilobite Bed. Geology Today. vol. 9, pp. 97-102.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2451.1993.tb01107.x/abstract

Briggs, D. E. G., S. H. Bottrell, and R. Raiswell, 1991,
Pyritization of soft-bodied fossils: Beecher's Trilobite
Bed, Upper Ordovician, New York State. Geology.
vol. 19, no. 12, pp. 1221–1224.
http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/19/12/1221.abstract

Cisne, J. L., 1973, Beecher's Trilobite Bed revisited:
Ecology of an Ordovician deepwater fauna. Postilla.
vol. 160. Peabody Museum, Yale University, 25 p.
http://peabody.yale.edu/sites/default/files/documents/scientific-publications/ypmP160_1973.pdf

Etter, W., 2002, Beecher’s Trilobite Bed: Ordovician
Pyritization for the Other Half of the Trilobite. in, Bottjer,
D.J.; Etter, W.; Hagadorn, J.W.; Tang, C.M., eds.,
pp. 131-141, Exceptional Fossil Preservation: New York,
Columbia University Press,

Farrell, Ú. C., and D. E. G. Briggs, 2007, taphonomy and
paleoecology of ordovician pyritized deep-water faunas
from Upstate New York. Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs. vol. 39, no. 6, p. 397
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2007AM/finalprogram/abstract_130978.htm

Farrell, Ú. C., and D. E. G. Briggs, 2008a, Pyritized trilobite
faunas from the Ordovician of New York State: Beecher’s
Trilobite Bed and theWhetstone Gulf Formation near
Lowville, in Rábano, I., Gonzalo, R., and García-Bellido, D.,
eds., pp. 109–112, Advances in trilobite research: Cuardernos
del Museo Geominero, 9, Instituto Geológico y Minero de
España, vol. 9.
http://libros.igme.es/download.php?id=57&pdf=products_pdfindice

Farrell, Ú. C., and D. E. G. Briggs, 2008b, Pyritized olenid
trilobite faunas of upstate NY: Palaeoecology and
taphonomy. In Cusack, M; Owen, A; Clark, N. Programme
with Abstracts. Palaeontological Association Annual
Meeting 52. Glasgow, UK.
http://downloads.palass.org/annual_meeting/2008/Glasgow2008abstracts.pdf

Farrell, Ú. C., and D. E. G. Briggs, 2008c, Pyritization
and Paleoecology of Olenid Trilobite Faunas from the
Ordovician of Upstate NY. Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs. vol. 40, no. 6, p. 501.
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2008AM/finalprogram/abstract_151631.htm

Farrell, Ú. C., M. J. Martin, J. W. Hagadorn, T. Whiteley,
and D. E. G. Briggs, 2009, Beyond Beecher’s Trilobite
Bed: Widespread pyritization of soft tissues in the Late
Ordovician Taconic foreland basin: Geology. vol. 37, no. 10
pp. 907–910, http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/37/10/907.abstract
http://www.academia.edu/248238/TAPHONOMY_AND_PALEOECOLOGY_OF_ORDOVICIAN_PYRITIZED_DEEP-WATER_TRILOBITE_FAUNAS_FROM_UPSTATE_NEW_YORK

Farrell, Ú. C., D. E. G. Briggs, R. R. and Gaines, 2011,
Paleoecology of the olenid trilobite Triarthrus: New
evidence from Beecher’s Trilobite Bed and other sites
of pyritization: PALAIOS. vol. 26, no. 11, pp. 730–742,http://palaios.geoscienceworld.org/content/26/11/730.abstract

Farrell, Ú. C., D. E. G. Briggs, E. U. Hammarlund, E. A.
Sperling, and R. R. Gaines, 2013, Paleoredox and
pyritization of soft-bodied fossils in the Ordovician
Frankfort Shale of New York. American Journal of
Science. vol. 313, no. 5, pp. 452-489.
http://www.ajsonline.org/content/313/5/452.abstract

Hagadorn, J. W., and M. M. Buck, 2004, Digital
Paleobiology and Taphonomy of an Ordovician l
agerstätte: Beecher's Trilobite Bed. Geological Society
of America Abstracts with Programs. vol. 36, no. 5, p. 383.
https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2004AM/finalprogram/abstract_78505.htm

Raiswell, R., R. Newton, S. H. Bottrell, P. M. Coburn,
D. E. G. Briggs, D. P. Bond, and S. W. Poulton, 2008,
Turbidite depositional influences on the diagenesis of
Beecher’s Trilobite Bed and the Hunsruck Slate; sites
of soft tissue pyritization: American Journal of Science,
vol. 308, no. 2, pp. 105-129, http://dx.doi.org/10.2475/02.2008.01

Whiteley, T. E., 1998, Fossil Lagerstätten of New York,
Part 1; Beecher’s trilobite bed: American Paleontologist.
vol. 6, pp. 2-4.

Whiteley, T. E., 2000, Beecher’s trilobite bed; a historical
overview. Geological Society of America Abstracts with
Programs. vol. 32, p. 67.

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Fossil Dinosaur Tracks, Marine Reptiles, and Fishes of Svalbard

Fossil Dinosaur Tracks, Marine Reptiles, and Fishes of Svalbard

Dinosaur Footprints on the Roof… Of the World!
by Jørn Hurum, National Geographic Explorers
Journal, August 6, 2014
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/06/dinosaur-footprints-on-the-roof-of-the-world/

The Hunt for Triassic Sea Monsters in Svalbard Is On
by Jørn Hurum, National Geographic Explorers
Journal, August 6, 2014
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/06/the-hunt-for-triassic-sea-monsters-in-svalbard-is-on/

Mega-Ichthyosaur Discovery on Svalbard by Jørn
Hurum, National Geographic Explorers Journal, August 8, 2014
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/08/mega-ichthyosaur-discovery-on-svalbard/

Geology of Svalbard by the Norwegian Polar
Institute, Polar Environmental Centre, Norway
http://brage.bibsys.no/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11250/173141/GeologyOfSvalbard.pdf?sequence=1

Yours,

Paul H.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The curse of the $8 million dinosaur (Review of the film "Dinosaur 13")

The curse of the $8 million dinosaur (Review of the film "Dinosaur 13")

The curse of the $8 million dinosaur (Review of the film
"Dinosaur 13") by Horatia Harrod, The Telegraph.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/11016945/The-curse-of-the-8-million-dinosaur.html

"Dinosaur 13" (Film) - http://dinosaur-13.com/

A Native American's thoughts about Sue in:

After T-Rex Troubles, Dinosaurs Stay on the Rez
by Christina Rose, Indian Country, March 21, 2014
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/21/after-t-rex-troubles-dinosaurs-stay-rez-154111

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Not-So-Solid Earth Beneath Us

The Not-So-Solid Earth Beneath Us

Dramatic Pictures of Recent Sinkholes Reveal Hazards
Lurking Below Natural and human-caused sinkholes have
swallowed cars and houses in Florida, Minnesota, England,
China, Latin America, and beyond, National Geographic
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140724-sinkhole-pictures-photos-geology-science/

Devastating Sinkholes Around the Globe, Viral Global
News by Lauren DiDonato, July 25, 2014
http://www.viralglobalnews.com/world/devastating-sinkholes-around-globe/12943/

Sinkhole in Florida: In 'Sinkhole Alley,' another massive
one swallows a street Christian Science Monitor, July 21, 2014
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/0721/Sinkhole-in-Florida-In-Sinkhole-Alley-another-massive-one-swallows-a-street-video

Record-breaking skyscraper threatened by sinkholes
by Euan McKirdy, CNN, August 6, 2014
http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/world/asia/seoul-skyscraper-sinkholes/

Yours,

Paul H.

Yukon Gold Miners Uncover Pleistocene Vertebrate

Yukon Gold Miners Uncover Pleistocene Vertebrate

Fossils in them there hills: Yukon gold miners
uncover bounty in ancient animal remains each
year by Tristan Hopper, National post, July 31, 2014
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/31/fossils-in-them-there-hills-yukon-gold-miners-uncover-bounty-in-ancient-animals-remains-each-year/?__federated=1

Ice age horse skull found near Dawson City, Yukon
Yukon's paleontologist Grant Zazula says fragments
not uncommon, but a complete skull is rare
CBC News, July 14, 2104,
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/ice-age-horse-skull-found-near-dawson-city-yukon-1.2710664

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Kardashian index: a measure of a scientist's discrepant social media profile

The Kardashian index: a measure of a scientist's discrepant social media profile

Some strangeness from the world of science. :-) :-) :-)

The Kardashian Index by Tommaso Dorigo
August 4th 2014
http://www.science20.com/a_quantum_diaries_survivor/blog/the_new_bit_of_the_summer_the_kardashian_index-141848

'Kardashian-index' raises awareness of
cult of celebrity in sciences, Phys.Org
http://phys.org/news/2014-08-tongue-in-cheek-kardashian-index-awareness-cult-celebrity.html

Hall, K., 2014, The Kardashian index: a measure
of discrepant social media profile for scientists,
Genome Biology. vol. 15, no. 424
DOI: 10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0 , http://genomebiology.com/2014/15/7/424

Proposes the ‘Kardashian Index’ to measure
"the discrepancy between a scientist’s social
media profile and publication record based
on the direct comparison of numbers of
citations and Twitter followers."

Yours,

Paul H.

Interesting Paper About Pseudo-Impact Craters

Interesting Paper About Pseudo-Impact Craters

I came across an interesting paper about crater-like
landforms that were formed by erosional processes.

It is:

Seward, C. L., Jr. and I. D. Boone, 1966, Erosion
Craters Kimble County, Texas. Texas Journal of
Science. vol. XVIII, no. 2, pp.184-190.

They looked at numerous small crater-like features
that they noticed in the Llano River valley in the
Junction, Texas, area. Instead of finding impact
craters, which they expected these features to be,
they found features to be erosional origin. They
suggested that similar pseudo-impact craters likely
would be created by similar climatic and geologic
conditions and could be found elsewhere.

Yours,

Paul H.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Asteroid impacts significantly altered ancient Earth

Asteroid impacts significantly altered ancient Earth

Arizona State University, Science Daily, July 31, 2014.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140731150045.htm

Marchi, S., W. F. Bottke, L. T. Elkins-Tanton, M.
Bierhaus, K. Wuennemann, A. Morbidelli, D. A.
Kring, 2014, Widespread mixing and burial of
Earth’s Hadean crust by asteroid impacts.
Nature. vol. 511, no.7511, pp. 578-582.
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v511/n7511/full/nature13539.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Yukon Gold Miners Find Pleistocene Fossils

Yukon Gold Miners Find Pleistocene Fossils

Fossils in them there hills: Yukon gold miners
uncover bounty in ancient animal remains each
year by Tristan Hopper, National post, July 31, 2014
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/31/fossils-in-them-there-hills-yukon-gold-miners-uncover-bounty-in-ancient-animals-remains-each-year/

Ice age horse skull found near Dawson City, Yukon
Yukon's paleontologist Grant Zazula says fragments
not uncommon, but a complete skull is rare
CBC News, July 14, 2104,
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/ice-age-horse-skull-found-near-dawson-city-yukon-1.2710664

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Deltas In Martian Craters

Deltas In Martian Craters

Experimental Delta Formation in Crater Lakes
by G. de Villiers, Faculty of Geoscience, Utrecht University.
http://planetarygeomorphology.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/experimental-delta-formation-in-crater-lakes/
http://planetarygeomorphology.wordpress.com

Other articles are:

Most deltas on Mars created by short, catastrophic floods
by rburnham, Red Planet Report, April 22, 2013
http://redplanet.asu.edu/?p=2534

Aeolis Serpens, Mars’ longest sinuous ridge, is an ancient riverbed
by rburnham, Red Planet Report, May 17, 2013
http://redplanet.asu.edu/?p=2555

Papers are:

de Villiers, G., M. G. Kleinhans and G. Postma, 2103,
Experimental delta formation in crater lakes and
implications for interpretation of Martian deltas
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, vol. 118,
no. 4, pp. 651-670.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jgre.20069/abstract
https://uu.academia.edu/GeorgePostma

de Villiers, G. Postma and M. G. Kleinhans, 2011,
Interpretation of Martian Delta Morphology and
Processes Based on Experimental Work. 42nd
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2011) no. 1784
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2011/pdf/1784.pdf
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011LPI....42.1784D

Kraal, E. R., M. van Dijk, G. Postma, and M. G.
Kleinhans, 2013, Martian stepped-delta formation
by rapid water release. Nature. vol. 451, pp. 973-976
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v451/n7181/full/nature06615.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Friday, 1 August 2014

More About Mysterious Giant Siberian Holes

More About Mysterious Giant Siberian Holes

Inside Siberia's mysterious sinkhole that appeared
at the 'end of the world, The Mirror, July 31, 2014
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-siberias-mysterious-sinkhole-appeared-3940712

Two new mysterious craters emerge in Siberia,
deepening giant hole saga. Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/29/two-new-mysterious-craters-emerge-in-siberia-deepening-giant-hole-saga/

Mystery of giant holes in Siberia may be solved
Shelley Hazen, USA Today, August 1, 2014
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/01/newser-mystery-giant-holes-siberia/13455833/

Mysterious Holes In Siberia May Actually Be
Odd Type Of Sinkhole by Tanya Lewis, LiveScience
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/31/mysterious-siberian-holes-explained_n_5637303.html

Yours,

Paul H.

Man Made Crater in Turkmenistan

Man Made Crater in Turkmenistan

This Hellish Desert Pit Has Been On Fire for More
Than 40 Years. In the Turkmenistan desert, a crater
dubbed "The Door to Hell" has been burning for decades
by Natasha Geiling, Smithsonian Magazine, May 20, 2014
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giant-hole-ground-has-been-fire-more-40-years-180951247/?no-ist

How 'the Gates of Hell' Emerged in a Soviet Desert
Giant pit has become tourist spot. byMatt Cantor,
USA Today, May 25, 2014
http://www.newser.com/story/187280/how-the-gates-of-hell-emerged-in-a-soviet-desert.html

Door to Hell, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door_to_Hell

Yours,

Paul H.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Fossil hunting on The Moon?

Fossil hunting on The Moon?

Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon
by Jacob Aron, July 28, 2014, New Scientist
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25961-ancient-earth-fossils-could-be-found-on-the-moon.html

There's Now a Reason to Go Fossil Hunting on
the Moon by Becky Ferreira, Otherboard, July 29, 2014
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/theres-now-a-reason-to-go-fossil-hunting-on-the-moon

Burchell, M. J., K. H. McDermott, M. C. Price, and
L. J. Yolland, 2014, Survival of fossils under
extreme shocks induced by hypervelocity impacts.
The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
vol. 372 no. 2023 20130190
http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/372/2023/20130190

Yours

Paul H.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Online Guidebooks About Florida Geology and Fossils

Online Guidebooks About Florida Geology and Fossils

Online PDF versions of guidebooks about Florida geology
and fossils can be found at http://segs.org/publications/ .

They include;

Hurst, M. V., ed., 2012, Central Florida Phosphate District
Southeastern Geological Society Field Trip Guidebook No. 57
http://segs.org/publications/
http://segs.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SEGS_Guidebook_57.pdf

Portell, R.W., G. H. Means, and R. C. Hulbert, 2012,
SMR Aggregates, Inc., Sarasota, Florida. Southeastern
Geological Society Field Trip Guidebook No. 53
http://segs.org/publications/
http://segs.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/SEGS-Guidebook-53.pdf

Yours,

Paul H.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Pseudocoprolites, Miocene, Washington State

Pseudocoprolites, Miocene, Washington State

Pseudo-poo! All that glitters isn’t fecal gold
by Andrew Farke, PLOS Blogs, July 23, 2014
http://blogs.plos.org/paleo/2014/07/23/pseudo-poo-glitters-isnt-fecal-gold/

The papers that this article cites are:

Mustoe, G. E., 2001, Enigmatic origin of ferruginous “coprolites”:
Evidence from the Miocene Wilkes Formation, southwestern
Washington. Geological Society of America Bulletin vol. 113
no. 6, pp. 673–681.
http://bulletin.geoscienceworld.org/content/113/6/673

Seilacher, A., C. Marshall, H. C. W. Skinner, and T. Tsuihiji,
2001, A fresh look at sideritic “coprolites.” Paleobiology.
vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 7–13.
http://paleobiol.geoscienceworld.org/content/27/1/7.abstract

Spencer, P. K., 1993, The “coprolites” that aren’t: The
straight poop on specimens from the Miocene of
southwestern Washington State. Ichnos. vol. 2, no. 2,
pp. 231–236.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10420949309380097

Yancey, T. E., G. E. Mustoe, E. B. Leopold, and M. T.
Heizler, 2013, Mudflow disturbance in latest Miocene
forests in Lewis County, Washington. PALAIOS.
vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 343–358.
http://palaios.sepmonline.org/content/28/6/343.short

A wikipedi image is "File:Pseudocoprolite.jpg" at
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pseudocoprolite.jpg
Yours,

Paul H.