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Geoblogosphere week in review (June 28-July 4, 2010)

July 5, 2010

Here are several posts from the geoscience blogosphere last week highlighting some interesting writing:

  • Chris Rowan from Highly Allochthonous explains new results from the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) project that were published in Geology this month. Clay minerals were found on the fault surface and may have a lot to do with the ‘creeping’ behavior along this segment of the fault.
  • Michael Welland from Through the Sandglass shares his thoughts about a shape-shifting island of sand called Sylt (including some absolutely spectacular images of the barrier island system).
  • A Life Long Scholar from the blog of the same name muses about being a Marie Curie Fellow within the context of attending a conference for other fellows.
  • Another post from Chris Rowan of Highly Allochthonous provides important geologic and geochronologic context for the Nature paper that came out last week documenting fossils found in Gabon that are being interpreted as the oldest multicellular life on Earth (at 2.1 billion years).
  • David Petley from Dave’s Landslide Blog continues his excellent blogging about a lake that has formed as a result of a landslide and the potential hazards that could occur. This week, David plots some of the available data himself and shares his thoughts on the state of the spillway.
  • Daniel from the blog sandbian writes about eerie Bronze Age mounds that can still be found in parts of Sweden.
  • The Volcanism Blog reviews a new textbook called Volcanoes: Global Perspectives that sounds great for both students of volcanology as well as amateur enthusiasts.
  • Finally, you may have heard about the bill going through the California state legislature to remove serpentinite as the official state rock. The geoscience blogosphere has been all over this story. Silver Fox at Looking For Detachment posted a great review of the ongoing debacle with links to other posts, including some reporting from Andrew Alden at


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  1. July 8, 2010 12:54 pm

    Thanks for this! Off for a couple weeks & came back to this handy summary.

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