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My next blog series will be a transect across the most dangerous kind of plate boundary in the world: a subduction zone in central California. The nice thing about the zone in central California is that it is extinct so we only worry about magnitude 7.8-8.0 quakes on the San Andreas fault, not the magnitude 9.0 monsters that are 30 times more powerful.
Source: adapted from National Park Service and R. J. Lillie. 2005, Parks and Plates Before I get accused of "cable-newsing/click-baiting" with my choice of a headline, I'll amend it to say "Driving through the most dangerous ...
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Thanks for all you do!
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A great place to geologize!
 
Barren hills can tell fascinating stories...
Deserts have such a fearsome reputation around the world, but deserts can be both beautiful and at certain times of the year a pleasant place to visit. The dry lands of the American Southwest are no exception. For geologists,...
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CO2 in Earth's atmosphere  

This is an exceptional visualization of the history of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere from NOAA's Carbon Tracker.  First, it shows historical monitoring of CO2 at Mauna Loa, Antarctica, and other stations over the world.  The seasonal swings, especially in the northern hemisphere where most summer vegetation grows, are quite dramatic, but the slow and steady upward progression of CO2 across all latitudes of the planet is striking.  The video then shifts and shows the geologic record of CO2 that we know from the study of ice cores in Antarctica & Greenland, first demonstrating the pre-industrial values of the historical era held steady for several thousand years at values much lower than today.  It then probes even further back in geologic time, showing how CO2 has varied as the Earth passed through several ice ages and interglacial warm periods in the Pleistocene Epoch.  One conclusion is crystal clear - the change in Earth's atmospheric CO2 over the past century is unmistakable and geologically unprecedented in the past half-million years and more.  

#climatechange     #scienceeducation     #globalwarming   
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A few Italian geochemists were nearly incarcerated just because their results were unpopular!
On rare occasions I hear about a story that must be told. This story is one of those and I feel that it deserves attention from the broader geoscience community. We have all heard of the L'Aquila verdict against the Italian seismologists who failed to predict the devastating earthquake in 2009.
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Fall color outside Bishop, California on Saturday.
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Beautiful!  It's fully winter here.
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ShakeOut. Donʻt freak out.
Are you prepared? Tomorrow is the worldʻs largest earthquake safety drill. Will you participate? http://www.shakeout.org/
#earthquake   #ShakeOut   #prepare   #DropCoverHoldOn  
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A landslide of California Poppies in the San Andreas fault zone, near Gorman, California. 

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Woohoo!
Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, ...
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Not sure I'll be able to make the gala, but I'm certainly eager to see how things turned out.
 
If you live anywhere in central California or the Bay Area, I hope you'll consider this event for the about-to-open Great Valley Museum!
Something incredible is about to happen in Modesto. The long-awaited re-opening of the Great Valley Museum in its new home at the Science Community Center is taking place in a few weeks! The new museum is a quantum leap in ed...
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Anticlines and Synclines — This photo taken on U.S. 48 near Walnut Bottom, West Virginia, is an example of both anticlines and synclines in the same formation. Anticlines (the feature on the left half) are downward-curving (convex) folds in rock that resembles an arch. The central part, being the most exposed to erosion, display the oldest section of rock. Synclines (the feature in the center) are upward-curving (concave) folds in rock that resemble a trough. The central part contains the youngest section of rock. 

Thanks to Barbara am Ende for sharing this photo with the USGS Science in Action Flickr Group! Share your earth science photo for a chance to be featured in upcoming USGS products and social media: http://bit.ly/USGSPhotoPool.

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Title: Using crystal ages and compositions to understand how volcanoes come back to life

Abstract: Volcanoes spend most of their existence not erupting. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t a multitude of magmatic processes going on underneath. These might include intrusions of new magma, crystallization of existing magma, magma mixing and movement of crystals through the “crystal mush” that sits under the volcano. These processes all leave their compositional and temporal signature on the crystals that form and are subsequently incorporated into the magma that does erupt. I will discuss how examination of zircon crystals in magma can help us unravel the timing and nature of events that occur between volcanic eruptions with a focus on the evolution of the Lassen Volcanic Center in California. Overall, current trace element and U-Th disequilibria age data derived from zircon suggests that an otherwise moribund magmatic system can be brought back to life (rejuvenated) by new intrusions of magmatic that are geologically ephemeral, lasting years to millennia. This conclusion means that the events that lead to the 1915 eruption at Lassen Peak unfolded rapidly before the explosive eruption, the only to occur in California in the last century.

Blogs to read for background:


http://www.wired.com/2013/08/field-update-2013-examining-the-magmatic-evolution-of-the-lassen-volcanic-center/
http://www.wired.com/2012/11/what-the-heck-is-a-shrimp-anyway-volcano/
http://www.wired.com/2014/02/ephemeral-nature-magma-prior-eruption/
http://www.wired.com/2012/05/volcanic-crystal-forensics-what-minerals-tell-us-about-the-evolution-of-mount-st-helens-and-long-valley/
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We flew Phantoms really close to a volcano. Wheeee!
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Geology Professor
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  • GigaGeology
    Geologist, Explorer, 2014 - present
  • Bakersfield College
    Associate Professor of Geology, 2012 - 2014
  • Freelance Geologist, GigaPanner & Educator
    Explorer, 2011 - 2012
  • Fort Hays State University
    Assistant Professor of Geology, 2004 - 2011
  • Lake Superior State University
    Assistant Professor of Geology, 2001 - 2004
  • Western Kentucky University
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology, 2000 - 2001
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Instructor of Geology, 1998 - 2000
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Instructor of Geology, 1997 - 1998
  • Northeast Illinois University
    Instructor of Geology, 1997 - 1997
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Hays, KS - Oradell, NJ - Hamilton, NY - Madison, WI - Bowling Green, KY - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Salt Point State Park, CA
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Gigapixels Galore! I've posted a cumulative 1.75+ terapixels to GigaPan.com and my GigaPans have over 2.5 million views.
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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    M.S, Ph.D. Major: Geology; Minor: Geophysics, 1991 - 2000
  • Colgate University
    B.A. Major: Geology; Minor: Mathematics, 1987 - 1991
  • River Dell Regional High School
    1981 - 1987
  • Oradell Public School
    1974 - 1981
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