To answer Chris' questions...
All of the photos in the story were taken with my phone. Google made the first cut automatically and I've edited it lightly, mostly by adding descriptions, removing one or two photos and adding one photosphere. Now that I'm seeing it on a desktop computer, i realize some of the photos (like the lead image) are better formatted for viewing on the phone, so I may do some further editing.
I took 22 GigaPans on the trip and most are posted (last three still in progress, as I write). As always, you can find my GigaPans here: http://gigapan.com/gigapans?order=most_recent&page=1&per_page=25&user_id=rschott
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.
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- GigaGeologyGeologist, Explorer, 2014 - present
- Bakersfield CollegeAssociate Professor of Geology, 2012 - 2014
- Freelance Geologist, GigaPanner & EducatorExplorer, 2011 - 2012
- Fort Hays State UniversityAssistant Professor of Geology, 2004 - 2011
- Lake Superior State UniversityAssistant Professor of Geology, 2001 - 2004
- Western Kentucky UniversityVisiting Assistant Professor of Geology, 2000 - 2001
- University of Wisconsin-MadisonInstructor of Geology, 1998 - 2000
- University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterInstructor of Geology, 1997 - 1998
- Northeast Illinois UniversityInstructor of Geology, 1997 - 1997
- University of Wisconsin-MadisonM.S, Ph.D. Major: Geology; Minor: Geophysics, 1991 - 2000
- Colgate UniversityB.A. Major: Geology; Minor: Mathematics, 1987 - 1991
- River Dell Regional High School1981 - 1987
- Oradell Public School1974 - 1981
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