Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Eruption Bogoslof volcano

Help .....The Bogoslof Erupted!

Well You perhaps never heard of this volcano before ; -) But it doesn't happen often a rather unknowm volcanoe suddenly erupts. An unexpected explosive eruption rocked Bogoslof in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The eruption was noticed by pilots flying near the remote volcano along with satellite imagery (see below) that revealed an ash plume reaching up 10 kilometers (32,000 feet).

Read more >>>>>>

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas

A nice christmas story from one of my favourite writers
Author Paul Auster reads "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story." The short story has no Santa Claus, no Christmas tree, and no brightly wrapped packages. And yet there's plenty of giving.
The tale about a writer's holiday assignment for The New York Times was initially published in the paper on Christmas Day, 1990.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Ethiopia has a new railroad

The railway line links Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, to the Red Sea state of Djibouti, which handles much of landlocked Ethiopia's trade. The $4 billion rail line was largely financed by a Chinese bank.

 Read more

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Simulating the Climate 145 Million Years Ago

A new model shows that the Intertropical Convergence Zone wasn't always a single band around the equator, which had drastic effects on climate. 

Read more >>>

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Italy earthquake: Why so many houses collapsed

Settlements in the Tronto Valley have built up over centuries, along the route of an important ancient Roman road, the Via Salaria. Primarily made of stone, homes were built without the benefit of modern science and renovated more recently with new materials, sometimes with disastrous results.

Read more on the BBC website >>>>

Monday, 28 November 2016

Fuego eruption

Volcán de Fuego ("Volcano of Fire") is an active stratovolcano in Guatemala, on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments. It sits about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Antigua Guatemala, one of Guatemala’s most famous cities and a tourist destination . The volcano is almost 4 km high.
 More about Fuego >>>

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

New Zeeland before and after the quake

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Earthquake in Japan

Japan has lifted the tsunami advisories issued after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit its eastern coast. The quake struck near Fukushima at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday), triggering initial warnings of 3m (9.8ft) high waves. The waves which eventually hit the coast were much smaller.
Tsunami warnings >>>>

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Dissapearing lakes in China

Many people are not aware that China has a freshwater lake that spans 1,737 square miles. Scratch that, China had a lake that size. Recent photos show that areas of Poyang Lake in Jiangxi province have dried up completely, turning into a vast grassland. Drought conditions in the province have resulted in an early dry season, causing much of the lake water to disappear. Now, visitors can walk on dry ground where water once measured between 28- and 82-feet-deep.

Read more >>>>

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Monday, 14 November 2016

The New Zealand Earthquake .... the day after

The New Zealand Earthquake damage becomes more and more clear. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Hanmer Springs in the north of South Island, New Zealand at 12.02am. Two people are confirmed dead. Thousands stranded and towns cut off.
The Guardian with an update >>>>

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Earthquake New Zealand

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand on November 13, 2016 at 11:02:56 UTC.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Exploring Early Manhattan Through Art

Len Tantillo is a contemporary artist who painted a series of works depicting the Hudson River Valley in the 17th century, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's journey up the Hudson River. By studying Tantillo's paintings, students learn how art can convey information about time, place, and culture.

 More of this lesson >>>

Monday, 31 October 2016

New earthquakes in Italy

This weekend again earthquakes. EarthquakeReport Italy! largest to date M 6.6, larger M than 2009 earthquakes

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Migration in motion

The Nature Conservancy has created a mesmerizing animated map showing where birds, mammals and amphibians will need to migrate to in order to maintain hospitable climates as global warming takes effect. Migrations in Motion uses data from climate change projections to model potential habitats for 2,954 different species. The animated map visualizes the migratory flow of these species, showing how they would need to move from their current habitats to the projected locations. The amazing animated flow map layer is based on the equally amazing Earth Wind Map and Chris Helm's adaptation of the Earth Wind Map code. You can learn more about the science behind the Migrations in Motion map on this Nature Conservancy blog post.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Preparing for Halloween

In Paris the Catacombs is one of the best places for a ice Halloween party . These are underground ossuaries in Paris, which hold the remains of over six million people in a small part of the ancient Mines of Paris tunnel network.

From Grave Y Art

 However ........  The American USGS Volcanoes with some good Halloween party advise !

Italy Earthquakes

Another series of earthquakes caused a lot of damage in the Macerata region

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Eruption of the Bulusan Volcano

Spectacular eruption of the Bulusan Volcano in the Philippines

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Room for the River in 3 minutes

Room for the River, Corporate Clip. The river will be given more room at more then 30 locations covered by the 'Room for the River' programme. The main objectives of this programme are to complete the flood protection measures by 2015 and to improve the overall environmental quality in the river region.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Floodplain in the Netherlands

Room for the river project Terrific view of the floodplain of the Lower Rhine and the bank that forms its boundary.  

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Permafrost - what is it?

What is permafrost? What happens when permafrost thaws? This animation answers these questions. Scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute conduct annual expeditions to the polar regions in order to understand the diverse processes in the permafrost an to precisely assess the impacts of it´s degradation.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The rise and fall of Matthew

Monday, 10 October 2016

Japan Mount Aso

Mount Aso, one of the world’s active volcanoes located in southwestern Japan, has erupted on Saturday. Experts said it was its biggest eruption in 36 years. No injuries have been reported, but buildings and cars were covered by ash falls.

Extra teaching resources 
More on IB times >>>
Tourism and agrculture affected by ASO eruptions >>>>> 
Recent earthquakes in Japan >>>
Plate tectonics in and around Japan >>>>
Montessori muddle about plate tectonics around Japan >>>>
A homebrew video about plate tectonics in the Japan region >>

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Matthew Becomes the Atlantic's First Category 5 Hurricane in Nine Years

Hurricane Matthew Becomes the Atlantic's First Category 5 Hurricane in Nine Years 

Extending a jaw-dropping stretch of rapid intensification, Hurricane Matthew has become the Atlantic's first Category 5 hurricane since Felix in 2007. Matthew's top sustained winds were set at 160 mph in the 11 pm EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. The upgrade was based on radiometer-measured near-surface winds as high as 143 knots (165 mph] gathered in a Hurricane Hunter flight on Friday evening. Read more >>>>

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew became a major hurricane Friday and threatened Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas as it begins its slow romp across the Caribbean. By Friday night, the storm took on a Category 5 rating, the strongest in the Atlantic since Felix in 2007, the National Weather Service said.
matthew-hurricane screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-10-54-57-am 
Additional resources 
How Hurricanes form >>>>>
The Formation of a Hurricane in a geo-animation >>>>
US National Hurricane Centre NOAA with actual map >>>>>

Spectacular eruption Colima Volcano

The Colima Volcano in Mexico erupted last week spectacular<br />

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The 'Marker Wadden'

Natuurmonumenten (Dutch Society for Nature Conservation) is going to restore one of the largest freshwater lakes in western Europe by constructing islands, marshes and mud flats from the sediments that have accumulated in the lake in recent decades.

These 'Marker Wadden' will form a unique ecosystem that will boost biodiversity in the Netherlands.

Read more >>>>>

Friday, 30 September 2016

Earthquake swarm in Katla region Iceland .... but

A seismic swarm marks the center of the caldera of Katla in Iceland : about 200 earthquakes were detected in 24 hours and the activity continues. The largest earthquakes were of magnitude 3.1 and 3.7 at 4:40 to 4:41 this september 30, and 3.0 at 16:28 on 29.09 and 3.2 to 2:43 tonight. All these earthquakes are shallow. The IMO also indicates a conductivity of water higher than normal glacial rivers at this time of year.

First comment by Geologist Erik Klemetti:Nice little EQ swarm at Katla today. Reminder: they are relatively common and don’t mean eruption:

Thursday, 29 September 2016

A cluster of earthquakes in Southern California

A cluster of earthquakes in Southern California the past two days jolted an area near the San Andreas Fault and was closely being watched by seismologists. 

In all, more than 140 earthquakes have shaken Imperial County's Salton Sea area, including at least two 4.3-magnitude temblors that struck Monday south of Bombay Beach, according to a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist.

Several online resources:
Up to date USGS Earthquake list and map >>>
USGS info page about this seismic region >>>
Read more CNBC news >>> 
Read more (LA times) >>>> 
Anticipating the big one >>>> 
Risk of a big Earthquake >>>

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The new Suez Canal

The iconic Suez Canal now has a twin channel, likely leading to a vast increase in shipping between Port Said and Suez. However, there are dire warnings about the impact this project has had on marine wildlife in the Mediterranean

 Read more >>>>

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Lassen Peak Is Sinking, and Volcanologists Don't Know Why

The Lassen Peak last erupted in 1915, when Lassen Peak had its small but historically significant blast. After 100+ years, you might not expect that much is currently changing in the area. But data presented in a new paper by Amy Parker and others in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research shows that since the mid-1990s, the whole area has sunk!

 Read more >>>>

Friday, 16 September 2016

Weatherforecast India

I am not sure but do we see here the ITCZ >>>> ???

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Holland is relocating homes

The Dutch have been the world's experts at building dikes and keeping back water for centuries. Building dikes to hold back high water is pretty much how the country was formed hundreds of years ago. 

 “In 1993 and 1995 the dike almost failed and 200,000 people were evacuated,” Schouten says. “That was really a wake-up call.” Another wake-up call came in 2000, when new climate change projections showed likely flooding and sea-level rise overwhelming many of the country’s dikes. So the Dutch made a big change. Instead of building higher dikes to defend against water, they came up with a new approach, which they called “Room for the River.” Basically, the government conceded that it can't avoid flooding from either the rivers or the sea entirely. Better instead, they decided, to try to manage floods by clearing out space for high water. Here in Nijmegen, that meant moving the dikes back and recreating some of the river’s original floodplain. read

Read More >>>>

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Fire in Sao Paolo Favela

Aerial footage shot from a helicopter shows a fire devastating homes in a favela in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday night. The fire ripped through the Estrada de Alpina community, which is thought to contain around 500 homes. Around 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, though there have been no reported casualties

Source The Guardian >>>>

Monday, 12 September 2016

Piton de la Fournaise

Beautiful photos of the eruption that's just begun at Piton de la Fournaise in Reunion (south Indian Ocean)

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Red River In Russia

A river in Russia’s far north has turned blood red, startling locals and triggering an investigation into possible chemical pollution in the nickel-producing Norilsk region.

Source CBC news >>>

More on the BBc website >>>>

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Katla Crying Wolf ?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Tremors under the Katla Volcano

Iceland raised the alarm after its largest volcano was hit by the biggest tremors since 1977. 

Two quakes larger than four in magnitude in the first week of september rocked the crater of Katla, the country’s Met Office said in a statement. That was followed by at least 10 more tremors at the volcano, which rises 1,450 metres (4,757 feet) into the air on the North Atlantic island’s southern coast. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages to property.

 Source: Independent >>>

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Migration in China

Friday, 26 August 2016

Amatrice 3:36 am

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Eartquake in Italy near Amatrice

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Floods in India

Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level 

Floods are common in India during the monsoon season between June and September. But excessive rains this year has led to water levels in several major rivers to rise, leading to flooding in many parts of India.

More resources 
Read more on these floodings on the BBC website >>>>
The monsoon explaines by the BBC >>>
Geoanimation explaining the ITCZ  >>>

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Tree planting 'can reduce flooding'

Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests.

Read more >>>>>

Monday, 1 August 2016

Empty Chinese cities

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people. These mysterious — and almost completely empty — cities are a part of China's larger plan to move 250 million citizens currently living in rural areas into urban locations by 2026, and places like the Kangbashi District.

 read more >>>

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A new Paris map: BatiParis

A new Paris map called BatiParis is a great tool to understand how the city evolved over time. It shows age of buildings footprints in the city with each building colored according to its year of construction. You can turn on and off each period of time to visualize the major stages of the Paris development.

To the map >>>> 

 [Source: geoawesomeness ]

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Room for the Waal

The finished dike relocation of Lent (project Ruimte voor de Rivier: Room for the River) with the resulting flood.
More pictures >>>>

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier collapse

Chunks of Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier collapse on Thursday as large chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. The Patagonian glacier known as the “White Giant” is one of Argentina’s biggest attractions. The river of ice 18 miles (30 km) long ends in a sheer wall blocking Lago Argentino where large pieces tumble into the water from time to time

 [The Guardian]

Monday, 11 July 2016

Map showing progress against malaria

Saturday, 9 July 2016

The Himalayas from 20,000 ft.

The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

The Himalayas from 20,000 ft. from Teton Gravity Research on Vimeo.

The Himalayas from 20,000 ft. from Teton Gravity Research on Vimeo.

Friday, 8 July 2016


Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka erupted last week. More information by Smithonian >>>

Monday, 4 July 2016

Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia is active again

New earthquakes and ash eruptions raise concerns of an eruption and lahars at the glacier-covered Volcan del Ruiz in Colombia. The last large eruption was in 1985 when the city of Armero was destroyed and more than 20.000 people where killed

Read more on the glacier hub website >>>

Thursday, 30 June 2016

High water in the Rhine

The waterlevel in the Dutch Rivers Rhine and Meuse have never been so high. But there is no flooding danger. The Room for the river project works!

This is what it looks like  this week

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Muddy Glastonbury

Glastonbury is probably the most muddy popfestival in the UK. The weather was really bad last few week . But the Somerset soil also plays a crucial role in creating that unique Glastonbury squelch.

Glastonbury through the eyes of a soil physicist , BBC weather about this spot and something about the geographical location.

read more >>>>>

Friday, 24 June 2016


The historic Brexit referendum passed, meaning Great Britain will leave the European Union


 The BBC about the Brexit >>>>.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Meander timelapse

Thanks to the Landsat program and Google Earth Engine, it is possible now to explore how the surface of the Earth has been changing through the last thirty years or so. Besides the obvious issues of interest, like changes in vegetation, the spread of cities, and the melting of glaciers, it is also possible to look at how rivers change their courses through time. This scene comes from the Ucayali River and it is a nice example of how both neck cutoffs and chute cutoffs form. First a neck cutoff takes place that affects the tight bend in the right side of the image; this is followed by a chute cutoff immediately downstream of the neck cutoff location, as the new course of the river happens to align well with a pre-existing chute channel. The third bend in the upper left corner shows some well-developed counter-point-bar deposits.
Source >>>

Friday, 10 June 2016

How Do You Move a City? Ask Kiruna, Sweden

It has nothing to do with climate change: The Arctic Circle city will be moved about two miles east so it doesn’t collapse into the mine underneath.

Read more on the NY Times website >>>

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Urbanisation in Africa

Fast Urbanisation in Africa ... how to deal with it

Friday, 3 June 2016

Floodings in and around Paris

The Seine Flooding is now really affecting the lives of Parisians with the closure of Musee du Louvre, Grand Palais and Musee d'Orsay . Also several RER lines (C) and metroline 10 are closed

Monday, 30 May 2016

Mt. Hood’s

First it was St. Helens, now its Mt. Hood’s turn to have a little earthquake swarm: 

 More on wired >>>

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Got smoke !!

This tweet shows the force of the Sinabung eruption

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Eruption from the Etna

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Eruption Sinabung Volcano

At least seven people have died and two more are critically injured after Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Saturday. The Sinabung volcano spewed clouds of hot ash and a pyroclastic flow was triggered from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Gamber village, North Sumatra, May 22, 2016

Jakarta post >>

Friday, 20 May 2016

Mount St. Helens is recharging its magma stores

Since the start of 2016, an earthquake swarm has been detected underneath the currently-quiet Washington volcano. These earthquakes have been occurring from depths of ~2 to over 7 kilometers beneath the volcano. USGS volcanologists and seismologists are interpreting this swarm as a response to the slow “recharging” for the volcano, where new magma is rising up underneath St. Helens as it slumbers

Read more on wired blog >>>

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Mount St. Helens May 18, 1980

Thirty-six years ago today, Mount St. Helens May erupted.

USGS scientists recount their experiences before, during and after the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Loss of their colleague David A. Johnston and 56 others in the eruption cast a pall over one of the most dramatic geologic moments in American history.

Mount St Helens today >>> 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Car Drops Into Sinkhole On London Road

Last week a car dropped into a sinkhole in London (Woodland Terrace, Greenwich). The car didn't disappear completely, the car is stuck on a gas pipe or a water pipe. Police said they don't know what's going on.... The local authority has been called and there are other agencies on scene.

Skynews >>>>>

This is a sinkhole ... but probably not "Karst" related ?

Friday, 13 May 2016

Mars Hydrology

Moa Valles is a 2 billion year old paleodrainage system that is nearly 300 km long and is carved into ancient highland terrains of Tempe Terra in the northern hemisphere of Mars. 

Read more >>>

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Preparation of a boat refugee from Senegal

For Lat from Senegal, there is no doubt about it. His promised land is Spain. Lat isn't the only one with the dream of migrating. That is why once in a time special boats make the journey to Europe. This journey costs about 800 euro's. And media shows it can also cost a lot of lifes. 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sinkholes and Alice in Wonderland

Ripon has associations with Lewis Carroll, the subsidence events caused by gysum dissolution there may even have inspired the story about 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Read more >>>

Friday, 22 April 2016

Another earthquake in Ecuador

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude struck off Ecuador's disaster-stricken coast on Thursday, as survivors of an earlier deadly quake that killed 587 people clamored for food, water and medicine in parts of the disaster zone. 

Read more >>>

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Where are all the world's McDonald's?


In 1940 the first MC Donald opened in California. Now more than 75 years later there are over 36.000 MC Donald restaurants in 119 countries.

Where are those restaurants :

The no MC Donalds map>>>

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Earthquake Ecuador

Only 24 hours after the last earthquake in Japan also Ecuador has been hit by a strong quake (7.8)

 The infographic by Jay Patton :

USGS information >>>
 More from Jay Patton about the ecuador quake >>>

Friday, 15 April 2016

Japan earthquakes

The April 15, 2016 M 7.0 earthquake north of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan, occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting at shallow depth. It was one day after a series of foreshocks in the same region, which included M 6.2 and M 6.0 earthquakes. The April 14 events resulted in at least 9 fatalities and over 800 injuries

More on the usgs website >>> 
BBC news >>>>