Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Predicted spread of humans around the world

This animated video, produced by the University of Hawaii, shows the spread of the human race across the globe over a 125,000 year period. Earth wobbles on its axis, causing major climate shifts. Some of those shifts turned the Arabian Peninsula into lush grassland that ancient humans could have traversed as they migrated out of Africa. Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa simulated climate conditions over the last 125,000 years and predicted how those changes would have allowed humans to spread around the globe (increasing intensity of red shows greater predicted migration).

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Swarms in Bardarbunga area

Several Volcanolgists have reported the last few day increasing tectonic activity in the Bárðarbunga area in Iceland

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The world’s most dangerous volcano ?

Say the word “supervolcano” and you’ll immediately think of Yellowstone and its violent past – but what about its future? When will the next super-eruption be? The thing is, this is far from the only supervolcano on Earth, and many of them could easily rival the power of Wyoming’s own. So where are these supervolcanoes and which one of them really is the most dangerous in the world?

Let’s take a look, .................

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Antarctica A86 Iceberg is now free

A one trillion tonne iceberg – one of the biggest ever recorded - has calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. 

The calving occurred sometime between Monday 10th July and Wednesday 12th July 2017, when a 5,800 square km section of Larsen C finally broke away.
The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, weighs more than a trillion tonnes. Its volume is twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes.

Source : Project MIDAS >>> 

An article on Cleantechnica >>>>
Updates from the Larsen C research team : Project MIDAS >>> 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Effect caused by the Montana earthquake

The Montana Earthquake on the 6th of july From bar stools to bed frames, hundreds of Montanans felt the magnitude 5.8 earthquake early Thursday morning that originated a few miles southeast of Lincoln. The U.S. Geological Survey has received more than 10,000 reports from people who felt the temblor, some as far away as Lethbridge, Canada, and Spokane, Washington.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Seismicity in Yellowstone

Last month more swarms reported arond the Yellowstone volcano 

During June 2017, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, responsible for the operation and analysis of the Yellowstone Seismic Network, reports 1171 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone National Park (YNP) region. The largest event was a light earthquake of magnitude 4.4 on June 16, at 06:48 PM MDT, located about nine miles north northwest of West Yellowstone, MT. The earthquake was reported felt in the towns of Gardiner and West Yellowstone, MT.

The USGS Yellowstone monitoring map >>>>

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Volcanic activity from the Popocatepetl

Mexico's massive Popocatepetl volcano erupted over last weekend; the ash cloud rose about 6,500 feet above the crater.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The crack in the Larsen C Iceshelf is growing

The large rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf  has continued to grow at a rapid rate since , with a further 10 kilometers of length added since January 1st according to the researchers at the MIDAS Project. 


Watch the crack growing in the larsen c iceshelf

Read the full article on Cleantechnica >>>>
Updates from the Larsen C research team : Project MIDAS >>> 

Friday, 30 June 2017

When lava meets sea

Time-lapse of sea and sky shot on Hawaii in December2016. Watch what happens as lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano meets the ocean 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Michael Palin: "Why Geography?"

On the eve of him receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, comedian and broadcaster Michael Palin delivered a lecture to a packed Younger Hall entitled “Why Geography?” at the University of St. Andrews.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Bogoslof Island is growing

The Bogoslof volcano is active since December 2016 . It is one of the most remote volcanos in our world. And is entertaining geologists for 6 months now. Every few weeks there are new explosions and lava outflows.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sea level rise and the Dutch approach

In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity. 

No place in Europe is under greater threat than this waterlogged country on the edge of the Continent. Much of the nation sits below sea level and is gradually sinking. Now climate change brings the prospect of rising tides and fiercer storms. From a Dutch mind-set, climate change is not a hypothetical or a drag on the economy, but an opportunity.

Read the full article in the New York Times >>>>

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Earhquake near Lesbos

A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake off the western coast of Turkey and between the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chinos shook buildings from the Aegean Turkish province of Izmir to the Greek capital of Athens. 

The quake was centered in the Aegean Sea about nine miles south of Lesbos, an area that was on the front line of the migrant influx two years ago. It had a magnitude of 6.1, according to the Geodynamic Institute at the National Observatory of Athens. The quake struck about 3:30 Monday afternoon, local time, and was felt in neighboring Turkey, although no injuries were reported there.

Additional resources 

 The USGS about the earthquake >>>

 Facts & Figures from Earthjay >>>

State of Emergency declared on Lesbos >>

Aftershocks on a map >>> 

A list of current earthquake in Greece >> 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Ceuta & Melilla

African refugees try to reach Europe on different ways and via different routes. From Morocco you can try the cross the Strait of Gibraltar by boat or , and that sounds pretty easy, just enter one of the Spanish enclaves in the north of Morocco. Once there you entered Europe !

The tiny Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla sit on the northern shores of Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Together they form the European Union's only land borders with Africa.

 Read the full story >>>>

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Where is North Korea

Where is North Korea? Here are guesses from 1,746 adults:
When asked which policies the United States should pursue regarding North Korea, Americans diverged on their views depending in part on whether they knew where it was.

NYT on this experiment >>>>

Friday, 19 May 2017

Mount St Helens 37 years ago

Last week it was 37 years ago the Mount Saint Helens in the US erupted


On May 18, 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption (a VEI 5 event) was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain's north slope.

  CFUqU8ZVIAAPEaM USGS on  Mt St Helens >>>
Mount St Helens now >>>>
Washington Military Department kreflects on the eruption  >>>>
Satelite images from Mt ST Helens, 1979 until 2014 >>>>
Janine Krippner on the eruption >>>
Mt St Helens eruption: a geo-animation  >>>

Monday, 15 May 2017

The new silk road

After some tests with a freight train from China to London a new freight service has started between China and the UK.

A few months ago already the first new silk road trains arrived in Germany
In the end of april the East Wind train pulled up at its destination at just after 1pm, following a 16-day journey, to become the first direct freight train linking China and the United Kingdom. Centuries ago this route was known as the Silk Road. the route along which trade first flourished between China and Europe, bringing silks, spices, Chinese porcelain and even gunpowder from the east.

The BBC about the new freight service >>>>

Read the full article about the first train>>>> 

Geographical news about the new silk route to Germany >>>

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

French police clear up to 1,600 migrants from camp in Paris

Several months ago the French authorities cleaned up the Jungle of Calais. About 5,500 of its residents were sent to various housing facilities across France.

And now again a cleanup .. this time in Paris. Some 1,600 migrants have been evacuated from a refugee camp on the outskirts of Paris near Porte de la Chapelle, according to city authorities.

 Read the full article >>>>

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Re-inhabitation of Small Town America

A lot of small villages in the USA didn't grow for more than 50 years. They became forgotten Small Towns, Shitvilles.....However they are now discovered by people from the large cities. Waterville, Mississippi is a nice example.

Less than a decade ago, Water Valley, Mississippi was a forgotten small town: there were 18 empty storefronts lining it’s four-block Main Street and plenty of decaying homes for sale. Located only twenty miles from the University of Mississippi and the pricey town of Oxford , it was well-placed for revival.
 In 2002, the first new inhabitants came from Oxford. They were early pioneers in the effort to rehabilitate the old 19th Century railroad town- turning their former drugstore into the Bozarts art gallery, but it took the formation of a community to create real change.
Water Valley is 3,500 people with a four-block long downtown. Since 2002 the  team has been instrumental in bringing 88 new jobs to downtown. Adding 26 new businesses. Fixing buildings, more major renovations in 29 buildings. Adding 14 upper floor apartments. In that new business mix they have added four new restaurants, three art galleries, one grocery store, one doctor’s office and one brewery.”

Read the full article >>>

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Solar Power world leaders

China is now the largest producer of solar energy in the world. But neighbouring India is no less ambitious when it comes to renewable energy. The country has just put the world’s largest solar power plant into service. The Adani Group’s new site in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu covers an area of 10 square kilometers and has a capacity of 648 megawatts (MW). This is nearly 100 MW more than the previous record-holder, the Topaz Solar Farm in California.
Read the full article >>>

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Volcanic eruption captured by drones in Guatemala

Violent volcanic eruptions in Guatemala have been captured by drones for the first time.

A team of scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge flew the unmanned vehicles 3,700m (12139ft) over the Volcan de Fuego, which erupts every three to four weeks.

 Read the full article n the BBC >>>

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Geological Brexit

The UK has now started the formal process of leaving the EU, but scientists say they have evidence of a much earlier "Brexit".

They have worked out how a thin strip of land that once connected ancient Britain to Europe was destroyed. The researchers believe a large lake overflowed 450,000 years ago, damaging the land link, then a later flood fully opened the Dover Strait.

Read the full story on the BBC >>>>

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Floods and mudflows in Colombia

Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the capital of southwestern Putumayo province and immobilising cars in several feet of mud in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Tsunami preparedness

veryone, everywhere should know how to be prepared for tsunamis and what to do to be safe. This is true for people who live or work near the ocean, but also for anyone who may visit someday. Are you in the Zone? TsunamiZone.org provides suggestions and resources for your family or organization to "know your zone" and to learn how to be safe.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

New England’s 1816 “Mackerel Year,” Volcanoes and Climate Change Today

Hundreds of articles have been written about the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, at Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora just over 200 years ago. But for a small group of New England-based researchers, one more Tambora story needed to be told, one related to its catastrophic effects in the Gulf of Maine that may carry lessons for intertwined human-natural systems facing climate change today.
Read the full article  on the USGS website >>>

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Hashtag Paris map

#berthillon, #mouffetard, #pompidou, #bataclan, #merci , #lacigale...What do you think ??? Well these are a few very popular hashtag used on Twitter about Paris. 

Brought together now on a new map.The names of the metrosations are replaced by the hashtags ; - )

 A Detail of the map:

This is the full Paris hashtag map ! click on it for a larger version

 The original version is to be found on tagsandthecity >>>>

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lava explosions on the Etna surprises BBC crew members

BBC footage captures the moment when lava flow triggered an explosion as it came into contact with snow on Mount Etna in Sicily on Thursday. Ten people, including BBC crew members, were injured in the explosion, which pelted those nearby with boiling rocks and steam. Mount Etna, a Unesco world heritage site since 2013, can burst into life several times year

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

When Permafrost Melts,.......

Scientists allover the world 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. It is clear Permafrost is melting away. What happens when permafrost thaws?

From Twitter:

Friday, 10 March 2017

The smartphone sourcemap

Find out EXACTLY where the 400+ parts of your smartphone come from [Fairphone 2 Sourcemap]

Fairphone was the first brand to register for an official account on Open Sourcemap - and they did it to publish the supply chain of the next-generation ethically sourced Fairphone 2. It's no easy feat considering they were able to trace the phone down to the raw materials' country of origins and the mines themselves in some cases.

See the  map directly on the Fairphone website >>>>>

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Northern California: Before and after 2017 storms

January 18, 2014: January 2014 was one of the driest Januarys on record in recorded history. Even in winter, much of the vegetation in drought-stricken California appeared brown. Roughly two weeks after this photo was taken, the Sierra snowpack was measured on Feb. 1 at 9 percent of average, the lowest ever for that time of year.

March 1, 2017: After a series of storms slam Northern California throughout January and February, the vegetation greens and the snowpack is at 185 percent of normal.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Bird migration on a map

Where Geography meets Biology

Swifts born in Beijing’s old imperial palaces travel 16,000 miles every year to southern Africa and back again without touching ground. I was amazed by this track map. Why don't they just go directly south, by example to one of the Indonesian islands? Why do they take a route north of the Himalaya and not south ?

The Guardian wrote also about it >>

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Next big volcanic bang

Looking for the next big volcanic bang? Papua New Guinea would be a good bet. 

If you wanted to pick an area of Earth where you might expect the next, big caldera eruption, you might be hard-pressed to find anyplace with more potential than Papua New Guinea. Geologist Erik Klemetti on Wired.........

 Read more >>>

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Oroville dam.... after

Two weeks after the Oroville high water / spillway / emergency spillway problem. The damage to the dam becomes more clear 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Charles Lyell glacier

How warm has California been lately? Well, look at the bottom image below and see if you can tell it was once a mighty glacier: 140 years on from Charles Lyell's death, the glacier named for him in Yosemite has almost disappeared.


from a tweet send by Jamie Woodward

Read more on the citylab website >>>

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A new continent: Zealandia

Geologists claim to have discovered a new continent to the east of Australia: Zealandia. At 4.9 million square kilometres of land mass, 94 per cent of which is under water, Zealandia would be the world's smallest continent.

In a paper published in the Geological Society of America's Journal, researchers explain that Zealandia measures five million sq km (1.9m sq miles) which is about two thirds of neighbouring Australia.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017

California watersystem

The Oroville dam is not a water reservoir system on its own. It's a part of a larger water system in California with reservoirs, levees, canals and rivers. a complex system from Oroville to Sacremento.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Volcano under naples

The Campi Flegrei caldera under the Italian city of Naples shows signs of “reawakening” after almost 500 years of inactivity.  So what's happening underneath Naples ?

According to a study published Tuesday, it is close to nearing a critical pressure point, which could spell disaster for the 500,000 people that reside in the area. The 12km-wide cauldron is actually a collapsed volcano. As such it does not have one obvious central peak, rather it is fuelled by one huge magma chamber. This is precisely what makes Campi Flegrei so dangerous. Italian and French scientists have for the first time identified a threshold beyond which rising magma under the Earth’s surface could trigger the release of fluids and gases at a 10-fold increased rate.

Read more >>>>>

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Monitoring the Iceland Volcanoes

According to geophysicist Páll Einarsson, four of Iceland's volcanoes are showing increased amounts of activity in preparation for another eruption. 

Katla is the most active that it's ever been in four decades. "Katla has been unrestful since this autumn." The other volcanoes showing increased activity are Hekla, Grímsvötn and Bárðarbunga.

Read the full article >>>

Friday, 10 February 2017

Plan for the Oroville dam

The waterlevel in the Oroville lake is getting higher. Watermanagers have made a plan for a emergency spillway. The reservoir, at 884 feet elevation above sea level Thursday, will naturally begin to spill into the emergency spillway channel at elevation 901 feet,” officials said in a statement. “That point may come shortly after midnight Friday.”

Read the full article on KQED news >>>
A 3D infographic from LA Times >>>
More on the US news >>>

Oroville Spillway Damage

The spillway at Oroville Dam in California has been severely damaged.

State water managers hoping they can dump enough water down the badly compromised structure to prevent the state’s second-largest reservoir from pouring over an emergency release point that has never been used before.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Rosling: Boat Refugees

A tribute to Hans Rosling from the Gapminder Fondation 

This shows you why the refugees crossing the mediterranean by boat, can't just fly to Europe.

Hans Rosling

The amazing 'edutainor' Hans Rosling dies

He was known for lively presentations that used data and animation to explain global development in a compelling way.. In 4 minute videos and by example his  website Gapminder

Hans Rosling’s tells the modern world's story in just four minutes... the best stats you have ever seen : - )
Read the full article on the BBC >>>>

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Mount Etna prognoses 2017

Etna in Italy had a real quiet 2016. However, it appears that 2017 won’t follow the same path. Since January 23, the summit craters on Etna have been restless and now strombolian explosions have been rocking the South East Crater. In fact, two distinct vapor-and-ash plumes are active on the Sicilian volcano. This is the first sign of magma at the surface at Etna in over eight months (which is a long time for the nearly-constantly restless volcano).

Read the full article on Wired >>>>>

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Boundaries, Borders, and… The Trump Wall?

We have all heard it: “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively – I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” Trump’s words from 2015 are once again making headlines and the proposed wall is forcing society to pose some tough questions. Are walls a knee-jerk protectionist response? How is globalisation implicated? Do walls work?

Read the full article on Geography directons blog >>>

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Trump's way of dealing with mexico

Trump..... made in Mexico ; - ) 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Lava Flow on Hawaii pours into sea

Researchers from the USGS’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory captured dramatic footage showing a ‘firehose’ of lava flowing from the Kilauea Volcano and into the sea. 

The video also captures littoral explosions as the super hot lava makes contact with the cold sea water at the Kamokuna lava tube.

The usgs videofile >>>>>

Erik Klemetti on the Hawaii lava  flow >>>> 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Increased Risk of Katla Eruption

Travel service companies are encouraged to reinforce their contingency plans, due to an increased risk of eruption in Katla volcano, mbl.is reports. The South Iceland Police Department has met with representatives of parties in the tourism service in the area, since scientists have concluded that recent seismic activity in the volcano indicates an increased likelihood of a volcanic eruption. 

Read the full article on Iceland Review >>>>>

Monday, 30 January 2017

Geology made Donald J Trump Great.......

Donald Trump owes his election win against Hillary Clinton, to GEOLOGY! 

Take a 2.3 billion year trip, from the initiation of photosynthesis, to massive mountain building 300 million years ago. These events provided the natural resources that drove the industrial revolution in the US Northeast which eventually ended due to...again, Geology! The rise and fall of US northeastern cities and the resulting economic decline that led to voters electing Trump is a tale fundamentally routed in the Earth Sciences.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

This weeks active volcano 's

We had this week a very active volcanoweek : _ ) 


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Snow in the Sahara

For the first time in more than 30 years parts of the Sahara where covered with snow this winter.
The red sand dunes of Ain Sefra in Algeria were blaketed in one metre deep snow yesterday.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Eruption of the Colima

On 19th of january the Colima volcano erupted again. The volcano,located in  Mexico, shot ash and smoke over 6,500 feet into the air and could be heard 50 miles away, officials said. 

The eruption Wednesday on the 12,000-foot mountain was the third major eruption this year, although the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Washington, D.C., part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, gave almost daily accounts of new ash in the atmosphere since Jan. 3, as well as a spectacular eruption on Dec. 27. The mountain, one of 14 active volcanoes in Mexico, is on the country's west coast, between Colima and Jalisco states, 300 miles west of the capital, Mexico City.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Bogoslof Volcano: 31,000 feet ash cloud

An Alaska volcano active since mid-December has erupted again. Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted last week on wednesday and sent up an ash cloud estimated at 31,000 feet. The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the aviation threat code to red, the highest level. Ash clouds higher than 20,000 feet are a threat to intercontinental jet aircraft because ash can damage engines.


On December 14, 1989, Redoubt volcano, also in Cook Inlet, erupted. The next day, KLM flight 867, carrying 231 passengers from Amsterdam to Tokyo with a stop in Anchorage, flew through a Redoubt ash plume, causing all four engines to fail. The aircraft dropped more than 3 km (2 mi) in altitude within five minutes before the flight crew managed to restart the engines and land the plane safely in Anchorage. All four engines on the aircraft had to be replaced, with damages totaling about $80 million. The Redoubt eruption continued through early June 1990.

Read more about Bogoslof on LA Times websie >>>>

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Earthquakes in Italy since 2009

Earthquakes in Italy since 2009 on a map. The 2017 quakes are on aline between Amatrice and L'Aquila.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The London Barrier

After High Tide and a strong January storm along the coast in Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK Flood defenses came in action.

 Also the Oosterschelde "stormvloedkering" in the Netherlands (Stormvloedkering means: Shuts down only with high tide and stormsituation) Was last weekend in state of alarm... however on the last moment shut down was cancelled.

In the UK the Thames Barrier came into action!

From Twitter: