From Alex Daley, Chief Technology Investment Strategist, Casey Research:
Water is not scarce. It is made up of the first- and third-most common elements in the universe, and the two readily react to form a highly stable compound that maintains its integrity even at temperature extremes.
Hydrologist Dr. Vincent Kotwicki, in his paper “Water in the Universe,” writes:
“Water appears to be one of the most abundant molecules in the Universe. It dominates [...]
It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now, researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), together with colleagues from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) have found evidence that the reverse process also occurs: Climate affects volcanic activity. Their study is now online in the international journal “Geology”.
In 1991, it was a disaster for the villages nearby the erupting Philippine [...]
While most of the world has been focused on other things, the Ring of Fire has been quietly waking up. Over the past couple of months, there has been a steady string of noteworthy volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that have occurred along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. But because none of them have happened near a highly populated area, we really haven’t heard much about them in the [...]
On Saturday night, the near perfect timing of two celestial events will make the moon appear larger and brighter in the night sky. This is called a “supermoon.”
A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being closest to Earth in its orbit, also known as perigee. Saturday’s supermoon will be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons in 2012, according to NASA.
Although the moon [...]
by The American Dream
Does it seem to you like there has been an unusual amount of seismic activity around the world lately? Well, it isn’t just your imagination. The Ring of Fire is roaring to life and that is really bad news for the west coast of the United States. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire. Considering [...]
March 25, 2012
Women with greater blood levels of mercury are more likely to have higher amounts of proteins tied to autoimmune diseases such as arthritis.
Mercury is a naturally occurring metal released into the environment from rocks and soils, and in volcanic eruptions.
The chemical element is found in all organisms but most human exposure comes from eating fish, which contain the organic form known as methylmercury.
A new large study of [...]
by James Stafford of OilPrice.com
The IPCC May Have Outlived its Usefulness – An Interview with Judith Curry
As the global warming debate increases in its intensity we find both sides deeply entrenched, hurling accusations and lies at one another in an attempt to gain the upper hand. This divide within the scientific community has left the public wondering who can be trusted to provide them with accurate information and answers.
The IPCC, the [...]
Scientists have known for decades that hidden under those impressive vistas at sites such as Death Valley and Yellowstone National Park are magma pools that under the right conditions can trigger explosive eruptions.
Now, new research is changing scientists’ understanding of the timing of those eruptions, and prompting them to call for greater monitoring of sites to help save lives when the next big volcano explodes.
Two recent papers highlight the shift. One looked at a [...]
Volcanic ash damages machinery. The effect on jet aircraft engines is particularly severe as large amounts of air are sucked in during operation, posing a great danger to aircraft flying near ash clouds. Very fine volcanic ash particles (particularly glass-rich if from an eruption under ice) sucked into a jet engine melt at about 1,100Ã‚Â Ã‚Â°C, fusing onto the blades and other parts of the turbine [...]