Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Most interesting find in Paleontology (Geology). An intermediate step in evolution (natural selection) of the flounder, etc. Fossil is 50 million years.  Scientifically, we could estimate the total evolution to be 100 million years.  Did it take Darwin's finches 100 million years; doubtful. But birds were around 65 million years ago, and abundant 35 million years ago. logoPhoto By Image by M. Friedman

Why is this so important: Anyone between 1968 and 1980+ probably saw the top chart hanging in your classroom.  Kelvin-Zallinger chart (below) appeared in the Time-Life book Early Man (1968)

The on second chart, only those supported in the text are on the bottom chart.  If we give some validity to the upper chart, let's say, Lucy is #2.  Since Lucy is about 3.6 million years old; that makes some hyper-speed evolution for man (mammals).  Does this past the Scientific Method; not at all.  

Mine you all, I believe in evolution; but let's get it correct and not forget the nonsensical science for political / personal reasons.   

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Calving means different things to diverse people. While from early spring thru summer, calving happens every year.  If you GOOGLE calving be sure your interests lie in either ranching or geology (glaciers).  While both perfectly natural; one is a miracle (?), the other magnificent.

Glacier buoyancy: I’ve never seen it filmed line this; with the complete alomst instant readjustment of buoyancy, usually it occurs more slowly and glacier float into warmer water.

Enjoy Geology

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Second big quake hits northern Italy, 10 dead
By Lisa Jucca | Reuters – 54 mins ago

MILAN (Reuters) - An earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, damaging buildings and spreading panic among thousands of residents still living in tents after a tremor shook the region just over a week ago, destroying their homes.
Officials and a source from the Italian Red Cross said several people were trapped under the rubble of houses and warehouses in the Emilia-Romagna region. Police said 10 people were confirmed dead but the toll was likely to rise.
The 5.8-magnitude quake struck near Modena and was felt across much of northern and central Italy.

Earthquake Details
  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

44.814°N, 11.079°E
9.6 km (6.0 miles)
40 km (24 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy
59 km (36 miles) E of Parma, Italy
70 km (43 miles) S of Verona, Italy
343 km (213 miles) NNW of ROME, Italy
horizontal +/- 12 km (7.5 miles); depth +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
NST=400, Nph=401, Dmin=210.4 km, Rmss=1.32 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

How Geologist's can know about Volcanoes

This is short, yet excellent video shows how geologists are understanding Volcanoes better and better every day today.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A boy looks at the damaged old tower of Delle Rocche castle after an earthquake in Finale Emilia May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Giorgio Benvenuti

The Town Hall building on Sant' Agostino near Ferrara is seen damaged after an earthquake May 20, 2012. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early on Sunday morning, causing at least three deaths and collapsing rural factories and ancient bell towers in towns. REUTERS/Giorgio Benvenuti
Photos By STRINGER/ITALY/Reuters

Earthquake Details
  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
44.800°N, 11.192°E
5.1 km (3.2 miles)
36 km (22 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy
69 km (42 miles) E of Parma, Italy
72 km (44 miles) SSE of Verona, Italy
339 km (210 miles) NNW of ROME, Italy
horizontal +/- 10.7 km (6.6 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
NST=573, Nph=574, Dmin=95.7 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 14°,
M-type=(unknown type), Version=E
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Strong Earthquake in Bologna, Italy

BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) - A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early on Sunday morning, causing at least three deaths and collapsing rural factories and ancient bell towers in towns.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 4:04 a.m. (0204 GMT) and had a magnitude of 5.9, was in the plains near Modena. But it was felt in nearby regions.
One person working a night shift died in the collapse of a factory and two others were killed in the collapse of another building. Rescue officials were checking reports that other people were buried under rubble.
First television pictures taken after dawn showed serious damage to historic buildings and rural structures. Parts of a historic fortress in one town collapsed.
Thousands of people in the area rushed into the streets after the quake, felt in the major towns of Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Rovigo, Verona and Mantua.
A series of strong aftershocks hit the area and local mayors ordered residents to stay out of their homes.
The quake was centered 22 miles north-northwest of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 6.3 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The last major earthquake to hit Italy was a 6.3 magnitude quake in the central Italian city of L'Aquila in 2009, killing nearly 300 people.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer in Rome and Doina Chiacu, writing by Philip Pullella; Editing by Peter Cooney and Ron Popeski)