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november 2011

Getting There and Getting Around Albuquerque

To get to Ghost Ranch, fly into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, rent a car and drive north on Highway 84 past Española and Abiquiu to Ghost Ranch. A sign marks the right-hand turn into the Ghost Ranch Education and Conference Center between mileposts 224 and 225. The museums and visitor center are approximately 1.5 kilometers off the paved highway on a dirt road suitable for all cars.

07 Nov 2011

Get Dirty

If hiking the trails at Ghost Ranch and perusing the museums aren’t hands-on enough for you, consider signing up for a course through the Ghost Ranch Education Center, which offers reasonably priced (about $300 a week) one- and two-week classes throughout the year.

07 Nov 2011

Travels in Geology: Unearthing the ghosts of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

For centuries, Ghost Ranch, N.M., was known as “Rancho de los Brujos” or Ranch of the Witches. Both monikers suit this stunning place well, as all sorts of creatures have left their bones behind here in the 400-meter-high cliffs layered with red, yellow and white Mesozoic rocks.

07 Nov 2011

CryoScoop: Massive rift portends Antarctic berg

Researchers flying over West Antarctica last month were at the right place at the right time, spotting an actively growing rift that they expect will spawn an iceberg about 10 times the size of Manhattan.

04 Nov 2011

Where on Earth? - November 2011

Clues for November 2011:
1. The hard cap of this mountain was formed by volcanism in the Neoproterozoic, about 700 million years ago. Over time the cone wore away and left behind remnants that have become a regional icon (even showing up on the napkins at the nearby Air Force base).
2.  Arctic storms take a toll on the mountain. As a result, erosion leads to irregular surfaces and honeycomb patterns.

Return of the Dust Bowl

Geoscientists Predict a Dry, Dusty Future for the American West

Haboobs walloped Arizona last summer. Locals long ago adopted the Arabic word for a major dust storm, but even old-timers say they can’t remember anything quite like this year’s aerial assaults.

28 Oct 2011

Voices: Climate change and civil conflict: New clues from El Nino

In 2007, 11 retired admirals and generals from the U.S. armed forces published a report arguing that global climate changes represented a major threat to global security. That same year, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argued in a Washington Post op-ed that the ongoing Sudanese civil conflict was, in part, attributable to climatic changes. By combining new techniques from climate physics and econometrics, my colleagues and I have found evidence that there is some truth in these statements. Indeed, the global climate can influence the outbreak of civil wars.

09 Sep 2011