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september 2011

Getting There and Getting Around Nova Scotia

Getting to Nova Scotia is easy by plane, car or ferry. Most flights arrive in Halifax, roughly in the middle of the province. If you’re driving from the United States, take New Brunswick Route One from the Maine border to meet up with the Trans-Canada Highway, which meanders through the province; however, it’s an eight-hour trip from Bangor, Maine, to Halifax and there’s not a lot to do or see along the way. A shorter route is to take the car ferry that sails from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Digby, on Nova Scotia’s northwestern coast.

07 Sep 2011

Travels in Geology: Nova Scotia: A driving tour of Pangaea

What’s the quickest way to see the Scottish Highlands and Africa? Take a trip to Nova Scotia. The southeastern Canadian province is a mash-up of continental fragments whose landscape testifies to the power of glacial and tidal forces. Slightly smaller than West Virginia, the province is easy to get around and is packed with geological sites without being overwhelming.

07 Sep 2011

Benchmarks: September 30, 1861: Archaeopteryx is discovered and described

What's commonly thought of as the first bird, Archaeopteryx was first described 150 years ago this month.

02 Sep 2011

Where on Earth? - September 2011

Clues for September 2011:
1. This glacially sculpted ridge tops out at about 3,500 meters, roughly 640 meters above the lake of the same name seen in the foreground. The rock is predominantly Cretaceous-aged granodiorite, an intrusive igneous rock found throughout the national park that hosts the ridge, including at some better-known monoliths nearby.
2. The south-to-north knife-edge traverse along the ridge provides a popular but challenging trail for climbers, many of whom set out from a busy campsite known for its seasonal “tent city.”

Thinking outside the rocks in the search for ancient earthquakes

The eyewitness accounts, written in columns from right to left, top to bottom, testify that there was no warning of the tsunami, no shaking to drive villagers to high ground before the wave hit, drowning rice paddies and swamping a castle moat. The entries, written by merchants, peasants and samurai, all clearly mark the time and date: just after midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1700.

25 Aug 2011

A day without Glory

On a warm afternoon in early March, the Taurus XL rocket that was prepped for launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California looked more like a giant chopstick standing on end than a potential game changer in the debate over climate change science. The barrel-shaped satellite that the rocket carried — named Glory — was designed to deliver critical information about small airborne particles called aerosols.

19 Aug 2011

When the dust settles: Investigating lingering health questions 10 years after 9/11

For the past 10 years, geoscientists have been helping to characterize the dust that blanketed lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, hoping to determine if and how that dust may be causing long-term health problems.

12 Aug 2011