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Geologic Column: Tarnish on the Golden State

After World War II, California's economy and population boomed. Today, the state's economy is the fifth largest in the world, but unreasonably high living costs and numerous natural threats cloud its rosy image as the paradise by the Pacific.

22 Jun 2018

Geologic Column: Travels with Claudia: Rediscovering America

A husband and wife set out to rediscover some places they knew well in their youth, and some they had only read about in books. Along the way, they learned much about where this country has been, where it is, and where it’s going.
12 Feb 2018

Geologic Column: Dams in distress

The United States has more than 90,000 dams, with an average age of 50 years. Recent failures highlight the potential for catastrophe and the need for infrastructure maintenance. 

12 Dec 2017

Geologic Column: My China syndrome

The rapid pace of change in China over the last decade — witnessed by the author on a half dozen visits to his son who lives there — has been staggering.
28 Apr 2017

Geologic Column: Digital divorce!

The digital revolution has positive qualities, among them increased access to information and improved communication. But our compulsion for constant connection is troubling.

 
10 Nov 2016

Geologic Column: Blockbuster solutions

Science makes leaps forward when practitioners take unconventional approaches to problem-solving, such as that in the movie “The Imitation Game.” Could such unconventional steps help us solve some of today’s biggest problems?

14 Mar 2016

Geologic Column: Jack and Jill: The sequel

As the extreme drought in California persists into another year, EARTH’s regular commentator returns with some thoughts on the proposed solutions, and the wisdom of going “up the hill” to fetch your water.

27 Jun 2015

Geologic Column: Get busy living!

Whether imprisioned literally or figuratively, one has a choice: Get busy living or get busy dying. A recent stint with temporary invalidity got the author thinking about how he has rekindled the creative fires and enthusiasm at various times throughout his life and career, and his keys to getting busy living again. 

24 Nov 2014

Geologic Column: By train or pipeline: That is the question

Transporting hazardous materials like oil on North America’s aging rail networks is risky. But pipelines are also risky. So what’s the best option, given that we must choose one?

25 Jul 2014