Geomorphology in the news

Geomorphology has been in the news a fair bit over the last few weeks. Here are some links so you can catch up on anything you may have missed.

Evidence of an ancient streambed found on Martian surface

You would have had to have been hiding under a (rounded) rock to have missed all of the reports that Nasa’s Curiosity rover is currently exploring what appears to be a dried up river channel on Mars.

Here are a couple of good summaries of what Curiosity has found:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19744131

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/09/curiosity-snaps-first-proof-of.html

Curiosity’s landing site on an alluvial fan:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16158.html

Why we can be confident these features were formed by flowing water:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22319-why-do-we-think-curiosity-found-an-old-mars-riverbed.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6wrF7ylJNI

A summary of the history of evidence of fluvial landforms on Mars:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/across-the-universe/2012/oct/01/water-mars-history?intcmp=239

Are we witnessing the formation of a new plate boundary?

The sequence of huge earthquakes that struck off the coast of Sumatra in April may signal the creation of a new tectonic plate boundary across the Indo-Australian plate.

http://www.nature.com/news/unusual-indian-ocean-earthquakes-hint-at-tectonic-breakup-1.11487

Landslide in Yunnan province, southern China

A landslide sadly killed 18 children and one adult in an area that had experienced significant seismic activity followed by torrential rain that triggered floods and mud and rockslides through the area.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/04/china-landslide-buries-primary-school

http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2012/10/05/the-legacy-of-the-september-2012-yunnan-earthquake-sequence/

This picture article gives an idea of scale.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19840336

 How satellite imagery is being used as part of the Disasters Charter

Satellite images from around the world help rescue operations following natural and man-made disasters. Also watch out for some stunning aerial images of the Earth’s surface.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19826963

And finally…

Photographer Daniel Kukla offers us an alternative way of looking at landscapes as part of his ‘Edge Effect’ project. His ‘Glacial Rebound’ pictures are also worth a look.

http://danielkukla.com/The-Edge-Effect

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s