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Imaggeo on Mondays: Jointed Colorado Rockies

18 Jun

Jointed Colorado Rockies by Will Gosnold, distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons license

The Rocky Mountains, or Rockies, are a North American mountain system stretching around 5,000 km from northern British Columbia, Canada, to New Mexico in the southwestern United States. They are made up of a discontinuous series of mountain ranges with distinct geological origins, the last of which was formed during the Laramide orogeny (mountain formation event) 80–55 million years ago.

With a population of 568,158 (2011 estimate), Wyoming has the lowest population and second lowest population density of any US state, yet it has the 10th largest area. Its environment is defined by its geological history, lying at the intersection of the Rockies to the west and, to the east, the Great Plains, a broad expanse of flat land running north to south across North America.

The sheer size and distance covered by the Rockies, even through just the one state of Wyoming, is hard to imagine by European standards. At 253,348 sq km, Wyoming itself has a greater area, for example, than the UK, Romania, Belarus, Greece, or Bulgaria, just to name a few. Perhaps the best way to understand the scale of the Rockies is by experiencing them from above, an experience captured here by Will Gosnold through an aircraft window. Gosnold, a professor within the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota, describes this photo opportunity, “I took the photo from the window of a Delta Airlines plane, over what is likely Wyoming, during a flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis while returning from the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union on 9 December 2011.”

Apart from boasting the Rockies and its vast expanse of publicly owned land, including a section of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming produces a broad array of mineral commodities. Apart from being the largest and second largest producer of coal and natural gas respectively in the US, it also produces coalbed methane, crude oil, uranium, and trona, an evaporite mineral used for the production of washing soda (sodium carbonate). Diamond and uranium mines have also recently operated in the state.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Praia das Rodas, Spain

19 Mar

Praia das Rodas by Jorge Mataix-Solera, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Often listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Praia das Rodas is located on the Isla do Faro, part of the three-island Cíes archipelago within the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. The beach faces eastwards, towards Vigo and the Galician coast of northwestern Spain, its accumulation of sand forming a land-bridge between two islands during low tide. All three islands are the visible peaks of submerged granitic mountains.

Soil scientist Jorge Mataix-Solera visited Praia das Rodas in 2007. “The picture was taken when I arrived by boat to the island in the early morning, the day after I was on a PhD thesis evaluation committee at the University of Vigo. This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, composed of quartz sand from granitic material,” he explains.

Beaches form over thousands of years from the deposit of sediment and other materials that moves from land into the ocean and back again.

To view more from Jorge Mataix-Solera’s astounding collection of photos, please visit: http://www.jorgemataix.com.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Huts in Arcachon Bay

16 Jan

The Tchanquees Huts in the Arcachon Bay by Yann Vitasse, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Yann Vitasse, now a researcher at the Institute of Botany, University of Basel in Switzerland, got a wonderful present in 2009 for completing his PhD: a flight on an ultralight aircraft above the southwest coast of France. It was then he took this stunning photo of the Arcachon Bay, a water area near Bordeaux that is fed by the Atlantic Ocean and by a number of fresh waterways.

“Here you see the famous Tchanquees Huts which were built on stilts in the middle of the Arcachon Bay, on the bird island. These huts were originally used for monitoring oyster beds,” Vitasse said.

The photo was taken at low tide, a time when the water covers an area of only 40 square kilometres. By comparison the bay takes up some 150 square kilometers at high tide, when the entire area to the left of the huts is covered by sea water.

The bird island, starting to the right of the huts, also varies in area being some 10 times larger at low tide. Geologists are still out on the origin of this structure. Some defend it is a former sandbar while others prefer the theory that it formed from the remains of a high dune shaped by the wind and the ocean.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

EGU General Assembly 2012 Call for Papers

9 Nov

Abstract submission for the EGU General Assembly 2012 (EGU2012) is now open. The General Assembly is being held from Sunday 22 Apr 2012 to Friday 27 Apr 2012 at the Austria Center Vienna, Austria.

You can browse through the Sessions online.

Each Session shows the link Abstract Submission. Using this link you are asked to log in to the Copernicus Office Meeting Organizer. You may submit the text of your contribution as plain text, LaTeX, or MS Word content. Please pay attention to the First Author Rule.

The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts is 17 January 2012. In case you would like to apply for support, please submit no later than 15 December 2011. Information about the financial support available can be found on the Support and Distinction part of the EGU GA 2012 website.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 on it’s webpages. If you have any questions email the meeting organisers Copernicus.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Akutan Volcano, Alaska

24 Oct

Akutan Volcano, Alaska. Image by Michael Jackson, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

High winds create lenticular clouds off Shishaldin Volcano in the Aleutian Islands. UNAVCO staff installed 16 integrated geophysical instruments including GPS, seismic, tilt, meteorologic instruments on Unimak Island as part of the EarthScope Project.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Oasis Valley

3 Oct

Oasis Valley, Nevada, USA. Image by Jean-Daniel Champagnac, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

This picture has been taken from the air (small plane) during fieldwork in Alaska during 2009. Oasis valley is located between frontal lobes of Fan and Bremner glaciers (143.57°W; 60.87°N). The orange colour is from sand that have been brought in by the glaciers, and carved by rivers.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Tethys Himalaya

26 Sep

Tethys Himalaya in Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir. Image by Pierre Dèzes, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

Tethys Himalaya are one of the zones of the Central Himalayan Domain (CHD), which is one of the tectonic zones of the Himalaya. The Tethys Himalaya is approximately 100 km wide large fold (syncline) with superimposed smaller folds (this is known as a synclinorium). The Tethys Himalaya contains a stratigraphic record which indicates the geological history of this part of the Indian continent.

This image shows Palaeozoic and Triassic sediments of the Tethys Himalaya in Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir. The orange cliffs are massive dolomite from the Cambrian Karsha formation. They are overlain by dark Permian basaltic flows (Panjal Traps). The summit in the middle of the picture consists of Triassic sediments from the Lilang Group. This view from Purne is towards the northeast into the gorge of the Phugtal monastery. A chorten (or stupa) stands in the foreground.

Imaggeois the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Call for Sessions for EGU General Assembly 2012

8 Jul

The public call for sessions for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 has been issued. The EGU GA 2012 will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) from 22 April to 27 April 2012. The details are below, the web page to visit to submit sessions is Call for Sessions page of the EGU General Assembly 2012 website.

We hereby invite you, from now until 16 Sep 2011, to take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the conference.

Please suggest (i) new sessions with conveners and description and (ii) modifications to the skeleton programme sessions. Explore the Programme Groups (PGs) on the left hand side, when making suggestions. Study those sessions that already exist and put your proposal into the PG that is most closely aligned with the proposed session’s subject area.

If the subject area of your proposal is strongly aligned with two or more PGs, co-organization is possible and encouraged between PGs. Only put your session proposal into one PG, and you will be able to indicate PGs that you believe should be approached for co-organization.

If you have questions about the appropriateness of a specific session topic, please contact the Officers for the specific EGU2012 Programme Group. To suggest Union Symposia, Great Debates, Townhall Meetings or Short Courses, please contact the Programme Committee Chair (Gert-Jan Reichart).

In case any questions arise, please contact EGU2012 at Copernicus.