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Carson Sink rocks

Carson Sink rocks

Author’s Note: This part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt required students find and take a picture of a sedimentary rock. Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. After looking at the prompt, it was not hard for me to decide to head out to Carson Sink. I wrote a little about Carson Sink a few weeks ago, but that was…

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Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Author’s Note: This part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt required students to find a news article, post it on our blogs and explain how plate tectonics played a role in the situation. Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. Featured image: Damage and flooding in Sendai, Japan as a result of the 2011 Japan earthquake. (Source: U.S. Navy) The article…

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Thermal Springs of Nevada

Thermal Springs of Nevada

Author’s Note: This the first part of a weekly series on geology for a class I am taking this semester at BYU-Idaho. This week’s prompt is “Where have you seen geology in your daily life?” Other posts from this assignment can be found under the “Geology 111” category. Geology, like weather, is all around us and has a profound influence on our daily activities. Sure, most geological processes seem to occur in the background without much day-to-day change, but when you…

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What difference does elevation make for air pressure?

What difference does elevation make for air pressure?

Saturday, my wife and I took a few kids we go to church with up to Mount Rose and Lake Tahoe while their mom had a work meeting in Reno. After spending some time playing in the snow where Highway 431 crosses the mountain (elevation 8,911), we drove down to Kings Beach for some hot chocolate. As we descended to the side of the lake, the oldest kid we were watching was unable to make her ears pop despite several…

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How Hurricanes Get their Names

How Hurricanes Get their Names

This hurricane season has proven to be an intense one, with several major hurricanes causing destruction across the Southeast and the Caribbean. The remnants of one hurricane, Ophelia, even caused damage in several western European countries. With names like Ophelia and Philippe, one might wonder how hurricanes get their names to begin with. The short answer is that we name hurricanes to avoid confusion in forecasting and warning and that the names are chosen by the United Nations. If you…

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Watching Weather Balloons on Ham Radio

Watching Weather Balloons on Ham Radio

UC Berkeley’s Amateur Radio Club and the East Bay Amateur Radio Club in California launched a balloon with a tracking device Saturday, which allowed radio amateurs to see how far the balloon went, how high it went and how fast it was going. After launching the balloon on the UC Berkeley campus, the hobbyists followed it in their cars to where it landed near Sacramento. Balloons like this can be fun to track for amateur radio operators like myself, but they…

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