Category Archives: Science

Yellowstone’s volcanic plume larger than thought

The supervolcano in Yellowstone national park was in the news this week, with new research based on ‘geoelectric’ measurements indicating the plume of partially molten rock is much larger than previously thought. An earlier study based on seismic waves showed … Continue reading

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Sand blown from Africa to Scandinavia

NASA’s Ozone Monitoring Instrument recently gathered information  leading to these fascinating images of dust blown from the Sahara, several thousand miles across Europe. Red represents higher concentrations of particles, grey indicates areas with unreliable data or cloud cover. Over six … Continue reading

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The green planet

This Fascinating view of the earth is a global average of data recorded by the tongue twisting Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view-Sensor (SeaWiFs) over the entirety of its 13 year operational history – 1996-2010. During its lifespan this sensor on GeoEye’s OrbView … Continue reading

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Arctic ozone loss visualized

This new video from NASA Goddard contrasts the dynamics of the Arctic ozone layer in 2010 to 2011. Running from January 1 to March 23 the two maps are based on observations from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA’s … Continue reading

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Watch the ice caps melt – global warming animation

A visualization from Adiran Meyer and Karl Rege at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences mapping 22,000 years of changes in the Earth’s vegetation and ice coverage. The animation starts 21,000 years ago, the glacial maximum in the last ice … Continue reading

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Mapping Science as Art

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is a 10 year competitive art exhibition which started in 2005.  The aim is to make scientific information more readily available to researchers, educators, industry, policy makers and/or the general public. This year had 28 … Continue reading

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Mapping the Impact of Climate Change on Human Populations

From Jason Samson a PHD student at McGill University, an innovative map combining climate modelling and census data to predict the effect of climate change on human populations around the world. Red shows populations with the highest vulnerability.  Blue indicates people … Continue reading

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Christchurch Earthquake Causes Huge Chunk of Ice to Break from Glacier

The Terra satellite captured this false colour thermal image 11 days after the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. It shows icebergs on Tasman lake (silver coloured) – 200km due west of the city. The result of a 30 million … Continue reading

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