What my students discovered for news:
- Mt Marapi in Indonesia is erupting — though, if you follow Erik’s Eruptions blog, you probably also read his summary
- I did not know that Nepal & China don’t agree on the current height measurement of Mt. Everest, but Nepal is seeking international support to definitively say how high the peak is
- dinosaurs also had to deal with fleas (at least based on recent evidence from China)
- a swarm of earthquakes occurred at the end of February in the Salton Sea region of California
- a 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on 26. February in Siberia, though no damage or injuries have been reported
- a 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred on the same day (26. February) in southern Taiwan and caused minor damage
- several magnitude 2 earthquakes in southwestern Illinois on Monday
- a mudslide in Washington State on Thursday has blocked the rail lines near Everett, which affected freight service to Seattle
- a student found a story about weathering rates of gravestones, which focuses on a study that GSA is sponsoring called the Gravestone Project — my surprise was due to the fact that they actually found something that matched with the chemical vs. physical weathering we were discussing in class last week!
- the Arctic’s old ice is disappearing quicker than young ice according to a new study by NASA
- a new study in the 29. February Nature (behind paywall) suggests that mantle strength will determine when collision between India and Eurasia will end instead of the height of the mountains
Ok, time to grade more exams. Fun. Only a few days to India!