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November 10, 2015

AGU's First Ask Me Anything: Water Science and Management

AGU's first ever Reddit Ask Me Anything, features Dr. Alberto Montanari, editor in chief of Water Resources Research on 12 November, from 12:00-2:00 P.M. EST, via Reddit's r/science portal ...

November 5, 2015

Massive graphite discovery could be on the cards for NQ

Graphite is a mineral of immense potential and value - its purer forms sought out for use in mobile phone technologies and the batteries that power...

November 1, 2015

Australia's junior sector turns to crowdfunding

Australian junior miners have decided to battle the capital drought afflicting the sector by turning to the Internet to raise funds...

October 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia's mining sector to triple by 2030

Mining contribution to GDP to reach SR260 billion by 2030 and create more than 100,000 jobs for citizens ...

October 26, 2015

Grant enables pioneering research of vast river systems in Great Plains and Asia

It's hard to exaggerate the importance of rivers to sustaining life for animals and people...

October 16, 2015

INFOGRAPHIC: "Gold off to races?"

This week, gold made a significant technical breakthrough ...

October 15, 2015

BHP raising $6.5bn fresh sign of mining turnaround

The mining industry's big players are themselves slowly beginning to change tack...

October 7, 2015

Could rock formations along Alabama highways offer clues to climate change?

Making predictions about climate variability often means looking to the past to find trends...

October 2, 2015

Petrobras' pre-salt drilling confirms high quality oil potential in Carcará

The drilling of the third well in the Carcará area (Block BM-S-8) in the Santos Basin's ultra-deep waters...

October 1, 2015

Eni enters Mexico with the development of three oil fields offshore

Eni won with a 100% share a production sharing contract to appraise, develop and exploit the oil fields...

September 23, 2015

Frank Arnott Award honors exploration visionary

A new award named in honor of Frank Arnott, a visionary geophysicist from the United Kingdom, has been introduced to recognize innovation in visualizing and integrating exploration data.

September 21, 2015

300m-year-old volcanoes discovered near Mullingar

Geographically, Ireland is often likened to a saucer: upturned at its mountainous edges and flat...

September 17, 2015

True giants of mining: World's top 10 iron ore mines

The price of iron ore on Thursday turned positive amid new signs that China...

September 15, 2015

GIS and History: Using the Past to Inform the Present

Using the power of Geographic Information Systems to track trends in everything from...

June 26, 2015

Where Big Data Jobs Are In 2015 - Midyear Update

Professional, scientific and technical services, information (IT), and manufacturing are the three industries doing the most Big Data-related hiring as of June, 2015...

June 25, 2015

Coiled Tubing Drill Rig Modified for H Coil

Trials of a new Coiled Tubing Drill Rig are underway in Australia. These rigs use a continuous, flexible tube, rather than drill rods, for faster, safer drilling at just 50c per meter...

June 17, 2015

First gas production from L6-B in the Dutch North Sea

Wintershall is expanding its natural gas production in the Netherlands: the unmanned mini-platform L6-B has started to produce natural gas off the Dutch North Sea coast. The first so called "Minimum Facility”...

June 16, 2015

Worldwide water quality app hits the web

Former Copernicus Masters competition winner EOMAP has launched the first harmonised, high-resolution inland water quality monitoring service based on satellite data...

June 15, 2015

Results from hole AR-15-44b add substantial size to NexGen's rapidly developing Arrow zone

NexGen reported on assay results for angled hole AR-15-44b from the successful winter 2015 program at the Arrow zone on its 100% owned Rook I property, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan...

Geoblogs comment on the world of geoscience

by Virginia Heffernan on April 12, 2012 library

The geoblogosphere is a growing and diverse collection of commentary on the world of geoscience: what's new and fascinating as well as ongoing debate about topics such as how the K-T boundary formed, what geoscientists should know before they graduate, and essential equipment for the field. The blog community is dominated by academics, mostly American, with input from exploration geoscientists as well as bloggers aligned with exploration technology providers and industry. Here are some active sites:

The Accretionary Wedge
If you are just delving into the geoblogosphere for the first time, this is a good place to start. The Accretionary Wedge is a geoscience blog carnival hosted by a different blogger each month that focuses on a theme determined by the host.

Exploration geochemistry is not a toy!
Otavio Augusto Boni Licht is a geologist and a consultant for geochemical exploration companies in Brazil and abroad. His Exploration Geochemistry blog provides a wealth of information and perspective which draws on his experience. There are also extensive links to geochemistry resources, including books, software and associations.

Exploration Geophysics
Alexander Prikhodko is a geophysicist with a PhD in geophysics and PGeo (Ontario). His Exploration Geophysics blog consolidates news, events, trends and technologies in the world of exploration geophysics.The blog includes a GX Corner with descriptions of GX (Geosoft Executable) modules that can save time when working with geophysical data. It also features RSS news feeds from the Mining Journal and the Leading Edge.

Exploring with Data
Exploring with Data is a blog from Geosoft that provides insights and advice on exploring the Earth’s subsurface with data. The blog includes tips on using Geosoft software to explore. Blog authors (mostly application and exploration solution specialists) share their technical expertise and spotlight useful tools that make working with data more effective.

The Geology News Blog
As it title would suggest, this blog claims to have “the latest and greatest news in geology from around the world.” The site is authored by Americans Dave Schumaker, an environmental geologist, Peter Polito, a graduate student of planetary geology and Ron Schott, an assistant professor of geology at Fort Hays State University in Kansas whose primary research interests are hard rock petrology and tectonics. While the blog’s main purpose is to serve as the place to go for geology-related news and images, the trio also provides commentary on everything from climate change to paleontology. Schott also has his own blog,, where he posts gigapans (high-resolution images stitched together to form a detailed panorama) from the field and highlights the latest developments in Google Earth and other geology-related technologies.

I Think Mining
Jack Caldwell is a civil engineer in California whose career focused on designing tailings dams for mines in North America. He provides news about the mining industry, as well commentary on the politics of mining and major industry events such as the annual PDAC convention in Toronto.

Republic of Mining
This blog may be of interest to mining and economic geologists, especially in Canada. It is designed to raise awareness among the media, the general public and political decision makers about the economic and social benefits of mining. The author, Stan Studol, is a self-described “Inco Brat” born and raised among the nickel mines of Sudbury, Canada.  He regularly posts commentary by experts from all walks of the Canadian mining industry.

Looking for Detachment
As a former field geologist, this blog is one of my favourites. The “Silver Fox” is an exploration geologist working in the western U.S.  She comments on her days in the field, including what works and what doesn’t in terms of field gear and technology (e.g. using GPS), but you can also get advice on where to find a good beer in say, Anchorage, Alaska or where to find a major gold deposit in two million years time. The Silver Fox is a skilled photographer who blends her text with images of rocks, creatures and other intriguing subjects encountered during the workday.

Garry Hayes teaches geology at Modesto Junior College in California and is the past president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Far Western Section. His write-ups focus mainly on  the field trips he leads in the Western U.S. but also include a few light-hearted gems such as “The Fully-equipped Geology Student”,  a humorous take on how the typical student field geologist presents.

Highly Allochthonous
Chris Rowan is a geologist specializing in paleomagnetism at the University of Edinburgh and travels around the world practicing his craft. His posts are wide-ranging, including comments on academic life, volcanoes and earthquakes, and rugby. He also speculates on controversial theories such as “Peak Coal”, the idea that the world will be reaching the end of its coal reserves within the next half century. 

Gary Hayes, the author of the Geotripper Blog, pointed out these two clearinghouse sites: allgeo via Chris includes blog entries from dozens of active bloggers; and Geobulletin collects news from over 100 blogs on the Geoblogosphere.

This is far from a comprehensive list of geoblogs. There are new sites popping up every week. Some are more active than others, some come out of the academic world while others are more industry related, some specialize while others generalize, but all bring the geoscience community together just as we are trying to do here at Earth Explorer.

Submit your suggestions for geoblogs to add to our list.