Friday Link-O-Rama

Research Reveals Guatemala’s Geologic History – Analysis of metamorphic rocks is showing a very complex geological history for Guatemala, particularly the interaction between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates.

More earthquake faults discovered at the Salton Sea – Shaping our understanding of how the San Andreas fault is moving.

Ancient Lava Flow Photographed from Space – Make sure to look at the linked pictures in the article. It’s a little lava flow from the cinder cone. You can actually find things like that all over. There’s an old lava flow and cinder cone actually visible in Colorado from I-70 as you’re passing the Dotsero exit.

County to restore floodplains – We’re seeing a lot of restoration for flood plains and dam removal projects now that the impacts of these things are being more fully understood.

Will Krakatoa rock the world again? – A collection of absolutely stunning pictures of the new Krakatoa. The volcano previously erupted (more like catastrophically exploded) in 1883 and killed over 36,000 people. It also affected the world’s climate for years after. If the volcano is becoming extremely active again, life could get very interesting for us all.

Are Feminists Man Haters? Deminists’ and Nonfeminists’ Attitudes Toward Men – Sounds like a very interesting study. And the money quote from one of the researchers, Melinda Kanner: “Our work finds that, indeed, non-feminists believe in traditional gender roles such as men being breadwinners and women being caregivers. At the same time, these non-feminists actually appear to resent the confines of the traditional roles they advocate, which presents a paradox for women and men in traditional heterosexual relationships.” Makes sense to me. Also, if you think about anti-feminists, there’s also a lot more buy-in to the “common wisdom” that men only want sex, that they’re basically violent, that they can’t control themselves, yadda yadda. Sounds like a negative attitude to me.

Historians Question Federal Charter – I just found this interesting. Swiss historians are skeptical about some traditional tales about the founding of Switzerland. Part of this is that radiometric data has shown that some of the founding documents aren’t as old as they should be, though that could be a case of the originals having been copied if they were deteriorating.

California Board of Geology to be Terminated – Bad news for geology in California.

Two Hualien farmers tap mud volcano for free gas – human ingenuity at its finest.

“I Touched A Crop-Circle-Making UFO,” Says Investigator – Just for skeptical fun. The io9 article links through to the original report. Money quote:

He said, “You can have 100 people in a park and this technology can control photons to such a point that only one person out of the hundred might see a craft right above their heads. That also could explain the cases of people driving cars on a busy freeway and are confused after stopping to stare at a UFO in the sky that all the other cars keep rushing by.”

Oh special pleading, how I love you. Apparently only some people can see the photos. But I suppose cameras can, and thus we get the film?

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